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Fourth of July Preschool Lesson Plan

written by: lhunsicker • edited by: Laurie Patsalides • updated: 6/15/2015

This Fourth of July lesson plan includes language literacy, math, a craft, and a snack idea. There are also Fourth of July stories that will help teach the meaning of Independence Day to preschoolers.

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    Circle Time and Story Time

    Fourth of July Preschool Lesson Plan During circle time, talk to students about the Fourth of July and what they know about this patriotic holiday and its meaning. Also, ask, "Have you ever seen fireworks or been to a firework display?"

    During story time, read books that discuss the Fourth of July and why we celebrate this holiday. Discuss the subject before and after a story to discover what students know and what they have learned. These books will also help them make connections of text to text, text to world and text to self.

    A Fourth of July story time selection of books is below. You can use the book selection to teach about the Fourth of July and the meaning it has to Americans.

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    Story Time Reading List

    "Beat the Drum, Independence Day Has Come: Poems for the Fourth of July" Lee Bennett-Hopkins and Tomie DePoala

    "The Story of America's Birthday" Patricia Pingry

    “We the Kids" David Catrow

    “Yankee Doodle" Gary Chalk

    “Fourth of July Mice" Bethany Roberts

    “The Fourth of July Story" Alice Dagliesh

    “Happy Fourth of July, Jenny Sweeney" Leslie Kimmelman

    “Betsy Ross" Alexandra Wallner

    Do not forget to have the children look at pictures and make predictions before reading. Stop periodically to go over vocabulary and discuss the story to make sure the children are following and comprehending what is being read.

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    Language/ Vocabulary

    Language skill building and vocabulary building can be done by naming the new words we are learning about the Fourth of July/ Independence Day. An example would be hold up a patriotic picture and have the children name what they see in the photo, such as a flag, star or patriotic colors (red, white and blue).

    Visual cues help children learn words and concepts.

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    Math

    Use American flags as manipulatives to count and match to the numbered picture card. Number index cards and place the corresponding number of flag stickers on each card. The students will place a flag manipulative on top of each sticker counting as they place the flag on each flag sticker. This helps fine motor as well as counting skills.

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    Firecracker Table Decoration Craft

    Materials Needed

    • Toilet paper rolls
    • Red, white and blue paint
    • Stickers
    • Star garland

    During craft time give each preschooler a toilet paper roll to paint in a patriotic color. Have the students decorate the toilet paper roll with stickers and star garland to create napkin rings or stick the garland straight up out the top of the roll for a table decoration. They will look like little firecrackers when done.

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    Fourth of July Snack

    Materials Needed

    • Graham crackers
    • Red, white and blue icing
    • Whipped cream
    • Blueberries and strawberries or cherries
    • Popsicle sticks

    During snack time, give preschool students graham crackers and red, white and blue icing in little cups. Have the students decorate their graham crackers using the popsicle sticks. Top with using whipped cream and fruits such as blueberries, and strawberries (or cherries), if desired.

    This can be done with a variety of other foods such as cupcakes, cake or cookies.

    During snack time, give preschool students both graham crackers and red, white and blue icing in little cups. Have the students decorate their graham crackers using the popsicle sticks. Top with using whipped cream and fruits such as blueberries, and strawberries (or cherries), if desired.

    This can be done with a variety of other foods such as cupcakes, cake or cookies.

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    With this Fourth of July Preschool lesson, students are sure to enjoy the holiday celebration while learning about its meaning.

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