for Flag Day
students will research their state flag and locate other
states on a map.
- A book with a picture of
the school's State Flag, or a printout of it from the
following web site, States
And Capitals This will give information on your
state, including the flag and what its symbols
mean. (A color printout will work best. If
this is not available to you, try and color the
printout to give the students the sense of what colors
are in their flag, or simply allow them to view it
- A large map of the United
- Use the above link to get
printouts of different
state flags (enough so there is one per student or
pair of students.) Write the name of the state
somewhere on the flag, or the back of the flag.
Place them in a container to be picked by the
- Brainstorm and list the
different organizations and communities which have
flags. For example, schools, clubs, sports
teams, cities, states, countries.
- Show the display or
picture of your state's flag. Discuss what the
different symbols and colors mean on the flag.
- Have the students locate
their state on a map.
- Have each student, or pair
of students, pick a flag out of the container of state
flags. They may then come up to the United
States Map one at a time (or in their pair) and locate
that state on the map. (Younger students will
need more help in completing this step than older
- Attach the flag cutout to
the map. If it is too big to go on the actual
state, attach it off to the side and have a piece of
string connecting the flag to its state.
- The above lesson can be
done with the American Flag. Discuss the
symbols, colors, and what they mean. (Today the
flag consists of thirteen horizontal stripes, seven
red and 6 white. The stripes stand for the original 13
colonies, the stars represent the 50 states. The
colors of the flag mean the following; red symbolizes
Hardiness and Valor; White symbolizes Purity and
Innocence and Blue represents Vigilance, Perseverance
and Justice.) Then the students may find different
country's flags and locate those countries on a world
- Have a lesson on the
history of the United States Flag. The following
web site will be helpful, Historical
Flags Of The United States.
- Have a lesson on Betsy
Ross. The following web sites will be helpful, Betsy
Ross Homepage, and Biography.com.
- Discuss the history of the
sewing machine and how they have changed over time,
increasing the ease of stitching flags. How were
flags (as well as other jobs) done before machines?
- Discuss how explorers
place flags when discovering or reaching new
areas. For example, flags were placed on the
moon, at the tops of mountains, etc.