Lesson Plan:

Signs and Symbols Scavenger Hunt

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September 23, 2015
by Cortney Nagler

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify and describe the meanings of different common signs.


Introduction (10 minutes)

  • Ask the students if they know what a sign or symbol is. See if they can give you some examples.
  • Let the students know that they will be identifying signs and symbols in their community.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (20 minutes)

  • Show one index card at a time and see if the children have ever seen that symbol before?
  • Ask them to identify each symbol's name and what it means.
  • You may need to guide them through this conversation if the students are not putting forth answers and get stuck.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (30 minutes)

  • Have students begin a neighborhood scavenger hunt. They'll try to see if they can find all eight signs/symbols.
  • Try to see if the students can spot them first. Once the class identifies one, have them write down the name of the sign on the first line. For example: School Crossing.
  • On the second line, they should write what it means. For example: This is where kids and adults can safely cross the street to go to school.

Independent Working Time (20 minutes)

  • Have students practice writing the signs/symbols on their worksheet independently.
  • When the students see the sign/symbol in public, they will place a check mark in the red box off to the left of the picture.



  • Enrichment: Have advanced students create some signs or symbols for the rest of the class to find.
  • Support: Pair each struggling student up with a student who has a stronger grasp on the lesson content.


Assessment (5 minutes)

  • Have students turn in their Signs and Symbol Scavenger Hunt worksheets.
  • Check to see if every student correctly identifies each sign and understands what each of them mean.

Review and Closing (5 minutes)

  • As a whole group, go through the index cards again. You could call on a student to identify a sign/symbol and have him tell you in his words what it means.
  • Ask the students why it is important to know what signs and symbols mean when you see them in the community.

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