National Symbols of the United States of America

This Topic Mini-Research & Literature Web Page was developed for Mrs. Corbett's Kindergarten class at Echols County Elementary School
Designed by Kimberly Tutt, a Valdosta State University Pre-service Teacher


Ben Franklin

Do you know what the United States National Symbols are?  Come with me and we will look at some of the United States National symbols by visiting
Ben Franklin's site.

Bald Eagle
Do you know what a bald eagle looks like?  Come with me and we will go to The American Bald Eagle information website and see.
Statue of Liberty
Have you ever been to see the Statue of Liberty?  I have never seen the Statue of Liberty, so if you are ready that is our next stop on our trip.  We will be going through The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation.
White House
Have you ever been inside the White House?  Today we get to take a tour of the inside of the White House through The White House for Kids website.  Are you all ready?
United States Flag
Did you know that we have a National Flag or The United States Flag, and we have a Flag for the state of Georgia? We will now take a look at each of these at this website

Mini-Research Real World Activity
Today we are going to pretend that we have just taken a trip learning about the following United States National Symbols:  the bald eagle, the United States flag, the Star Spangled Banner, the Pledge of Allegiance, the Statue of Liberty, and the White House.  While on our trip we have taken many photos.  The county's newspaper, The Echols County Echo, wants our class to draw and color pictures and write about the things we saw and learned about while on our trip.  The pictures will then be posted in the next edition of the newspaper. 

Steps For Real-World Activity
1. Go through the United States National Symbols web sites.
2. Use chart paper and talk and discuss with the children the places we visited and or learned about.
3. Tell the children about The Echols County Echo wanting our class to draw pictures and write about places we visited and learned about.
4. Pass out drawing paper, crayons, and markers.
5. The teacher will help children sound out words for their sentences, and go around and monitor the students as they draw their pictures answering any questions they have.  

Topic-Related Literature Activity
  I pledge allegiance by Bill Martin Jr. and Michael Sampson

  Front of literarture book

Topic Literature Activity
A. Ben's Guide
B.  4 questions of understanding (same as lesson plans)
1.  What is a pledge?
  What two continents is included in America?
3.  What does the color red, white, and blue stand for on the United States Flag?
4.   According to the laws of the United States and the Pledge of Allegiance who has the right to be treated with liberty and justice?

C.  Two Critical Thinking Questions
1. If you were able to re-create the flag of the Untied States what would you make it look like?
2. What are some things that you could make a pledge (or promise) to do and why would you make a pledge to them? 

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