United States Landmarks

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					United States Landmarks
By: Katie E. Wright ED 417-02

Unit of Landmarks
• Grade Level: 2nd grade • Lesson: Learning the importance of some of the United States landmarks and understanding the ideals that each of them represent.


• The students will be able to explain the importance of landmarks in the United States and the ideals that they represent.


Materials Needed
• Presentation slides • Paper, pencils, markers, crayons • Blank postcards • Jeopardy game on smartboard • Posterboard • Map of the United States of America.


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Activity #1
• Make a book using information from the presentation slides. • Facts and pictures should be drawn and written on their own. • Include a cover page and an about the author page. • Publish for the students to use as a reference for future activities.

Activity #2
• Create a postcard. • Pick one landmark from the presentation slides and have the students write to someone about where they have been and what they have seen. • Be sure to include at least one detail about the landmark of their choice.

Activity #3
• Play Jeopardy. • Create the game using a smartboard. You can separate class into teams, but be sure they know this is for learning purposes and not about winning or losing. • Use this a way to help the students review their US landmarks.

Activity #4
• Have the students create their own landmark. • Make sure they are able to describe why the landmark they make has a purpose. • They can present their landmark in a poster presentation.

Activity #5
• Map Worksheet. • Have a blank map of the United States of America. • Allow students to review presentation slides and place proper keys to indicate where each landmark is on the map.


Presentation Slides:
• Washington Monument • Lincoln Memorial • Jefferson Memorial • Statue of Liberty • Mount Rushmore • Liberty Bell


Washington Monument
Washington D.C.

• Built to remember our 1st president, George Washington. • Honors George Washington as the Father of Our Country. • It is about 555 feet tall and has a pointed top.

Lincoln Memorial
Washington D.C.

• Built to remember Abraham Lincoln, our 16th president. • Honors his work to end slavery. • A 19 foot statue that shows President Lincoln sitting in a chair.

Jefferson Memorial
• Built to remember our 3rd president, Thomas Jefferson. • President Jefferson was the author of the Declaration of Independence. • Built the plantation, Monticello.

Statue of Liberty
New York City

• The seven spikes on the crown represent the light of liberty shining on the seven seas and continents. • The torch stands for lighting the way to freedom. • The tablet shows the date the Declaration of Independence was signed.

Mount Rushmore
South Dakota

• Honors George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. • Faces are about 60 feet tall. • About 400 workers help build the 16 monument.

Liberty Bell

• Rang in 1776 when the Declaration of Independence was signed. • Rang for many years until it cracked in 1835. • You can see the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia.