Standard 2: Civic and Political Participation

General Information
Number: SS.2.CG.2
Title: Civic and Political Participation
Type: Standard
Subject: Social Studies
Grade: 2
Strand: Civics and Government (Starting 2023-2024)

Related Benchmarks

This cluster includes the following benchmarks.

Related Access Points

This cluster includes the following access points.

Access Points

SS.2.CG.2.AP.1
Recognize that individuals are born a U.S. citizen or can become one.
SS.2.CG.2.AP.2
Recognize characteristics of responsible citizenship at the local level.
SS.2.CG.2.AP.3
Recognize that reciting the Pledge of Allegiance daily is an act of patriotism.
SS.2.CG.2.AP.4
Identify documents that represent the United States.
SS.2.CG.2.AP.5
Identify symbols and individuals that represent Florida.

Related Resources

Vetted resources educators can use to teach the concepts and skills in this topic.

Interactive Research Pages

Marjory Stoneman Douglas Interactive Research Page:

Explore the history and importance of Marjorie Stoneman Douglas with this interactive research page.

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Thomas Jefferson - Interactive Research Pages:

Learn the history and importance of Thomas Jefferson as a representative of the United States with this interactive research page.

Type: Interactive Research Pages

U.S. Supreme Court Building - Interactive Research Pages:

Explore the history and importance of the Supreme Court building as a symbol of the U.S. with this interactive research page.

Type: Interactive Research Pages

Declaration of Independence - Interactive Research Pages:

Discover the history and importance of the Declaration of Independence as a symbol of the United States with this interactive research page.

Type: Interactive Research Pages

Statue of Liberty - Interactive Research Pages:

Discover the history and importance of the Statue of Liberty as a symbol of the United States with this interactive research page.

Type: Interactive Research Pages

The White House - Interactive Research Pages:

Explore the history and importance of the White House as a symbol of the United States with this interactive research page.

Type: Interactive Research Pages

Rosa Parks - Interactive Research Pages:

Explore the history and importance of Rosa Parks as a famous person who represents the United States with this interactive research page.

Type: Interactive Research Pages

Florida Capitol Buildings - Interactive Research Pages:

Explore the history and importance of the Florida Capital Buildings as a symbol of Florida with this interactive research page.

Type: Interactive Research Pages

Florida Constitution - Interactive Research Pages:

Learn about the history and importance of the Florida Constitution as a symbol of Florida with this interactive research page.

Type: Interactive Research Pages

Andrew Jackson - Interactive Research Pages:

Explore the history and importance of Andrew Jackson and how he represents Florida with this interactive research page.

Type: Interactive Research Pages

Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Interactive Research Pages:

Learn about the history and importance of Martin Luther King Jr Day with this interactive research page.

Type: Interactive Research Pages

Patriot Day - Interactive Research Pages:

Learn about the history and importance of Patriot Day with this interactive research page.

Type: Interactive Research Pages

Constitution Day - Interactive Research Pages:

Explore the history and importance of Constitution Day with this interactive research page.

Type: Interactive Research Pages

Celebrate Freedom Week - Interactive Research Pages:

Learn about the history and importance of Celebrate Freedom Week with this interactive research page.

Type: Interactive Research Pages

Veterans Day - Interactive Research Pages:

Discover the history and importance of Veterans Day with this interactive research page.

Type: Interactive Research Pages

The U.S. Capitol Building - Interactive Research Pages:

Discover the history and importance of the U.S. Capitol building as a symbol of the United States with this interactive research page.

Type: Interactive Research Pages

Everglades National Park - Interactive Research Pages:

Discover the history and significance of Everglades National Park and why it is a symbol of Florida with this interactive research page.

Type: Interactive Research Pages

Medal of Honor Day - Interactive Research Pages:

Explore the history and meaning of Medal of Honor Day with this interactive research page.

Type: Interactive Research Pages

Memorial Day Interactive Research Pages:

Explore the history and meaning of Memorial Day with this interactive research page.

Type: Interactive Research Pages

Patriotic Holidays: Independence Day:

Learn about the history and importance of Independence Day in the United States of America with this interactive research page.

Type: Interactive Research Pages

Lesson Plans

We the Kids: The Preamble of the Constitution: Reader's Theater Patriotism:

This is lesson #6 in the text unit series for We the Kids by David Catrow. Students will have already read or heard the entire text. Students will explain how citizens demonstrate patriotism after doing independent research on the computer. Students will begin by reviewing ways citizens demonstrate patriotism. Students will work in groups to research Constitution Day, making a connection between this patriotic holiday and the U.S. Constitution. In small groups, students will use their research to write a Reader’s Theater script, explaining ways citizens demonstrate patriotism, why it is important to recognize the patriotic holiday, Constitution Day, and the history behind the holiday as it relates to the U.S. Constitution. Students can read and act out the play as an extension activity.

This unit will help students develop the meaning of the Preamble as part of the Constitution of the United States and its direct effect on their daily lives. Students will engage in various activities such as debating parts of the Preamble and complete a play interpreting patriotism. Throughout the unit, students will have to identify and interpret vocabulary, analyze the provided text, and demonstrate an understanding of the Preamble by providing relevant details. The teacher’s role in this unit will be to support their students' knowledge of the Preamble by facilitating research, reviewing student writing, and work.

This resource uses a book that is on the Florida Department of Education's reading list. This book is not provided with this resource.

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Florida's Protected Tree Snail: Let’s Make a Pastapod!:

Florida has enacted strict laws and rules for responsible citizens to follow to protect its native plants and animals. For instance, the Florida Tree Snail, also known as the “Living Jewel” because of its brightly colored shell, is protected by the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Rule 68A-4.001, which prohibits removing the snails from their native habitat or disturbing them in any way. After learning about the Florida Tree Snail and why its numbers are decreasing, students will manipulate clay, paint, and different types of pasta to create their own 3-D Tree Snail sculpture.

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Trip to Statue of Liberty:

Students will discuss facts about the Statue of Liberty and take a virtual tour. Students will use tables of ferry ticket and food prices to solve one and two-step word problems involving money. 

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Capitol Geometry - Lesson 2:

In this lesson, students will continue learning about the history of the Florida State Capitol building, through a grade-level appropriate reading. They will then be provided with a diagram of the glass dome from the Old Capitol. After direct instruction on categorizing two-dimensional figures based on defining attributes, they will use the diagram of the glass dome and categorize the figures.

This is lesson 2 of 3 in a mini-unit integrating civics and math.

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Capitol Geometry - Lesson 3:

In this lesson, students will continue to learn about the history of the Florida State Capitol building, specifically the history of the stained glass sub dome, through a grade-level appropriate reading. They will then be provided with a diagram of the glass dome from the Old Capitol. After direct instruction on identifying lines of symmetry in two-dimensional figures, they will use the diagram of the glass dome and identify lines of symmetry within the two-dimensional figures used in the piece.

 

This is lesson 3 of 3 in a mini-unit integrating civics and math.

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Capitol Geometry - Lesson 1:

In this lesson, students will be introduced to the history of the Florida State Capitol building, through a grade-level appropriate reading. They will then be provided with a diagram of the glass dome from the Old Capitol. After direct instruction on identifying two-dimensional figures, they will use the diagram of the glass dome and identify the two-dimensional figures used in the piece.

This is lesson 1 of 3 in a mini-unit integrating civics and math.

Type: Lesson Plan

COUNTING ON RESPONSIBLE CITIZENSHIP (Lesson 3 of 3):

In this math/civics lesson integrated lesson students will create a pictograph based on data collected from 3 short stories realted to ressponisble and irrsponsible citizenship. 

 

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Delving into the Declaration of Independence:

Students will read excerpts from the Declaration of Independence. They will use context clues to determine the meaning of unknown words and explain the author’s perspective (From B.E.S.T. the term perspective means “a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something.”) about the Founders and their reasons for seeking independence in this integrated lesson plan.

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My Florida - Scavenger Hunt:

Students will learn about a notable persons and why they are important to Florida and the U.S. 

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A Friend of the Everglades: Part 2:

In this lesson, students will use the information from lesson 1 and the internet to conduct research on the Everglades to illustrate a book about Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the Everglades for children ages 5-6. This is lesson 2 of 3 in a mini-unit integrating civics and English Language Arts.

Type: Lesson Plan

A Friend of the Everglades: Part 3:

In this lesson, students will use the information from lesson 1 and their research from lesson 2 to continue to illustrate a book about Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the Everglades for children ages 5-6.

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We the Kids: The Preamble of the Constitution: Responsible Citizen vs. Irresponsible Citizen:

This is lesson #2 in the text unit series for We the Kids by David Katrow. Students will use prior knowledge from reading the text to show the difference between responsible and irresponsible citizenship. The class will be split in half and one side will act out or show how a responsible citizen acts in society. Then, the other half will show or act out an irresponsible citizen. Students will be put in pairs and complete a graphic organizer together to share their information with the class. The teacher will display the results on one big graphic organizer for the students to see as a whole group. Students will write 8 complete sentences on a piece of paper (4 for responsible and 4 for irresponsible) showing examples of responsible and irresponsible citizenship.

This unit will help students gain an understanding of the Preamble and its direct effect on their daily lives. Students will engage in various activities such as debating parts of the Preamble and completing a play interpreting patriotism. Throughout the unit, students will have to identify and interpret vocabulary, analyze the provided text, and demonstrate an understanding of the Preamble by providing relevant details. The teacher’s role in this unit will be to support his/her students' understanding of the Preamble by facilitating research, reviewing student writing, and work.

This resource uses a book that is on the Florida Department of Education's reading list. This book is not provided with this resource.

Type: Lesson Plan

A Friend of the Everglades: Part 1:

In this lesson, students will read informational text about Marjory Stoneman Douglas (MSD) as well as the Everglades. Students will annotate and summarize the text using a summarizing strategy. Then they will complete a graphic organizer to organize the information for their children's book. This is lesson 1 of 3 in a mini-unit integrating civics and English Language Arts.

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Scarves off to America!:

In this integrated lesson, students will review ways to demonstrate patriotism and explain why citizens demonstrate patriotism.  Students will create movements to symbols representing the United States that will be used in a scarf dance and discuss how and why music is used to celebrate in American culture.  

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Counting on Responsible Citizenship Lesson 2 of 3:

In this math/civics integrated lesson students will categorize a list of 35 responsible citizenship descriptions into 3 categories found within a school/classroom community. Students will create a tally table to represent the data.

 

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FLUENCY AND FLAG WAVERS An Integrated Math and Civics Mini Unit PART 3 :

Students will play a fluency game adding within 20 using playing cards.  There will be Responsible/Irresponsible Citizen cards embedded in the deck of cards that will result in an advantage or disadvantage in the game.  This integrated lesson is part 3 of 3 in a mini unit. 

 

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FLUENCY AND FLAG WAVERS An Integrated Math and Civics Mini Unit Part 2:

Students will circulate the room to find a partner who has an addend card that equals 20 with their addend card.  The activity will include matching behaviors that are examples of responsible and irresponsible citizenship. This integrated lesson is part 2 of 3 in a mini unit. 

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My Florida!:

Students will learn about the Florida Capitol Building and Everglades as important symbols of Florida. Students will label and color the capital, the Everglades National Park, and their hometown on a map of Florida. 

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Counting on Responsible Citizenship (Lesson 1 of 3):

In this math/civics integrated lesson students will categorize responsible and irresponsible citizen characteristics and create a bar graph using titles, labels, and units (also known as scale).

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The Congress of the United States: How to Become a United States Citizen:

In this lesson, teachers will engage students in learning about the naturalization process and how becoming a United States citizen gives you the right to participate and be part of a Constitutional Republic while focusing on a The Congress of the United States' central idea and relevant details as well as text features including headings, photographs, and captions.

This resource uses a book that is on the Florida Department of Education's reading list. This book is not provided with this resource.

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FLUENCY AND FLAG WAVERS An Integrated Math and Civics Mini Unit PART 1 :

Students will work in small groups to play a sum game taking turns finding 2 addends that equal a specific number within 20.  Throughout the game, the teacher will be giving students cards representing responsible behaviors that will give an advantage or irresponsible behaviors that will cause a disadvantage.  This integrated lesson is part 1 of 3 in a mini unit. 

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Everglades Habitat Part 3 of 3:

In this lesson, students will recognize Everglades National Park and Marjory Stoneman Douglas as symbols of Florida. They will complete a culminating activity from a variety of options to show their understanding of: animals and habitats, the importance of Everglades National Park, and the importance of Marjory Stoneman Douglas’ work.

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Everglades Habitat Part 2 of 3:

In this lesson, students will learn about threats to the Everglades National Park and be introduced to the work of Marjory Stoneman Douglas. Students will work together to create an illustration of a threat to Everglades National Park. Write a 2-3 sentence response about Marjory Stoneman Douglas’ work protecting the Everglades and why she is a symbol of Florida.

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Everglades Habitat Part 1 of 3:

In this lesson, students will learn about different habitats within Everglades National Park and how those habitats meet the needs of the animals that live there through a PowerPoint presentation and whole group discussion. Students will collaborate to complete an interactive matching activity involving animals that live in Everglades National Park habitats.

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Endangered in the Everglades:

The teacher will introduce the idea of symbols and show students images of the Everglades National Park, recognizing this as a symbol of Florida. Students will discuss Sam Vinikoff’s artwork and how he documents life experiences and the world around him to inspire them to create a plan for a watercolor painting, focusing specifically on a species on the Threatened and Endangered Species list, in this integrated lesson plan.

 

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United States Symbols: The Statue of Liberty:

Students will participate in research to describe how the Statue of Liberty is a symbol that represents the United States. Students will use a graphic organizer to write facts about the Statue of Liberty and take notes using details gathered from photographs and other text and graphic features, which will be creatively interwoven into a drawing of the Statue of Liberty utilizing a variety of materials and techniques.

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People Who Represent Florida: Marjory Stoneman Douglas: Important Things She Did & Why She Represents Florida:

Students will participate in digital research, explain how text features contribute to the meaning of the text, use context clues to determine the meaning of unknown words, and incorporate multimedia to enhance their written work in this integrated lesson plan. Using two sections from an Interactive Research Page, students will learn about Marjory Stoneman Douglas, her contributions as an environmentalist, and why she is an individual who represents Florida.

 

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Florida's History and Geography :

Students will use a self-guided reference presentation to complete a mapping activity of Florida and learn about its early history. 

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The Statue of Liberty as a Symbol of the U.S.:

The purpose of this lesson is for the students to recognize the Statue of Liberty as a symbol of freedom to the immigrants as they entered Ellis Island from 1892-1954.

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Recognizing U.S. Symbols: The Declaration of Independence:

In this lesson, students will learn about the Declaration of Independence as a symbol of the United States. Students will analyze a primary source photograph of the document and read a secondary source about this important document.

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Not Easy Being Green:

Students will apply their understanding that materials’ properties can change, to explain why objects made of copper typically turn green over time. From the Statue of Liberty to pennies, students will know that when copper is exposed to air it will eventually turn green in this integrated lesson plan.

 

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Recognizing U.S. Symbols: Thomas Jefferson:

In this lesson, students will learn about Thomas Jefferson as a symbol of the nation and learn about his impact as the third President of the United States by examining primary and secondary sources.

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Recognizing U.S. Individuals: Rosa Parks:

In this lesson, students will learn about Rosa Parks as an important person who represents the United States and examine a primary source photograph of her.

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Recognizing Symbols: The Supreme Court :

In this lesson, students will learn about the U.S. Supreme Court building as a symbol of the nation and locate the nation’s capital on a map.

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Recognizing U.S. Symbols: The Statue of Liberty:

In this lesson, students will learn about the Statue of Liberty as a symbol of the nation and learn about the history of the statue.

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Recognizing U.S. Symbols: The U.S. Capitol:

In this lesson, students will learn about the U.S. Capitol building as a symbol of the nation and locate the nation’s capital on a map.

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Recognizing U.S. Symbols: The White House:

In this lesson, students will learn about the White House building as a symbol of the nation and locate the nation’s capital on a map.

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Symbols: Map It Florida!:

In this lesson, students will learn about the Florida Capitol and Everglades National Park as symbols that represent Florida. Students will locate these symbols and their hometowns on a map of the state. 

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U.S. Symbols: Map It North America:

In this lesson, students will label countries in North America on a blank map while following alongside a slideshow. After labeling the countries in North America, students will learn more about symbols that represent the United States and label them on a blank U.S map.

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Fix the Code: Florida Symbols:

Students will propose solutions to coding errors in a Scratch program that identifies and explains symbols that represent Florida, in this integrated lesson. The students will use their basic knowledge of symbols that represent Florida to search for issues in a coded program in Scratch. The problems present in the code will be scrambled facts about Florida symbols. Students will suggest coding edits and then rearrange and alter the code in the Scratch program.   

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National Treasures Scratch:

Students will collaborate with peers while constructing a Scratch presentation that identifies one U.S. symbol and four facts about the symbol in this integrated lesson.

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Thomas Jefferson Biography:

In this lesson plan, students listen to a book about Thomas Jefferson and identify relevant details related to important events in his life.  This is part one of a four-part Civics and Coding integrated series.

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U.S. Symbols: White House Scratch Coding:

This lesson is Part 2 in a 2-part Integrated Civics Unit. Students will use their expository writing from U.S. Symbols: The White House Part 1 to plan, write, and publish a Scratch coding program.  With support from the teacher and peers, students will use at least one sprite, a background, narrations, and animations to explain why the White House is a symbol that represents the United States. 

 

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Florida's History :

Introduce students to Florida's History. In a student-guided/self-paced presentation, students will learn about the influence of Majroie Stoneman Douglas and Andrew Jackson. 

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Coding with Everglades National Park Animals:

Students will create a program in scratch that sorts animals common to the Everglades National Park according to their main habitat in this integrated lesson plan.  They will use the provided Venn Diagram backgound template and choose at least 4 previously-researched Everglades National Park animals to use as sprites. Students will then code the sprites to ‘move’ to the appropriate section of the Venn Diagram (water, land, both).

 

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Citizenship, Choices, and Community:

In this lesson plan, students will identify characteristics of responsible and irresponsible citizenship.

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United States Symbols: U.S. Capitol Scratch Coding:

This lesson is Part 2 in a 2-part Integrated Civics Unit. Students will use their expository writing from United States Symbols: The U.S. Capitol Part 1 to plan, write, and publish a Scratch coding program.  With support from the teacher and peers, students will use one sprite, images, narration, and backdrops to explain why the U.S. Capitol is a symbol that represents the United States. 

 

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Florida's Symbols: The Everglades and the Constitution:

In this lesson plan, teachers will assist students in recognizing symbols and individuals that represent the state of Florida. Students will explain these symbols' significance and impact. 

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Patriotic Holidays Part 2:

Students will write an expository text describing the importance of a patriotic holiday. In this lesson, students will work with peers to provide feedback on their writing.

 

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U.S. Symbols:

Students will learn about and locate important U.S. symbols (U.S. Capitol, White House, U.S. Supreme Court building, Statue of Liberty). Map elements (title, key/legend) and important geographic locations (United States, Florida, Washington D.C., New York City) will be reviewed.

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Patriotic Holidays Part 1:

Students will use the internet and/or texts to explore a patriotic holiday and explain its importance, in this lesson plan.

 

 

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Patriotic Holidays, Part 3:

Students will create a final expository writing piece describing the history and importance of a patriotic holiday. In this lesson, students will publish their writing piece using word processing software for printing and binding as part of a classroom text.

 

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Introducing Thomas Jefferson:

Students will learn and use coding tools in Scratch to create a one-scene program that introduces Thomas Jefferson, in this lesson plan. This is part two of a four-part Civics and Coding integrated series.

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Young Thomas Jefferson:

Students will learn coding skills in scratch as they write code to create a one-scene program about Thomas Jefferson's early life.  This is part three of a four-part Civics and Coding integrated series.

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President Thomas Jefferson:

Students will learn coding skills in Scratch as they write code to create a one-scene program about Thomas Jefferson.  Much of the coding for this program was introduced in the CPALMS Part 2 and 3 lessons, Introducing Thomas Jefferson and Young Thomas Jefferson. This lesson could be done without doing these lessons if the students are familiar with Scratch Coding.  This is part four of a four-part Civics and Coding integrated series.

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United States Symbols: The U.S. Capitol:

Students will participate in research to describe why the U.S. Capitol is a symbol that represents the United States. Students will use a graphic organizer to write facts about the U.S. Capitol and take notes about the building using details gathered from photographs and other text and graphic features, which will be used to create a multimedia presentation showcasing their learning.

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United States Symbols: The White House:

Students will participate in research to describe why the White House is a symbol that represents the United States. Students will use a graphic organizer to write facts about the White House and take notes about the building using details gathered from photographs and other text and graphic features, which will be used to create a multimedia presentation showcasing their learning.

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Planning for Weather:

Students will utilize temperature and precipitation data to rank locations best suited to host an outdoor celebration honoring Rosa Parks. They will interpret data using tables and graphs and apply knowledge of weather patterns while addressing state and national symbols in this integrated model eliciting activity.

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Architectural Symbols of the U.S.:

In this lesson plan, students will explore architectural symbols that represent the United States.

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Water: Responsible Citizens Conserve Water:

Students will learn and apply knowledge relating to water’s three main states of matter and how responsible citizenship includes the responsible use of water in this integrated lesson plan.

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Five Habitats:

This is an introductory lesson.  After completing all components, students will recognize characteristics of five habitats (ocean, rainforest, desert, polar, and wetlands.)  Students will be able to identify organisms that live in each habitat.  Also, students will learn about Marjory Stoneman Douglas and her Everglades efforts. 

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Partition the Flag:

In this Math and Social Studies Civics lesson plan, students will use their mathematical knowledge of fractions as equal groups, and knowledge of wholes, and fourths. Additionally, students will use two interrelated symbols representing Florida, to design a new Florida State Flag into four equal parts. Students will discuss and reason why Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the Florida Everglades were chosen as symbols of Florida, and brainstorm other possible symbols that could be used based on their personal experiences. As students design their flag, they will determine the best way to partition the rectangular shape into fourths, so that the four areas are equal-sized parts.

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Patriotism and the Pledge of Allegiance:

In this lesson, students will understand what it means to show patriotism and explain how reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in an appropriate manner is an act of patriotism. Students will demonstrate patriotism by showing respect and practicing reciting the Pledge of Allegiance appropriately.

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Original Student Tutorials

American Symbols Part 5: Inference Context Clues:

Learn how to use context clues and text features to learn new vocabulary while studying why the Thomas Jefferson and the Declaration of Independence represent the United States with this interactive tutorial.

This is part 5 in a six-part series. Click below to open the other tutorials in this series.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Not Easy Being Green:

Explore how the properties of materials change, including how the copper metal covering the Statue of Liberty changes from a brownish color to a greenish patina over time, with this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

American Symbols Part 4: Synonym and Antonym Context Clues:

Discover how to use context clues and text features to learn new vocabulary while studying why the U.S. Supreme Court is a symbol that represents the United States with this interactive tutorial.

This is part 4 in a six-part series. Click below to open the other tutorials in this series.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

American Symbols Part 3: Definition and Example Context Clues:

Use context clues and text features to learn new vocabulary while studying why the U.S. Capitol building is a symbol that represents the United States with this interactive tutorial.

This is part 3 in a six-part series. Click below to open the other tutorials in this series.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

American Symbols Part 6: Inference Context Clues:

Learn how to use inference context clues to learn about new vocabulary about the Declaration of Independence in this interactive tutorial.

This is part 6 in a six-part series. Click below to open the other tutorials in this series.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Teaching Idea

Grade 2 Civics Family Guide: Standard 2:

This Grade 2 Civics Family Guide provides some ideas and activities to support civics education when at home, out and about, and in the community. The activities provided align to the civics learning benchmarks within Standard 2 at this grade level.

Type: Teaching Idea

Student Resources

Vetted resources students can use to learn the concepts and skills in this topic.

Original Student Tutorials

American Symbols Part 5: Inference Context Clues:

Learn how to use context clues and text features to learn new vocabulary while studying why the Thomas Jefferson and the Declaration of Independence represent the United States with this interactive tutorial.

This is part 5 in a six-part series. Click below to open the other tutorials in this series.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Not Easy Being Green:

Explore how the properties of materials change, including how the copper metal covering the Statue of Liberty changes from a brownish color to a greenish patina over time, with this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

American Symbols Part 4: Synonym and Antonym Context Clues:

Discover how to use context clues and text features to learn new vocabulary while studying why the U.S. Supreme Court is a symbol that represents the United States with this interactive tutorial.

This is part 4 in a six-part series. Click below to open the other tutorials in this series.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

American Symbols Part 3: Definition and Example Context Clues:

Use context clues and text features to learn new vocabulary while studying why the U.S. Capitol building is a symbol that represents the United States with this interactive tutorial.

This is part 3 in a six-part series. Click below to open the other tutorials in this series.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

American Symbols Part 6: Inference Context Clues:

Learn how to use inference context clues to learn about new vocabulary about the Declaration of Independence in this interactive tutorial.

This is part 6 in a six-part series. Click below to open the other tutorials in this series.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Interactive Research Pages

Marjory Stoneman Douglas Interactive Research Page:

Explore the history and importance of Marjorie Stoneman Douglas with this interactive research page.

Type: Interactive Research Pages

Thomas Jefferson - Interactive Research Pages:

Learn the history and importance of Thomas Jefferson as a representative of the United States with this interactive research page.

Type: Interactive Research Pages

U.S. Supreme Court Building - Interactive Research Pages:

Explore the history and importance of the Supreme Court building as a symbol of the U.S. with this interactive research page.

Type: Interactive Research Pages

Declaration of Independence - Interactive Research Pages:

Discover the history and importance of the Declaration of Independence as a symbol of the United States with this interactive research page.

Type: Interactive Research Pages

Statue of Liberty - Interactive Research Pages:

Discover the history and importance of the Statue of Liberty as a symbol of the United States with this interactive research page.

Type: Interactive Research Pages

The White House - Interactive Research Pages:

Explore the history and importance of the White House as a symbol of the United States with this interactive research page.

Type: Interactive Research Pages

Rosa Parks - Interactive Research Pages:

Explore the history and importance of Rosa Parks as a famous person who represents the United States with this interactive research page.

Type: Interactive Research Pages

Florida Capitol Buildings - Interactive Research Pages:

Explore the history and importance of the Florida Capital Buildings as a symbol of Florida with this interactive research page.

Type: Interactive Research Pages

Florida Constitution - Interactive Research Pages:

Learn about the history and importance of the Florida Constitution as a symbol of Florida with this interactive research page.

Type: Interactive Research Pages

Andrew Jackson - Interactive Research Pages:

Explore the history and importance of Andrew Jackson and how he represents Florida with this interactive research page.

Type: Interactive Research Pages

Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Interactive Research Pages:

Learn about the history and importance of Martin Luther King Jr Day with this interactive research page.

Type: Interactive Research Pages

Patriot Day - Interactive Research Pages:

Learn about the history and importance of Patriot Day with this interactive research page.

Type: Interactive Research Pages

Constitution Day - Interactive Research Pages:

Explore the history and importance of Constitution Day with this interactive research page.

Type: Interactive Research Pages

Celebrate Freedom Week - Interactive Research Pages:

Learn about the history and importance of Celebrate Freedom Week with this interactive research page.

Type: Interactive Research Pages

Veterans Day - Interactive Research Pages:

Discover the history and importance of Veterans Day with this interactive research page.

Type: Interactive Research Pages

The U.S. Capitol Building - Interactive Research Pages:

Discover the history and importance of the U.S. Capitol building as a symbol of the United States with this interactive research page.

Type: Interactive Research Pages

Everglades National Park - Interactive Research Pages:

Discover the history and significance of Everglades National Park and why it is a symbol of Florida with this interactive research page.

Type: Interactive Research Pages

Medal of Honor Day - Interactive Research Pages:

Explore the history and meaning of Medal of Honor Day with this interactive research page.

Type: Interactive Research Pages

Memorial Day Interactive Research Pages:

Explore the history and meaning of Memorial Day with this interactive research page.

Type: Interactive Research Pages

Patriotic Holidays: Independence Day:

Learn about the history and importance of Independence Day in the United States of America with this interactive research page.

Type: Interactive Research Pages

Lesson Plan

We the Kids: The Preamble of the Constitution: Responsible Citizen vs. Irresponsible Citizen:

This is lesson #2 in the text unit series for We the Kids by David Katrow. Students will use prior knowledge from reading the text to show the difference between responsible and irresponsible citizenship. The class will be split in half and one side will act out or show how a responsible citizen acts in society. Then, the other half will show or act out an irresponsible citizen. Students will be put in pairs and complete a graphic organizer together to share their information with the class. The teacher will display the results on one big graphic organizer for the students to see as a whole group. Students will write 8 complete sentences on a piece of paper (4 for responsible and 4 for irresponsible) showing examples of responsible and irresponsible citizenship.

This unit will help students gain an understanding of the Preamble and its direct effect on their daily lives. Students will engage in various activities such as debating parts of the Preamble and completing a play interpreting patriotism. Throughout the unit, students will have to identify and interpret vocabulary, analyze the provided text, and demonstrate an understanding of the Preamble by providing relevant details. The teacher’s role in this unit will be to support his/her students' understanding of the Preamble by facilitating research, reviewing student writing, and work.

This resource uses a book that is on the Florida Department of Education's reading list. This book is not provided with this resource.

Type: Lesson Plan

Parent Resources

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Teaching Idea

Grade 2 Civics Family Guide: Standard 2:

This Grade 2 Civics Family Guide provides some ideas and activities to support civics education when at home, out and about, and in the community. The activities provided align to the civics learning benchmarks within Standard 2 at this grade level.

Type: Teaching Idea