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Promoting Patriotism. By: MacKenzie Allen, Janet Burger, and Lindsey Vietor. Promoting Patriotism. Grade Level 2 Ohio Academic Content Standard Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities

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Promoting Patriotism

By: MacKenzie Allen, Janet Burger, and Lindsey Vietor


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Promoting Patriotism

  • Grade Level 2

  • Ohio Academic Content Standard

    Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities

    Students use knowledge of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in order to examine and evaluate civic ideals and to participate in community life and the American democratic system.


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Activity #1

  • Objective - Students will communicate in writing ways in which they and their families can demonstrate patriotism

  • Materials -Patriotism by Lucia Raatma, patriotic items such as T-shirts, hats, flags, etc., patriotic writing paper, globe


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Activity #1

  • Define patriotism-being proud of and loyal to your country.

  • Read Patriotism and discuss as a group.

  • Talk about the country we live in and point it out on a globe.

  • Discuss patriotic symbols in our country.

  • Share patriotic items with students.

  • As a whole class, create a list of patriotic activities.

  • Students will choose one or more of these topics and use patriotic paper to write about at least two ways they and/or their families can be patriotic.



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Activity #2

  • Objective - Students will create an American flag using the correct colors and patterns.

  • Materials - American flag, map of the United States, scissors, glue stick, 1 piece of red construction paper per student, 1 blue square of construction paper per student and 1 piece of white paper with 6 previously drawn stripes per student.


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Activity #2

  • Review the concept of patriotism.

  • Explain that the American flag is a patriotic symbol in America.

  • Where do we see flags in everyday life?

  • Discuss why we say the Pledge of Allegiance.

  • Talk about the meaning behind the colors and pattern on the flag (use the map of the United States as a reference).

  • Demonstrate how to make and American flag out of construction paper.

  • Allow time for students to construct flags.



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Activity #3

  • Objective - Students will know that our government is a democracy in which people vote in elections to decide important issues such who will lead us

  • Materials - Duck for President, by Doreen Cronin, pre-made ballots, a ballot box, a globe, a map of the United States


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Activity #3

  • Discuss leadership. Who are some of the leaders in our school, city, state and country?

  • How do we decide who will lead us? Talk about voting and elections.

  • Read Duck for President. Make connections between the book and our democratic system.

  • Have students complete pre-made ballots on a school issue and place in ballot box.

  • Collect ballots and count votes using tally marks to demonstrate how issues are decided through the election process.


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Activity #4

  • Student Objectives:

    • Students will be able to write some of the important rights included in the Bill of Rights.

  • Materials:

    • Copy of Bill of Rights

    • Bill of Rights Test (PDF)

    • Bill of Rights Test Answers (PDF)

  • Set Up and Prepare:

    • For each student make copies of the Bill of Rights, Bill of Rights test


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    Activity #4

    • Directions:PART IStep 1: Begin the lesson by explaining and discussing that when the idea of having a government over the people came up and the Constitution was being written, people got very nervous that the government would take too much power and people would lose important rights.

    • Step 2: Pass out the simplified version of the Bill of Rights. Ask students if they have ever heard of some of these before. Discuss. Go over what each amendment means.


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    Activity #4

    • Step 3: Hand out and go over the Bill of Rights Test. They can work on their own, as partners, or in groups. Go over the answers in class.

    • Assess Students:As students work on these, you can monitor their discussion and adjust the lesson if they need help.

    • Student completes the worksheet. Ask the students to share what they have learned with their family at home and discuss the next day in class.


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    Activity # 5

    • Objective- Students will be able to understand why they say the Pledge of Allegiance every day in class

    • Materials- Informational website about Pledge of Allegiance, notebook paper, pencil, construction paper, markers, crayons, colored pencils, Pledge of Allegiance poster, Pledge of Allegiance hand out for each student


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    Activity # 5

    • Hand out Pledge of Allegiance sheet

    • Go over the pledge and its history

    • Engage in a discussion about the pledge and why they say it every day at school

    • Start discussion about words that they do not understand in the pledge

    • Write these words on the board

    • Ask the children to look up the meaning of each of the words that they don’t understand

    • Class discussion about the unknown words and their actual meaning

    • Rewrite the pledge as a class with the new meanings

    • Pass out construction paper

    • Have the children fold it in half- on one side have the children write the real Pledge of Allegiance and the rewritten pledge on the other side

    • Have students color the sheet with both pledges ( red, white, and blue)


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    Patriotic Resources

    My America Virtual Field Trip

    The American Presidency Virtual Field Trip

    42Explore Topic: Patriotism

    USA Activities for Kids

    US Patriotic Activities and Crafts

    The Pledge of Allegiance

    Pledge of Allegiance Lesson Plan


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