Saturday, November 9, 2013

Veterans Day Salute: A Free Math Mini Book

Hi friends.  It's the Saturday before Veterans Day and I'm tying up a few loose ends for next week (instead of folding an endless mound of laundry . . . oh well-it will wait).  In math we have been working and working and working on addition and subtraction.  It's time to move on to place value.  But before we do, we are going to spend a little more time with word problems.
I love combining social studies and math on special days with thematic word problem mini books.  I just completed the one we will be using for Veterans Day.  If you would like a free copy of it, you can click on the picture below.

The word problems in this mini book include work with ten frames, addition, subtraction, and more.  At this point in the year, we are working on word problems together.  I usually read the problems to the class.  We circle the important information and underline the question.  Then students solve the problem independently.  After some work time, we go over the question, the answer, and all possible solution strategies.  Students can make corrections as needed.  If you have a document camera, it's a great time to use it.  Veterans Day Salute is a fun way to integrate math, reading, and social studies into one lesson.

Also if you are looking for a read aloud, check out Veterans Day (Rookie Read-About Holidays).  It is a simple book that explains the basics of Veterans Day (when it's celebrated, why it's celebrated, and how it's celebrated).  

I hope these ideas help you introduce Veterans Day to your young learners.  The sacrifices members of the armed forces, veterans, and their families make truly deserve to be honored.


  1. I am hooked on your math minibooks! My class loves them too. Genius!

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  2. You are so generous, Amber! That freebie is wonderful! Thank you! Thank you for sharing that book, too. It is hard to find age-appropriate books to really explain things like Veteran's Day to the kids. That book looks great.
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