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Citizenship: Flag Activities

Flag Activities (U.S. and State)

Have the students participate in “Raise the Flag Day.” The following site gives several activities for the day.

Have the students create a class brochure related to flag etiquette. Sites for use will be included under the web links link below

The U.S. flag is red, white, and blue in color with stars and stripes. Each color has a different meaning. White signifies purity and innocence, red signifies valor and bravery, and blue signifies vigilance, perseverance, and justice.

  • Have students look up each of these words and find synonyms for each of these words in a thesaurus.
  • Have the students create a poster of the United States flag showing evidence of their knowledge of the parts and colors of the flag.
  • Extension: Research the origin of the North Dakota state flag and the significance of its symbols and colors.

Have students perform a Reader’s Theatre where one group reads one word or phrase from the Pledge of Allegiance and the other group reads the meaning of the word or phrase. The following site is a commentary written by Red Skeleton for the students to use.

Commentary on the Pledge of Allegiance

Have the students look at the North Dakota flag and sketch it using colored chalk. Laminate the final product for display in the classroom. Before drawing the flag, have them read the description. It is as follows:

North Dakota Flag Description
North Dakota’s dark blue field displays a bald eagle holding an olive branch and a bundle of arrows in its claws. In its beak, the eagle carries a ribbon with the words “One nation made up of many states.” The shield on its breast has thirteen stars, representing the original thirteen states. The fan-shaped design above the eagle represents the birth of a new nation, the United States. The name “NORTH DAKOTA” appears on a red scroll below the eagle.

When the drawing is completed, have partners read the description to each other to see if the directions were followed according to the description written. For students with special needs, you can use the North Dakota flag coloring page.