Created with my third graders in mind, this packet will make your unit on American symbols stress-free! Other than having to print the activities out and setting aside red, blue, and green crayons, you'll be good to go as soon as the product is downloaded.
This packet includes:
- A starter passage to activate and build background knowledge of the somewhat difficult concept of symbols.
- A checklist, so you and your kids can keep track of which passages they've completed.
- Passages on the following symbols: Bald Eagle, American Flag, Statue of Liberty, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, White House, Mount Rushmore
- Each passage is wrapped up with three questions, which require students to underline or highlight information in either red, blue, or green. All red questions start with "what", blue starts with "where" and green starts with "why". This repetition helps kids of varying abilities know what to expect with each passage.
- Passages all include an extension activity asking students to draw their own symbol to represent a specific idea, which serves several purposes, I have found. First, it encourages the kids to use their time wisely, so they can get to the drawing, obviously! Second, it is a task that every child feels confident about tackling. And finally, it requires higher order thinking (application, above all) that helps us assess whether or not the child understands symbols and/or the idea in the task, without the child feeling at risk of failure. Plus, it's a great way to keep early finishers from sitting and staring out the window until it's time for the next activity.
- A final, end-of-unit activity in which students pick a symbol and report on it. This is open-ended enough for teachers to decide if students should write, draw, or do both.
My third graders have loved these passages, and I'm hoping your little ones will too!