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United States All the Way

Renee Benefield


Students will love to learn about their country's patriotic symbols and will have a book that will show their pride at the conclusion of the lesson.


The student knows selected important buildings, statues, and monuments associated with state and national history (for example, Capitol, White House, Lincoln Memorial, Statue of Liberty).


-Pictures of patriotic symbols from posters or books such as the Statue of Liberty, United States Flag, White House, etc.
-Pencils, crayons, markers for student use
-Patriotic music, (National Anthem, God Bless America, etc.)
-Map of world and the United States.
-Copies of file, mini-book for each student


1. Gather pictures of national symbols
2. Download file and print copies of little books. You may wish to pre-assemble for the students


1. Begin this lesson with some music that the children will recognize as patriotic music. Tell the students that today the lesson will be about a country that is known all over the world by just a few special symbols.

2. Demonstrate that if you close your eyes you could tell who was speaking just by the sound of the voice. Ask a student to come up and pick another student to talk to you (the teacher) out loud. Show that with your eyes covered you could tell who was speaking. Blindfold yourself and demonstrate your ability to recognize a student just by their voice. Ask for more students to volunteer to see if they can pick out voices of their classmates while being blindfolded.

3. Explain to the children that just as people have special characteristics that set them apart from other people, our country has a lot of special things that set it apart from any other country in the whole world.

4. Show the pictures that you have to the students and ask them if they recognize them and can name them. As you talk about each picture discuss some historical information about each picture.

5. Show the students where the United States capital is on the map. Show them where the Statue of Liberty is on the map as well as any other symbols.

6. Explain to the students that these are some things that we can see and visit that are symbols of the United States. Explain that people all over the world know when they see these symbols that they stand for the United States of America. Ask the students why they think our country is so special when we think of other countries in the world. You will want to mention that our country has many freedoms and rights given to all Americans that some people will never have in other places in the world. The students will find it interesting that in some countries children have to work like grown ups and do not get to go to school.

7. Explain that in our country we get to vote for things that we chose to vote for. Tell the students they will have a secret vote to practice one of our American freedoms. Tell them they will vote for their favorite food and explain to them that you will be limiting the choices to 3 things: hot dogs, hamburgers or pizza. Tell them this will be a secret vote with their heads down. Tell them that everyone will be voting because everyone has a choice. The food item that gets the most votes is the winner of the favorite food of the class. Have the children start voting. You should use numbers or tally marks to show the number of votes.

8. After the vote, have the children pick up their heads. Explain that the one that got the most votes is the winner. This is called majority rules and this is voting works in the United States. Explain that what you voted for might not win, but this is one fair way to decide things.

9. Review with the students some of the important symbols of the United States. Explain that our country is based on many special freedoms and ask them if they can remember two that were discussed in the lesson.

10. Tell the students they will be making a book that will tell about the United States and some of its special symbols.

11. Pass out the papers and go over the sentences. You may have to demonstrate some simple drawings for them to help with their illustrations.

12. Allow time for the students to complete the book. Collect the books.


After participating in a lesson on identifying national symbols and freedoms we as Americans enjoy, the students will produce simple illustrations of specific symbols. The students will read about each symbol and then be assessed by the illustration that should correlate with the specific term contained in a small book.


Students could expand their knowledge base by doing a report on one of the national symbols as a home assignment. Then they could share it with the class

Attached Files

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