Lesson Plan

American Symbols


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



  • 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."