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Title: Ed 417 Strands

Ed 417 Strands
Heather Kirchner
Dara Dement
National Symbols for Third Grade
World Interactions
Activity 1
The students will be exploring the mountains of
the world. A symbol of the United States, Mt.
Rushmore, will be used to compare the different
mountain ranges of the world.
Activity 2
The students will be introduced to the use of
maps to find our national symbols such as the
Statue of Liberty and the Washington Monument.
The students will then complete a scavenger hunt
to locate simulated monuments that are around the
world such as the Eiffel Tower.
Activity 3
The students will be doing a role play. We are
going to put together a mock assembly of foreign
leaders and talk about the issues that are going
on in the world today. This will be a very
simplified version. This lesson is to simply
allow the students to see that the people around
the world get together to discuss issues. This
is a symbol of strength for the United States.
Activity 4
The students will be writing about their favorite
country in the world and discuss one to two of
their national symbols in that country. The
students will have access to the computer and
books for their research. This will allow them
to see that other nations in the world have
national symbols.
Activity 5
The students will be working with different
holidays that are celebrated throughout the
world. The Fourth of July would be one holiday
here and then we will be discussing a country
that has a holiday like our Fourth. This will
be done for 4 holidays then the students will
create a collage of pictures that will represent
the holidays that we talked about during the
  • http//www.yale.edu/ynhti/curriculum/units/1992/1/
  • http//fga.freac.fsu.edu/1995/maps.html
  • http//www.usgs.gov/education/learnweb/MA/MAlesson
  • http//www.lessonplanspage.com/printables/PSSWorld
  • http//www.coreknowledge.org/CKproto2/resrcs/lesso

Democratic Processes
Activity 1
The students will sing the song America the
Beautiful and recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
We will then discuss what liberty means and then
they will create their own song or pledge to
present in front of the class.
Activity 2
The students will be playing the Constitution
Game in order for them to better understand the
foundation that our nation was built on. The
students will also have a better understanding of
how the democratic republic was formed.
Activity 3
The students will be participating in a voting
simulation. This will allow them to see how the
major decisions are made in the United States.
They will also be able to see how the symbols of
the nation have become what they are today.
Activity 4
The students will be creating a constitution and
amendments for the classroom. By them actively
creating this, they will be able to see how our
nation wrote the Constitution of the United
States, one of our greatest symbols of unity.
Activity 5
The students will be taking a tour of the White
House to see how our nation operates. They will
be looking at buildings such as the White House
and the Pentagon and they will finding the
symbols that are contained in these buildings as
well as what the buildings mean.
Web Sites
  • http//ofcn.org/cyber.serv/academy/ace/soc/cecsst/
  • http//www.nara.gov/education/teaching/constitutio
  • http//www.kidsdomain.com
  • http//www.bcpl.lib.md.us/etowner/anthem.html
  • http//nps.gov.stli/

Science and Techonology
Activity 1
The students will visit a site on the internet
that discusses and allows them to find out
information on the nation and symbols. They will
then take this information and put it into a
power point presentation in a group of students.
Activity 2
The students will do an internet interactive
activity that deals with the continents of the
world. This will allow them to see visually the
areas of the world that we have been discussing
during the lessons on national symbols.
Activity 3
The students will learn via the internet the step
by step process of folding the American flag.
The site includes graphics on what the steps are
that they should be taking.
Activity 4
The students will be learning about the evolution
of the United States flag and who the creator of
the flag. Then they will be creating a flag of
their own on the computer.
Activity 5
The students will be using the internet to find
out information on the national symbol the
American Bald Eagle. The students will put a
presentation together on the bald eagle.
Web Sites
  • http//www.uwf.edu/coehelp/studentaccounts/cdykes/
  • http//www.livingclassrooms.org
  • http//www.usflag.org/fold.flag.html
  • http//www.usflag.org/flaghistory.html
  • http//www.usflag.org/bald.eagle.html

American Heritage
Make an Indian Humming Toy Colors to use include
Red-morning, evening, good health White-clear
water, day Arrow up-day Arrow down-night, no
return Black-life cycle birth to death
Gray-gloom and sadness Blue-sky long-lasting
Yellow-sun and moon Orange-peace and calm
Circle-life and goodness Using scissors, cut a 3
inch circle with two holes in center, 3/4 inch
apart. Students may color the circle any way they
wish. Before they do so, discuss the meanings of
colors today team colors, red/yellow/green
signal lights, red cross, etc. Ask for students
to suggest colors which have meaning, and symbols
American Heritage contd
Play a game where the students must identify the
different symbols of the United States and where
they can be found. For example the students could
be shown a flag and they would have to name the
place where such a flag would be found.
Choose one or more of these songs and rhymes to
do as a class, or pair up and have each team
design a set of movements to share. The Muffin
Man, Yankee Doodle, The Old Gray Goose, Hot Cross
Buns, Little Boy Blue
American Heritage contd
Fun and Facts of the Thirteen Colonies children
could play a flash card game with the colonies by
putting the state on one side and the information
on the other. Connecticut 5th to become a state
1788 settled by Puritans from Massachusetts
state laws were model for US Constitution
nickname is Constitution State Delaware 1st
state 12-7-1787 Delaware's Blue Hen army (named
for their leader's pet fighting Blue Hen rooster)
turned away advancing British in initial skirmish
with great speed and bravery the 13-star flag
was flown in battle here first Georgia Last
colony settled but was 4th to ratify Constitution
and become state named after King George
II Maryland Named for Queen Henrietta Maria of
England Known for its valiant army statehood
4-28-1788 part of state became Washington D C
Massachusetts Plymouth Rock home became a
state 2-6-1788 once had a carved wooden codfish
on the wall of the State House because codfish
were a big state industry New Hampshire named
for Hampshire County in England became state
6-21-1788 was heavily explored by both French
and English New Jersey Land was given to the
Governor of the Isle of Jersey in the English
Channel for this colony it would be the site of
over 100 battles and skirmishes before the
Revolution ended
New York Named for the Duke of York (brother of
King Charles II) statehood 7-26-1788 US
Congress met here after Revolution North
Carolina Home of Roanoke Island's Lost Colony
first child born in America was John White's
granddaughter Virginia on 8-18-1587 statehood
11-21-1789 Pennsylvania means Penn's Woods,
named for William Penn nickname Keystone State
because it is the center of the arch of thirteen
colonies 2nd state 12-12-1787 settled by
various religious groups who greatly enhanced
colonial life with inventions such as the
Conestoga wagon Rhode Island smallest colony and
state not an island, was maybe named for Isle of
Rhodes in Aegean Sea 1st declare independence
from England but last of thirteen to become a
state because of concerns over being fairly
represented in spite of size South Carolina once
part of "Carolana" with NC nickname Palmetto
State because fortress of palms kept British
warship away from Charleston harbor in 1776
battle statehood 5-23-1778 Virginia home to
four of the first five US presidents, and
eventually home to four more site of 1st
permanent settlement in Jamestown 1607
American Heritage contd
Oh What A Thanksgiving by Steven Kroll. This is a
story of David and his family. David travels back
in time into the first Thanksgiving celebration,
taking his family with him. Pre-reading Activity
After sharing the cover with the students, ask
them to predict what the story may be
about. Activities 1. Have students compare the
differences between the first Thanksgiving and
their own celebration. They can make a chart
comparing such things as guests, food, clothing,
activities, preparation, etc. The students could
also do this as a take-home activity family
members help the student prepare the chart which
then is shared in class orally to a large or
small group. 2. Students make paper dolls and
dress them in clothing styles worn by the
Pilgrims (such as breeches, a doublet, or falling
band). Clothing could be made from paper or cloth
scraps. Give the dolls names from this or other
literature from this time period and design a
puppet show. 3. Ask students to write a paragraph
or two about what their family's experience might
be like if they were to travel back in time.
Would everyone in the family have a good time?
Would anyone want to stay?
American Heritage
1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
People In Societies
Newspaper or shelf paper squares can be folded
into triangular hats decorated to match the flag
designs. Fold the square in half, turn the
corners down, and turn the bottom edges up for
the rim. Staples and tape will help preserve the
shape. These hats can be made to
represent different cultures, and people in
Francis Marion once fought for colonial liberty
in a fort of palmetto trees in Charleston, SC
under a blue flag marked with a silver half-moon.
Students could design a flag to represent the
class in a competition with other classes (i.e.
Field Day) or for the teams that compete in
various activities during this unit. Carefully
sanded old broomsticks or discarded PVC pipe
scraps will make good flagpoles.
People in Societies contd
The Counting Rhyme will help students remember
about colonial chores just as it helped colonial
children. One, two buckle my shoe (Get up early)
Three, four, shut the door (shut to keep out the
farm animals) Five, six, pick up sticks (gather
firewood and kindling) Seven, eight, lay them
straight (stack wood neatly near the fireplace)
Nine, ten, a big fat hen (gather eggs from the
hens) Eleven, twelve, dig and delve. (help care
for the garden)
Make an Almanack weather lore picture by placing
1/4 cup of instant coffee in a small pan filled
with 2" of warm water. This mixture will tint a
plain piece of white bond paper a nice
antique-style brown. Wrinkles are ok, but be
careful and do not allow the paper to tear. It
will take about three minutes for each paper to
tint, and then it must dry before use, so you may
want to have several tubs available. Three tea
bags will also work as a dye. Allow the paper to
dry thirty minutes. Draw weather shapes--clouds,
moon, sun--on the edges and then choose a saying
for your work. Examples include Red sky at night
means sailor's delight. April showers bring May
flowers. When grass is dry by morning light, look
for rain before tonight. If smoke flies low watch
for a blow.
People in Societies contd
Walnut Shell Ink Utensils Paper bag hammer
small saucepan measuring cup and teaspoon
cheesecloth small containers with covers(baby
food jar, small take-out food or drink
container) 4 empty walnut shells 1 cup water 1/2
tsp. salt 1 tsp vinegar Large feather trimmed to
a point Crush shells in paper bag with the hammer
(watch your fingers!). Put in saucepan and add
water. Boil the mixture and add salt and vinegar.
Turn down heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Strain
the ink through the cheesecloth to remove shell
pieces. Use the feather as a quill pen to write
with the ink. It will take practice use
newspaper as a blotter.
People In Societies
1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Virtual tour of Plymouth Plantation, MA
Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities
The students could go through mock elections,
which demonstrates our symbol of democracy. They
could develop their own campaingns and the
positions on which they stand.
Each student would pick a president, then they
must research the background of the president,
then they must present to the class, using what
ever materials they deem necessary in a short
presentation on the life of that president, the
teacher will also participate choosing one
president to model.
Citizens Rights and Responsibilites contd
3. The students will develop a set of rules that
apply to the classroom with justifications for
the rules. 4. The students will search through
local newpapers and find issues regaurding their
area and then take sides and have a debate on the
positives and negatives. 5. The students will
identify key positions in the community and
identify their roles and responsibilites.
Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities

Decision Making and Resources
The Boston Coffee Party
by Doreen Rappaport. Based on a letter written
by Abigail Adams to her husband John, this book
tells of Mrs. Homans' stand against unfair prices
and her actions against a coffee
merchant. Pre-reading Activity Gather newspaper
ads prior to this experience. There should be
several ads for coffee that students can use to
compare prices. Brand names are not nearly as
important for this activity the information
compiled should include store found and price per
pound (check figures). Activities 1. Locate the
coffee prices listed in the book. They are in
shillings. Students can use a currency exchange
chart (check with local bank) to convert these
amounts into today's coins. 2. Look at the
editorial page of a newspaper. People give their
opinions (feelings) about nearly anything. Write
a one-paragraph editorial about this event. Was
Mrs. Homans right or Mr. Thomas? Maybe both, or
neither. 3. Appoint a "Mrs. Homans", a constable
(policeman) and a merchant "Mr. Thomas". Divide
other students into four groups, one for each
character and one group for a "jury". The "jury"
should prepare a short list of questions for the
"interested parties" and the groups could support
their assigned character. Let the jury decide who
was responsible for the Coffee Party.
Decision Making and Resources contd
The students can demonstrate a mock congress in
which the students take the positions of the
house, senate, and the president and go through
the steps it takes to make a law.
The students can complete an activity to identify
the stamps as a symbol of the united states and
they must design a stamp that is appropriate for
today with a price attached to it.
The students could discuss money and how it is a
symbol of America and then the students would
design their own money with justifications for
the symbols they would include on the bills.
Decision Making and Resources contd
Activity board where the students place the
shapes of the houses involved in the decision
making process of a law in order of how the bill
would be passes around in order to become a law.
Decision Making and Resources
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