Patriot Day + a FREEBIE

Patriot Day is a special day and I've made a tradition of using it to teach my first graders about national symbols, American heroes, and patriotism.  Here's a look at our day!  And don't forget to scroll all the way down for a  FREE download!

We started by reading as much non-fiction as we could find to help us learn about American symbols.  I just love this set of readers from Scholastic!


When then made our own American Symbols mini-books.  My kids were so excited to be able to take something home that would help them teach their families about these symbols.  I just love when they decide to be little teachers!




In the afternoon we made these simple, but fun tissue paper flags and discussed the meanings of the colors on the flag.  Click here for a link to this FREE template or keep scrolling to the bottom!



While we finished up our flags we had a little red, white, and blue snack.  When students ate a certain color I had them tell their neighbor what it stood for.


I had these American Heroes coloring pages available for a few of the fast finishers and it led to some wonderful class discussion about what defines a hero!


How do you honor Patriot Day in your classroom?


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