Symbols of The USA—The Flag

USA Symbols—The Flag


Objective: Help children understand the importance of the United States flag as a symbol of the USA and teach the Pledge of Allegiance.

Preparation:

  • Cut rectangles from blue construction paper:  4 ½ ” x 6” (one for each student)
  • Cut strips of red construction paper:  6” x ¾” (four for each student), and 12 x ¾ (three for each student)
  • White 12 x 9 construction paper (one for each student)
  • White crayons or pencils
  • Stickers; preferably with flags
  • USA flag
  • Suggested books:
  • The Pledge of Allegiance by Lloyd G Douglas
  • The Flag We Love by Pam Munoz Ryan

Lesson:

  • Read a flag book and discuss.
  • What is a flag? A flag is a piece of cloth, in the shape of a rectangle with colors, and designs.
  • Display a flag.
  • Discuss that red, white and blue are the colors of our country, The United States of America.
  • Have children count the thirteen stripes. Show that six are white and seven are red.
  • The blue rectangle has 50 white stars which represent each state.
  • Every country has a national flag. A national flag represents a country’s citizens. When you are the citizen of a country it is like being part of a team and you work together to take care of the country.
  • Read and discuss The Pledge of Allegiance book.
  • Citizens of the United States make an important promise called The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. When we make this pledge, we promise to be good citizens.   Explain the language of the pledge to help the children understand. “I pledge (promise) allegiance (to follow and protect) to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic (USA) for which it stands, one Nation (country), under God, indivisible (which cannot be divided and all the states remain together), with liberty (freedom) and justice (fairness) for all.”
  • Discuss and demonstrate how we place our RIGHT hand over our heart when we say the pledge to show respect.
  • Place a sticker on the children’s right wrist to help them remember which hand is their right hand.
  • Help them recite the Pledge.

Activity: Make your own flag.

  • Place the blue rectangle at the top left.
  • Have the children glue the red strips onto the white construction paper. Show them how to put the 4 short strips at the top right side and the 3 long strips at the bottom leaving spaces in between for the white stripes.
  • Have the children add the stars using white pencils or crayon.  Show some simple ways to make stars, such as draw a “t” then draw and “x” on top.

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One response to this post.

  1. This would be fun to do for Flag Day, June 14th or for the 4th of July.

    Reply

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