This is an American Symbols, Landmarks, and Heroes close reading common core informational text unit focusing on first grade social studies themes. American symbols, Presidents, and The White House are all presented in article form. Each topic has a set of activities to help students internalize facts, connect to writing, discuss, and practice close reading annotation skills. It is three units in one. The following is a list of what the unit contains:
Articles for students to annotate on the following topics:
Flag (2 versions for differentiation)
Liberty Bell (2 versions for differentiation)
Statue of Liberty (2 versions for differentiation)
Bald Eagle (2 versions for differentiation)
The President (2 versions for differentiation)
American Heroes(2 versions for differentiation)
George Washington (Informative and Opinion articles)
Abraham Lincoln (Informative and Opinion articles)
The White House (2 versions for differentiation)
2 Narrative Input Chart Wall Stories (with differentiated mini-books) -These are great for building background and interest in the topics. One introduces American Symbols and the other introduces the concept of the Presidency.
Poetry Connection with Presidents and a cute craftivity to go with it (see photos)
Vocabulary wall cards
Annotation reference page
Written annotation pages that connect to annotation symbols
Web note taking page
Two column note taking pages
Essential question discussion cards with language frames
Masters for student created mini-book on American Symbols and Presidents
Mentor text sentence pages to promote varied sentence structures
Conversation starter (background knowledge building) photographs for The White House
Graphic organizer for informational writing
Informational writing master pages
Text features pages
Opinion writing masters and prompts
Puzzles to help students understand how to answer in complete sentences
Find your partner/center activities
Statue of Liberty Craftivity where students make crown, torch, tablet
I just finished this unit with my first graders and we loved it. I greatly appreciate you taking the time to look, and if you do purchase I would love feedback (you can earn TPT credits too;).
UPDATED DECEMBER 2015 TO ADD 200 pages!! I combined my other American Symbols Units into this HUGE unit.
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