All About the Washington Monument

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The lesson introduces students to the Washington Monument, one of the most recognizable and unique monuments in the U.S. and the world. The lesson provides interesting facts about the monument, such as the reason it was built, the person who designed it, the challenges faced during its construction, and important historical documents buried at the monument’s base. It is recommended that students take a “field trip” to the monument using one of the many video resources available. The lesson may be used in conjunction with other lessons related to various monuments in Washington, D.C., President George Washington, or other famous world landmarks.

All About the Washington Monument Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about All About the Washington Monument
  • Hands-on homework activities
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 3-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

The lesson introduces students to the Washington Monument, one of the most recognizable and unique monuments in the U.S. and the world. The lesson provides interesting facts about the monument, such as the reason it was built, the person who designed it, the challenges faced during its construction, and important historical documents buried at the monument’s base. It is recommended that students take a “field trip” to the monument using one of the many video resources available. The lesson may be used in conjunction with other lessons related to various monuments in Washington, D.C., President George Washington, or other famous world landmarks.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction: 

  1. Display an image of the Washington Monument and ask students what the monument means to them. Ask if they know where the monument is located and to share any other information with the class.
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. Ask students if they know of other monuments in the world.  Ask students if they understand the purpose of monuments.
  3. Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce All About the Washington Monuments to the class.
  4. Distribute All About the Washington Monument content pages. Read and review the information with the students.  Save the final question for the lesson closing.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  5. Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions.  Distribute supplies and encourage students to be creative with the design.  It should be as original as possible, but also realistic in its design.  Allow students sufficient time to complete the design and drawing.  Remind students there should be some text associated with the monument and may be shown using an arrow pointing to its location(s) on the monument.
  6. Once completed, the students will share their design and drawing with another student or with the entire class. Prominently display the new monuments in the classroom.
  7. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.  Ask students to correct the false statements.
  8. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
  9. In closing, ask students: Explain why the words of Robert Winthrop still hold true today.
  10. Allow for responses and discussion. The students should be encouraged to break down each part of the quote and to use their own words for their meaning.

Common Core State Standards:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.1-4, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.1-4, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.1-4, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6.1-4

Class Sessions (45 minutes): 1 – 2 class sessions

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Additional information

Grade Level

3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Social Studies