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Parades Lesson Plan

Instructor: John Hamilton

John has tutored algebra and SAT Prep and has a B.A. degree with a major in psychology and a minor in mathematics from Christopher Newport University.

This lesson plan will teach your students about parades, as well as their cultural significance. They will also participate in a fun hands-on activity concerning parades that will reinforce new concepts.

Learning Objectives

After studying this lesson on parades, your students will be able to:

  • Actually make their own shoebox parade floats
  • Describe some elements of, and the significance of, certain parades and explain why communities hold them
  • Name some of the most famous parades in the United States

Length

1 - 1.5 Hours

Common Core Curriculum Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.7

Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.

Materials

  • Colored markers
  • Construction paper
  • Flowers
  • Glitter
  • Glue
  • Internet access
  • Miniature figurines
  • Scissors
  • Shoeboxes (one per pair of students)

Key Vocabulary

  • Balloons
  • Costumes
  • Cultural significance
  • Floats
  • Grand Marshal
  • Marching bands
  • Nostalgia
  • Procession

Instructions and Activity

Instructions

  • Explain to your students they will be learning about parades.
  • Ask them if anyone is familiar with parades, or can name some actual parades they have been to in the past.
  • Review the key vocabulary terms.

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