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Playing Patriotically

Suggested Grade Level

Suggested Values

Suggested Subject Matter

K Patriotism Other

Students will:
• Deepen their understanding around the core value patriotism.
• Reflect and analyze on their experiences of voting and participating in a democracy.

Introductory Activity:
Teacher: “Today we are going to deepen our understanding of our core value of patriotism (point to the Medal of Honor
patriotism poster displayed in the classroom). In this country, this state and this classroom we respect everyone's opinions
and ideas. When we have to agree on something, one way to decide is by voting, then supporting that group decision.
There are many different ways that we can vote, by raising our hands, with a check mark or post-it note, by putting a ballot
in a box. Today we are going to vote on which game to play during our lesson! By voting today we show patriotism."

Small Group Activity:
Teacher Model: “This is a ballot. A ballot is used to write our votes. Grown-ups use ballots when they are voting too.
I am going to put a check on my ballot in the one box of the game I want the most. I’m going to cover up my ballot
so my vote is a private choice that I do not share with others. My idea is important and I don’t want to vote for what
my friend is voting, I want to vote for my idea. I am not going to write my name on my ballot because a vote is anonymous
and private. After I put a check to vote for my favorite game on the ballot, I will put it in the ballot box and sit down.
When everyone has voted, we will count the votes and see which game was elected.”

Small Group Activity:
Tally the votes on a chart, when a game is elected, play the game you voted on.

Concluding Activity:
Discussion and place heart on class patriotism medal.
Guiding questions:
- For those of you who voted for a different game than the one we played, how did that make you feel?
- I noticed some of you showed outstanding patriotism by having a good attitude even though you chose a different game.
- Is voting a fair way to decide what is best for the whole class? Why or why not?
- We were patriotic today and honored this core value. Let’s place a heart on our patriotic Medal of Honor. If citizenship is also highlighted in discussion and actions, place a heart on the citizenship medal as well.


Discussion and observation, reflection on activity, student participation

Extended Activities:
Math: Students can count and tally votes.
Discussion and class definition of patriotism: create a circle map or written definition as a class of the core value patriotism
to add to the medal displayed in the classroom

Premade ballots with 2-3 game choices ideas: octopus tag, freeze tag, duck duck gray duck, colors tag, parachute, etc.
Ballot box
Large motor space