P is for Poppies

Explore the way local farming and rationing helped the war effort in World War I with a lesson plan on gardening. After learning about trench warfare, reading "In Flanders' Field" by John McCrae, and studying poppies, kids discuss the American war effort during World War I and how the poppy is a symbol for remembrance.

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Instructional Ideas
  • An excellent resource for fourth graders, as well as for older elementary learners and middle schoolers
Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson is extensive; consider using the activities throughout a long term social studies unit on World War I