American flag class.

So I am teaching a K-6 grade civics class – also known as a hodgepodge of American history, CA history, and general civics trivia. The first class in on the American flag, and flags generally. I have included, at the bottom, the jpegs of the class handouts if you want to do this lesson on your own.

First, we talked about flags in general (see the “What is a flag?” below). We described what a flag is: a symbol, something that means something, something to mark your way, a reminder to come back to a page. Then we listed off types of flags we had seen: parade flags, race flags, bookmarks, flags in the ground as goal posts, flags on cars….the list went on and on forever. These kids were great!

What is a flag? Here’s the worksheet.

Then we did our reading and reading comprehension questions on the first handout. After that, we did a word scramble for important flag words.

Next, we moved on to the American flag. I posted a big flag in the classroom – I have one, and the bigger the visual the better. I printed out the history/story of the American flag and had the kids read it with me. If they could read, I let them help, if not, they listened. If you need a history of the flag to use, simply Google it and find the story you like.

Then we played “true or false.” This is a great, active game.

I posted the word “true” on one side of the classroom and the word “false” on the other. Then I read a series of statements about the flag that they should have learned in the story. If the statement was true, they ran to the true. If it was false, they ran to the false. It was a great way of getting them off their rears and moving around after sitting for a little bit.

Here were the statements:

1. The American flag is red, white, and purple.

2. The first flag was sewn by Betsy Ross.

3. The first flag had 20 stars.

4. The first flag was commissioned in June 1777.

5. The flag has 18 stripes.

6. The flag has stars for each state.

7. Each President has a stripe on the flag.

8. The American flag is also known as a standard.

We moved on to what the American flag stands for.

Since we had talked about the original flag having 13 stars (for the 13 colonies), we talked (and counted) out the 50 stars for the 50 states.

What is the meaning of the American flag?

Then we talked about the meaning behind the stars, stripes, and colors of the flag (see the handout below). As we talked, the kids pointed to each thing on the flag.

Then they got to draw their own flags! I gave them a blank piece of paper and some crayons and asked them to make their own flag. They had to describe what each thing on the flag was. For those who were good writers, they wrote their own stories. For those who couldn’t write, I helped them. Then they presented their flags to the class.

Believe it or not this whole thing took 1 hour. It seemed like the kids had fun in their class, so I hope they all come back next week! Watch for next Monday’s lesson on K-6 Civics.

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  1. Thaks for this post it helps me lot!


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