February is always a whirlwind of a month. There are so many fun holidays! One of my favorite subjects we begin in my class is our American symbols unit. My students love learning about the various American symbols. It’s also the point of the year, that they are beginning more independent in their reading so I can step it up a notch.
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- U.S. Symbols (First Step Nonfiction)
- O’, Say Can You See?
- Celebrate America
- Historic American Landmarks (A Coloring Book)
These books are about many symbols and landmarks. There are many books on individual symbols out there. I have written a blogpost about Mount Rushmore books, if you want to learn more.
American Symbols Math Centers
Our math tubs will be filled with some spiral review activities with a patriotic theme. My students always enjoy working on these. These activities can all be found in the American Symbols Math Centers Pack.
During this unit, we really dive into nonfiction resources. We learn about close reads with American Symbols close read passages. They love to act like a detective and find important information from their reading.
I also pull from our American Symbols nonfiction unit. This unit gives me the opportunity to teach rich vocabulary. Since we live nowhere near any symbols to visit in person, I need to be sure to bring in pictures and videos to help teach about these symbols and monuments. This unit includes nonfiction reading passages, QR codes linked to American Symbol videos, vocabulary resources, graphic organizers, writing templates and so much more. You can find the American Symbols Nonfiction Pack in my Teacher Bag Store or over at TPT.
And finally, for writing, I add a patriotic word list to their word ring. It’s a great way to inspire new writing.
You can find more specific books resources below on the following symbols: