National Landmarks Teacher Resources
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Symbols and Landmarks
Third graders study American national holidays, symbols, songs and landmarks. They appreciate the meaning and significance of our nation's ideals of liberty, justice and equality.
Students investigate countries by identifying their national landmarks. In this World Geography lesson, students utilize the Internet to research a historic landmark in a foreign country and complete a landmark survey worksheet. Students create a travel brochure of an assigned country using Microsoft Word.
Around the World Calendar
Learners explore a country and its culture through its national landmarks. They use technology tools to research and communicate information. To demonstrate research skills, they use the Internet as well as print materials.
Around the World Calendar
Young scholars examine world landmarks and monuments. They create a 12 month calendar featuring a significant site for 12 different countries.
Made in the USA
Students research one of the 50 states. In this United States lesson, each student lists all 50 states in alphabetical order and use National Geographic and the Internet to research one state of their choosing. Research will focus on environment, history, national landmarks, economics and manufacturing. Students present their finding to their peers, who then have to guess which state is being presented.
Landmarks, "I See One!"
Students research community, state and national landmarks. They identify a researched landmark that they believe deserves protection and recognition. They, in groups, develop a promotional campaign for the specified landmark.
Taking From the Giving Tree
Students explore the ways in which various American cities negotiate the protection of their "green infrastructure," gaining a broader understanding of proposed and enacted legislation as it relates to preserving and planting trees in urban environments.
Students investigate American presidential landmarks throughout the continental United States. They research and analyze American presidential landmarks to determine their value to American history and how they have been preserved over time.
Front Page History
Learners consider how current events are directly and intricately tied to past events, decisions and other influences. The island of Guam is used as a case study as the events of WWII have continued to affect the people of Guam today.
Roll Along Wagon Communities in the 1850's
Second graders read and summarize information about the wagon train. In this wagon train lesson, 2nd graders complete a wordle. Students use the word wagon make an original flipbook. Students write original short scripts to describe the wagon train. Students build a wagon for the wagon train.
Claiming Common Ground? The Civil War and the Preservation of Claiming Common Ground? The Civil War and the Preservation of George Washington's Mount Vernon
Students explore how people viewed George Washington in the 19th Century. In this U.S. History lesson, students create a timeline of events during the Civil War, including government and court decisions. Following this activity, students read archives of The Mount of Vernon Ladies' Association of the Union and complete several activities centered around this reading.
Documents and Symbols and American Freedom
Students complete a unit of lessons on the documents, symbols, and famous people involved in the founding of the U.S. government. They create a personal bill of rights, write a found poem, design a flag, conduct research, and role-play events.
Discovering American Symbols
Help youngsters get to know their states and capitals, explore their own country, and study American symbolism. They take a "trip" across America collecting symbols, images, and information about each state as they go (through text and Internet research). Using their new knowledge, they create a new American flag incorporating at least three different state symbols. A really cool activity that can be modified to fit grades 4-6!
Transportation and Environment
Learners make an eco-friendly vehicle to help make transportation better for the environment. In this transportation lesson, students learn how transportation inventions are bad for the environment. They then see how engineers have tried to make eco-friendly transportation devices. In the end, they design their own eco-friendly transportation device.
A Salute to American Symbols
Students research American symbols. For this American History lesson, students listen to the story The Wall and discuss the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. They also listen to One Nation and research an American Symbol to create a poster.
A Salute to American Symbols
Students explore American symbols. In this reading and social studies lesson, students read literature regarding American symbols and describe the significance of the symbols as they research them in groups.
What a Wonder-Full World
Students investigate the historical and cultural significance of various 'wonders of the world,' both of ancient and modern times, and develop travel posters and guides exploring them.
Coast to Coast Virtual Trip
Students complete a variety of exercises and activities as they plan a coast to coast trip across America. They keep a journal that includes where they went, what they did, what they saw, etc. They compare two cities they visited along the way.
Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior
Students, after viewing the program "Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior," explore all the aspects of China and the importance of family traditions. They assess the appreciation of the role grandparents play in a family as well. A variety of questions are pondered on and answered as a class all together.
The Ingredients Needed for a Musical National Park
Young scholars identify musical sites that are worthy of being included as units of the National Parks System. They anthologize American music from primitive times to today.