United States of America Flag and Lesson Plan May 25 2010

Symbolism on the Flag of the United States of America

The flag of the United States of America has thirteen equal, horizontal red and white stripes. The upper left corner of the flag has a blue rectangle in the canton, which is referred to as the "union". Inside the blue rectangle there are fifty white stars. The fifty stars on the flag represent the fifty states. The thirteen stripes represent the original thirteen colonies. These colonies rebelled against the British monarchy and became the first states in the Union.

Other Names for the Flag:


Lesson Plan:

Teacher Preparation

  1. Hang up a flag of the United States of America in your classroom, if you haven't already.
  2. Make copies of the Flag of the United States of America handout.
  3. Print and post a copy of the poster of the National Anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner.
  4. Post a large map of the United States of America in your classroom or make a copy of the map onto an overhead transparency.
  5. Write the names of the first thirteen colonies next to the map: Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Virginia. (Cover up the answers. You can ask your students to name the colonies, if they know.)


  1. Sing the National Anthem, The Star Spangled Banner, with your students. (Check-out a CD with the song at the library to sing along with.)
  2. Discuss the song together.
  3. Hand out the Flag of the United States of America coloring page.
  4. Explain the symbolism of the flag ( in the first paragraph above).
  5. Ask the students to name all 13 colonies. If they don't know the colonies, tell them.
  6. Students color in their own flags of the United States of America. Show your students exactly what to color red, white and blue. Point to the flag you have in your classroom as you explain.
  7. Collect the United States of America flag coloring page. Explain to the students that it is important to respect our flag. It should never be left on the ground or treated with disrespect. Keep the completed work for your students' Classroom Memory Books.
  8. Explain that this summer they will celebrate Independence Day on the 4th of July.

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