Patriotism mini demo lesson - edited! For an interview, I have to teach a patriotism lesson for 3rd grade. I have ten minutes. I was thinking of teaching the history the flag, since there are lots of visuals. Thoughts? Do you think the history of the flag is obviously related to patriotism or should I go for something more obvious like the Constitution or George Washington? I also thought about talking about voting. Thanks! EDIT**** I decided to do a lesson on Memorial Day since there was a state standard about it. I have posted my lesson plan below. Please critique, but remember it can only be a ten minute lesson. Title: Memorial Day Objectives: The student will be able to identify the purpose of Memorial Day and articulate its importance as it relates to patriotism. State Standard: Grade 3 Social Studies Strand 3: Civics/Government Concept 1: Foundations of Government Performance Objective 4d: Describe the significance of national holidays: Memorial Day. Learning materials: whiteboard, pencils, flag journaling sheets (found here: http://www.firstnetsource.com/american_flag_graphic/high_quality_image/bw/USA_Flag_Outline.gif) Classroom organization: Students will participate in this lesson as a whole group with occasional partner sharing. Anticipatory set: (1 min) Write the word “memory” on the board. Ask the students what a memory is. Take answers. Discussion: (7 min) Erase the “y” and add the letters “ial” to for the word “memorial”. Ask the students for a thumbs up if they have ever heard of this word. Now, add the word “day” after “memorial”. Ask the students to think-pair-share about this holiday. Take answers. Guiding questions: Who knows when Memorial Day is? Do we have school on this day? Why/why not? Who are we celebrating on Memorial Day? Why do you think the soldiers that we honor on Memorial Day chose to fight for our country? What is a word that means “to show love for one’s country”? How can we show patriotism? Activity: (2 min) Pass out flag journaling sheets. Ask the students to write down a way that they can show patriotism/love for their country this Memorial Day. Extension: Create a bulletin board with the title “We are proud to be Americans” and post the students’ flag papers. Ask them to report back after Memorial Day on how they showed patriotism over the holidays.