Patriotic Fun for the Classroom!

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Happy 4th of July!  I love this holiday and the time we have to reflect on our country.  I don’t always agree with the politics but I do know that we are very lucky and blessed and that we live in an amazing country.  I don’t know about your school calendar but I love that we have so many opportunities to either be in school or teach around patriotic holidays.  I just wanted to share a few things we did this last year.

Veteran’s Day is an amazing holiday and we are in school that day.  I LOVE that our school uses our main hall to create a Hall of Honor.  The staff and students are give the opportunity to create a little card about a relative that is a veteran.  All the cards are hung up and displayed.  This year we added our own little artwork and writing to the Hall of Honor – life size soldiers! 

The kids loved this activity and did such an amazing job thanking a soldier for their service.  When we were all done we boxed them up and sent them to deployed soldiers.  I sure wish I was a fly on the wall when they opened their letters and found little mini-me’s!  Here’s a couple more pics of our Veteran’s Day project:

This is a definite do again project.  If you try it – just give yourself plenty of time.  Coloring the entire body camo takes a while!  We broke this project up into several days and the kids loved it!!

When we got to our USA unit we did lots of fun patriotic things.  Unfortunately – I can’t find any of the pictures!  My favorite activities were the directed drawings of the Statue of Liberty (from Deanna Jump), the paper tearing US flag and the bald eagle (from 1st Grade Hip Hip Hooray)!  Here’s the idea:
Statue Of Liberty kid drawingCrumpled paper flag to celebrate the Fourth of July! Tearing and crumpling paper is great for dexterity skills, bilateral coordination, and hand strength.  Gluing is a great sensory-motor and messy play play activity!

Most of all, I love that I can teach the kids that there is more to these holidays than a day off school or a BBQ.  I love that I can share my love for this country.  I love that I can help instill some patriotism in their lives. 


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