This United States Landmarks Matching Activity is free to download and there are a variety of activities you can use it for to make learning fun. These free printables will feature photographs of each landmark as well as the landmark names. Whether you are a social studies teacher or homeschooling parent, you can learn about these American symbols in an engaging way.
American Landmarks Included:
- The Capitol Building
- Empire State Building
- Freedom Tower
- Golden Gate Bridge
- Hoover Dam
- Thomas Jefferson Memorial
- Abraham Lincoln Memorial
- Washington Monument
- Mt. Rushmore – Mount Rushmore
- Space Needle
- St. Louis Arch
- Statue of Liberty
- Transamerica Tower
- The White House
These national monuments are not only famous landmarks, but also tourist attractions in different regions of the United States of America. These printable worksheets are a great way to help students learn about different landmarks and why they are important.
- Here are a few fun activities to try in addition to the landmarks matching activity.
- Match the pictures of the historical landmarks to their names.
- Make flip cards for quizzing each other on the landmarks. Put the picture card on top of it’s name (both facing up) and staple it on the left side. Look at the picture, guess which landmark it is, and flip it open to see if you are correct.
- Make a book with each page containing information about a historic landmark. Glue a picture to the top of each page. Include 2-3 facts about each of the U.S. Symbols. For group projects, have each group in charge of one page of the book. Share their information and then create a class book.
- Use the cards to play Memory. Cut them apart, flip them over, and mix them up for a game of memory and matching. This is a fun way for early finishers to use the cards.
- Use the picture cards to play a game of “Headbands”. One player puts a picture card on their forehead (either taped or in a headband). The second player gives clues about what the landmark is (without saying its name) and the first player tries to guess what it is.
- Learn more about US Geography! Find out where each landmark is and label it on the map.
- Learn about American History! Why did these places become landmarks? What makes the natural landmarks special from other national parks and interesting places?
Download the US Landmarks Matching Activity
About the Landmarks
- The Alamo – The Alamo is located in San Antonio, Texas. The Battle of the Alamo was fought between Texas and Mexico. Mexico won the battle and all of the Texan soldiers died.
- The Capitol Building – The Capitol Building is where different branches of government meet in Washington, D.C.
- Empire State Building – The Empire State Building is a 102 story skyscraper in New York City that was built to be the tallest skyscraper and it was until 1971.
- Golden Gate Bridge – This bridge opened in 1937. It is a suspension bridge in San Fransisco, California.
- Hoover Dam – Hoover Dam is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the U.S. states of Nevada and Arizona.
- Thomas Jefferson Memorial – A presidential memorial built in Washington, D.C.
- Abraham Lincoln Memorial – A presidential memorial built in Washington, D.C.
- Washington Monument – Located in the National Mall and built to honor George Washington
- Mt. Rushmore – A massive sculpture carved into Mount Rushmore in South Dakota
- Space Needle – 605 ft. tall structure in Washington
- St. Louis Arch – A monument in Missouri that is the world’s tallest arch.
- Statue of Liberty – A gift of friendship from France to The United States. It is a symbol of freedom and democracy.
- Transamerica Tower – A 48 story skyscraper in San Fransisco.
- The White House – The official work place and residence of the president of The United States