This lesson is part of Great States: Idaho | Unit 8: State Symbols which illustrates how the images associated with the state reflect the geography, American Indian heritage, economy, and history of exploration and settlement that have created present day Idaho.
4.SS.4.2.1: Explain the significance of Idaho symbols and the unique tribal seal of each federally recognized tribe in Idaho.
Boise District 413.02: Explain the significance of Idaho symbols.
- Video: Great States | Idaho Government
- A smart board, projector, or other screen to show videos to class
- A projector
- Image: Idaho state seal
- Class set of Idaho’s Path to Statehood graphic organizer
- Introduce the concept of symbols by asking students for the symbols for words such as “love,” “dollar,” “peace.” Clarify that symbols are abstract representations of ideas and concepts; images are visual likenesses of actual things.
- Then, project the state seal. Ask students to identify the images and symbols on the state seal.
Physical features: mountains, river, plains, tree
Animals: horse, moose
Crops: Wheat, potatoes, etc.
Miner with shovel and pickaxe
Woman in white (symbolizing liberty)
Scales of justice
Cornucopia (symbolizing abundance)
- Distribute the Idaho’s Path to Statehood graphic organizer. Indicate that the students will be watching a short film about the formation of Idaho’s government. They should take notes on the graphic organizer to summarize major steps on the road to Idaho’s statehood. The third column for symbols should be left blank.
Play the video, Great States | Idaho Government [3:41]
- After viewing the film, review the content of the graphic organizer, Idaho’s Path to Statehood. Then, ask students to create a symbol (rather than an image) for each event on the organizer in the space provided.