Writing a Letter to a Veteran Lesson Plan

Instructor: Bethany Calderwood

Bethany has taught special education in grades PK-5 and has a master's degree in special education.

This lesson plan teaches students about veterans then reviews the parts of a friendly letter. The plan concludes with students writing a letter to a local veteran. Group, individual, and whole class activities are included.

Learning Objectives

As a result of this lesson, students will:

  • learn what a veteran is and how to honor veterans.
  • understand how to express appreciation to a veteran by writing a letter.


  • Approximately 90 minutes

Curriculum Standards


With guidance and support from adults, produce writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task and purpose.


With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing.


  • Copies of text lesson What is a Veteran? - Lesson for Kids and accompanying worksheet
  • List of local veterans, especially veterans associated with the school community
  • Highlighters
  • Copies of a friendly letter
  • Poster-sized friendly letter outline
  • Materials for writing and illustrating

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