SS.2.CG.2.4

Recognize symbols, individuals and documents that represent the United States.

Clarifications

Clarification 1: Students will recognize the U.S. Capitol, the White House, the U.S. Supreme Court building and the Statue of Liberty as symbols that represent the United States.

Clarification 2: Students will recognize Rosa Parks and Thomas Jefferson as individuals who represent the United States.

Clarification 3: Students will recognize the Declaration of Independence as a document that represents the United States.

General Information
Subject Area: Social Studies
Grade: 2
Strand: Civics and Government (Starting 2023-2024)
Date Adopted or Revised: 07/21
Status: State Board Approved

Related Courses

This benchmark is part of these courses.
5021040: Social Studies Grade 2 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 - 2023, 2023 and beyond (current))
7721013: Access Social Studies - Grade 2 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2018, 2018 - 2023, 2023 and beyond (current))

Related Access Points

Alternate version of this benchmark for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
SS.2.CG.2.AP.4: Identify documents that represent the United States.

Related Resources

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

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

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

Lesson Plans

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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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 about the Founders and their reasons for seeking independence in this integrated lesson plan.

Type: Lesson Plan

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.

Type: Lesson Plan

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.

Type: Lesson Plan

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.

Type: Lesson Plan

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.

Type: Lesson Plan

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.

Type: Lesson Plan

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.

Type: Lesson Plan

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.

Type: Lesson Plan

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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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. 

 

Type: Lesson Plan

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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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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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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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.

Type: Lesson Plan

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.

Type: Lesson Plan

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.

Type: Lesson Plan

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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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

Original Student Tutorials for Language Arts - Grades K-5

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.

Integrated Civics with ELA Original tutorials - Grades K-5

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.

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.

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.

STEM Civics Tutorials and Videos - Grades K-12

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.

Student Resources

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

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

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

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

Parent Resources

Vetted resources caregivers can use to help students learn the concepts and skills in this benchmark.

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