Lesson Plan

American Symbols


The teacher will pass out symbol picture cards and talk to the students about each symbol.


Teachers may call the Visitor Center to reserve picture cards if they do not have them already.

  • map of the US
  • American flag,
  • eagle
  • Liberty Bell
  • Uncle Sam
  • Statue of Liberty
  • children saluting the flag
  • The Star Spangled Banner
  • and a rose


Teacher will pass out symbol picture cards. Talk about the name of each symbol. Tell students, "When I am reading and you hear me say, __________, hold up your card." Teacher reads the poem, American Symbols, by Phyllis Naegeli, prompting students to display the symbols. Ask review questions such as: "Who remembers the name of this symbol?" "I need a good listener to tell me what the poem said about this symbol."