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Patriotism Through Poetry Red, White and Blue

Suggested Grade Level

Suggested Values

Suggested Subject Matter

1 Patriotism English/Language Arts/Social Studies

Students will:
• Recite the Pledge of Allegiance and understand the meaning.
• Demonstrate flag etiquette.

Category: Primary

Core Value Focus: Patriotism

Introductory Activity:
Read Aloud the poem by Ann McCune:

Red, White, and Blue
The red of the rose,
The white of the snows,
The blue of the skies above,
These color three
Are the ones that we see
In the flag of the land that we love

Have students share what they know about the flag.

Whole Group Activity:
Read aloud the book The Pledge of Allegiance. Discuss vocabulary from the book highlighting words pledge,
allegiance, Republic, indivisible, liberty,and justice. Watch and discuss The Pledge of Allegiance and What It Means Goggle docs slides,

Discuss and practice flag etiquette:

1. Stand up straight
2. Face the flag
3. Take off your hat
4. Place your right hand over your heart, left hand by your side
5. Begin reciting the pledge

Create anchor chart listing flag etiquette.

Small Group Activity:
Place students into small groups and have them practice reciting the Pledge of Allegiance using flag etiquette.

Concluding Activity:
Bring class back together and have each group “perform” and recite the pledge.

Teacher Observation, participation in small group “performance,” student self evaluation of “performance” using the Self Evaluation Slip.

Quotes on the focus core value:
“Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” - John F. Kennedy

“I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of
him.” - Abraham Lincoln