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


1 - 1.5 Hours

Common Core Curriculum Standards


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


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


  • 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


  • 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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