Military topics seem difficult for parents and educators to discuss with children, as conversation may instantly lead to discussions of war. But the existence of armed forces, and their supporting organisations, can be presented to children as a defensive measure for each country. Activity sheets are a way for children to get to know more about the military's structure, as well as an opportunity for you to help kids avoid misconceptions.
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Create three columns containing the military ranks in random order. Include all ranks of the three armed forces' branches, from General to Private for the army, Admiral to Seaman for the navy and General Air Force Chief of Staff to Airman for the air forces. Children will have to place a number next to each rank, according to the military hierarchy. For example, the General must be number 1, Lieutenant General - 2, Major General - 3, all the way down the ladder.
Military Alphabet Code
Precision in communication is vital for the armed forces during peacetime, but more especially in conflicts. For this reason, the military alphabet code was devised (Alpha for A, Bravo for B etc.) to offer absolute clarity. This way the armed forces avoid cases of misspelling, which can lead from a false direction on the map, to a different soldier's deployment. Create a column on the left of the worksheet, listing the code names of each letter and write short and long words on the right, which children have to spell out loud, using the military alphabet code.
Activity sheets will depict soldiers and officers of various ranks and branches, as well as a number of objects, such as vehicles, or protective gear. A private is more likely to wear a helmet, while a general could use a map. Aircraft men can fly a plane, while seamen can use steer inflatable boats. Children will have to think of these connections and draw a line between a military man and the corresponding object. It can also be an opportunity to discuss -- in classroom or at home -- about why, where and when this gear is used.
Younger children who haven't learnt reading yet can enjoy colouring pages depicting military themes. Images must not include violence; instead, you can use pictures which show comradeship between soldiers, or drawings of military vehicles, such as Jeeps, tanks and aeroplanes. You can either create them yourself, based on photos of newspapers or military magazines, or even download them from the Internet.
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