Appreciating Veterans

District: Lowell Area Schools Building: Cherry Creek Elementary
Teacher(s): Carol Mandle, Mary Beth Reed
Main Contact: Mary Beth Reed Email:
Grade Level: 3rd Subject(s): Social Studies, ELA, Math
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Project Overview

Give a brief overview of the project you are planning.

We will be finding ways to appreciate our veterans throughout the year. We will be making cards and lap blankets for veterans, visiting Veterans at Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, and viewing Veteran Memorials in Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Lowell.


Effective Practice: MEANINGFUL SERVICE

Service learning actively engages participants in meaningful and personally relevant service activities.

What community need will you address and how did you determine the need?

We will be acknowledging our aging veterans all year long. We called the volunteer coordinator at the Grand Rapids Home for veterans and found our veterans are not recognized throughout the year.

What service will you provide to address the need?

We will learn through literature and social studies to appreciate our veterans. We will make lap blankets for the wheelchair bound veterans, cards, friendship, and entertainment for all.


Effective Practice: LINK TO CURRICULUM

Service learning is intentionally used as an instructional strategy to meet learning goals and/or content standards.

How is this project related to your curriculum?

Making students aware of the traditional aspects of National pride, relevant to U.S. citizens, and to understand one aspect of the common good is an army to defend us.

What are the educational goals?

This service learning project integrates Social Studies, Language Arts, and Math. It will give the students a chance to use the character traits of compassion, citizenship, and respect.


Curriculum Crafter Connections

Strand: 03 Math: Measurement and Data
TLW: Understand concepts of area and relate area to multiplication and to addition. (Gist: Geometric measurement
TLW: Recognize perimeter as an attribute of plane figures and distinguish between linear and area measures. (Gist: Area and Perimeter)

Additional State Standards and Benchmarks

List standards and benchmarks met by this project.

04SS: Civics and Government
TLW: Identify and explain the purposes, values, and principle of American Constitutional Democracy. (Gist: American Constitutional Democracy)

Strand: 03ELA: Writing
TLW: Demonstrate the production and distribution of writing (Gist: Production and Distribution of Writing)
TLW: Demonstrate an integration of knowledge and ideas to understand the literature. (Gist: Integration of Knowledge and Ideas – Literature)


Effective Practice: REFLECTION

Service learning incorporates multiple challenging reflection activities that are ongoing and that prompt deep thinking and analysis about oneself and one’s relationship to society.

What form(s) of reflection will you use with the students to help them identify what they have learned and accomplished?

During the collection period, the students will track the materials collected using bar graphs to evaluate the success of their publicity, and if necessary revise their plan of action.

The students will continue to video conference with the Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal, updating her of their progress in collecting materials, and learning about the planning process taking place in Senegal so they are ready when the supplies arrive there.

The students will view pictures and/or video of the students in Senegal receiving and using the supplies they collected and sent. We will discuss as a class the impact of our efforts on the lives of the students in Senegal.


Effective Practice: DIVERSITY

Service learning promotes understanding of diversity and mutual respect among all participants.

What types of diverse perspectives and experiences will be explored as part of your project?

(i.e.: cultural, generational, abilities/disabilities, learning styles, etc)

Generational. Students will learn how to have compassion for the aged when talking and hearing about the Vet’s past.


Effective Practice: YOUTH VOICE

Service learning provides youth with a strong voice in planning, implementing, and evaluating service learning experiences with guidance from adults.

How will students gain ownership of the project?

Taking pride in their finished product, being able to cooperate with partners, perform patriotic songs for the veterans, learn to converse with the veterans.



Service learning partnerships are collaborative, mutually beneficial, and address community needs.

Who will you partner with for this project?

Veterans from the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.

How will students benefit from this partnership?

Being able to share an experience with their parents and enjoy dialogue with a Veteran.

How will the partner benefit from this collaboration?

The Veterans will enjoy the time spent socializing with the students during the ice cream social, listening to patriotic songs, playing games, and the comfort of a new fleece blanket.



Service learning engages participants in an ongoing process to assess the quality of implementation and progress toward meeting specified goals, and uses results for improvement and sustainability.

How will you assess the student learning goals?

Students will be assessed on their ability to complete their cards and letters accurately and neatly, identify aspects of patriotic pride, complete a reflective, narrative, and their ability to follow multi-step directions.

How will you assess your service goals?

Observe the students with the Veterans, talking to the students after the visit on how they felt and their experience, and by reading their final journal entry once back at school.



Service learning has sufficient duration and intensity to address community needs and meet specified outcomes.

How will you prepare students for this experience?

Students will learn about Veterans Day, read appropriate content in classroom text books, see appropriate videos, discuss service learning and its benefits, and understand why it will make them better citizens.

What are some sample possible activities students might do as part of this project?

Students will be making Holiday cards and write letters of appreciation to send to the Vets. They also will partner up and make a fleece lap blanket using guidelines provided by the facility. They will learn and perform patriotic songs. Students will write in a project journal.