The Remembrance Day Assembly has always been one of my favourite ones throughout the whole year. It is a time to reflect, learn about our history and those who fought for us.
I am hoping that you can use this compilation of videos we have used over the years to help make your Remembrance Day assembly awesome too!
We always try to rotate videos over the years so it isn’t always the same. I will be adding new videos as a I come across any new ones.
A Pittance of Time
(5 min 07 sec)
Canadian Forces Remembrance Day Video
This is a powerful video which was created by Megan Desfosses for her school. It has the song Highway to Heroes in the background, by The Trews. It is a slideshow of memorable moments in the past and current events by our military. It is poignant and would be appropriate for a wide age range of students. (3 min 50 sec)
Lest We Forget
This is a slideshow which has a solemn fall feel to it. I like the pan flute background music. It is quite fitting! (3 min 29 sec)
Lest We Forget
The Poppy Story (First Level & Up)
The Poppy Story (Early Years)
In Flanders Field
“In Flanders Fields” ~ (Memorial Day, Vetrans Day, Poppy Day, Remembrance Day)
In Flanders Field
Leonard Cohan recites this poem while in the background there is stirring images from World War I. This was created for the Legion Magazine. (1 min 47 sec)
Going Home – Fallen Soldier Bagpipe Tribute
I love this tribute to fallen soldiers. It is simple and different countries are represented. (2 min 03 sec)
Shawn Hlookoff – Soldier
This song has a really nice piano accompaniment which helps students reflect upon why soldiers fight for us. It is a slideshow of a variety of videos and images which interchange between the Shawn singing this song. It really is quite impactful and would be great for a wide age range of students. (4 min 32 sec)
Do You Know – The History of the Poppy
This is an informative video which explains the history of the poppy by Puneet Birgi. This is a very informative, child-friendly video which is in the format of a news report. (5 min 30 sec)
Remembrance Day Soldiers Cry (Soldiers Cry)
This video was produced by Global Edmonton and is a tribute for Remembrance Day. (3 min 54 sec)
Sing You Home – Remember Them At The Rooms
This video is appropriate for all age ranges. It follows a “family” who have a father who passes away due to war and how it affects them as a family. It is a very creative compilation created by “The Rooms” and The Ennis Sisters, Shallaway Youth Choir and the CBC. (6 min 17 sec)
RemembranceDay (Bryan Adams)
Public domain photos from World War I set to the song “Remembrance Day” from Bryan Adams’ 1987 album “Into The Fire.” (6 min 02 sec)
The Poppy’s Girls: Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance Day 2013
(7 min 27 sec)
Why We Wear a Poppy
This is a silent slideshow that tells a story of why we wear a poppy with images spaced between different slides of the story.
This emotional song is sung by children of British soldiers. (4 min 30 sec)
The Poppy Lady
This is a book trailer which was created in 2012 about Moina Belle Michael who played a significant role in establishing the poppy as a symbol of Remembrance Day for veterans. (4 min 03 sec)
Remembrance Day – Mike Knopfler
This is a slideshow with an instrumental background. The song is titled Remembrance Day. The photos in it show images of the lives of soldiers before, during and after effects of war. It is not very graphic and could easily be viewed by a wide range of school-agers. (5 min 06 sec)
Remembrance Day Video
This video would be okay for younger children if someone was reading the words scrolled through at the beginning. It has quiet piano music playing in the background. The last half of the video there is someone reading In Flanders Fields. It has a lot of Canadian flags throughout the video. (3 min 57 sec)
This is a “silent” film in that it has no words. There are two solider’s running towards each other fighting. They age as time passes and then turn into old men. There is lots of symbolism in this video! FYI: I could only find this link through facebook. There was no YouTube link for it. (57 sec)
The Solider Behind ‘In Flanders Fields’
This is an excellent reflection upon the history of John MacRae, by the National, and the journey of how the poem became popular. It has a lot of historical information about who he was and what he did in his life. It also has a reflection on the significance of the Poppy and the growth of it the year he penned the poem. (6 min 41 sec)
In my primary classroom, we always have a reflection activity that we do after the assembly.
I post the word wall words below in the class for kids to use in their writing to help them feel successful about their writing and give them visual cues to remember what we learned about during the assembly.
Looking for videos or poems on peace? Click here or on the image below to see my blog post on it:
Click on the links below to visit other Canadian teacher-bloggers showcasing their ideas for Remembrance Day lessons. Thanks to 2 Peas and a Dog for coordinating this!
Remembrance Day Resources For All Grades
Primary Teaching Resources by Nicole – Remembrance Day Assembly Ideas
The Primary Patch – Remembrance Day Ideas for Little Ones
Teacher Talk – Remembrance Day Lessons & Ideas
Diamond Mom’s Treasury of Teaching Resources – Lest We Forget
That Fun Reading Teacher – Relate Through Gratitude & Commit to Peace
Reading With Miss D – Remembrance Day Lists
Teaching Elementary and Beyond – Remembrance Day Videos
Dancing into First – Lest We Forget