Connect and Explore - American Symbols, Landmarks, & Holidays

Bald Eagle


  • Have the video, Coming to America, playing as students enter for first lesson.

    We live in a great big wonderful world! Our 2nd graders are taking a closer look at our country, the United States of America, to learn more about the history, symbols, landforms, and everything that makes our country unique. 

    • Where have you been?
    • Where would you like to go?
    • What makes us unique?


  • Students explore the Google tour with a partner. 

    English & Spanish

    U.S.A. Google Tour- Select 2-3 topics that interest you (teacher assigns group/partner based on interest) Best viewable on Chromebook. laptop or VDI. Script for English/Spanish


Phase: Connect & Explore
  • This phase is intended to:

    Connect students to the topic and spark their interest in learning more.

    Key ideas:

    • Activate background knowledge
    • Build curiosity
    • Allow time for further topic exploration independently or in small groups
    • Begin questioning