Houghton Mifflin Social Studies
From Sea to Shining Sea
Lesson at a Glance
Chapter 11, Lesson 2: National Symbols (pp. 225-228)
The Big Idea
Framework Concept: Culture National symbols remind us of important ideas and beliefs and show our good feelings about our country.
- Discuss with students what a symbol is, clarifying that a symbol is a picture or object that stands for an idea, feeling, or belief. Display different symbols, such as the non-smoking sign, the peace symbol, a dove, and the skull and cross bones. Talk about what each symbol stands for. Then ask students to brainstorm any symbols they can think of that stand for our country and have them tell what they think they symbolize.
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Check for Understanding
- Ask students to select one national symbol they have read about and draw and write what the symbols they chose mean to them.
- Ask students to model a symbol out of clay that represents our country.
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