Middle School

Amazing Military Acronyms

SUBJECT MATTER
English
TIME
50 minutes

This worksheet activity encourages students to work individually or in teams to decipher common military acronyms.

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Military Deployments

SUBJECT MATTER
English
TIME
50 minutes

Through discussion and a worksheet activity, students examine the role of communication while confronting issues of military deployment and homecoming.

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Compare and Contrast

SUBJECT MATTER
Social Studies
TIME
55 minutes

Using a worksheet and Venn diagrams, students explore and record the similarities and differences between the United States and another country (e.g., Afghanistan) where a service member might be deployed.

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Send Something Special

SUBJECT MATTER
Social Studies
TIME
50 minutes

Students brainstorm ideas for items to include in a military care package, then organize and send the package to a service member.

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Tough Choices

SUBJECT MATTER
Character Education, Language Arts
TIME
50 minutes

Using a worksheet and participating in small-group discussions, students explore the challenges of responsible decision making, especially when a parent is deployed or away from home.

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Military Life 101

SUBJECT MATTER
Language Arts, Social Studies
TIME
50 minutes

Students watch a video then participate in a worksheet exercise and group discussion about the issues and challenges experienced by kids whose parents are deployed.

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Walking in Their Shoes

SUBJECT MATTER
Character Education, Language Arts
TIME
50 minutes

After reading brief descriptions written by military kids about the emotions and challenges they experience when their parents are deployed, students partiipate in discussion and personal reflection exercises to develop coping strategies for managing similar situations.

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Math Around the World

SUBJECT MATTER
Mathematics
TIME
45-55 minutes

Students discover the challenges created by time zone differences for families with a member living in another country as they calculate time differences between their hometown and countries around the world.

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The Importance of Volunteering

SUBJECT MATTER
Social Studies
TIME
50 minutes (for initial lesson)

Students plan and execute small-group volunteer projects using a military kid's ideas as inspiration. (April is National Volunteer Month. Introduce this lesson plan earlier in the school year so volunteer projects can be completed in April.)

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