National Symbols is a literacy-based History unit aligned with the Common Core Standards. The 149-page unit includes 13 COMPLETE lessons, giving 1st-3rd grade students all of the content and a balanced mix of higher and lower level activities to learn about our National Symbols.
Lesson 1: The American Flag
Lesson 2: The Bald Eagle
Lesson 3: The Great Seal
Lesson 4: The United States Capitol
Lesson 5: The Liberty Bell
Lesson 6: The Statue of Liberty
Lesson 7: The Washington Monument
Lesson 8: The Jefferson Memorial
Lesson 9: The Lincoln Memorial
Lesson 10: The Golden Gate Bridge
Lesson 11: Mount Rushmore
Lesson 12: The Gateway Arch
Lesson 13: The Empire State Building
Students will learn about each of the 13 national symbols through these Core Standard-aligned activities:
answering questions that strengthen comprehension of informational text
following directions activities to strengthen comprehension of functional text
using picture cues to create and analyze historical time lines
distinguishing between true/false statements and facts/opinions
participating in short research projects to build knowledge
creating and utilizing graphic organizers for informative/expository writing
using number/letter pairs to create grids and maps
creating and analyzing bar graphs
using cardinal/intermediate directions to plot points of interest on maps
Students will even follow written directions to make their own 3-dimensional model of Mount Rushmore and a Statue of Liberty bookmark. All patterns included!
We've included a unit pretest and post test, color versions of the lessons for your White Board, black and white versions to make copies for your students, answers pages, and grading rubrics for the higher-level activities.
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THANK YOU! This unit (and my heart) needed a positive comment! We think it is a great unit--we enjoy using it with our 1st and 2nd graders--I think our students are going to "blow the tops" off the standardized tests this year because of all the expository text practice. I'm glad you are enjoying using it. Please consider following us--have you checked out our St. Patrick's Day Unit yet?
Thank you for your purchase and comments regarding our National Symbols Unit. I agree with you that the nature of Social Studies/History expository text content is difficult for first graders. This is why we included so many hands-on cut and paste activities to reinforce the text. As stated in the Lesson Plan overview, we suggest that you read the content of each lesson aloud with your class and then use the activities as Center Work--this may even be when you involve your parent helpers or have the students work in pairs.
The Reading/Language Common Core Standards for first graders are VERY rigorous--first graders are expected to go from printing upper and lower case letters to producing and expanding simple and compound declarative, interrogative, imperative, and exclamatory sentences. Add Social Studies Content into that mix and what used to be appropriate for 3rd graders is now the expectation of 1st graders.
February 20, 2013
These were great to use with our social studies curriculum.
excellent product. My team is excited to put it to practice! Could have been a little stronger with some of the activities to support common core at the third grade level. Rigor wasn't as high as expected for main stream classes, but ELD was just right.
Thank you for your purchase and for taking the time to comment on our National Symbols Unit. We encourage all buyers to take advantage of downloading our Preview files, which include the COMPLETE Table of Contents, outlining every aspect of the lessons in our units. You would have been able to see that each of the 13 lessons in our National Symbols Unit is followed by core standard comprehension of informational and functional text--the hallmark of all of our units/lessons + the highlighted hands-on higher level activities that involved cut and paste mapping, time lines, 3-dimensional object creation, etc. I have looked over the Product Overview and our Preview, and we never advertised this unit as kinesthetic, so your comments are a bit confusing.
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