Lesson plan

Signs and Symbols Scavenger Hunt

The world is full or signs and symbols! This lesson will allow your students to explore and understand signs and symbols in their community.
Grade Subject View aligned standards

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

(10 minutes)
  • Ask the students if they know what a sign or symbol is, by asking, "What do you think of when I say sign?" See if they can give you some examples.
  • Let the students know that they will be identifying signs and symbols in their community.
(20 minutes)
  • Show one image of a sign 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.
(30 minutes)
  • Either take your class for a walk, or set-up a sign scavenger hunt in your classroom (e.g. hang signs around the room).
  • Have students begin a the scavenger hunt. They'll try to see if they can find all eight signs/symbols.
  • Once a student identifies a sign, have them place a check mark in the red box off to the left of the picture. Encourage students to write down the name of the sign on the first line. For example: School Crossing.
(20 minutes)
  • Have students practice writing the signs/symbols on back of their worksheet independently.
  • Ask students to share what each sign means with a partner. For example, the school crossing sign shows where kids and adults can safely cross the street to go to school.
  • 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.
(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.
(5 minutes)
  • As a whole group, go through the signs again. You could call on a student to identify a sign/symbol and have them 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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