Missouri State Symbols
“Missouri State Symbols” is a Social Studies lesson created to help students understand the many symbols associated with the great state of Missouri. Students use online resources to research several state symbols and their meanings.
I have revised this product to better match the new standards recently issued.
Missouri Learning Standard ~ Social Studies:
Explain how the National Anthem symbolizes our nation. Recognize and explain the significance of the Gateway Arch and Great Seal of Missouri and other symbols of our state.
Symbols featured in this lesson:
Gateway Arch, State Seal, State Bird (bluebird), State Animal (Missouri Mule), State Flower/Floral Emblem (hawthorn), State Musical Instrument (fiddle)
Included in this product:
• Lesson Overview (included in preview)
• 5-Day Lesson Outline (included in preview)
• “I Can” Learning Goal Chart (color and grayscale version)
• Essential Question Chart (color and grayscale version)
• Power Word Poster – Missouri
• Power Word Teacher Page
• Content-rich Informational Text (Lexile measure 1020L)
• Nonfiction Text Graphic Organizer
• Reading Strategies Questions
• Words to Know Printable and Key – reviewing difficult words in text
• Cloze (scaffolded) Notes for informational text and Key
• 3D Graphic Organizer (foldable) and Key
• Power Questions Printable and Key (text-dependent questions)
• Quick Quiz and Key
• Critical Thinking Prompts for Interactive Notebooks
• BONUS: Our State Flag Printable and Key (included in preview)
The 3D graphic organizers (foldables) will fit within the pages of a standard composition notebook. However, the lesson is designed so that it can also be used without such notebooks.
Want your students to research more state symbols? A blank version of the foldable is included for that very purpose.
I completed this lesson with my students over a 5-day week. However, the lesson can easily be modified to suit your schedule and students’ needs – just use those activities/pages that fit the time you have to teach this subject.
Also available in the Show-Me State Series:
• Famous Missourians
• Statehood: The Missouri Compromise of 1820
• Cities in Missouri
• Regions of Missouri
Happy Teaching ~ The Reflective Educator