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.
In lesson 5 of a 6-lesson unit plan based on What Is a Government? by Baron Bedesky, students will revisit the relevant details that support the central idea, the government helps keep people safe, from lesson #4. Students will use the relevant details to draft personal narrative writing which identifies how the government helps keeps them safe and create a collage that reinforces their writing.
This unit will support students as they explain why people form governments, the role of laws in government, the impact of government on daily life, and the ways the government protects the rights and liberty of American citizens. Students will engage in a read aloud of the text, What is Government, spread out over several lessons, emphasizing text features, vocabulary, central idea, and author’s purpose. In addition, the teacher will facilitate research, student presentations, expository writing, artwork, computer science, and identifying Florida symbols to help students solidify their interpretation as to why people form governments.