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Medallions

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Civics +3 Age Levels Primary (5 to 8 years old), Elementary (9 to 12 years old)

Work with a partner or partners to analyze each object:

  • What do you think the symbols mean?
  • Are there words that help describe it?
  • What patterns can you find?
  • Does the design show bilateral symmetry, radial symmetry, or is it asymmetrical?

ART MAKING CHALLENGE: Design a medallion to commemorate something important to you. Some possibilities:

  • An accomplishment
  • A special event you participated in
  • A family tradition
  • A personal interest

The final artwork could be a drawing, painting, collage, clay slab, or foil repousse.

World's Fair Medal (reverse)

Smithsonian American Art Museum

World's Fair Medal (reverse)

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Pin, Lapel, 1939 World's Fair Aviation Bldg.

National Air and Space Museum

"Palace of Electricity, St. Louis World's Fair"

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

New Hampshire Militia Button

National Museum of American History

The American Scene

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Union Shield

National Museum of American History

I Am Ready Medal

National Museum of American History

Pin, Lapel, UNIDENTIFIED

National Air and Space Museum

American Eagle Pin

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Coin, Commemorative

National Air and Space Museum

Medal, The Coin-Tiberius

National Air and Space Museum