American Symbols

Contributor: Danielle Childers. Lesson ID: 10607

Do you recognize the American flag or the eagle? Do you know what they mean? They are symbols that mean something bigger. With fun videos and games, learn about symbols and make a colorful mini-book!


United States

learning style
personality style
Grade Level
PreK/K, Primary (K-2)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!


When you look at each of these pictures, what do they mean to you?

woman and heart symbols

If you said the picture of the woman stands for the women’s bathroom, and the heart stands for love, you are correct!

Even though these pictures have no words, most people understand what they mean. They are called "symbols."

A symbol is an object or image that stands for something else.

There are symbols that people use to represent the United States of America, and we call these "American symbols."

  • Can you think of a symbol that would represent the United States?

American flag

The American flag is probably the most common symbol, but there are many others.

Listen to this teacher’s video, american symbols final. As you watch, listen carefully for the American symbols that are mentioned in the video:


When you are done watching the video, share as many symbols as you can remember with your parent or teacher. You can write the words or draw them on a piece of paper, or ask your teacher to write them for you.

Once you have all of the symbols you remember written or drawn on paper, watch this next video, US Symbols with Annie & Moby. It's Annie and Moby from BrainPOP jr., and they are talking about the U.S. symbols as Annie gets ready to send a package to her pen pal in China! Add any new symbols you hear to your list!

When you are done, continue on to the Got It? section for some learning games!

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