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In this historical events worksheet, students analyze political cartoons featuring the different faces of Uncle Sam. Students respond to 5 talking point questions.
Students create an Uncle Sam art figure. In this patriotic lesson plan, students use wood, paint, twigs, and glue to create a folk-art style figure of Uncle Sam.
First graders explore the concept of patriotism through the symbolism of the image of Uncle Sam. A discussion of good citizenship is part of the instructional activity.
First graders study how Uncle Sam is a symbol of our country. They learn tthe real story behind Uncle Sam, and then create their own Uncle Sam.
Can your students recognize Uncle Sam? No, not their uncle that lives up north, but the famous American symbol in red, white, and blue? As you flip through each slide in this PowerPoint, an image of Uncle Sam is slowly uncovered. See how many slides it takes for your students to recognize him.
Fourth graders revise and edit an oral presentation on the American Revolution based on peer feedback. They refine their oral presentation style and pinpoint areas in need of improvement.
Students role play the parts for trading merchants. In this Fertile Crescent lesson, students determine how productivity, human capital, technology, and goods were used and exchanged in ancient civilizations as they participate in a 3-round simulation activity.
Students explore the histories of American patriotic emblems and examine ways in which patriotic artwork uses these emblems to reflect the ideals that they embody. They find a common or popular patriotic image and design a modern version of that image.
Creative kids read, discuss, play-act, and sketch to examine the cultural significance of Old Man Coyote. They listen to several stories involving Coyote, analyze the Harry Fonseca painting Shuffle Off to Buffalo, and write Coyote stories of their own. Tons of great background information will make discussing the painting a breeze.
Students make a list of every day symbols they know of and write down what each symbol stands for. Then they are asked to help their knowledge further by considering all the meanings various symbols might have.
Young historians take a close look at the most famous patriotic symbols of the United States and determine what they actually stand for. Symbols such as Uncle Sam, The Statue of Liberty, The Bald Eagle, and The Liberty Bell are studied. Groups of learners are assigned a symbol and, together, they prepare a presentation for the class. A good instructional activity, with a strong technological component.
Students research the states, gathering information and creating questions and answers. They play a form of Who Wants to be a Millionaire? using the student-generated questions and answers.
Fifth graders define propaganda, evaluate World War II propaganda posters to analyze media literacy, complete War Poster Analysis worksheet, and create and share their own propaganda posters containing subject matter pertaining to war in Iraq.
First graders understand what a symbol is and recognize symbols of the world, country, state, and local areas. In this symbols lesson, 1st graders identify symbols, and play a bingo game with traffic symbols. Students study the difference between world and country symbols through reading and a multimedia presentation and take an assessment on them.
Second graders explore the introduction, body, and conclusion of an oral presentation.
"And it's one, two, three...what are we fighting for?" Use music to assess the climate of protest during the Vietnam War, listening to and analyzing Country Joe MacDonald's "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag" (lyrics included). Historians discuss feelings the song evokes and the nature of music within protest. Groups jigsaw different stanzas to analyze meaning, share findings, and then write a new stanza for the song, which could easily be adjusted as a homework assignment.
Students examine several narratives exploring attitudes to World War II involvement at the time. They develop their own opinions and write a fictional personal narrative to record their observations.
Seventh graders create an image of a common patriotic symbol. They then complete a research project on the symbol they chose. The teacher creates a rubric which is used as the grading process.
This short, humorous video, produced prior to the 2008 election, takes a quick look at the history and future of voting machines and technologies.
American propaganda shaped the perspective of many citizens during WWI. Here is an amazing presentation full of dozens of war-time poster examples and facts about what those posters were promoting. This would be a great discussion starter or supplementary resource for any lesson on US involvement in WWI.