American Symbols will help your preschool or kindergarten students learn, understand, and practice using the terms used when talking about American symbols. It also will provide you with resources to make your unit come to life. By integrating Social Studies and non-fiction texts into your daily lessons, you not only create an enthusiasm in your students, but you can create the "hook" you need to engage even the most reluctant learners.
This packet includes many resources including: 3 part cards, (nomenclature), vocabulary pictures (great for ELL students), center activities, art projects, craft ideas, STEM/STEAM activities, anchor charts, recording pages, reading passages, fully written out thematic lesson plans, poems, math, language, writing, and science activities and more!
Students will learn and use these vocabulary words:
America, The Statue Of Liberty, flag, The United States Of America, Mount Rushmore, Abraham Lincoln, The Lincoln Memorial, George Washington, The Washington Monument, bald eagle, The White House, The Liberty Bell, justice, freedom, liberty, and more!
Each word has a vocabulary card (with a real life picture). My students love being able to make real life connections from looking at the high quality photographs.
Through a series of lessons, students are presented with the following hands-on lessons:
Day 1: What are American Symbols?
Day 2: The American Flag
Day 3: Famous Presidents- George Washington
(The White House and Washington Monument)
Day 4: Famous Presidents- Abraham Lincoln
(The Lincoln Memorial)
Day 5: The Statue Of Liberty
Day 6: The Liberty Bell
Day 7: The Bald Eagle
Day 8: Mount Rushmore
All lessons are written out thematically. They are written out step by step for your morning meeting time, your language lessons, and math activities and extensions! Each lesson also comes with beautiful pictures to help your children understand the objectives in a hands-on way. Many of the lessons also contain links to videos and resources to use while teaching the lesson!
There are also math and language extensions included in this packet:
1. Can you make an American Symbol out of pattern blocks?
Invite students to create the symbols using pattern blocks.
2. Can you build the Washington Monument out of unifix cubes?
Set up a provocation with a picture of the Washington Monument along with unifx cubes. See if your students can build it. Then they can measure it!
3. Can you create an arch using blocks?
Set out a variety of blocks and have students try to create the St. Louis Arch.
4. Measure the wing span of a bald eagle.
A bald eagle’s wing span is from 6-7 feet wide!
5. Weighing the Liberty Bell.
The actual Liberty Bell weighs 2,080 pounds. You can have students create a model and weigh it. For a challenge, have students compare the weight of theirs to the actual Liberty Bell!
6. Can you make a map?
Use the maps provided or real maps and have students create their own maps. These can be life-sized (using butcher paper), on drawing paper, using representational manipulatives (tangrams, pattern blocks, etc.), or 3dimensional!
1. Write a letter to the President.
A letter to Abraham Lincoln from a child, influenced him. Invite students to write to our president about something that matters to them!
2. Unscramble the Pledge Of Allegiance.
At a pocket chart, have students unscramble the pledge and then write it in their best handwriting.
3. Describe an American Symbol.
Have students look at a few pictures and then describe an American Symbol.
4. After researching facts about bald eagles, have students write a report about them.
Read your class the story and then have them write a few sentences about bald eagles.
5. Sing/write/read patriotic songs
Use the song pages included in this pack to help build fluency.
Your students will LOVE these lessons and activities.
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