Big Idea: We are a product of what happened before and what we value will affect the future. Objective



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Lesson Plan – Social Studies

  1. Big Idea: We are a product of what happened before and what we value will affect the future.

  2. Objective: I can create accurate representations of American symbols, and communicate the significance to our national history and our society.

  3. Power Standards:

    1. SS01-S3C1-01

      1. PO 1: Identify national symbols and monuments that represent American democracy and values: American Flag, Bald Eagle, Statue of Liberty, White House, and the Washington Monument.

  4. Skills to be taught:

    1. Students will create a poster that communicates the significance of various national symbols.

    2. Students will present their pictures to classmates, and share the importance of the various national symbols.

    3. Students will listen to peer-presented discussions that discuss the significance of various national symbols.

    4. Students

  5. Content to be taught:

    1. Students will recognize symbols that represent America.

    2. Students will explain what the national symbols mean to America.

    3. Students will distinguish between the American Flag, Bald Eagle, Statue of Liberty, White House and Washington Monument.

    4. Students will recognize the symbols and monuments that represent American democracy and values.

    5. Students will recognize the importance of honoring our country’s symbols.

    6. Students will recognize people who have contributed to, worked for and supported the rights and freedoms of others.

  6. Vocabulary of Lesson:

    1. Freedom – being able to make your own choices.

    2. Reason – why something happened (both positive and negative).

    3. American Flag – A piece of cloth with colors and shapes that stand for things.

    4. Landmark – A symbol that is a place people can visit.

    5. Bald Eagle – A bird that represents America’s freedom and strength.

    6. Statute of Liberty – A monument that represents freedoms.

    7. Washington Monument – A monument that honors America’s first President.

    8. White House – The President’s house

  7. Sequence of Lesson: This lesson will be a culminating activity of American History.

    1. Review with the class the American symbols we have already discussed through the last week (American Flag, White House, Bald Eagle, Statue of Liberty and Washington Monument).

    2. Break students into groups, and assign each group to one symbol.

    3. These groups will receive one piece of drawing paper and one piece of writing paper.

    4. Groups will discuss in their groups why their symbol is special, and then write down on the writing paper their reasons. Ask them why it is important Americans remember to show respect to this symbol, and how we can show respect in our own lives.

    5. After students have written down why these symbols are special, they will draw a picture. Have the pictures placed on red or blue construction paper.

    6. Give students time to finish up their writing and drawing their pictures.

    7. As a group, the students will present their writing and drawings to the class. Students will focus on the importance of these symbols, and how America is what it is because of these symbols.

    8. After all of the presentations, the class will review again what symbols we discussed and why each one is special to our nation’s history.

  8. Assessment Choices: Presentations and teacher-observation.

  9. Resources and Materials Needed:

    1. Red or blue construction paper

    2. White drawing paper

    3. Lined writing paper

    4. Pictures of White House, American Flag, Bald Eagle, Washington Monument, and the Statue of Liberty for students to look at while drawing their pictures.


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