Raise Your Flag
Social Studies Activity
In this activity, students research the symbolism of flags and then apply
what they have learned to create a flag that is a personal statement.
WHAT YOU NEED
- Reference books with pictures of flags, preferably in color
- Miscellaneous art materials, including scissors, scraps of paper and/or
cloth, paints, and glue
- Construction paper
WHAT TO DO
- 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 organization. Lead the
discussion toward why flags are considered important.
- Ask students to use reference materials to develop a glossary of symbols.
Remind students that the colors used in flags are often
- 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 they are or want 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.
- Set aside time for a flag day celebration for students to display and
explain their personal flags to invited guests.
Students who enjoy needlework could use cloth instead of paper, utilizing
an applique method, that is, making the individual parts and sewing them onto
a larger piece.
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