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U.S. National Symbols

Here is an opportunity to expand your knowledge about some of the most common U.S. national symbols!

US Symbols with Annie and Moby

No Copyright Intended Aired on October 5, 2007

This is a short BrainPop video that shows students some of the most common U.S. symbols in a brief introductory way.
I chose this video because it wasn't very long so that it would be able to hold students' attention. They are familar characters that students could be excited about and the cartoon aspect makes it more engaging for young students. Each of their descriptions were given in child-friendly language that was easy to understand.

U.S. Symbols Matching Game

U.S. Symbols Matching Game is a memory matching game (like Concentration) created by John Browning. It has the following match cards: flag, liberty bell, white house, capitol, bald-eagle-head, The Declaration of Independence, liberty5, Washington_Monument_Dusk_Jan_2006, Mount_rushmore, uncle-sam, lincoln-memorial-flickr

This is a memory matching game to expose students to the images of popular symbols such as the flag, liberty bell, capital, and more.
I chose this game because I liked that there wasn't an overwhelming amount of matching cards but yet there was definetly enough to give them a challenge. I think it was benefical, because it used real pictures rather than cartoons to give them a good idea of what each symbol looked like.

This site is created by the National Parks Service and it enables you to take an e-tour of the Statue of Liberty.
This was a very resourcful website because it allowed you to see many images, aerial view, and panaromic images of what the Statue looks like as well as the area around it. It moves in a logical sequence with a lot of interesting and relevant information about different components of the Statue. I also liked that there were additional interactive links within the tour that lead you to additional information.

Betsy Ross and the American Flag

A timeline of the evolution and development development of the official U.S. flag over the course of U.S. History.
This website allows students to see a visual representation of many flags over time and they are able to scroll through and see the similartaries and differences. Along with pictures there is also a lot of information provided to talk more about each flag. I think that this website could work for young students because they are all on the same page with no naviagting to other pages and even if they can't process all of the information they can observe the pictures.

America's Greatest Animals: The Bald Eagle

The bald eagle attempts to become a true American hero visiting 5 states where it has made it's name.
This video is a different look at a bald eagle, because it shows how the bald eagle is connected to different states which make it perfect for the whole nation. It was the perfect mix of historical information and animal facts about the eagle. It is facts that might not have been learned, because they are a little outside the box.

The Liberty Bell

The Liberty Bell is one of history's most famous symbols of freedom and justice. Read about bell's creation, the crack and its adoption by the abolitionist movement as a symbol in their campaign to end the injustice of slavery.

This website provide a ton of information about the liberty bell, along with some pictures. It is an easy one-stop shop place to find out the history, important facts, and inspiration behind the liberty bell.

Star Spangled Banner lyrics vocals and beautiful photos

A video playing the song of the Star Spangled Banner along with pictures and lyrics.

This video presented the Star Spangled Banner or the National Anthem to kids. It provided words along with the singing to help kids put the two together. The best part was the use of pictures along with the song, because it showed flags represented in a variety of ways and also other monument or national icons.

This is a website that allows you to become the president and you even get to redecorate the Oval Office, while learning a little bit of information about the past along the way.

This website was very fun and got you personally involved. By allowing you to make personal decisions about what you wanted to be featured in the office and then giving you factual information related to that, it gave you a connection that made what you were learning more interesting. I think that it is also good that it allowed you to change your selection so that you were able to learn everything there was to learn.

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The U.S. symbols

The U.S. symbols

Possible photo to use for background because it includes most of the symbols.

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YouTube

This is a video about fun facts for the White House in a cartoon manner.

This video could be interesting to children, because it is not just typical history facts instead it is modern day out of the box information. It is fun to see it in a cartoon manner with short facts along with pictures.

Ringing the Liberty Bell

Ringing of the capitol's replica Liberty Bell since the original cannot ring due to the crack.

I think this video is cool to let students listen to, because even though it isn't the exact bell it is replicated with the same material to try to replicate the same sound as the original would have had. It is not something that many students would have the chance to travel and hear in person.