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From Stop Signs to the Golden Arches: Environmental Print

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From Stop Signs to the Golden Arches: Environmental Print

Grades K – 1
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time Ten to Twenty 15-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Devon Hamner

Devon Hamner

Grand Island, Nebraska


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology






  • Signs by Susan Canizares and Pamela Chanko (Scholastic, 1998)

  • I Read Signs by Tana Hoban (Scholastic)

  • I Read Symbols by Tana Hoban (Mulberry Books)

  • Camera and film

  • Materials to assemble classroom books and bind them

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  • Choose one of the options for introducing this lesson and prepare the materials you will need: obtaining the books, bookmarking the Website, and/or teaching about traffic safety.

  • Obtain a digital camera.

  • Plan to use a bulletin board, large table, or other area easily accessible to the students to use to display the artifacts they collect.

  • Assemble materials needed to make and bind class books.

  • Obtain several examples of environmental print: a Happy Meal sack, a Burger King crown, a cereal box, a pop can, and so forth.

  • Prepare two copies for each student of the Parent Letter

  • Test the Street Sign Gallery on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tool and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.

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