Raise Your Flag

Social Studies

Students research the symbolism of flags and then apply what they have learned to create flags that make personal statements.

What You Need

What to Do

  1. Displaying at least one real flag, discuss with students what the various colors, stripes, and shapes on it stand for. The flag can be representative of a country, state, local municipality, or an organization. Lead the discussion toward the reasons why flags are considered important.
  2. Ask students to use reference materials to develop a glossary of symbols. Remind students that the colors used in flags are often symbolic.
  3. After students have completed their research, have them design and make their own personal flags. Suggest that as they make their preliminary sketches, they consider what kind of flag would best represent the kind of person each of them wants to be. Point out that they are not limited to the symbols they included in their glossaries. They can also create their own logos or emblems, use their initials, make silhouettes of themselves, and employ their favorite colors.
  4. Set aside time for a flag-day celebration for students to display and explain their personal flags to invited guests.

Teaching Options

Students who enjoy needlework could use cloth instead of paper, utilizing an appliqué method; that is, making the individual parts and sewing them onto a larger piece.