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Teacher: Today we are going to deepen our understanding of patriotism. 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, or 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: This is a ballot. A ballot is used to write our votes. Adults 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 selected.
Whole Group Activity:
Distribute one ballot to each student, and remind them of the rules:
After students have marked their ballots, collect them and tally the votes on a chart. Then, play the game which received the most votes.
Ask the following guiding questions:
Reinforce the importance of having a good attitude even if the vote does not go your way, and praise students for their patriotism. Discuss that exercising your right to vote is showing patriotism.
Discussion and observation, reflection on activity, student participation
Have students count and tally votes.
Use a circle map to write a class definition for patriotism.