Create a series of US symbol images to show the students. Show each image to the student and ask them what the image is. After showing the last image, ask the students how all of the images go together.
Essential Question: How can US symbols help citizens feel connected? (modified from http://www.uen.org/core/socialstudies/kindergarten/eueq.shtml)
2 Direct Instruction
Students will watch the free BrainPop Jr. video on US Symbols. This video will introduce/reinforce the US symbols mentioned in the Hook activity.
After the video, have the students recall facts from the video and begin create whole group notes.
3 Guided Practice
Divide the students into small groups. These will be their groups for the independent practice activity.
As a whole group, research a well known US symbol, like the White House. Model to the students how to conduct a keyword search to find the needed information. Depending on the grade level, locate 3-6 facts and 2-4 images for the US symbol. Refer back to notes
Once the facts and images are located, have the students input the information into Popplet.
Ensure the students understand the process before moving onto independent practice.
4 Independent Practice
Let the small groups select a US symbol and complete the task performed/modeled during guided practice. Allow the groups to present their finished Popplet to the class.
Allow the students time to blog or journal about the project process and what key facts/information will they take away from the activity. The students can also add what they want to still learn more about. These blog posts can help guide extension activities and future research on the topic of US symbols.