Monday, October 6, 2014

National Symbols Informational Text

After teaching national symbols for years in Kindergarten, I really thought I was done with it.   I thought I wouldn't have to teach about the Liberty Bell, the Statue of Liberty etc... anymore because they learned all about it in Kindergarten and again in 1st grade.  But, apparently the powers that be think that we need another year of it.  Should I get out my craft activities that I used to do from Deanna Jump's American symbol unit?  No!  Although I am sure that the Statue of Liberty craft has to be easier with 3rd graders than it was with Kindergarteners!
Because our social studies text books are completely about communities and there is no mention of national symbols in the book, I felt the need to create some informational text that is close to the 2nd-3rd grade lexile band.  And, here it is free to you!  I included bald eagle, Statue of Liberty, the White House, American flag, America the Beautiful, Star Spangled Banner, the Pledge of Allegiance, and the U.S. Capitol building You can download it here for free. American Symbol Informational Text

I am going to use them paired with Reading A-Z Close Reading pack "How does something become a symbol?"  Do you know about Reading A-Z??? It's a paid subscription but they have hundreds of leveled readers and lots of close reading/common core resources. Hope this is something you might be able to use.

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