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Symbols and Landmarks

Time Frame:
5 class periods that run 30 minutes each.

Group Size:
Large Groups


 

Summary:
The students will learn to identify different world, national, state, and community symbols and distinguish between them.

Main Curriculum Tie:
Social Studies - 1st Grade
Standard 2 Objective 3

Name school, neighborhood, Utah state, and national symbols, landmarks, and documents.

Materials:
Books:

  • Americana Adventure, by Michael Garland
  • Uncle Sam and Old Glory: Symbols of America, by Delno C. West
  • A is For Arches: A Utah Alphabet, by Becky Hall
Materials
  • Crayons (one red, one blue, one white for each student)
  • colored paper to copy the assessment on so that the white crayon will show up

Attachments

  • Symbols.ppt
    This PowerPoint can be used to introduce students to some of the National Symbols/Landmarks.
  • Symbols.pdf
    (PDF version of the Symbols PowerPoint)
  • Community_and_School_Symbols.pdf
    These can be used to show students different types of symbols in the community and around the school.
  • State_Symbols.pdf
    These can be used to show students different types of symbols for the State of Utah.
  • National_Symbols.pdf
    These can be used to show students different types of symbols around the nation.
  • World_Symbols.pdf
    These can be used to show students different types of symbols around the world.
  • Symbols_and_Landmarks.pdf
    Use for the assessment part of the lesson.

Web Sites

  • Do You Know Your Traffic Signs
    Information and online quiz to introduce students to traffic signs in their communities.
  • Traffic Sign Bingo
    Can be used to introduce students to community symbols. Teacher preparation for the game is required.

Background For Teachers:
Day 1 can be completed with little preparation on the part of the teacher. The other days will require more planning in order to be prepared.

Student Prior Knowledge:
Students will need to understand the difference between world, nation, state, and community

Intended Learning Outcomes:
The students will be able to identify different symbols and landmarks and differentiate between community and school, state, national, and world symbols.

Instructional Procedures:
Day 1
Gather the class together. Tell the class that you are going to show them some different hand signs and see if they can guess what the signs mean. (Show the signs for love, peace, listen, counting 1-5, yawning, etc.)

Now make some sounds the class can hear and have the class guess them. (Sounds may include clapping, sighing, animal noises etc.) Tell the class that these signs are symbols and that symbols are all around us.

Symbols can be pictures as well as hand signs or sounds. Ask the class to name some picture symbols they know. (These may include restaurant signs, street signs, food signs, etc.) Refer to the materials list for large black and white pictures of different community and school, state, national, and world symbols.

Send the students to their seats with a sheet of blank paper to draw as many symbols as they can think of. Then have them share their drawings with the class.

Day 2
Introduce community symbols to the class. For fun game ideas, refer to the web sites listed in the materials portion of the lesson. The web sites are "Do You Know Your Traffic Signs" and "Traffic Sign Bingo."

Day 3
Introduce state symbols to the class. A fun book to read is "A is for Arches: A Utah Alphabet" by: Becky Hall.

Day 4
Introduce national symbols and world symbols to the class. National symbols can be introduced through using the "Symbols" PowerPoint listed in the materials and by reading the books Americana Adventure, by Michael Garland and Uncle Sam and Old Glory: Symbols of America, by: Delno C. West.

Day 5
Give the class the "Symbols and Landmarks." assessment sheet found in the Materials section of this lesson plan.

Extensions:
Ask students who have traveled to other countries, or who are native to other countries, to share pictures, experiences, or memorabilia that they might have. Also, take the class on a visit to the school library to look at books about Utah, America, and different countries around the world. (You will want to let your librarian know about this visit ahead of time so that books can be gathered and ready for your class visit.)

Assessment Plan:
Have students follow the directions at the top of the page (Symbols and Landmarks) to identify the different symbols.

Attachments

Author:
TOM SUTTON
Stephanie Seely
Kristen Cottrell
Calbert Beck

Created Date :
Jun 18 2010 09:38 AM

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