Last updated: December 30, 2020
National Park Service Symbols
- Grade Level:
- Lower Elementary: Pre-Kindergarten through Second Grade
- Social Studies
- Lesson Duration:
- 60 Minutes
- Common Core Standards:
- K.SL.2, K.SL.5, 1.SL.5, 2.SL.5
What does the National Park Service Arrowhead symbolize? Why are symbols important?
Students will be able to: describe the symbolism behind the National Park Service Arrowhead and use their understanding of symbols to create their own arrowhead design.
There are more than 400 National Park sites in the United states. These places include parks, battlefields, monuments, seashores, historic sites and recreation areas. The National Park Service protects these places because they are important to our nation.
The arrowhead is the symbol for the National Park Service. This shape reminds us of the culture and history National Park sites protect. Each picture inside the arrowhead represents something that is protected in a National Park site.
Print out the:
- NPS Arrowhead Symbols Worksheet
- Blank Arrowhead
- Coloring Arrowhead
- Begin with the NPS symbols worksheet. Have students follow the directions to fill in the blank in each sentence.
- You may wish to then have the students color their own National Park Service arrowhead. Finally using the blank arrowhead worksheet have students design their own arrowhead. Possible assignments might be to use symbols that represent their class, themselves, their family, a favorite natural place or Glacier.
Have students identify other symbols around their school or community and learn what they represent.
While students are working and as they finish ask individuals why they chose specific symbols and what they represent.