Lesson Plan

Symbols in My Eyes

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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 before designing a coin that includes at least three images that are symbolic of their class.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Include this resource in a language arts lesson series on figurative language in the upper-elementary grade levels
  • Teach this lesson as part of a geography unit on US states
  • Use this lesson to create cross-curricular connections between social studies and language arts
  • After completing their coin designs, have children explain the different symbols they chose to a partner or small group
Classroom Considerations
  • A list of texts about US symbols is included with the lesson. Check with your school or local library to find copies of these books to read with your class
  • Though intendend for the primary grades, this lesson can be adapted for any elementary grade level
  • Includes a list of tips for differentiating the lesson to meet the needs of all learners
  • Suggestions are provided for activities that extend learning about symbols of the United States
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