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American Celebrations: Traditions & Symbols of a Great Nation Kindergarten Thematic Unit by Mind Map: American Celebrations:         
Traditions & Symbols of a Great Nation
Kindergarten Thematic Unit
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American Celebrations: Traditions & Symbols of a Great Nation Kindergarten Thematic Unit

Listening

Teacher Read-Alouds: Students listen to and respond to read-alouds within the unit.

Hurray for the Fourth of July (by W. Watson)

Happy Birthday, America (by M. Chall)

Fourth of July (by J. McDonnell

Social Studies

Students will work individually and in small groups to make calendars that celebrate important American holidays, events, and people.

Science

Identify and describe the habitat in which bald eagles live. (This isn't a standard but I thought it would be fun for the kids.)

Oral Language

Students will share their work in front of their peers. They will verbally explain their banners and the tradition represented by the banner.

Physical Education

Plan a patriotic parade and have students march around the school.

Math

Count down to your favorite holiday. Example: How many more days until Memorial Day?

Make a graph to show students' favorite holidays.

Music

Students will sing patriotic songs.

Art

Develop ideas for new national symbols and sketch them.

Technology

Students will explore http://bensguide.gpo.gov/

Writing

Students will write a poem that corresponds to the Fourth of July.

Reading

Students may read books related to the unit's theme during Sustained Silent Reading and Partner Reading