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1 Teaching American History Grant American Tapestry Lesson Plan Template Teacher: Virginia Catania Nancy DeLucia Grade: First Second Unit Topic: U.S. Symbols History Essential Questions: How do the symbols representing America contribute to the feeling of patriotism? Standards of Learning: History SOL: The student will develop knowledge of patriotic symbols, develop an understanding of the thought, feelings, and emotions they represent; and develop a sense of national identity and patriotism. Reading SOL: The student will read about specific symbols for inquiry and apply evaluative criteria to discover how they represent patriotism. (1) The Students will increase their vocabulary by reading a variety of books about the American symbols. (2) Students will read, conduct research, write, and organize information on the American symbols. (3) Students will describe the American symbols using grade-level vocabulary. Lesson Objectives: Content: The student will recognize national symbols and icons such as the Flag, the bald eagle, Liberty Bell, Statue of Liberty, and the Pledge of Allegiance and learn how they relate to patriotism. Students will develop an appreciation for certain symbols, landmarks, songs and poems to the democratic ideals they represent, such as the Statue of Liberty representing fairness and justice, the American flag representing liberty, and the Star Spangled Banner representing freedom.

2 Process: The student will read several genres on the topic of U.S. symbols. Students will compare meanings of symbols by viewing a Power Point and discussing everyday symbols with a partner. Students will recognize common meanings of symbols by creating a class list of symbols and their meanings. The student will discuss the importance of having symbols and their relationships to promoting/establishing patriotism. Materials: Tradebooks: Books: Harcourt Social Studies textbook / QuickReads level B Transparency: PowerPoint activities: Attached Liberty Bell.ppt Our Flag.ppt Symbols.ppt Handout: Comprehension Questions and Vocabulary Match worksheets Primary Source Document: pictures of the: U.S. flag, the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and the Bald Eagle, Statue of Liberty, Liberty Bell and the Flag. Replicas of the: Statue of Liberty, the Liberty Bell, and the Flag.

3 Assessment/Evaluation: The student will complete the comprehension worksheets with at least 80% accuracy. The student will complete an information flipbook about the national patriotic symbols using the US Symbols Scoring Guide. Lesson Procedure Background Knowledge and Purpose Setting: Introduce this set of lessons to students by explaining that a symbol is an object that stands for something else. Inform them they are going to be examining some famous American symbols. Explain that before we begin exploring some of the common symbols that Americans cherish, we will look at some common everyday symbols. After viewing a variety of pictures, have students write down what they think each picture/ symbol stands for. The class will recite the Pledge of Allegiance. The teacher will explain to students that the United States of America is a place that where people live. Point out that the United States of America is sometimes called America or the U.S. Locate the United States on a map or globe. *Each U.S. symbol (the flag, bald eagle, Statue of Liberty, and the Liberty Bell) will be presented in the format described below in separate lessons Before Reading: The teacher will do a picture walk of the book with the students reviewing key words that will be needed for the students to comprehend the main ideas being presented. Students will make predictions on what the symbols may stand for. During Reading: The student will keep a list of words that are important in the study of American Symbols and Patriotism. After Reading: The student will review unknown vocabulary and summarize the main points of interest. They will recognize and be familiar with the significance of the Liberty Bell, the American flag, the Bald Eagle, and the Statue of Liberty. They will share and discuss what was read and what they interpreted it to mean.

4 Closure: The student will demonstrate their understanding of the U.S. symbols by creating a flipbook of printed words and pictures. Students will be able to complete an assessment of key vocabulary terms that are relative to the understanding and knowledge of patriotic symbols, national identity, and patriotism. Extension/Differentiation: The student could study and compare and contrast the Great Seal of the United States and the Florida State Seal. Students could create a class flag. They will decide what symbols and colors will be used Students could write a poem or musical rap about an American symbol.

5 Vocabulary Match Match the definition with the correct vocabulary word Liberty Immigrant Pedestal Crown Rays Monument Pride Strength Announce Clapper Colony Copper Freedom Independence Liberty Allegiance Citizen Old Glory Colonies Revolution Colonist Symbol A- an object that stands for something else B- the state of being free C- the base or support of a statue D- to tell people something in public E- freedom from the control of other people and things F- a nickname for the American flag G- freedom H- a country or area under full or partial control of another country I- a forcible overthrow of a government J- a reddish brown metal K- a person leaving one country to live in another. L- circular head piece worn by royalty M- a swinging piece of metal that makes a bell ring N- points on the crown O- the right to live the way you want P- a building, structure, or sight that is of historical or symbolic importance Q- a person or thing that is an object of or source of a feeling or satisfaction R- loyalty or commitment of an individual person to a group S- an inhabitant of a particular place T- a person who lives in a colony U- an area that has been settled by people from another country and is ruled by another country V- the influence or power possessed by a person, organization, or country

6 Comprehension Questions Flag U.S. What three colors do you find on the American flag and what do they represent? Why are there 50 stars on the U.S. flag? How do we show respect for the flag? What do you feel when you see the flag? Why? What year was the first American flag flown? How was it different from today s flag?

7 Comprehension Questions Bell Liberty Where is the Liberty Bell located? What does the Liberty Bell symbolize? Why were so many Americans excited to be able to see the Liberty Bell as it made its journey across the country? What caused the first crack in the Liberty Bell?

8 Comprehension Questions The Bald Eagle Write T if the statement is true F if the statement is false The bald eagle is the national bird of the United States. The arrows that are held by the eagle represent peace. The Great Seal of the United States shows the bald eagle holding 13 arrows in its mouth. The 13 olive branches in the eagle s talon stand for the power of peace. There are 13 arrows stand for the power to make war.

9 Comprehension Questions The Statue of Liberty Another name for the Statue of Liberty is. The Statue of Liberty is located in. The Statue of Liberty was a gift from. The Statue of Liberty is a symbol of. She holds a in one hand and a in the other hand.

10 American Symbols Rubric

11 Primary Source Documents memory.loc.gov/cgibin/query/h?ammem/bdsbi 1(bdsdcc+02101)) Declaration of Independence

12 Constitution of the United States

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