Student will identify important American symbols and explain their meaning.
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.
- 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.
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.