The Introduction Calling all Patriots! Mrs. Blizzard has asked us to research United States symbols. Your mission is to create a presentation that will help the teachers of lower elementary students teach patriotic symbols to their students! Your presentation will include 6 current symbols and a new symbol that you would nominate. This presentation will be presented to teachers of students in first and second grade classrooms and Mrs. Blizzard. The presentation will be to make a Telligami page for each symbol and then put them together in a movie for the first grade teachers to use in their instruction of the symbols.
The Process
1. You will be working in teams of two to research and gather information about United States symbols. Each partner is responsible for contributing 3 different symbols to the project. You will work together to create a symbol to nominate and add to your project. Research may be done using the Internet links provided, or MackinVia. You and your partner can choose from the following U.S. Symbols: U.S. Flag, Statue of Liberty, Liberty Bell, White House, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Uncle Sam, Bald Eagle, and The Great Seal.
2. Each page should contain a drawing or picture of one of the existing United States symbols and facts explaining important information about the symbol.
*Be sure to tell us where each symbol is located!
*Include at least 2 other important facts.
3. The last page in the book will have your new symbol with reasons why it should become a U.S. symbol.
*Be sure to include where your new symbol could be found and 4 interesting details about your created symbol.
*Use persuasion to convince Mrs. Blizzard and the lower elementary students who read your book that your symbol should be adopted as a new United States symbol.
4. You may use a checklist to make sure that you are collecting all of the required information and completing all parts of the assignment. Get the checklist from your teacher. This must be approved by your teacher before you move on to the creation phase of this project.
5. You will create a title page.

The Resources
You will use the resources found below to research the information on the Internet for each of the pages of your book or presentation. Library books may be found in your classroom.

General Information
Ben's Guide to U.S. Symbols
Enchanted Learning
Brainpop
Brainquest
Fact Monster

U.S. Flag
http://www.ehow.com/about_6634153_fun-kids-american-flags.html#page=0

Statue of Liberty
http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/stories/history/statue-of-liberty/
http://www.kidzworld.com/article/2512-statue-of-liberty-fun-facts
http://www.nps.gov/featurecontent/stli/eTour.htm

Liberty Bell
http://www.libertyskids.com/arch_where_indepen.html
http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/articles/ushistory/libertybell.htm

White House
http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/inside-white-house
http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/inside-white-house/interactive-tour

Lincoln Memorial
http://www.washingtondc-go.com/attractions/lincoln-memorial-facts.html
http://www.gothereguide.com/lincoln+memorial+washington-place/

Washington Monument
http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/photos/us-monuments/#/washington-monument-111405_15698_600x450.jpg
http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/photos/us-monuments/#/washington-monument-111405_15698_600x450.jpg

Bald Eagle
http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/animals/creaturefeature/baldeagle/

The Great Seal
http://encyclopedia.kids.net.au/page/gr/Great_Seal_of_the_United_States
http://www.factmonster.com/ce6/history/A0850089.html


Evaluation
Your finished product will be scored according to this rubric.
|| U.S. Symbols Scoring Rubric
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|| || 90%-100%
80%-89%
70%-79%
69% and below
Picture of Symbol
All pictures are present and recognizable as to what they represent.
All pictures are present. Some ambiguity as to what is being represented.
Most pictures are present. Some ambiguity as to what is being represented.
Few or no pictures are present. Some ambiguity as to what is being represented.
Location of Symbol
Location of all symbols is stated correctly.
Location of most symbols is stated correctly.
Location of symbols is stated, but errors are noted.
Location of symbols not given.
Facts about Symbol
All facts are stated and are correct.
All facts are stated, but some are false.
Few facts are stated.
No facts are stated.
Cover and Title
Title page is present and add to the content.
Title page is present.
Title page is only half done.
No title page is evident.
Grammar/Spelling/

Punctuation
Errors in grammar, spelling, or punctuation do not detract from the message.
Errors in grammar, spelling, or punctuation detract somewhat from the message.
Errors in grammar, spelling, or punctuation detract from the meaning and make it difficult to understand.
Errors in grammar, spelling, or punctuation prevent the reader from understanding any message content.
Persuasion
Argument for inclusion of new symbol engages the reader.
Argument for inclusion of new symbol is acceptable.
Argument for inclusion of new symbol is poor.
No argument for inclusion of new symbol is present.


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If You Finish Early
Now that you are an expert on United States National symbols check out the state symbols for your home state! You may find information on your state at this site. Do you have an idea for a symbol that your state should adopt? Gov. Perry is anxious to hear from you!