Patriotic Symbols and Practices
The Washington Monument
- Illustrations of the Washington Monument
- Books about the Washington Monument
- Clean, empty milk cartons
- White construction paper
- Review symbols previously introduced in this organizing topic.
- Display pictures, drawings, or posters of the Washington Monument. Discuss the reason the monument is called the “Washington” monument. Review the significance of George Washington and Washington, D.C. Use a map to locate Washington, D.C.
- Visit the Washington Monument Web site with students (see <http://bensguide.gpo.gov/3-5/symbols/wa_monument.html>), or read a book to students about the monument.
- Discuss interesting facts about the monument.
• The monument is a symbol that honors our first president, George Washington.
• The monument is made of marble and weighs as much as 15,000 African elephants.
• The building has the shape of a tall, pointed needle.
• There are 897 steps inside the monument. People use an elevator to reach the top.
• There are windows at the very top for people to see all of Washington, D.C.
• On February 22, 1885 (George Washington’s birthday), a ceremony was held to celebrate completion of the monument.
- Have students construct mini-Washington Monuments out of empty milk cartons. They can cover them with white construction paper.