Flag Day Quest  


Our flag is red, white, and blue,
But our nation is a rainbow -
Red, yellow, brown, black, and white -
And we're all precious in God's sight.
Author unknown

Introduction

What does our flag mean to you?
How do you feel when you see our American flag displayed?
Today you will learn about our country's flag.

Task

Your job is to read and answer questions about our country's flag.

Resources

Process

A.

Read the following passage and answer the questions below.

Flag Day is celebrated on June 14th.

The Thirteen Stripes

The U.S. Flag has thirteen stripes, alternating red and white, each stripe representing one of the 13 original colonies of England.

The 50 Stars

The United States Flag has 50 stars, one for each state of the Union. The last star added was for the State of Hawaii, 1960.

U.S. Flag Names


  1. When is Flag Day celebrated?

  2. How many stripes does the U.S. flag have?

  3. What do the red and white stripes stand for?

  4. How many stars does the flag have?

  5. What do the stars stand for?

  6. What are the two other names for the United States flag?

B.

Use Betsy Ross' homepage to answer the following questions.

  1. Who sewed the first American flag?

  2. Why were the stars on the first flag arranged in a circle?

  3. Who is a vexillologist?

  4. Is it ever appropriate to fly the flag upside down?

C.

Visit the Flag Pledge site and say the Pledge of Allegiance with a friend.

Extra Credit!

Visit the American Flag Picture Gallery on the Betsy Ross Homepage. See how our flag has changed through the years.

Now design a flag that tells about you!

Evaluation

Did you answer all the questions?

Did you work cooperatively?

Conclusion

You have completed your Flag Day Quest. Congratulations!

This page was designed by Kent Primary School First Grade Teachers in Carmel, New York.
Pages Created: June 24, 1998

Questions and Problems regarding this page should be directed to:

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