Kindergartners learn about U.S. symbols

Kindergartners learn about U.S. symbols

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Wooster Township Elementary School kindergartners have proven themselves to be experts on American symbols.

They did it by writing reports, giving speeches, painting pictures and making all kinds of creative models out of Legos, clay, cardboard and construction paper.

Following a three-week study on symbols representing the United States, students got to pick one to report on, kindergarten teacher Julie Moore explained. They needed three facts about their symbol and could either dress like it or create a model or picture to represent it.

Students came dressed as presidents, the Statue of Liberty, the Liberty Bell and even an eagle. Others presented models of the White House, and the George Washington Monument. Paper flags also were popular.

“The kids were so excited to stand up and share their projects like the big kids (in the older grades),” Moore said. “They showed a lot of pride in what they did. A lot of them came in with facts we didn’t talk about.”

Maddison Fleck had a personal reason for choosing the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Seville. Her great-grandparents — Navy veterans Chalmer and Nancy Philpott — are buried there. She was interested to learn that coins often are left on tombstones to let a soldier’s family know that someone stopped by to pay his or her respects. She wrote on her poster that a penny means the person visited. A nickel means the visitor and the soldier trained together. A dime means the visitor served with the soldier.

The project was particularly poignant for the 6-year-old because she had lost both great-grandparents in the last three months.

Anniston Owolabi used only a photo as a guide and her own supply of Legos to build a model of the White House. Her model, she said, included “a bodyguard on the roof” and “a lady in the garden” trimming bushes. “I focused and I worked very hard,” to complete it, she said. She also had help from her 8-year-old sister Eden.

Moore and her fellow kindergarten teachers, Beth Boggs and Kendra Peterson, sprinkled in other fun activities. Students learned a song about the 46 U.S. Presidents, painted pictures of the Statue of Liberty and took a virtual tour of the White House and George Washington’s Mount Vernon.

“Kids are usually super excited to learn about the American symbols,” Boggs said. While the unit is part of each kindergarten teacher’s yearly lessons, this was the first time the three combined their efforts. Timed to begin around President’s Day, the unit ended with a United States party, complete with red, white and blue snacks such as strawberries, blueberries and marshmallows and patriotic cookies.

Amidst the fun, students learned note taking, informational writing and communication skills.

“We said they were experts on their symbols they picked,” Moore said. While they read their reports in front of the class, students in the audience worked on being “active listeners.”

“It was a challenge for them to ask questions because normally they want to share what they do,” Moore said. “We had a lot of creative projects.”

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