American Symbols Unit

Teaching American symbols with activities

My kiddos LOVE the American Symbols unit. They always enjoy researching and learning about the different symbols. I wanted to give you a peek at my American Symbols unit that covers reading, writing, and social studies skills.

The American Symbols that are covered are…

  • Vietnam Veteran Memorial
  • Washington Monument
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Jefferson Memorial
  • Lincoln Memorial
  • Mount Rushmore
  • The White House
  • American Flag
  • Bald Eagle
  • St. Louis Arch
  • Liberty Bell
  • The Alamo
American Symbols Activities to teach students all about the American Symbols- hands on activities to tie in social studies content- reading, writing, and research activities

American Symbols Anchor Chart

Anchor charts are always a great way to focus in on a mini lesson before teaching any content (science or social studies). If you introduce what an American symbol is with an anchor chart, students will understand vocabulary prior to the unit. You can create anchor charts for American symbols in general, and you can even make them for each individual American symbol.

American Symbols Activities to teach students all about the American Symbols- hands on activities to tie in social studies content- reading, writing, and research activities

Reading Passage

Here is a passage with text-dependent questions. Have students highlight their answers in the text and restate their questions! This will help them learn all about the American symbol, then they can practice comprehension skills. There are twelve passages for each of the American symbols covered in the set.

American Symbols Activities to teach students all about the American Symbols- hands on activities to tie in social studies content- reading, writing, and research activities

Informational Writing

Students should write facts in their fact sheet before their final informational writing text!

American Symbols Activities to teach students all about the American Symbols- hands on activities to tie in social studies content- reading, writing, and research activities
American Symbols Activities to teach students all about the American Symbols- hands on activities to tie in social studies content- reading, writing, and research activities

Flip Book Activity

And for fun… time for a flip book!! Each of the American symbols in the unit gets a flip book. You lift the flap for each “symbol…”, “appearance”, “importance”, and “cool fact” tab and write 1-2 sentence under each.

Here is a peek at working with this unit:

Mini book with facts for student learning

Mini book with FACTS

Mini books are a great way to teach bullets and fact writing. I always tell my students when we use bullets we can minimally write our thoughts and phrases instead of using full sentences.

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