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A First Grade Webquest on U.S. Symbols

Our country has many symbols that have special meanings to us. You will read and find out about the symbols of the United States. As you go through the webquest, keep notes in your learning journals. Draw a picture of the symbol and record its location and 2 interesting facts about it. You will read and answer some questions and then make a PowerPoint or poster showing what you know.
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Task You will go through the webquest to find out the meaning, location and interesting or special facts about the following symbols:
White House Bald Eagle
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Flag Liberty Bell

Statue of Liberty

Watch the movie as an overview of symbols. Click here to see movie. Click on the pictures below to find out more about each symbol.

White House Bald Eagle
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Flag Liberty Bell

Statue of Liberty

Record the answers in your journal or get a sheet from your teacher.

Read and Answer
1. 2. The ____________________________________ is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. List the symbols that stand for freedom:____________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________ _______________ 3. 4. The Statue of Liberty is found in __________________________________________. This symbol is changed each time a state is added to our country: _________________________________________________. The President of the USA lives at the _________________________ located in _________________________________________________.

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This symbol stands for strength and freedom: _____________________________.
Tell which symbol you think is the most important. _______________________________ Now draw that symbol. Tell why you think that symbol is the most important.

Click here to get a review on Brainpop Jr. Ask your teacher for the login/password.

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Introduction This lesson was developed as an extension of basic facts on U.S. Symbols. This webquest is intended for GT first grade students or high achievers to challenge them extend their learning. Learners This lesson is anchored in first grade social studies TEKS. Curriculum Standards Students learn about grade level specific U.S. Symbols and construct projects within the process portion of the quest. Process Students should follow the directions on the page and complete the assignments as given. Resources Needed The following items are needed to implement this lesson: •A learning journal or other place to take notes as they learn. •Paper and pencil, crayons, markers, and materials for the posters or computer for the PowerPoint. Student Copy of Rubric Student Copy of Read and Answer. Home Evaluation Introduction Students who are successful with this webquest will answer at least 80% of the questions on the Read and Answer correctly and produce the Task activities completely and neatly. Process Conclusion Research Have fun and learn all you can about U.S. symbols from this webquest!!!

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Click on the sentences below to find out more information.

The White House

It is the home of the President. It is located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C.

George Washington is the only President who didn’t live there.
The President’s Office is called the Oval Office.

There are 132 rooms, including a bowling alley, theatre, and 7 staircases.

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The Bald Eagle
The bald eagle was chosen as a symbol for our country because it symbolizes courage, strength, and freedom. The bald eagle can be seen in many places like the President’s flag, and it can be seen on a one dollar bill. Click here for more information. National Geographic For Kids Click here to see a real bald eagle.

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The Flag
Click here to watch a movie on the flag.

The colors of the flag are red, white and blue. There are 50 stars to represent 50 states. The 13 stripes represent the first thirteen colonies.

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The Liberty Bell
•The liberty bell can be found in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. •It rang when Congress signed the Declaration of Independence. •It weighs about 2000 pounds and in 1846 a crack appeared. •Click on the picture of the Liberty Bell to learn more.

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Some Interesting Facts:
The Bell weighs 2080 pounds. It is 3 feet tall. It’s made of 70% copper, 25% tin and small amounts of lead, zinc, arsenic, gold and silver It hangs from what is believed to be its original yoke made from America elm Rang for George Washington’s Birthday and hours later it received fatal crack and hasn’t rung since. The crack is one-half inch wide and over 2 feet long.

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The Statue of Liberty
Click on the picture for more information. She was a gift from France. She stands in New York Harbor.

She is 151 feet tall. (Ask your teacher for the login/password.)
She is a symbol of freedom and democracy. She represented hope and freedom to the immigrants who came here from other countries.

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