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Symbols of Our Nation. A symbol stands for the ideas in which people believe. EX: Bald Eagle, Liberty Bell, American Flag A landmark is an important natural or human feature that marks a location. EX: Mount Rushmore A statue is a monument built to honor or

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Symbols of

Our Nation

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A symbol stands for the ideas in which

people believe.

EX: Bald Eagle, Liberty Bell, American Flag

  • A landmark is an important natural or

human feature that marks a location.

EX: Mount Rushmore

  • A statue is a monument built to honor or

remember a person, an idea, or an event.

EX: Statue of Liberty

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A monument is built to honor a person or an event in history.

EX: Washington Monument

  • A memorialhelps keep the memory of a person or an event alive.

EX: Lincoln Memorial

american flag

The American Flag

Symbol

American Flag
  • 50 stars to represent the 50 states
  • 13 stripes to represent the 13 original colonies
  • **7 red stripes
  • **6 white stripes
  • White signifies purity and innocence,
  • Red signifies toughness and bravery,
  • Blue signifies justice, perseverance & honesty
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Mount Rushmore

Landmark

  • Rock carving of the faces of four great U.S. Presidents:
          • George Washington
          • Thomas Jefferson
          • Theodore Roosevelt
          • Abraham Lincoln
  • This landmark is 60 feet high
  • Located in the Black Hills of South Dakota
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Statue of Liberty

Statue

  • Stands on an island in New York Harbor.
  • France gave the statue to the United States in 1885.
  • It took 8 years to build the Statue of Liberty
  • It was a sign of friendship from France.
  • It is now a symbol of freedom in the United States
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Washington Monument

Monument

  • Located in Washington, D.C.
  • The Monument is a four sided stone structure which honors the “Father of our Country” George Washington
  • It is 555 feet high and one of the tallest masonry structures in the world.
  • There are 50 flags that surround the base of this monument to symbolize the fifty states.
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Lincoln Memorial

Memorial

  • Located in Washington, D.C.
  • This memorial honors the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln.
  • This memorial symbolizes President Lincoln’s belief that all people should be free.
  • The statue of Lincoln is 19 feet high and weighs 175 tons.
  • The statue is facing the Washington Monument and the Capitol.
  • The columns surrounding the walls of the memorial stand for the 36 states in the Union at the time of Lincolns death.
  • The names of the 48 states in the Union are carved in the walls on the outside of the memorial.
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Design a new symbol

The President has asked for a new United States symbol to be designed. Our class has been chosen to help design this new symbol because of our experience and creativity. You will be making a U.S. symbol book that will include 6 current symbols (landmarks, monuments, memorials, statues) and the new symbol that you have designed.

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Your Assignment:

  • You and your partner are going to research the symbols on the Internet
  • Each page of your book will contain a picture of one of the existing U.S. symbols and a paragraph explaining where the symbol is located and 4 other interesting facts about the symbol.
  • The last page of your book will have a picture of your new symbol and a paragraph explaining why you chose this symbol (describe its importance)
  • After collecting all your information you are going to create a slideshow using Microsoft PowerPoint and your Symbol Book about your 6 symbols and newly created symbol.
  • After your PowerPoint presentation is complete you and your partner will get up in front of the class and present it to us. You will need to tell about the new symbols color, shape, significance and symbolic representation.
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Resources:

Berson, M., Howard, T., Salinas, C., Harcourt Social Studies: Our Communities (2008). Orlando, Florida: Hartcourt Inc.

http://bensguide.gpo.gov/3-5/symbols/lincoln.html

http://bensguide.gpo.gov/3-5/symbols/flag.html

http://bensguide.gpo.gov/3-5/symbols/mountrushmore.html

http://bensguide.gpo.gov/3-5/symbols/wa_monument.html

http://bensguide.gpo.gov/3-5/symbols/ladyliberty.html