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Title: American Symbols A Two Week Unit for Kindergarten


1
American SymbolsA Two Week Unit for Kindergarten
  • Created by
  • Kathy Ingram
  • And
  • Melanie Ratliff

2
Table of Contents
  • Rationale
  • Standards-Based Education Unit Planning Template
  • Standards
  • Concept Map
  • Outline
  • Goal and Objectives
  • Essential Question
  • Activity One
  • Activity Two
  • Activity Three
  • Activity Four
  • Activity Five
  • Activity Six
  • Activity Seven
  • Activity Eight
  • Activity Review
  • Evaluations
  • Conclusion and Outcome
  • Teacher and Student Materials

3
Rationale
  • The rationale for creating this unit is to
    provide an opportunity for Kindergarten students
    to identify important American symbols and
    explain their meaning.

4
Standard-Based Education Unit Planning Template
  • Standards-based Education Unit Planning Template 
  • Grade target Kindergarten    Subject  Social
    Studies      Unit Importance of American
    Symbols
  • 1st What should students know and be able to do?
  • They should know and be able to discuss American
    symbols.Standard
  • Standard 1 Historical Understandings
  •  What are the essential understandings?
  • Understand the American Symbols.
  • Students will need to know... American Symbols
  •  Students will need to be able to do...
  • Discuss and write about American symbols

5
Planning Template Continued
  • 2nd How will I and they know when they are
    successful? Through observation, writing
    journals, and projects. Also through one-to-one
    discussions with the students and class
    discussions.
  • What evidence will show that the students
    understand? (Performance Tasks, Quizzes, Tests,
    Other Evidence) Writing journal entries, games,
    and discussions.
  •  3rd What learning experiences will facilitate
    their success? On-line video, books, arts and
    crafts, and activities on-line.
  • What teaching and learning experiences will equip
    students to demonstrate the targeted
    understandings? The students will watch a videos
    about important American symbols. Also, reading
    books and completing on-line activities, and
    writing about what they have learned. They will
    also learn patriotic songs.

6
Georgia Standards
  • SSKH2 The student will identify important
    American symbols and explain their meaning.
  • a. The national and state flags (United States
    and Georgia flags).
  • b. The bald eagle
  • c. The Statue of Liberty
  • d. Lincoln Memorial

7
Georgia Standards Continued
  • e. Washington Monument
  • f. White House
  • g. Pledge of Allegiance
  • h. Star Spangled Banner

8
Georgia Standards Continued
  • ELAKW1 The student begins to understand the
    principals of writing. The student
  • a. Writes or dictates to describe familiar
    persons, places, objects, or experiences.
  • b. Uses drawings, letters, and phonetically
    spelled words to create meaning.
  • c. Accurately prints name, all uppercase and
    lowercase letters of the alphabet, and
    teacher-selected words.
  • c. Uses left-to-right pattern of writing.
  • e. Begins to use capitalization at the beginning
    of sentences and punctuation (periods and
    question marks) at the end of sentences.

9
Georgia Standards Continued
  • ELAKW2 The student begins to write in a variety
    of genres, including narrative, informational,
    persuasive, and response to literature.
  • The student produces a response to literature
    that
  • a. Retells a story orally, through pictures, or
    in writing.

10
Georgia Standards Continued
  • ELAKLSV! The student uses oral and visual skills
    to communicate. The student
  • a. Listens and speaks appropriately with peers
    and adults.
  • b. Follows two-part oral directions.
  • c. Repeats auditory sequences (letters, words,
    numbers, and rhythmic patterns).
  • d. Recites short poems, rhymes, songs, and
    stories with repeated patterns).
  • e. Describes people, places, things, locations
    and actions.
  • f. Increases vocabulary to reflect a growing
    range of interests and knowledge.
  • g. Communicates effectively when relating
    experiences and retelling stories heard.
  • h. Uses complete sentences when speaking.
  • i. Begins to use subject-verb agreement and
    tense.

11
Concept Map
American Symbols
EQ Why are these American symbols Important?
Georgia Standard SSKH2 The student will
identify important American symbols and
explain their meaning.
Watch video
Make 3 cornered hat
Watch a video (Old Glory), color flag,
and learn a song
Color picture, learn facts, and label picture
Read book, and view pictures
Say pledge, Make bookmark
Eat snack, and Watch video (Singing the
Star-Spangled Banner with Corresponding Animation
Learn facts and make a puppet
Virtual tour
12
Outline
  • American Symbols
  • I. National Flag
  • a. Watch video
  • b. Color flag
  • c. Learn song
  • II. Bald Eagle
  • a. Learn facts
  • b. Eagle paper bag puppet
  • III. Statue of Liberty
  • a. Online coloring page
  • b. Facts about Statue of Liberty
  • c. Label picture during Writers Workshop
  • IV. Lincoln Memorial
  • a. Read book
  • b. View photos
  • V. Washington Monument
  • a. Make a three cornered hat
  • VI. White House
  • a. Virtual tour
  • VII. Pledge of Allegiance
  • a. Recite Pledge of Allegiance
  • b. Make pledge bookmark
  • VII. Star Spangled Banner
  • a. Make flag snack
  • b. Watch video
  • IV. Symbol Review
  • a. Watch video

13
Goal and Objectives
  • Goal
  • To introduce the American symbols (the
    National Flag, Bald Eagle, Statue of Liberty,
    Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, White
    House, Pledge of Allegiance, and Star Spangled
    Banner) and explain their meaning.
  • Objective
  • To learn the importance of American symbols
    (the National Flag, Bald Eagle, Statue of
    Liberty, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument,
    White House, Pledge of Allegiance, and Star
    Spangled Banner) and explain their meaning.

14
Essential Question
  • Why are these American symbols (the National
    Flag, Bald Eagle, Statue of Liberty, Lincoln
    Memorial, Washington Monument, White House,
    Pledge of Allegiance, and Star Spangled
    Banner) important?

15
Activity One
  1. Click on the American Flag and watch the video
    (Old Glory) to discover flag facts.
  2. Click here to print out an American flag and
    color it correctly.
  3. Learn the Song Youre a Grand Old Flag and
    march around the room while waving your flag in
    the air.

16
Activity Two
  • Click on the Eagle to learn interesting facts
    about American Bald Eagles.
  • Click here to print off a template to a create a
    paper bag puppet.

17
Activity Three
  • 1. Go to the computer and click here to go to an
    online coloring page to complete and then print
    off your final colored picture.
  • 2. Click on the picture to find out facts about
    the Statue of Liberty.
  • 3. After you complete your online coloring page
    label the parts of the Statue of Liberty during
    Writers Workshop.

18
Activity Four
  • 1. Read the book Presidents Day by David F.
    Marx.
  • 2. Click on the picture of the Lincoln Memorial
    to view photos of the monument.

19
Activity Five
  • Click here to find the directions to make a three
    cornered hat.

20
Activity Six
  • Click here to take a virtual tour of the White
    House.

21
Activity Seven
  • Recite the Pledge of Allegiance
  • Click here to make a Pledge of Allegiance
    bookmark.

22
Activity Eight
  • Click here to make a delicious flag snack.
  • Enjoy your snack while watching this video about
    the Star Spangled Banner . (Singing the
    Star-Spangled Banner with Corresponding
    Animation) Be sure to listen to the words in the
    song.

23
American Symbol Review
Click on the picture to watch a video.
24
Evaluations
Rubric 3 2 1
Color Flag Followed all directions. Colored neatly and correctly. Followed 2 or more directions. Did best coloring. Followed 1 direction. Some coloring.
Puppet Followed all directions. Cut and glued parts correctly. Followed 2 or more directions. Cut on or near lines and used glue correctly. Followed 1 direction. Some cutting and gluing.
Labeling Labeled all parts legibly and correctly. Labeled at least 4 parts legibly and correctly. Labeled 2 parts legibly and correctly.
Bookmark Followed all directions. Cut and glued parts correctly. Followed 2 or more directions. Cut on or near lines and used glue correctly. Followed 1 direction. Some cutting and gluing.
  • Teacher observation of student participation in
    singing, watching videos, and listening to story.
  • Higher level students may write up to 3
    sentences. Lower level students may draw a
    picture.

25
Conclusion and Outcome
  • This unit is designed to help Kindergarten
    students understand important American symbols.
    The students will identify these symbols through
    online activities, videos, discussions, songs,
    crafts, and various activities in this unit.

26
Teacher and Student Materials
  • Flag
  • Flag template printed (copy paper) and crayons
  • Eagle puppet
  • Eagle template printed (copy paper), brown paper
    bags, scissors, and glue sticks
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Statue of Liberty template printed (copy paper),
    and pencils
  • Three cornered hat
  • Black construction paper, staples, stapler, and
    feathers
  • Bookmark
  • Bookmark template, crayons, scissors, and glue
    sticks
  • Flag Snack
  • Graham crackers, blue, red, and white frosting,
    white chocolate chips, plastic knives, and paper
    plates
  • LCD Projector or Smart Board
  • Student computers
  • Presidents Day by David F. Marx

27
Resources
  • Flag coloring page
  • http//www.coloringcastle.com/pdfs/flags/flag-usa.
    pdf
  • Flag video
  • http//player.discoveryeducation.com/index.cfm?gui
    dAssetId1B6D29D3-4127-4DB7-A03C-130A3841EDFA
  • Eagle facts
  • http//bensguide.gpo.gov/k-2/symbols/eagle.html
  • Eagle craft
  • http//www.first-school.ws/t/bageagle_1c.htm
  • American symbols photo story
  • http//teachertube.com/view_video.php?viewkey81e6
    20d94a8a76447a8a
  • Statue of Liberty facts
  • http//www.rcs.k12.va.us/csjh/statue_of_liberty.ht
    m
  • Lincoln Memorial Photos
  • http//bayimages.net/washington-dc/lincoln-memoria
    l/
  • Three cornered Hat
  • http//www.ldfr.com/presday/3corneredhat/

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Resources
  • White House Virtual tour
  • http//www.whitehouse.gov/history/whtour/360index.
    html
  • Bookmark
  • http//www.first-school.ws/t/craft/esbookmark_pled
    gec.htm
  • Star Spangled Banner video
  • http//player.discoveryeducation.com/index.cfm?gui
    dAssetId1E5F4EBB-18CC-4971-9461-8FFF8B9EC766
  • Youre a Grand Old Flag and Flag Snack
  • http//www.thevirtualvine.com/united.html
  • Book
  • Presidents Day by David F. Marx
  • Pictures
  • www.google.com/images
  • Sample project
  • http//ada.lesley.edu/faculty/fthanson/5022_studen
    t/SandraBrown/index_files/frame.htm
  • Statue of Liberty coloring page
  • http//www.apples4theteacher.com/coloring-pages/fl
    ag-day-united-states-symbols/statue-of-liberty.htm
    l
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