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Metaphors, Similes, Symbolism - Oh My!

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Put some flavor and zest into your middle schoolers' writing with a collection on figurative language. With worksheets, presentations, projects, and lesson plans, you'll be sure to find something perfect for your writing unit.
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The Golden Compass: Character Study

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Use Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass to explore rich character development and symbolism in a way your students will thoroughly enjoy! Find everything you need here in this two-part collection, including worksheets, character mapping,...
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EngageNY Grade 4 ELA Module 1A, Unit 1

For Teachers 4th Standards
Fourth grade teachers, you've found your starting line for ELA modules and units! Your class will begin a visual literacy exploration, where they will interpret main ideas from oral traditions and written texts. They interpret the texts...
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Literacy in Science/Technical Subjects: 9-10th Grade ELA Common Core

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
Reading and interpreting scientific texts successfully requires more than science knowledge. The Common Core Standards for literacy in science/technical subjects revolve around helping students understand scientific texts, symbols, and...
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Homeschooling PreK/Kindergarten Resources

For Parents Pre-K - K Standards
Here are some simple and fun activities to keep your homeschooling/remote learning day structured and kids learning. Some could be printed and stuck on the fridge, while others are interactive online games. There is even a goal-setting...
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The Periodic Table

For Teachers 7th - 11th Standards
Whether you're giving a broad introduction to the periodic table or honing in on particular element groups, this collection will have what you need. I've put the general resources at the front, and resources that focus on particular...
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Colonial America and Revolution

For Teachers 8th Standards
The first series of lessons in this unit module examines George Washington's contributions to the Revolutionary War and as the first president of the United States. Scholars also consider Washington as a slaveholder and discuss attitudes...
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Reading Literature: 8th Grade ELA Common Core

For Teachers 8th Standards
Align your curriculum to the rigorous Common Core standards with a collection of reading lessons, activities, worksheets, and projects. From literary themes to annotation skills, the resources fold into any reading curriculum to ensure...
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September 11, 2001

For Teachers K - 6th Standards
The present generation of children were not around when terror struck the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001. With this collection of resources from the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, young people explore the history of the...
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Lord of the Flies: The End of Innocence

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Boys become beasts in William Golding's Lord of the Flies. Explore their progressive transition with a collection of materials for a novel unit, including a presentation with background information, lessons on literary elements from the...
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Christmas Around the World

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Christmas is celebrated in many different parts of the world. What better way to explore these celebrations than with a collection with allows for the learning of new languages, opportunities for research and presentation of knowledge,...
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EngageNY Grade 7 ELA: Module 2a, Unit 1: Building Background Knowledge: What Are Working Conditions, and How Do They Affect Workers?

For Teachers 7th Standards
The 20 lessons that make up the Module 2a Unit 1 collection focus on building background knowledge of working conditions in American factories during the industrial era. Using their knowledge of these conditions, Class members read...
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EngageNY Algebra I Module 1: Relationships Between Quantities and Reasoning with Equations and Their Graphs

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The Algebra 1, Module 1 collection is designed to help students develop fluency in writing, interpreting, and solving linear equations The 30 lessons are divided into four topics: An Introduction to Functions , the Structure of...
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Crash Course: Artificial Intelligence

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Jabril, assisted by his John Green Bot, narrate a Crash Course in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. The 20 videos in the collection examine the logic behind AI, its history, how it is being used today, and show some...
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EngageNY Grade 7 ELA Module 2a: Working with Evidence: Working Conditions Then and Now

For Teachers 7th Standards
The three units in Module 2A present seventh-graders with literary and informational texts—Katherine Paterson’s novel Lyddie and a speech by Cesar Chavez—that examine historical and present-day working conditions. Pupils learn how to...
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EngageNY Algebra I Curriculum

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The Algebra 1 curriculum set is designed to help scholars develop fluency in writing, interpreting, and solving linear equations, The 30 lessons in Module 1 are divided into four topics: An Introduction to Functions, the Structure of...
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Crash Course Theater and Drama

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Forsooth! Here’s a collection that has everything you ever wanted to know about the theater and drama—everyone from Aristotle to Chikamatsu, from Moliere to Shakespeare to Williams. From Banraku to Zaju, every type from comedy to...
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Winter Holiday Printables

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st
Celebrate the winter holidays with ABCmouse! Use these printables in class or send them home as a fun homework assignment. Create your FREE ABCmouse for Teachers account to access these and thousands of other resources for preschool...
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Their Eyes Were Watching God: Symbols

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Emphasize the difference between literal and figurative language, as well as how each adds to the plot, with a lesson on Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God. Readers study the images of the pear tree, the street lamp, and...
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To Kill a Mockingbird: Symbols

For Teachers 9th - 12th
To Kill a Seagull? Huh? Robert E. Lee Ewell? Really? Atticus, as in Titus Pomponius Atticus? As part of a discussion of the symbols in To Kill A Mockingbird readers are asked to research the names of the characters in Harper Lee's novel...
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The Statue of Liberty: The Meaning and Use of a National Symbol

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Engage your class in a series of activities, each related to the use or analysis of symbols used to convey patriotic or national concepts. They identify different national symbols and explain their meanings, discussing the importance of...
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The Joy Luck Club: Symbols

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Focus on symbols from Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club with a rich lesson plan. Young readers discuss the meaning of the section titles from the novel, including "The Twenty-Six Malignant Gates," and write a short essay about Tan's use of the...
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What Lies Beneath: A Strategy for Introducing Literary Symbolism

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
“It’s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become.” You’re never too old for Dr. Seuss and using The Sneetches and The Lorax is a great way to introduce readers to allegories, parables, and literary symbolism. The lessons...
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A Lesson Before Dying: Symbols

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Explore the religious symbolism in A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines. Once your class has read through Chapter 21, lead them in a discussion about the way religious symbols make their way through the novel, and their impact on...
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The Poetry of Robinson Jeffers: Symbols

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The hawk is a recurring symbol in Robinson Jeffers' poetry. Ask your learners to consider this symbol in the poems "Hurt Hawks" and "Rock and Hawk." Pupils discuss these two poems and compare them to poems read earlier in this series....
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Bless Me, Ultima: Symbols

For Teachers 9th - 12th
As part of a 10-lesson unit study of Bless Me, Ultima, readers analyze three major symbols in Rudolfo Anaya's novel: Ultima's owl, the river, and the golden carp. The focus here is on how Antonio's response to these symbols develop his...
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Where Do Math Symbols Come From?

For Students 6th - 12th
Why does the equal sign look that way? The resource explains the reason several of the math symbols look the way they do. Using a few specific examples, the video points out that some symbols are rooted in their meanings and others are...
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My Ántonia: Symbols

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
My Ántonia, by Willa Cather, features several symbols that add to the depth of the story. After finishing Book Two of the novel, readers analyze the snake and the crossroads from Book One, and the plough from Book Two, based on passages...
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Lesson: Nimble Symbols

For Teachers K - 5th
Comparative thinking is one way to build critical analysts. Budding artists discuss symbols and how they represent concepts, beliefs, or ideas. They compare the symbols found on an ancient Egyptian mummy case to those found in...
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Symbolism in Lord of the Flies

For Students 7th - 10th Standards
Symbols play an important role in William Golding's Lord of the Flies. Examine these symbols with a straightforward worksheet. Given the symbols, pupils fill out a chart by noting down characteristics of the symbols, details about each...
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Lesson: The Significance of Symbols in Japan

For Teachers 7th - 12th
A fabulous Samurai suit of armor is the inspiratoin for a creative reseach project and presentation. Kids research the symbols found on the Samurai armor, describing the symbols meaning or significance in Japanses culture. 
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Symbolism

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Start your language arts lesson with this quick PowerPoint that defines symbolism. Following the definition is a sentence describing the American flag as a symbol to the United States. Tip: After reading these slides, have students write...
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Grammar - Revise Your Symbols

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Explore the different symbols of grammar. Middle schoolers write two sentences using different symbols, including asterisks, apostrophes, and ellipses. They also read and answer guided questions.
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Identify Symbols in a Poem by Noticing Repeated Images

For Students 7th - 9th Standards
Understanding and identifying repeated images are an important step in analyzing poetry. Using William Wordsworth's poem "Daffodils," eighth graders pay attention to symbolism and repetition. An informative video can guide your class...
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Symbols of Our State: Arkansas

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Here are a series of lessons designed to assist early elementary learners to discover the symbols of Arkansas. They learn about the state flag, insect, state seal, state bird, flower, tree, and gem. A booklet (emedded in the plan), is...
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Introduction to Symbolism

For Teachers 7th
Your young readers might know that the stars on the American flag symbolize the fifty states, but what symbols best represent who your students are as people? Use this SMART board presentation to guide learners through an activity about...
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United States Symbols

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Why is the bald eagle the national bird of the United States? Who built the Statue of Liberty? Where did the stars and stripes on the American flag come from? Elementary learners research prominent American symbols in a social studies...
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Reurring Symbols in Young Adult Literature

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Learners explore the ways symbolism is used and develop skill in identifying and relating symbols used in literature. They focus on the common symbols of adolescence and maturation by doing independent reading and teacher conferences,...
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A Wizard of Earthsea: Symbols

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Decipher the symbolism present in Ursula K. Le Guin's novel A Wizard of Earthsea through discussion and composition. Pupils first consider Le Guin's reversal of stereotypes and look at Ged as a hero. They then note down three symbols and...
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Symbolism

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
William Blake's "The Sick Rose" provides class members with an opportunity to practice identifying symbols and discussing their levels of meaning.
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What Does This Symbol Actually Mean?

For Students 7th - 12th
The International Symbol of Access, also known as the wheel chair symbol, is designed to show accessible facilities wherever you may be. Watch a video that explains the meaning behind this symbol and how it came to be.
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Introducing Symbols–The Beach

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
Looking for a way to introduce class members to the concept of symbolism and multiple levels of meaning? Readers examine two different passages about the beach and consider how the writers use concrete objects, and places to represent...
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Symbolic Family Flags

For Teachers 5th - 7th
After learning a bit about symbolism and view the Australian flag, learners make one of their own. They discuss how flags and art can symbolically express ideas or feelings, design three symbols, and construct a flag that represents...
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Discovering American Symbols

For Teachers 3rd
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...
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American Symbols and Figures

For Teachers 4th
Students examine a variety of symbols important in American culture. They investigate the history of the Great Seal of the United States and the painting "The Spirit of 1776". They create an original seal and identify important monuments.
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Reading Symbols

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Introduce your upper-elementary students to printmaking. Class members view prints, select and research symbols in a piece, and create their own sets of prints using styrofoam trays. Pupils can wash off the paint on their trays to make...
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Cartoons for the Classroom: Defining a Revolution with Symbols

For Students 9th - 10th
Cartoons for the Classroom has put out another thought-provoking image along with some great discussion questions. Learners will consider the symbolism used to portray this and other cartoons about Egypt. They will also discuss the genie...
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The Things They Carried: Symbols

For Teachers 9th - 12th
The sewage field, the meatpacking plant, the tongue necklace — symbols abound in The Things They Carried. After generating a list of some of the many symbols in O'Brien's stories, have your class members consider how the symbols help the...
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Symbolism

For Teachers 7th Standards
Symbolism meets technology in a lesson conducted mainly online. Scholars are introduced to symbolism by identifying the feelings and abstract ideas associated with a series of images. They read William Blake's poem, "The Sick Rose", and...
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Atmosphere & Symbolism in "The Raven" : Edgar Allen Poe, Poetry, Creative Writing

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students explore word choice and its effects on symbolism and atmosphere in the poem "The Raven" by Edgar Allen Poe.
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Hyphens, Parentheses, Brackets, and Dashes

For Students 6th - 9th
Are your budding writers in need of a punctuation overhaul? Review the use of hyphens, parentheses, brackets, and dashes with this two-page worksheet. The first focuses solely on hyphens, while the second focuses on the remaining three...
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Reading Symbols

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass serves as the anchor text for a lesson plan on symbolism. Readers use the provided worksheets to examine the symbols in the novel as well as in the world around them.
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National Symbols

For Students 2nd - 3rd Standards
What are the most prominent symbols of the United States? Learn about the bald eagle, the American flag, and the Statue of Liberty in a reading comprehension activity that includes a short passage and five reflective questions.
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Stars, Stripes and Symbols of America: Comparing Our Flag, Past and Present

For Teachers 1st - 2nd Standards
Your young historians will compare and contrast the details of the American flag today with an an image of the nation's flag from the post-Civil War era, and identify the flag's importance as a national symbol through analysis worksheets...
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A Search for Symbolism in The Great Gatsby

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
After reading The Great Gatsby, groups return to the text and note passages where Fitzgerald uses symbols and color imagery in his narrative. They then develop a presentation that explains the context, the implications, and possible...
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Symbols of Inclusion

For Students 9th - 12th
Tip—start with the inner most nested grouping symbol. The resource provides an explanation of the conventional method in nesting grouping symbols and using parentheses, brackets, and braces. The video provides two examples, one involving...
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Symbols

For Students 6th - 12th
Chemistry calculations can look a bit like alphabet soup at times. How do you help pupils make sense of it all? An interactive resource helps scholars sort through the symbols for common quantities such as moles, boiling point, and...
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The Symbolism of Sunflower Seeds in Ghost

For Students 5th - 7th Standards
Ghost by Jason Reynolds is a coming-of-age book that resonates with teenagers who have experienced childhood trauma. Explore the novel with an interactive resource that focuses on the author's use of symbolism, particularly with...
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Dada, Surrealism, and Symbolism: Crash Course Theater #37

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Video 37 in the Crash Course Drama and Theater playlist discusses surrealism, as well as symbolism and dadaism in the world of theater. Playwrights the narrator discusses include Maurice Maeterlinck, Paul Fort, Lugne Poe, and Andre...
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Symbolism and Personification in The Outsiders

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
A shirt can't really swallow you—right? Readers find examples of symbolism and personification in S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders with two straightforward lessons.
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Symbols as History

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Students explore the significance of symbols in cultural traditions. In this cultural diversity lesson, students examine Korean symbols as they read and discuss a handout. Students complete activities regarding the meaning of the symbols...
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Concept of Symbols

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Tackle the topic of symbols with this interesting clip. Todd defines the term symbol then labels several gestures, such as smiling and waving as symbols representing a word or feeling. He fails however, to link the use of symbols to...
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass: Symbols Quiz

For Students 6th - 10th
Here are 5 multiple-choice questions based on the symbols in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and the Through the Looking-Glass. Secondary pupils may take this timed quiz and submit their answers online to be scored.
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U.S. Symbols

For Students K - 3rd Standards
United States symbols are the subject of a video brought to you by BrainPop Jr. Hosts, Annie and Moby, begin with a definition of the word symbol, then go on to detail ten American symbols—the American flag, a Bald Eagle, the Liberty...
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Symbols of Canada

For Teachers 6th
Here is a series of five lessons that invite learners to explore the many symbols of Canada. Young artists, write a character sketch, write a journal entry, create a landscape drawing, create and share stories, create a mural, and...
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Symbols in My Eyes

For Teachers K - 6th Standards
Explore the hidden meanings behind the images on US currency with this elementary school lesson on symbolism. Starting with a class discussion about symbols, children go on to brainstorm different objects that represent the Unites States...
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The Grapes of Wrath: Symbols

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What's with that turtle anyway? In session six of a ten-part unit study of The Grapes of Wrath, class members examine three major symbols that appear in the novel: Route 66, the American West, and the Biblical allusions in the title of...
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A Symbol of Protection

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Young art critics consider symbolic protection as it has been used in various cultures around the globe. They view body art from the Marquesas Islands, looking for animals, letter, shapes, and patterns. They compare and contrast body art...
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Symbolism in The Giver

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Take two days to examine the symbolism inherent in color, and how this relates to Lois Lowry's The Giver. Small groups first discuss the meaning of colors and then come together as a class to explore the impact of color. The activities...
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"Masque of the Red Death" - Symbolism and the Development of an Allegory

For Teachers 7th Standards
Analyze chunks of Masque of the Red Death to determine Edgar Allan Poe's use of symbolism and development of allegory. Readers learn new vocabulary words, answer comprehension questions, and identify symbols throughout the story. They...
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The Symbolism of Sneakers in Ghost

For Teachers 6th - Higher Ed Standards
As part of a study of Jason Reynold's Ghost, readers take a close look at sneaker culture and how Reynold uses sneakers as a symbol in his award-winning young adult novel. Groups explore links to "Sneakerology 101", a Carnegie Mellon...
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Butterflies: A Symbol of Dia de los Muertos

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
What role does the monarch butterfly play in the holiday, Dia de los Muertos? Find out with a lesson that sheds light on symbolism and cultural traditions. A KWL chart shares scholars' knowledge of the holiday and what they want to know...
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Hazard Symbols

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Starting in 2015, all chemicals must have a pictogram of the associated chemical hazards. A brain-building activity reviews four of the basic symbols found in a typical science laboratory. Through a fun puzzle, scholars apply their...
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Fraction Symbols

For Students 4th - 5th
In this fractions instructional activity, learners use different symbols as variables in figuring out what the equivalent fraction is. Students solve 8 fraction problems.
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Symbols and the Choices we Make

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Upper elementary and middle schoolers recognize symbols that influence the choices that we make consciously or unconsciously in everyday life. They look at the symbols and choices that others make. They identify and apply knowledge of...
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Analyzing Irony and Symbolism in a Short Story

For Teachers 9th
Complete a journal entry about something that is important and then read the story "The Gift of the Magi" by O'Henry. Your students take part in class discussion about the story to reinforce the roles that symbolism and irony played.
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The Power of the Image: Understanding Symbols in Buddhist Art

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Students discuss symbolism in art, examine various images of compassion in Buddhist tradition, analyzing components of the concept, and then produce their own images of compassion through art.
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Christmas Symbols Vocabulary

For Students 2nd - 3rd
In this Christmas worksheet, students read 10 words in a word bank that pertain to Christmas symbols. Students match each word to its definition.
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Atmosphere and Symbolism in Poetry

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Analyzing atmosphere and symbolism by focusing on a well-known poem, The Raven, is the strategy presented to writers in this presentation. Sorrow, darkness, and many other image words are used to help students question and analyze poetry...
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Parentheses and Brackets

For Students 7th - 11th
Practice using parentheses and brackets with your class using this handout and short exercise. This could also be used as a reference sheet, since it lists several different proper ways to use parentheses and brackets, with examples of...
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Christmas Symbols Crossword Puzzle

For Students 2nd - 4th
In this Christmas activity, students read 10 clues that pertain to Christmas symbols. Students fit the correct answers in a crossword puzzle.
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The Great Gatsby Book Cover Symbolism

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Integrate art with The Great Gatsby. Have your learners use their knowledge of symbolism in the story to create a book cover with paper and markers that illustrates symbols they find pertinent. Furthermore, scholars will write a 350-500...
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Animal Farm: Symbolism and Theme

For Teachers 11th - 12th
If you want some help with teaching themes and symbols in Animal Farm, this may be beneficial. After a class discussion about possible themes, class members write a paragraph explaining which they believe is the most important. Next,...
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Electricity Lesson II: Electrical Symbols

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed
Zap! It's time to discuss the various symbols seen when working with electrical equipment. Intended for a vocational audience, the presentation gives basic definitions, diagrams, and labels for 10 commonly seen electrical symbols. 
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Sunny Symbols

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
After listening to a series of stories about signs and symbols associated with the United States, pupils discuss the importance of the sun in Native American legends and as a representation of New Mexico. As part of this exploration,...
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Symbols and Trading Cards

For Teachers K - 5th
A silk rank badge was a symbolic emblem worn by high officials during the Qing Dynasty. Your class will get a chance to examine the details, symbolism, color, and design of such a badge as they make their own symbolic trading cards....
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The Call of the Wild: Symbols and Metaphors

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Take a close look at a specific passage in The Call of the Wild about the song of the huskies and discuss how this passage is related to metaphor and theme. Stay on the topic of metaphor and symbolism with a brief writing assignment. The...
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Telling Stories in Art: Symbols of a Life

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Through a series of activities, learners are exposed to how artists use symbolic imagery to create the narrative of a subject’s life. They study The Birth of Alexander and some manuscripts kept at J. Paul Getty Museum. They then draft...
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Patriotic Symbols of the United States

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
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....
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Bat Trails: Music Symbols

For Students 2nd - 8th
Whether written for Therese, Elisabeth, or for Juliane, young music theory students will enjoy pursuing the clues hidden in music symbols that indicate who wrote "Fur Elise."
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Symbolism and the Use of “New Language” in The Handmaid’s Tale

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed Standards
Words matter. Words frame thought. Words are symbolic. Readers of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale examine how the words In Gilead's "New Language" reinforce the power of the government and provided insight into the symbolic level...
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Symbolism, Realism, and a Nordic Playwright Grudge Match: Crash Course Theater #33

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Two European playwrights of the nineteenth century shared a love of theater—but also happened to be enemies. Viewers learn of the differences between Henrik Isben of Norway and August Strindberg of Sweden and how their rivalry changed...
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Flag Symbolism

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Each country and state has it very own unique flag. Learners choose and examine a flag from one country in regard to the symbolism represented in its design. They then use symbolism to create a flag that represents them, their community,...
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Symbols of Remembrance and Reflection

For Teachers 5th - 6th Standards
Symbols have meaning, but their meaning can be different from person to person. After a grand conversation and viewing of an assortment of symbols, scholars create a commemorative banner to memorialize the heroes and victims of September...
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Personal Symbolism

For Teachers 7th - 12th
After examining examples of product branding and discussing the power of subliminal advertising, young artists create and then pitch their personal symbols.
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National Symbols

For Students 6th - 8th
What do the flag, the bald eagle, and the Statue of Liberty remind you of? After reading a short article about these national symbols, middle schoolers are asked to identify ideas that these items represent.
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The Olympic Symbols

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
Get into the Olympic spirit with a resource about the values and symbols of the Olympic Games. With sections about prominent images of the Olympics, including the flame and the interlocked rings, the packet supplies engaging information...
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End of Unit 1 Assessment: Paragraph to Explain the Symbols on My Flag

For Teachers 4th Standards
A hosted gallery walk concludes a nine-lesson plan unit study of the Iroquois and The Great Law of Peace. To demonstrate their mastery of informational paragraph writing, individuals use the included packet to plan and produce an...
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Practicing Reading Closely: Solving the Mystery: What's That Symbol?

For Teachers 4th Standards
What does the symbol on Tim’s shirt mean? The second lesson in an eight-part study of the Iroquois continues the reading of Cynthia O’Brien’s article, “The (Really) Great Law of Peace” that opens day one of the unit. Class members answer...
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Karyn's Wings: Objects and Symbols

For Teachers 3rd - 4th Standards
A set of airline wings were discovered in the aftermath of the September 11th terrorist attacks. Those wings belonged to an airline worker and now symbolizes an integral part of the traumatic day. Scholars investigate two websites to...
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The United States Flag as a Symbol

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Though September 11 was the most devastating attack on American soil, it was not the first. Middle schoolers discuss the symbolism of the American flag pulled from the debris at the World Trade Center, and how the flag connects to that...
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Symbols and Formulas

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Teach the basics of chemical symbols and formulas. A simple video lesson outlines the fundamentals of chemical symbols. Learners can watch and rewatch to ensure understanding.
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Special Symbols

For Students K - 1st
Bridge the gap between the term "take away" and the actual subtraction symbol using these illustrated practice problems. For each, youngsters see the number sentence in three ways: images of birds on twigs, written out in word form, and...
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Stop Signs, Musical Notes, Letters & Logos: Designing Symbols

For Teachers K - 1st
Students develop an awareness of environmental print, such as signs, logos, brand names, and other print and non-print items that the children see and read in their neighborhood each day. They then engage in active problem solving as...
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George Washington: The Living Symbol

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers discuss George Washington's life and how he became a symbol of this nation. They categorize various images of Washington into the various roles he plays.
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Introduction to Symbols

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students identify symbols on a map. In this map skills lesson plan, students define what a symbol is and use post-it notes to locate various symbols on the United States map.
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A Salute to American Symbols

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students explore American symbols. For 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.
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Symbols of America

For Teachers K - 5th
Students research the events of September 11th . In this symbols lesson, students discover ways to honor this day. Students research the Internet for symbols used to represent ideas, events and people. Students work in groups to design a...
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Egyptian Symbols: What story do they tell?

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Students create a stele to represent what symbols are the most important to them. In this symbols lesson plan, students learn about Egyptian symbols, and then put their own important symbols into model magic clay according to their size...
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Creating a Personal Symbol

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Young scholars inquire about visual arts by creating an artistic etching. In this symbolism lesson, students identify the work of Keith Haring by researching the web and analyzing images. Young scholars utilize linoleum or wood to create...
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Which National Symbol Would You Most Like To Visit?: Graph

For Students 2nd - 3rd
In this national symbols bar graph worksheet, students will ask their classmates which national symbol they would most like to visit and record the responses to complete the graph. There are 5 symbols from which to choose.
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Symbols

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students write a story using words and symbols they see in everyday life. For this symbols lesson plan, students discuss the symbols they see in society that everyone should know, and complete writing activities using these symbols.
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The Great Gatsby: Symbols

For Teachers 9th - 12th
The eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg. The Valley of Ashes, East and West Egg. The green light. Daisy (a forget-me-not, perhaps?). Symbols abound in The Great Gatsby and this activity asks groups to focus on the valley of ashes in Chapter 2...
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Cartoons for the Classroom: Interpreting the "Tank Man" Symbol

For Students 9th - 12th
The iconic image of the Tank Man is imitated in this political cartoon analysis, in which learners examine a cartoon depicting a similar standoff. The original image is pictured, and learners compare it to a more modern cartoon of the...
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Symbolic AI: Crash Course AI #10

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
If you think logically, AI is all about symbols. An instructional video explains the development of symbolic artificial intelligence. Viewers see how AI translates problems of interest into symbols and then apply propositional logic to...
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Small Group Discussion Questions

For Students 3rd - 7th Standards
Support a class reading of the novel Song of the Trees by Mildred D. Taylor with this series of discussion questions. Covering a variety of topics from character and setting to historical accuracy and symbolism, these questions challenge...
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Lesson: Paul Chan: Alternumeric Fonts

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learning to analyze language, symbols, and codes is part of becoming a deep and critical thinker. Young analysts consider their ability to see hidden messages as they analyze the work of Paul Chan. There are two fully developed...
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Holes Match 'Em Up Challenge

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Upper graders read the book Holes as a class or by themselves. In groups, they identify symbols and discuss how they are connected  among the many plots in the story. They create a timeline in which they sequence the main events to end...
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Mastering the Mighty Melville

For Teachers 11th - 12th
“Bartleby the Scrivner” as an existential forerunner to The Office? Dense and often dark, Herman Melville’s stories abound with Biblical allusions and complex symbols. If you are considering using Melville’s novels or short stories with...
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Lesson Plan: Finding Treasures Within

For Teachers K - 5th
Sherlock Holmes had fantastic skills of observation. Your super sleuths will examine the pattern, rhythm, texture, and color of a painting to uncover the symbolism beneath. A great lesson, that incorporates observation, art analysis,...
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State Symbols in Chemical Equations

For Students 9th - 12th
First equations had numbers, then chemical equations had letters, then they added in numeric subscripts, now what is going on with the alphabetic subscripts? The sixth video in a 29-part series explains how states of matter symbols are...
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Silent Symbols Speak Loudly: Icons, Brands & You

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Students view and discuss visual symbols around them every day, analyze symbols on United States one dollar bill, explore variety of meanings of same symbols depending on context and culture, and create their own money with symbols that...
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Symbolism Bookmarks

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Young scholars create a bookmark about symbolism. In this literature-based lesson plan, students study the meaning of the word symbolism. Young scholars read and analyze the symbolism found in "The Raven" by Edgar Allen Poe. Then they...
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Symbols of the World, Country and State

For Teachers 1st
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...
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Political Cartoons: Introduction to Symbols

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners 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.
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A Salute to American Symbols

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Students research American symbols. In this American History activity, 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. 
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What's your Symbol?

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders create symbolic art. In this symbolism lesson plan, 6th graders review symbolism and discuss symbolism in art. Students research an artist or art movement and create their own piece of symbolic art in that style. They must...
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Symbolizing a Pirate

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders explore visual arts by creating a poster in class. In this symbolism lesson, 4th graders research the history of pirates, define vocabulary used from the era and examine symbols that were once used to portray pirates....
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United States Map- Map Legend/City Symbols

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Students investigate the United States map. In this map skills geography lesson, students explore city symbols on the map legend and identify them. Students use post-it notes to mark various symbols.
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Flower Symbolism

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders identify flowers as symbols in art forms. They focus on the Victorian era and create their own flower design for use in visual art or literary forms.
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My Country 'Tis of Thee with American Symbols

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Students study the various patriotic symbols which represent America. They choose one, research its history, and write a report about it. They make a drawing of the symbol and use the drawing in a PowerPoint presentation for the rest of...
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Connection to Language Arts-Chemical Symbols

For Students 9th - 11th
In this chemical symbols worksheet, students read about how elements were named and connect symbols to their Latin names. They answer questions about the derivatives of chemical names.
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American Symbols

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Students complete activities to explore American national symbols and what they represent. In this national symbols lesson, students define "symbol" and discuss the flag, Statue of Liberty, Liberty Bell, American Bald Eagle, among...
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Patriotic Symbols - A Research and Graphing Exercise

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders discuss common American patriotic symbols. They, in groups, research specific symbols, develop storyboards with their research and create a PowerPoint presentation for the class.
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Korean Folk Paintings - The Symbolic Tiger

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students read Korean folktale The Tiger and the Dried Persimmon, discuss story's symbolism, consider why tiger is important Korean symbol, and view variety of Korean folk paintings. Students then create their own tiger paintings,...
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Chemical Equations and Symbols

For Students 9th - 12th
For this chemical equations and symbols worksheet, learners are given two written equations and they translate each into chemical symbols. They are given two equations with chemical symbols and they translate them into written equations.
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Setting and Symbolism in A Doll's House

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students analyze Ibsen's play, particularly its setting and symbolism. In small groups, they create collages related to symbols. They also research the life and times in Norway in 1879 and make a group oral presentation.
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Symbols and Formulae of Common Ions

For Students 9th - 12th
In this ions worksheet, students complete a graphic organizer by filling in the missing names or symbols for positive and negative ions.
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Missing Chemical Symbols 51-103

For Students 7th - 9th
In this chemical symbols worksheet, students complete an interactive periodic table showing the element names, atomic numbers and relative atomic masses. Students fill in the chemical symbol and submit their answers to determine if they...
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National and State Flags and Symbols

For Teachers K
Students explore symbolism by creating their own art. In this U.S. identification instructional activity, students view each state's flag and identify them according to what they represent. Students create their own visual representation...
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The Exchange, Destruction and Reconstruction of Architectural Signs and Symbols in Mexico-Tenochtitlan: A History of Order and Power

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders use the internet to research the history of cultures throughout the world. In groups, they disucss the meaning of various symbols and view Tenochtitlan as a center of power and wealth. They use everyday materials to...
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Shapes and Symbols in Quilt Patterns

For Teachers Pre-K - 5th
Students investigate shapes and symbols in quilting. In this symbol meaning instructional activity, students view and analyze quilt patterns. Students brainstorm ideas as to what message is being portrayed. Students view a slideshow of...
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Cartoons for the Classroom: Symbolism, Octopus

For Students 8th - 12th
In this current events worksheet, students analyze political cartoons regarding the symbolism of the octopus and respond to 3 talking point questions.
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State Symbols of Michigan

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Students study the symbols of the state of Michigan and create a slide show using KidPix. They discuss the diversity of creation within the state of Michigan. Students also discuss how God is in control of the "kings of our earth."
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Their Eyes Were Watching God: Figurative Language

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Zora Neale Hurston's beautiful language in Their Eyes Were Watching God is not only a pleasure to read, it helps to further the plot and character development. Once your class has finished Chapter 6 of the novel, have them discuss...
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Finding out about Gallery 33

For Students 8th - 12th
While these worksheets are specific for use while visiting the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, they could be used to guide nearly any museum trip. Questions focus on human activity, symbolism, culture, religion, and society as they...
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Two-Digit Inequalities

For Students 1st - 2nd
Youthful mathematicians compare 15 pairs of 2-digit numbers (between 10 and 50) by writing the symbol for greater than, less than, or equal to in a box. Offer your students unit cubes and 10-rods to visualize and make concrete the...
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Spiritual Power of Symbols

For Teachers 1st - 12th
Students examine how symbols are used in some societies to influence spirits and to protect rooms. They discuss and view examples of doors decorated with symbols, and create a door mural using African and American symbols.
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Lord of the Flies-Symbols: Fun Trivia Quiz

For Students 8th - 10th
Fun Trivia quizzes can be made by anyone, so you will want to closely evaluate this one on symbolism in Golding's Lord of the Flies before assigning it to your class. It includes 10 multiple choice questions and provides the score...
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Character & Symbolism LOTF

For Students 7th - 8th
Symbolism is rampant in Lord of the Flies. Either give this to your learners after they read LOTF, or use the information to create more in-depth lessons on symbolism.
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Fahrenheit 451 Symbol & Test Review

For Students 9th - 10th
Although the second page of this two-page sheet probably won't benefit you much (considering you won't have the materials referenced), you could still use the first page to assess your class's understanding of the symbols used in...
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Lesson 2 How Do You Find Stock Symbols?

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students practice finding stock symbols by company, industry, and country. Stock symbols are necessary to find company information such as stock charts, news, and financial data on the Internet.
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Keyboard Symbols and Punctuation Marks

For Students 3rd - 6th
What is an asterisk? What is a tilde? Learners use this interactive page to review the names of different symbols and punctuation marks. They locate 29 different buttons. 
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Telling Stories: Symbols of a Life

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Art and literature can go hand in hand, they both are used to express elements of the self in a creative and interesting way. Budding story tellers interpret and analyze the narrative elements they find in a work of art. They focus on...
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Simple Symbols

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Have your class learn about Texas and the uses of a glyph. After listening to stories about Texas, they identify state symbols and engage in a glyph activity.
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Sign and Symbol Cards

For Students 1st - 2nd
It's important for children to understand the symbols they will encounter during math lessons. Print and cut these cards which include the number 60, the signs for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. They can be used to...
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Symbols of Democracy

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Middle schoolers investigate the two major US political parties, their symbols, their history, and their leaders. The project begins with group readings of several articles, progresses to researching a particular party or important...
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Signs and Symbols

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders carefully analyze a triptych of the nativity, paying close attention to the lines, shapes and symbols included in the artwork. They explore the role of the Catholic church in society at the time the piece was created and...
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Lesson Plan: Symbols & Community

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Sand mandalas are transitory art forms that are created by a group for the purpose of healing. Upper graders learn how Tibetan monks create these amazing works of art, and study symbolism and metaphor. Then pupils work together in a...
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Communicating with Symbols

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Before kids analyze a Chinese dish filled with amazing images, they research the meanings of various plant and animal symbols. They use their research to decode the meaning of the expressive artwork on the dish and then use symbolism to...
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Determine the Meaning of a Symbol in a Text

For Students 7th - 9th Standards
We encounter symbols all the time, but can your class identify a symbol in a work of literature? Have them do a close reading of the text, as is demonstrated in the video. The narrator focuses on the symbol of the stockings in Kate...
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Symbolism: Meaning beyond the obvious

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Before exploring symbols in literature, show your class this PowerPoint to discuss symbolism and different, well-known symbols. Then, the viewers note what a variety of colors might symbolize before looking at different cartoons and...
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Introducing Lewis Symbols

For Teachers 9th - 12th
While it is impossible to know both the speed and the location of an electron at the same time, Lewis dot structures enable people to visualize them. The video explains valence electrons, drawing Lewis dot symbols, knowing when dot...
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State Symbols

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
When water is a solvent in a chemical equation, we consider it an aqueous solution. Scholars match the name of four states of matter to their proper symbol in a chemical equation. Four puzzles provide repetition to help pupils remember...
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Interpreting a Symbol

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders discuss symbols from the story, A Wrinkle in Time. In this language arts lesson, 6th graders discuss meanings and symbols of different characters. Additionally, students create a class list with details about the characters...
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American Symbols

For Students 1st - 3rd
In this social studies instructional activity, students read about10 famous symbols of America. There is a one sentence simple explanation of each. Students color the pictures.
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What Is Me? Explore the Self through Names, Art and Symbols

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Four lessons make up this unit on self. Learners research and discuss the significance of their given names and examine their perceptions of astrological signs and horoscopes. They explore objects in the paintings of Canadian artist...
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Math Symbols

For Teachers K - 1st
Some times simple is as good as gold. Early learners are introduced to the basic mathmatical symbols used to represent addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and equals; each slide contains one large image of each symbol. 
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Respecting Cultural Differences

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Young scholars research symbols associated with cultural groups and create a visual presentation to explain the symbol to the class. For this cultural symbols lesson, students research actions and symbols that are important to various...
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Digging Up Wyoming

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders give an oral report. In this state symbols lesson plan, 4th graders use the Internet to complete a scavenger hunt on the state symbols of Wyoming. Students choose one of the symbols and present it in an oral report.
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Lesson: More Than a Dollar's Worth of Meaning

For Teachers K - 5th
The Chinese, Dish with the Eight Buddhist Emblems contains symbols and visual references for learners to explore. They search for Buddhist symbolism on the dish and then they use their observation skills to locate and explore the meaning...
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Lesson: Weaving Words

For Teachers 6th - 12th
A woven rug depicting birds and cornstalks becomes the inspiration for a lesson on critical thinking and creative writing. Learners analyze the symbolism found in the rug and then compose a descriptive paragraph or poem that embodies the...
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Understanding Government

For Teachers 1st - 5th
The American flag is the focus of this lesson. Students identify the various symbols on the American flag and what they represent. They brainstorm common values of the American people, compare their classroom community to the United...
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All Americana

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders research American landmarks and symbols. In this United States history lesson, 5th graders create a KWL chart about the symbols of America and take notes during a PowerPoint presentation. Students complete the rest of the...
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Lesson: Communication Through Clothing

For Teachers K - 5th
As we all know, some clothing has a way of letting us know a little something about the person wearing it. Kids explore the idea that clothing can be a form of communication and artistic expression. They analyze a Native American textile...
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Cartoons for the Classroom: Multinational Corporations

For Students 9th - 12th
The octopus is a commonly used symbol in political cartoons. Help your scholars examine why it has been used in this way throughout history. Three cartoons depict different uses of the octopus. Background information helps gives context...
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Cartoons for the Classroom: China, Tibet, and the Olympics

For Students 10th - Higher Ed
Political tensions have surrounded the Olympics for centuries; take a look back at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics with this political cartoon analysis worksheet. Background information gives learners context regarding Tibetan protests...
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Cartoons for the Classroom: Campaign Fundraising

For Students 9th - 12th
Although this political cartoon analysis assignment has your scholars glancing back at the 2008 presidential campaign, its message is relatable anytime. Background information provides context, giving learners access to the cartoon,...
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The Function of Music

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Explore concepts of audience, purpose and symbols in this lesson from Media Smarts that asks students to consider all the functions of music. Through a series of discussions and activities, your class will brainstorm possible functions...
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A Legend...A Mask

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders explore symbolism and American Indian legends. They create a legend with symbols or pictures and then design and create masks that symbolize something from their legend. Finally, they orally present their legends to their...
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Borrowing from the Greek Debt

For Students 9th - 12th
Use political cartoons to help your class understand the European Debt Crisis and visual symbolism. This analysis handout includes two cartoons depicting the crisis and prompts learners to consider possible symbols and allusions to best...
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Chemical Bingo!

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Everything you need to have chemistry learners play "Chemical Bingo" is included within these slides. There are two variations of the game available: chemical symbols for elements, or chemical formulas for polyatomic ions. Blank bingo...
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Patterns of Communication

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Scholars examine codes, symbols, and other forms of communication. They discuss Morse Code. Next, they are given messages written in code, which they must decipher. 
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Cartoons for the Classroom: Gridlock in 2010 Elections

For Students 9th - 12th
Investigate symbolism within a political cartoon in this critical analysis handout, which outlines issues of the 2010 election process. Background information (on the risk of gridlock in legislation and the challenges of either party...
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"Shooting An Elephant": George Orwell's Essay on His Life in Burma

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High school readers examine George Orwell's essay "Shooting an Elephant" for examples of symbolism, metaphor, connotation, and irony. They analyze how these literary tools convey the writer's main point and contribute to the persuasive...
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Cartoons for the Classroom: 2012 Mid-Term Elections

For Students 8th - 12th
Use a political cartoon to help scholars grasp the significant turnover in Congress following the 2012 mid-term election. A Mike Keefe cartoon uses symbols and current political lingo to convey perspective on the issue, and background...
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Teaming Up on Health Care

For Students 9th - 12th
Use this political cartoon handout to help pupils understand the role the Blue Dog Coalition plays with regard to Health Care Reform. Football is used metaphorically to represent a player (Blue Dogs) tackling someone on his team (Obama)....
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To Kill a Mockingbird: Chapters 13 & 14

For Students 8th - 9th
What a great way to study symbols in a text! Give your class some support by offering basic pictures and the page number that is associated with symbols found in To Kill a Mockingbird. Readers analyze the mockingbird, Boo Radley, and...
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Gargoyles: Ceramics

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Study the symbolism and significance of Gargoyles throughout the Gothic era, and then make one. Kids visit three different websites to learn about these goolish protectors, then hone their sculpting skills while making one. They make...
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Collage and Photomontage

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders discuss collage and photomontage techniques and artists, and how the art form can convey cultural or current issues. They research a collage artist, then design a topical or personally symbolic collage. Present their...
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Kwanzaa Symbol Strips

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Research the African family holiday of Kwanzaa and find the symbols for the seven principles of Kwanzaa. Learners analyze the symbols and how they may relate to their own lives. They then create an original art following the designs of...
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Periodic Table Basics Test

For Students 7th - 12th
The periodic table of elements is a vital tool for all chemistry apprentices and professionals alike. Here is a chance for your beginning chemists to assess their understanding of the periodic table. They list element names, symbols,...
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Atoms, Ions and Formula Basics Make-up Test

For Students 7th - 12th
Using a copy of the periodic table, chemistry test takers fill in a chart with element name, chemical symbol, atomic number, atomic mass, and numbers of subatomic particles. They define subatomic particles, draw atom models, explain...
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Ions in Chemical Formulas

For Students 9th - 12th
In this ions in chemical formulas worksheet, students are given 10 sets of ions to combine to form the proper chemical formula. They are given 10 formulas and they write the symbols of the ions in the compound and the number of each ion...
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Mr. Wolf's Pancakes

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st
Here is a simple and fun idea that provides learners with an opportunity to use numbers and math symbols to represent mathematical relationships in real world situations. They listen to the story Mr. Wolf's Pancakes, generate Mr. Wolf's...
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Elements of Fiction

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Before class members delve into writing their own fictional stories, offer this noteworthy presentation about the elements of fiction. Students examine author's purpose, setting, characters, plot, point of view, symbolism, style, theme,...
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Cartoons for the Classroom: 2008 Presidential Primaries

For Students 9th - 12th
Take a trip back in time with this political cartoon analysis worksheet, which has scholars reading background information on the heated 2008 primary campaign to help them approach two political cartoons. Three talking points (or writing...
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Cartoons for the Classroom: Campaigns and Gas Pains

For Students 9th - 12th
Even before they are driving, your scholars have heard the ups and downs of gas prices. Assess the political turmoil behind rising prices using this analysis handout, which features a political cartoon from 2006. Background information...
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"The False Gems" by Guy de Maupassant

For Students 10th - 11th
Readers must go beyond the surface level of Guy de Maupassant's story, "The False Gems," to answer the questions on this worksheet. They must draw inferences, evaluate character's actions, and analyze how irony and symbolism give depth...
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Christmas Symbols Word Search

For Students 2nd - 3rd
For this Christmas worksheet, students read 12 words in a word bank that pertain to Christmas. Students find the words in a word search puzzle.