The American Flag -
3rd Grade Social Studies
In this lesson students will have the opportunity to gain knowledge of the
American Flag and the importance of the flag in the school and community. By the
end of the lesson, students will be able to tell what the colors, stripes, and
stars of the American flag mean, know laws and regulations about flags, and
learn the proper way to fold the American Flag. In this social studies lesson,
students will learn to appreciate the American Flag and what it stands for.|
Grade Level: 3rd Grade Social Studies
The American Flag
Student's will gain knowledge about the American Flag and the importance of
the flag in
the school and community.
Materials: Handouts of the song: "Colors and Symbols of the American
Flag" An American
1. Student's will be able to tell what the colors, stripes, and stars of the
American flag mean.
2. Student's will learn about the flags laws and regulations.
3. Student's will learn how to fold the American Flag.
1. We will start each lesson by saying the Pledge of Allegiance.
2. Ask student's what they know about the American Flag.
3. Discuss the meanings of the stripes, stars, and colors of the American Flag.
4. Sing the song: "America the Beautiful”
5. Together we will sing verse 1-2 together and then we will discuss what it
means. After the
discussion we will sing verse 3 followed by a discussion and repeat this method
until we are done with all the verses.
6. Next, we will learn about some laws and regulations about taking care of the
flag and why they are important. These laws and regulations can be used when we
raise and take down our flag at the school when the students arrive and when it
is time for departure. Some of the laws and regulations we will be discussing
*The flag is normally put up during sunrise and taken down at sunset, sometimes
though when there is a need for a patriot effect the flag can be displayed 24
hours a day.
*The flag should not be displayed when weather is bad, unless it is an all
*The flag should never be flown with the stars facing to the ground unless the
nation is under
*The flag should never touch anything beneath it, like the floor. The flag
should never be carried flat or horizontally, but always up and free.
*When the national anthem is sung and the flag is displayed all people except
uniform should stand at attention facing the flag with their right hand over
7. We will sing the song one more time and I will ask them if this song will
help them remember what the colors and symbols of the flag represent.
The activity I want my students to learn is to fold the American flag properly,
I will demonstrate how to do this with a volunteer in the classroom and the
students will all have a paper with the steps drawn out for them to look at if
they have problems. The students will all have the chance to learn how to fold
the American Flag after it is taken down for the day and to store it away until
the next day, when it is time to put the flag backup.
Removing the words of the song, I will ask the students to correctly tell me
what the colors and symbols of the flag represent. The students will demonstrate
to me the proper way of folding the American Flag following the correct
regulations that they have learned.
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