Due Date:Friday, November14, 2014

In Social Studies we are learning about our government and various American Symbols including the White House, the American Flag, the Liberty Bell, the Pledge of Allegiance, the Star-Spangled Banner, the Statue of Liberty, the Bald Eagle, Uncle Sam, Mount Rushmore, the Washington Monument, the United States Capital, and the Great Seal.

The project your child will undertake will be to create their own representation of one of these symbols. This can be done as a poster, diagram, painting, model, etc. The ideas are endless and we have discussed many of them in class. Their representation should be creative and should include the symbol name, the student’s name, and should show that the student put effort into it. The project should not be completed by parents! Parents may assist with supplies, research, and organization.

Each student will also need to write a paragraph stating the importance of their symbol in American history. Information should include the symbol’s name, where it is/where it can be found, and why it is important to our country. This will be presented orally, so it should be written by your child (not you!) so that he/she understands what is being read. Please do not copy and paste information from the Internet. Sentences should be in second grade language! I have attached the grading rubric for this project. Please have your child return their written paragraph, along with their symbol, no later than Friday, November 14, 2014.

Please let us know if you have any questions regarding the project. I’m looking forward to seeing their creative work!

Mrs. Sikorski


American Symbols Project Rubric

Points / 3 / 2 / 1
Written Work / Strong knowledge of the symbol and its importance to American history. Information written is in second grade language. / Good knowledge of symbol and some of its importance to American history. Some information is written in second grade language. / Little knowledge of the symbol and its importance to American history. No information is written in second grade language.
Neatness/Mechanics / Student demonstrated neat work, accurate spelling, and correct capitalization and punctuation. / Student demonstrated neat work but may have some misspelled words and/or incorrect capitalization and punctuation. / Student did not put forth best effort and has many misspellings and incorrect capitalization and punctuation.
Creativity / Project is evident of much effort, creative approach, and mostly completed by student. / Project is evident of some effort and creative approach. / Project is evident of little effort, creative approach, or project was not completed by student.
Oral Presentation / Student spoke clearly and was able to explain unknown words. / Student spoke clearly, but could not explain unknown words. / Student did not speak clearly or explain unknown words.

Overall Score: ______/12