American Symbols

American Symbols

I can identify significant American symbols and explain their meaning.

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American Symbols

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In this lesson, students learn about different American symbols and understand their significance. They will be able to identify and describe the flag, the bald eagle, the White House, the Liberty Bell, and the Statue of Liberty.

Learning Objective

Students will be able to identify important American symbols, such as the Liberty Bell and the bald eagle.


First, ask students what they think a “symbol” is. Explain that a symbol is something that stands for something else. Share some examples of symbols they might know like the four-leaf clover or a heart. Explain that some symbols represent America.


Students begin by completing the American symbol word search. They will look for words like, “America” and “Liberty.” After this, describe the American flag. Explain that the 50 stars represent the 50 U.S. states while the 13 stripes represent the original 13 colonies. Have students drag the words to complete the sentences about the flag. Next, tell students that the national bird of the United States is the bald eagle. Describe the bald eagle and have students write the words “bald” and “eagle” on the lines. After this, move on to the Statue of Liberty. Share some facts and ask if anyone has ever visited the statue. Next is the Liberty Bell. Describe the bell and ask students why they think we no longer ring this bell. Finally, teach students about the White House. This is where the president of the United States lives and works. Have students match the pictures of the American symbols to their descriptions. Then they will drag pictures of the symbols to the correct box to fill in the blanks.


Check student understanding with ten multiple-choice questions. They will be asked to identify the different American symbols by choosing the correct image or description.


Students will choose their favorite American symbol and draw a picture of it in the box. Then they will write what it represents and why it is their favorite. There is an optional printable worksheet for this activity.

Instruction materials

The lesson includes a printable worksheet for the closing activity.

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