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Topic: Symbols and landmarks  

Grades K-4 History

 Standard 4.  Understands how democratic values came to be, and how they have been exemplified by people, events, and symbols
  Level I (Grade K-2)
   Benchmark 9.Knows why important buildings, statues, and monuments (e.g., the White House, Lincoln Memorial, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Angel Island, Mt. Rushmore, veterans’ memorials) are associated with state and national history
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that the White House is an important building in national history because it is the home of the president of the United States
     2.Knows that the Lincoln Memorial is an important historical monument because it commemorates the leadership of President Abraham Lincoln
     3.Knows that the Statue of Liberty is an important historical statue because it is a universal symbol of American freedom and democracy
     4.Knows that Ellis Island is important to national history because it was the port of entry for many immigrants to the United States
     5.Knows that Angel Island is important to national history because it was the port of entry for Asian immigrants to the United States
     6.Knows that Mt. Rushmore is an important historical monument because it commemorates the leadership of Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt

Civics

 Standard 9.  Understands the importance of Americans sharing and supporting certain values, beliefs, and principles of American constitutional democracy
  Level II (Grade 3-5)
   Benchmark 4.Knows how various symbols are used to depict Americans' shared values, principles, and beliefs and explain their meaning (e.g., the flag, Statue of Liberty, Statue of Justice, Uncle Sam, great seal, national anthem, oaths of office, mottoes such as E Pluribus Unum)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows how various symbols are used to depict Americans’ shared values, principles, and beliefs
     2.Understands the meaning of various American symbols
     3.Understands the symbolism and meaning of the American flag
     4.Understands the symbolism and meaning of the Statue of Liberty
     5.Understands the symbolism and meaning of the Statue of Justice
     6.Understands the symbolism and meaning of Uncle Sam
     7.Understands the symbolism and meaning of the great seal
     8.Understands the symbolism and meaning of the national anthem
     9.Understands the symbolism and meaning of the oaths of office
     10.Understands the symbolism and meaning of mottoes such as "E Pluribus Unum"