Lesson Plan:

American Symbols

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October 8, 2015
by Cortney Nagler

Learning Objectives

Student will identify important American symbols and explain their meaning.

Lesson

Introduction (10 minutes)

  • Tell students that today they will be learning about some of the most important symbols in the United States of America.
  • Ask students if they can define symbol. After discussion, define, and record, if necessary, a symbol as an item that represents something else.
  • Ask students if they can name any American symbols.
  • Help guide them through this discussion by naming items such as the bald eagle, the American flag, and the Statue of Liberty.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (20 minutes)

  • Put one of the six American symbols cards under a document camera or have the kids gather in a tighter space so they can see the picture.
  • Ask the children if they can identify the symbol you are holding up.
  • See if they can tell you anything about that symbol that you are showing them.
  • Next, read the corresponding card that goes along with that symbol.
  • Make sure to go through all six symbols.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (60 minutes)

  • Note: Depending how many students you have, group them into groups of 3-4.
  • Choose a number of worksheets from those provided.
  • Using these worksheets create a number of stations for your students to rotate around.
  • Give students 5-10 minutes per station and have them rotate once the time is up.

Independent Working Time

  • Have your students complete their work in the different stations independently.

Extend

Differentiation

  • Enrichment: See if these students can come up with more examples of American symbols.
  • Support: The students will be working in groups. They can use the help of the other group members to work through any issues they may be having.

Review

Assessment (5 minutes)

  • Complete an assessment of each student by pulling them one-on-one while they are in groups and seeing if they can tell you a couple facts about each symbol.

Review and Closing (10 minutes)

  • After all the stations have been completed, have the class come back together.
  • Ask each student to tell the class one fact they learned and what their favorite activity was.

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