Symbols in the World


Our Symbols in the World lesson plan teaches students about famous and important landmarks and symbols around the world. Students learn to identify and describe these famous symbols and their importance.

Included with this lesson are some adjustments or additions that you can make if you’d like, found in the “Options for Lesson” section of the Classroom Procedure page. One of the optional additions to this lesson is to let your students use the internet to research another symbol and present it to the class.

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What our Symbols in the World lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Symbols in the World prepares students to identify and describe significant symbols in the world. At the end of the lesson, students will be able to identify and describe symbols in the world. This lesson is for students in 1st grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd grade.

Classroom Procedure

Every lesson plan provides you with a classroom procedure page that outlines a step-by-step guide to follow. You do not have to follow the guide exactly. The guide helps you organize the lesson and details when to hand out worksheets. It also lists information in the orange box that you might find useful. You will find the lesson objectives, state standards, and number of class sessions the lesson should take to complete in this area. In addition, it describes the supplies you will need as well as what and how you need to prepare beforehand. The supplies you will need for this lesson are glue, tape, scissors, final copy paper for homework, and the  handouts.

Options for Lesson

Included with this lesson is an “Options for Lesson” section that lists a number of suggestions for activities to add to the lesson or substitutions for the ones already in the lesson. To add to this lesson, you can introduce additional symbols of the world and give some information about each. If you teach older students, you can let them use the internet to research another symbol and present it to the class. You could also name a “Symbol of the Day” and post a photo of the symbol for students to learn about during the school day. To adjust the homework assignment you can let students take a picture to represent their home or area where they live instead of designing and drawing a symbol.

Teacher Notes

The teacher notes page includes a paragraph with additional guidelines and things to think about as you begin to plan your lesson. This page also includes lines that you can use to add your own notes as you’re preparing for this lesson.


Symbols in the World

The Symbols in the World lesson plan includes five content pages. The lesson begins by asking students if they recognize photos of the White House and the Statue of Liberty. These are both symbols that people all over the world recognize. Symbols represent or stand for something. The White House, for example, represents freedom and America. Countries all over the world have symbols just like the U.S. has the White House. When you see a symbol from a country, you might think about that country or their past. The lesson lists some of these famous symbols.

Egypt, India, and France

Two famous symbols in Egypt are the pyramids and the Great Sphinx. Egypt has more than 100 pyramids that we know about. They are tombs, or places where they buried past leaders when they died. The Great Sphinx represent ancient Egypt and the way their leaders lived.

India’s Taj Mahal (found in Asia) is a mausoleum, or another kind of tomb. It’s almost 400 years old. They built it in honor of the emperor’s wife, and millions of people visit it every year.

One of the most famous symbols in the whole world is France’s Eiffel Tower (in Europe). It’s the tallest building in Paris and is an observation tower that they use for radio broadcasting.

United Kingdom, China, and Italy

Stonehenge, found in the United Kingdom (part of Europe), is over 4,000 years old. We believe they built it as a sacred religious site.

The Great Wall of China, located in Asia, is the longest wall in the entire world. They used it to stop attacks and protect China’s northern border more than 2,000 years ago. It’s over 4,000 miles long and winds through deserts, grasslands, and mountains.

In Europe you can find Rome, Italy’s Colosseum. It’s 2,000 years old and can hold over 50,000 people. They used it for fighting contests.

Greece, Russia, and Brazil

In Athens, Greece (also in Europe), you can find the Acropolis. They built it as a monument to an ancient goddess almost 2,500 years ago. The building shown in the lesson is the Parthenon, which represents spirit and civilization.

They built Russian church St. Basil’s Cathedral in the 1500s. Today, it’s a museum that millions of people from all over the world visit every year.

In South America, there’s a statue called Christ the Redeemer in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They built it between 1921 and 1931 and it located above the city.

The symbols discussed in this lesson are only a few of the many, many symbols you can find in the world. They include buildings, flags, churches, mountains, and more.

If you see a symbol in another country or city, take a moment to think about what it might mean. You can explore the world by exploring its symbols, even from the comfort of your home or school.


The Symbols in the World  lesson plan includes two worksheets: an activity worksheet and a practice worksheet. You can refer to the guide on the classroom procedure page to determine when to hand out each worksheet.


The activity worksheet asks students to cut apart each of the world symbols and the World Map on the worksheet. They will then use the content pages and additional resources to glue each symbol next to its correct placement on the World Map.

Students can also work with a partner to complete the activity.


For the practice worksheet, students will match symbols or terms to their descriptions. They will also create a symbol that could represent their home or the area that they live in.

Worksheet Answer Keys

This lesson plan includes answer keys for the practice worksheet. If you choose to administer the lesson pages to your students via PDF, you will need to save a new file that omits these pages. Otherwise, you can simply print out the applicable pages and keep these as reference for yourself when grading assignments.

Additional information


1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade


Social Studies

State Educational Standards

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.7

Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.

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