November 26

Remembering our Brave Armed Forces and Giving Back

During our preparation for Remembrance Day, many discussions were had about the life and conditions of the armed forces during wars and conflicts. I shared my experiences of visiting Anzac Cove in 2006 and we talked about the battle that had taken place. I also shared with them the poem written by Ataturk and showed them a statue of soldiers helping each other out.

A deeply moving poem.

Headstone line the foreshore, young men who paid the supreme sacrifice.

Courage, Mateship, Bravery on both sides.

While discussing the past, the children were stunned to discover that in the present our service men and women  are still working to defend our country and help out our allies. They had also just watched the Christmas pageant and their thoughts are turning to fun times with their families.

I had heard from my husband Peter about a wonderful idea to spread some Christmas cheer to our scattered defence force. With the help of Australia Post, we could say thank you and acknowledge their hard work.

I put out a request for some donated items to place in care packages. The response was overwhelming.

Thank you all so much, I was touched by your generosity.


Each box could only be 2 kg. After weighing everything individually, the students had a task.

What was the total weight of our items and how many boxes do I need to get?

Each team was given a list of weights and as a team they needed a sub total. Once that was completed they could find the total weight. They could use any procedure to get their answer and could check it later with a calculator.

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They eventually worked out we that had 22.5 kg. of donated goods and that we would need 11 boxes. Given we had 7 teams, if we shared the donations we could make 2 boxes per team. They agreed and set to work!

Making and assembling the boxes was tricky. Then they needed to decide on what to give the soldiers they had selected.

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It was a great collaborative effort, thanks everyone young and old. We included a photo of ourselves so they knew we were thinking of them.

The words say  We wish you a Merry Christmas  Thank You 

Something to think about.

What did you enjoy about making the care packages?

What did you put in your box?

What do you think the soldier will say when they open their box?

Have you ever had to be away from your family?

How would you feel to be away from your family for a long time?

What are you hoping will be in a box for you at Christmas time?


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Posted November 26, 2017 by elleneisenkolb15 in category History, Literacy, Maths/Numeracy, Team work

6 thoughts on “Remembering our Brave Armed Forces and Giving Back

    1. elleneisenkolb15 (Post author)

      Hi Alex,
      Your Mum was right, I thought we did well to send a lot to our soldiers.
      Regards Ellen

  1. Natalie

    Dear Ellen,
    Everyone was really kind to bring all those lovely gifts to the soldiers When I went to weigh my box on the scales everyone had a full box! so happy 🙂 How are you I am so sad you are retiring next year 🙁 I hope you enjoy doing other things I will really miss you. You are the best teacher ever. Hope my score for my star reader test is good because I want to read really big books next year. I love my new learning team but some people let us down. But I am trying to help them run faster and it seems to work. You better come to our graduation in year 7. I am excited to finish my poetry writing
    From Natalie

    1. elleneisenkolb15 (Post author)

      Dear Natalie,
      It was nice that people brought in lots of things for us to put in the boxes.I was very happy to have posted them off. Yes it will be sad but I will try to make it back for your graduation in a few years. You are my last class so you are kind of special indeed. I reckon you’ll do a great job on the star reader test you have shown lots of growth throughout the year. I think our cards will look quite special with the oems inside.
      Warm wishes Ellen


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