1 The Hook
- Read the book, O Say Can You See? America's Symbols, Landmarks, and Inspiring Words, by Shelia Keenan.
- If time is a factor, then skip over pages and read sections about the most common symbols as needed.
2 Direct Instruction
- Have students name some symbols they know and ask why they think they are important.
- On the Brain Pop Jr. site, click on Social Studies.
- Find the section on Citizenship and click on the movie U.S. Symbols.
- Tell students that they will learn about important U.S. symbols.
- Click the Word Wall to review vocabulary before watching the movie.
- Play the movie for students.
- As a class, take the quiz to see what was learned from watching the movie.
- Students will watch the Brain Pop movie about U.S. Symbols.
- They will answer questions about the movie by taking a quiz as a class.
3 Independent Practice
- Students will be given time to choose one or more different things that they can complete on their own related to U.S. symbols.
- They can click on each activity found on the same screen as the movie.
- draw about it
- write about it
- Students will click on one or more of the related activities after watching the movie.
- They can work on activities using the computer and print out their work if they did one of the drawing or writing activities.
- Ask students to vote for their favorite U.S. symbol.
- Write the names of each symbol on the board and have students to draw tally marks for their vote.
- Have students work together in groups to create a class graph on paper showing the results.
- Students will vote for their favorite U.S. symbol by putting a tally mark on the board.
- They will work together in groups to create a graph to display the class results.
- One group will create a bar graph, another group will create a pictograph.
- Students will label the parts of the graph.
- Each group will share their graph with the teacher/class, and then display in the room or hall.