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American Symbols: A First Grade Unit

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This unit was developed for my first grade intervention class. It can be modified to work in Kindergarten or second grade as needed. I always begin the lesson with the word wall vocabulary words. They each have a corresponding picture to aid in meaning recognition. I find that this helps them remember what the words mean and they refer back to the word wall frequently to use the picture cue. Four mini books are included that break the unit up into four areas:
• The Statue of Liberty
• The Bald Eagle
• The Liberty Bell
• The American Flag
The mini books are assembled by cutting them out and stapling in page order. There are a few activity sheets that go along with the theme:
• Statue of Liberty Diagram Sheet
o Students cut out labels and paste it to the diagram
• Cloze Sheet
o Students use word bank to fill in information about the Statue of Liberty.
• Statue of Liberty Writing.
o Students write about why the Statue of Liberty is an American Symbol and draw a picture of it.
• Bald Eagle Writing
o Students write about why the Bald Eagle is an American Symbol and draw a picture of it.
• Venn Diagram
o Students work in partners to compare and contrast the Liberty Bell and Statue of Liberty.
• Flag Coloring
o Students color the flag the appropriate colors
• Flag Sheet
o Students use their mini-book to answer questions about the flag
o Word bank included.
• Cloze Sheet
o Students use the word bank to fill in information about the Liberty Bell.
Included assessment can be given when unit is complete.
I developed this unit with the Common Core in mind. The importance of informational text and non-fiction reading is stressed within the Common Core through-out the grade levels. This presents material in a way that students do not seem threatened by, unlike a large text book. Also, writing is incorporated quite often as this is such an important and developing skill in first grade.

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