Standard Indicator #2


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Standard Indicator #2

  1. 1. By Elyse Fuchs Songs and Symbols
  2. 2. 1.1.3 <ul><li>Identify American songs and symbols and discuss their origins. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Pre-Activity Discussion <ul><li>Play the Star Spangled Banner. </li></ul><ul><li>Raise your hand if you have heard this song before. </li></ul><ul><li>Where have you heard it? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Have students brainstorm why people were singing it and discuss their ideas. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Our National Anthem <ul><li>Explain to the students that you are going to read them a book called The Star Spangled Banner by Peter Spier. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The books is composed of the words to the song, and the pictures help to explain what the words of the song mean. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>While reading the book, explain the connections between the illustrations and the words. </li></ul><ul><li>After finishing the book, play “The Star Spangled Banner” again and have the students sing along. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Symbols <ul><li>What is a symbol? </li></ul><ul><li>What symbol is honored by this song? </li></ul><ul><li>What does the American flag stand for? </li></ul><ul><li>What does it looks like? </li></ul><ul><li>Why does it have 50 stars and 13 stripes? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Identification <ul><li>Identify pictures of the flag in the book. </li></ul><ul><li>Identify other American symbols illustrated in the book, such as the eagle. </li></ul><ul><li>Explain the meaning of these symbols with the students. For example, discuss the importance of the Statue of Liberty’s torch. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Activity <ul><li>There are a number of different expressive arts activities that may be used for this subject. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Make a patriotic pinwheel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make a patriotic windsock </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a collage from different pictures that show patriotic symbols, words, and actions. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Other Ideas <ul><li>It might be fun to get the whole school involved by putting on a patriotic themed program. The students could perform different patriotic songs for the parents. </li></ul><ul><li>It might also be fun to host a patriotic parade at the school. The class could make pinwheels or windsocks and carry them during the parade. Patriotic music can be played I the background. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Other Ideas <ul><li>This might also be a good opportunity to teach the students proper care of the American flag, such as the proper fold. </li></ul><ul><li>This would also be a good opportunity for students to learn about Betsy Ross, who sewed the first flag, and about Francis Scott Key, who wrote “The Star Spangled Banner”. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Evaluation <ul><li>Ask the students: </li></ul><ul><li>Which bird is an America symbol? </li></ul><ul><li>Which flag is the American flag? How can you tell? </li></ul><ul><li>Which statue is an American symbol? </li></ul><ul><li>Which part of the Statue of Liberty reminds you that it is an American symbol? </li></ul>