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Medal of Honor: What I Learned (Third to Sixth)

Suggested Grade Level

Suggested Values

Suggested Subject Matter

Third - Sixth Grade Commitment, Citizenship, Courage, Integrity, Patriotism, Sacrifice

Four 45-minute Sessions

Students will:

  • Identify what they have learned about the Medal of Honor
  • Write about their favorite Medal of Honor Recipient and provide evidence showing why he or she is their favorite
  • Make a connection between their favorite Recipient and the value(s) that person represents
  • Identify how the program has impacted them and provide evidence
  • Make a personal connection with one core value and provide examples to support their choice

Materials Needed:

  • Medal of Honor Booklet Cover (ideally printed on cardstock), one per student
  • Four pages of lined paper per student
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Crayons, colored pencils, markers

Introductory Activity:
Provide students with a Medal of Honor Booklet Cover and four lined pieces of paper. Have students staple the edges of the four lined pieces of paper to the cover. After the pages are stapled together, have students cut out the outline of the medal, including the lined pages. Once the booklet is cut out, students will need to follow the requirements for each page as follows:

  • Page #1: What I learned about the Medal of Honor this school year. (5-8 sentences)
  • Page #2: Write about your favorite Medal of Honor Recipient. Which core value best fits this individual and why? (optional: add a drawing)
  • Page #3: Which core value is the most important to you and why? Provide evidence to support your answer.
  • Page #4: How did this program impact you this school year? Provide evidence to support your answer. 

Have students color the cover of their booklets.

Small Group Activity:
When the students have completed the end product, have them partner up and collaborate about what they wrote in their booklet. Advise students they will report to the class on one item they enjoyed most from their partner’s booklet. Partners should discuss the similarities and differences about what they have learned, which core values they chose, and which Recipients impacted them.

Concluding Activity:
After the partners collaborate, each student will state aloud what they enjoyed most about their partner’s booklet. The class will listen to all of their peers.

Booklet, participation