United States Landmarks By: Katie E. Wright ED 417-02
Unit of Landmarks • Grade Level: 2nd grade • Lesson: Learning the importance of some of the United States landmarks and understanding the ideals that each of them represent.
Objective • The students will be able to explain the importance of landmarks in the United States and the ideals that they represent.
Materials Needed • Presentation slides • Paper, pencils, markers, crayons • Blank postcards • Jeopardy game on smartboard • Posterboard • Map of the United States of America.
Websites • www.ushistory.org • www.monticello.org • www.pbs.org • www.whitehouse.gov • www.historic-landmarks.com
Activity #1 • Make a book using information from the presentation slides. • Facts and pictures should be drawn and written on their own. • Include a cover page and an about the author page. • Publish for the students to use as a reference for future activities.
Activity #2 • Create a postcard. • Pick one landmark from the presentation slides and have the students write to someone about where they have been and what they have seen. • Be sure to include at least one detail about the landmark of their choice.
Activity #3 • Play Jeopardy. • Create the game using a smartboard. You can separate class into teams, but be sure they know this is for learning purposes and not about winning or losing. • Use this a way to help the students review their US landmarks.
Activity #4 • Have the students create their own landmark. • Make sure they are able to describe why the landmark they make has a purpose. • They can present their landmark in a poster presentation.
Activity #5 • Map Worksheet. • Have a blank map of the United States of America. • Allow students to review presentation slides and place proper keys to indicate where each landmark is on the map.
Presentation Slides: • Washington Monument • Lincoln Memorial • Jefferson Memorial • Statue of Liberty • Mount Rushmore • Liberty Bell
Built to remember our 1st president, George Washington. Honors George Washington as the Father of Our Country. It is about 555 feet tall and has a pointed top. Washington MonumentWashington D.C.
Built to remember Abraham Lincoln, our 16th president. Honors his work to end slavery. A 19 foot statue that shows President Lincoln sitting in a chair. Lincoln MemorialWashington D.C.
Built to remember our 3rd president, Thomas Jefferson. President Jefferson was the author of the Declaration of Independence. Built the plantation, Monticello. Jefferson Memorial
The seven spikes on the crown represent the light of liberty shining on the seven seas and continents. The torch stands for lighting the way to freedom. The tablet shows the date the Declaration of Independence was signed. Statue of LibertyNew York City
Honors George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. Faces are about 60 feet tall. About 400 workers help build the monument. Mount RushmoreSouth Dakota
Rang in 1776 when the Declaration of Independence was signed. Rang for many years until it cracked in 1835. You can see the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia. Liberty BellPennsylvania