Symbols in America

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Introduce the symbols of the United States with our engaging Symbols in America Lesson Plan, which focuses on symbols of the country, not each individual state.  While not every symbol is included, you can tailor the lesson to include your specific state or local symbols. Stimulate critical thinking as students correlate symbols with their meaning.  By creating a symbol that represents the classroom, students express their creativity while generalizing their understanding of the purpose of symbols.

Symbols in America Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about the US symbols
  • Hands-on homework activities
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 1-3 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

Introduce the symbols of the United States with our engaging Symbols in America Lesson Plan, which focuses on symbols of the country, not each individual state.  While not every symbol is included, you can tailor the lesson to include your specific state or local symbols. Stimulate critical thinking as students correlate symbols with their meaning.  By creating a symbol that represents the classroom, students express their creativity while generalizing their understanding of the purpose of symbols.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction

1. Display the U.S. Flag, and a familiar symbol for the classroom or school, which your students would easily recognize. Ask: What do the two items/objects have in common?
2. Allow for responses and discussion. Guide the students to “both are symbols” of something.
3. Ask students if they know of any other symbols used in society. (Advertising, sports’ teams, etc.)
4. Allow for responses and discussion.
5. Ask: Why are symbols used?
6. Allow for responses and discussion.
7. Distribute the Symbols in America content pages. Read and review the information with the children. Clarify each symbol. Use additional resources for extra content.
8. Distribute the Activity pages. Pair students. Review the instructions. Distribute scissors and glue.
9. Check and review the responses. Distribute white drawing paper/construction paper, colored pencils, and other supplies.
10.Tell students they will now design and draw a symbol for the classroom. Give students ample time to create a symbol to represent the classroom. Remind students to be creative.

Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.7

Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions.

Additional Resources:

Want more social studies resources? Check out our other Social Studies Lesson Plans!

Additional information

Grade Level

1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade

Subject

Reading