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					                                      American Symbols
                                      First Grade Social Studies

Social Studies Standards for first grade students require them to know and understand the symbols,
icons, and traditions of the United States that provide continuity and a sense of community across time
(California State Standard for Social Studies 1.3). They will learn American symbols, landmarks and
essential documents such as the flag, the bald eagle, the Statue of Liberty, the U.S. Constitution, and
the Declaration of Independence (California State Standard for Social Studies 1.3.3). They will also
learn about the Liberty Bell, The White House, The Washington Monument, The Lincoln Memorial,
and Mount Rushmore.

The Lesson will be over a four-week period. The teacher will first prepare a bulletin board displaying
the symbols and activating prior knowledge from the students. Next, the teacher will present the
PowerPoint presentation on the different Monuments. Students will follow along as the teacher
navigates the internet to visit websites on American symbols and monuments. This presentation will be
demonstrated whole-group on the SmartBoard. In computer class, students will work on Storybook
Weaver to complete a brochure on the American Symbols. Students will also read text books and
complete worksheets on the symbols.

           Create PowerPoint presentation on seven American Monuments to introduce the topic.
           Prepare Bulletin board with American Symbols
           Collect books on the American symbols.
           Bookmark some of the sites students will be using and teacher will be presenting on the
             American symbols.
           Review and edit Storybook Weaver on Symbols of America.
           Create and display a rubric chart in classroom.
           Collect tissue boxes for 3-D White House art project.
Procedures                                                       NETS Indicators
Activate prior knowledge on the symbols by reviewing bulletin
Introduce the topic using PowerPoint presentation.               1, 2, 3, 5
Review and read with students Core Lesson #5 in their social
studies book on Symbols of our Country.
Read short stories on American symbols during story book time.
Teach students how to open websites on the American symbols in   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9
computer class.
Show students a brochure they will make using Storybook
Weaver in computer class.
Students will launch Storybook Weaver to:                        1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9
    1. Open a file
    2. Review title page
    3. Insert name on the title page and switch to the second
    4. Access the website listed for each monument.
    5. Type requested information on the American symbol
Allow students to play internet games on the American symbols    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9
and monuments.

Tools and Resources:
           Microsoft PowerPoint
           Multimedia Storybook Weaver

       Web Sites:
                                       Lincoln Memorial
                                        Washington Monument
                                        Mt. Rushmore
                                       Statue of Liberty
                  U.S. Capitol
                                       The White House
             The Liberty Bell
Students will be assessed with a variety of tools including a 3-D White House art project, written
evaluations from their social studies book, and a rubric evaluating their brochure on the American
symbols. The rubric evaluation will be reviewed prior to beginning the project in computer class.

Gricelda Chavez
California State University, Los Angeles

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