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This Independence Day lesson idea yields student art work for a time capsule
Social Studies, Art
By – Rachael King
Primary Subject – Social Studies
Secondary Subject – Art
Grade Level – 2nd
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills Social Studies Standards:
- 113.4b 1C The student is expected to explain the significance of various communities, state, and nation celebrations such as Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Thanksgiving.
- The students will be able to comprehend the meaning of Independence Day.
- The students will be able to recognize the true meaning of Independence Day and why we celebrate it.
- The students will be able to give their own ideas on Independence Day.
List of Materials Needed:
- Social Studies book
- Printer Paper
- After reading and questioning, prepare example of art activity.
- The students can stay in their seats
- The reward for “being good” is being called upon to answer questions and receiving M&Ms; for answering them.
- Call on a few students to read the passage
- The teacher asks questions and if they answer the questions close to the correct answer, they receive candy.
- Students clear everything off their desk except their history book.
- Have them read aloud about Independence Day from the book.
- Pick a boy and a girl to read each side of the pages.
- Once they have read the passages, ask five questions out of the book that relate to Independence Day.
- Once they understand the history and the true meaning about Independence Day , I will pass out paper for the art project.
- Students will put their books away
- This art project will be a part of the curriculum connection involving a country that is free and independent
- Explain to the children what the art project is about.
- Pass out paper
- Have them draw pictures and write sentences that tell why they enjoy living in a country that is free and independent .
- Once everyone is done with their pictures, put their pictures in a big or single envelope.
- Wrap up your lesson by explaining about the 300th birthday of July 4th 2076 (or 250th in 2026) and tell them that you will keep their pictures in a time capsule (box) to be opened on that date.
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