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Veterans Day Virtual Viewing Party

On-Demand Event

#CelebrateWithDE and explore the history of Veterans Day, a federal holiday observed on November 11th every year. With this virtual viewing party, your students will explore the importance of the origins of the holiday in the Armistice Agreement of World War I and learn about the traditions observed on Veterans Day.





Explore the Importance of Veterans Day

What is a Virtual Viewing Party?

A virtual viewing party is a shared viewing experience of the Discovery Education video Celebrate With DE: Veterans Day which explores the history of Veterans Day, the importance of honoring and commemorating service, and the need to ensure that our armed forces are supported and appreciated both during and after their service.

Thousands of classrooms simultaneously access this video and share their thoughts and reflections about the men and women who have served in our armed forces to protect our nation and our allies. If this is your first virtual viewing party read our FAQs for additional information.

The content and activities are suitable for all grades but we recommend you preview the video to determine if it is appropriate for your students.

How to Watch

We recommend you download the video, Celebrate With DE: Veterans Day, in advance of your viewing party for the most seamless viewing experience.


This video is available to all Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook, Social Studies Techbook, and Math Techbook customers. If you are not currently a subscriber to these services, you can sign-up for a no-obligation 60-day trial to watch the video for this event.



Viewing Party Essential Questions

How does Veterans Day honor people who have fought for the country?

Why is it important to remember and honor the veterans of our wars?

What can commemorations and memorials mean to survivors and loved ones of fallen soldiers?

How can we ensure that veterans have our support during and after their service?

Join the Discussion


What if we are participating in the on-demand event?

Your class can watch the video any time and join the discussion independently. If you are participating on-demand, you may want to have students review the Veterans Day Padlet or Twitter discussion to compare ideas and make connections. You can also use the suggested resources below to support your discussions.


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Suggested Viewing Activities


To make the most of the virtual viewing party with your class, use the links below to access individual resources or use the Veterans Day Virtual Viewing Party board, which is interactive and features all of the resources and activities in one place.

Before the Viewing Party
The United States celebrates Veterans Day on November 11 to honor the men and women who have served in our armed forces to protect our nation and our allies. Initially established as Armistice Day to mark the end of World War I on this day in 1918, the holiday was changed to Veterans Day after World War II to include veterans from all our wars. Veterans Day is a good time to work with students to understand history, the importance of honoring and commemorating service, and the need to ensure that our armed forces are supported and appreciated both during and after their service.

The following resources will help your students build background knowledge about the holiday and the ways in which our country expresses appreciation to our troops.

Suggested Discovery Education Resources:
Why We Celebrate Veterans Day: Column, Reading Passage, Grades 6-12
United States: Honoring Veterans, Video Segment, Grades K-5
Panoramic Virtual Tours: National Mall (Washington, D.C.), Skill Builder, Grades 6-8

During the Viewing Party
Use one of the following strategies to help your students stay engaged in the viewing party and identify areas or issues that are meaningful to them.

Whittle It Down is a teaching strategy that is used to scaffold summarization. This approach will encourage students to identify and consider the most important aspects of Veterans Day and discuss those aspects with their peers.

Placemat is a cooperative learning strategy that sparks active engagement from students by providing space for individual thoughts and a synthesized summary statement. Use one of the essential questions (adjust the complexity of the question to suit your students’ needs) on each placemat.

After the Viewing Party
Now that the students have deeper context and understanding about Veterans Day and the impact remembrance has on veterans, loved ones, and citizens, have them create cards or letters to veterans, thanking them for their service. Students may address their letters to veterans known to them or to veterans they’ve never met. You may decide to send letters to a local veterans’ care facility or retirement home. Offer to share your students’ writing via your personal, class, or school Twitter account. Don’t forget to share it all with us on Twitter @DiscoveryEd using #CelebratewithDE.




Studio: Veterans Day Resources

To make the most of the virtual viewing party with your class, use the links below to access individual resources or use the Veterans Day Virtual Viewing Party board, which is interactive and features all of the resources and activities in one place.




Related Resources


You may also be interested in the following timely resources available from Discovery Education

Veterans Day Content Collection

This Content Collection explores resources to help us remember our men and women in the military! That’s what Veterans Day is all about. Veterans Day provides citizens with a chance to reflect on conflicts and how they have shaped our country and to honor those who have fought for freedom.

Content Collection: World War I

Join Discovery Education with these World War I resources and explore the global conflict of World War I, which was fought from 1914 to 1918 in Europe, Africa, and Asia between the Central Powers of Germany, Austria-Hungary, Turkey, and Bulgaria and the Allied Powers of Great Britain, France, Russia, Italy, and the United States.

Content Collection: World War II

With these assorted resources, your students will investigate the causes, events, and results of World War II. From 1939 to 1945, the Allied Powers, including the United States, Great Britain, and the Soviet Union, fought the Axis Powers – Germany, Japan, and Italy.

Advertisement Helping Veterans Find Homes

A poster is shown that illustrates a soldier sitting on a bench with all of his bags: “Help a veteran and his family find a place to live!”

Troops on Their Way Home

Even before the war in the Pacific was over, the U.S. began the process of troop demobilization in Europe. These happy veterans headed for embarkation at LeHavre, France, were on their way home.


Timely Content

Each month we highlight key Discovery Education resources, lesson starters, webinars and live events thematically tied to special events, celebrations, or commemorations that you may be teaching in your classrooms.