Stars and Stripes
Unit: Patriotic Symbols
Subject: Social Studies+Math
Grade Level: Kindergarten
Created by: Mandy Pratt
- Children will be able to produce a drawing of
the flag representing their knowledge of its physical
characteristics: 1) rectangle shape, 2) alternating red and white
stripes, 2) blue rectangle with stars in the upper
- Children will demonstrate their understanding
of the symbolism of the colors and the stars of the
- Children will use math skills to recognize the
shapes incorporated in the US flag, to count the stars and
stripes, and to recognize the alternating AB pattern of the
- U.S. Flag
- Flannel Flag Pieces (pattern as
Flannel Flag Dimensions:
Black Rectangle:9 1/2" x 12" (Standard
Red Stripes: 1/2" x 12" (7 Stripes)
White Stripes: 1/2" x 12" (6
Blue Rectangles: 2 1/2" x 1" (10 Rectangles
with 5 stars each &endash; I used stickers)
- Flannel Board
- Drawing Paper
- As the students are seated, pass out
the flannel pieces and ask them to look at their pieces, then hold
them in their laps or place them on their desks if seated. Tell
the students these are pieces to a type of puzzle. Ask them what
they think the puzzle might look like when it's all put
- Present the students with the flag. Ask if the
students know what it is.
- Ask the students to think of some of the
places theyve seen an American flag. Share examples (at
school, the post office, ball games, scouts, parades,
- "Weve been talking about the United
States flag. The flag is a very important symbol of the United
States, and were going to talk about it what it means
State Purpose or Objective
- "Youll be able to draw pictures of the
flag and tell what the colors represent after we talk about it
today. Well also be able to find how much math is hidden in
Now our flag looks almost exactly like the
real one here. How is it different? We still need the blue
rectangle with the stars. How many stars do you think there are on
the flag? The stars are in groups of five on each piece of the
square I handed out as the children were seated. Lets count
by fives while they put their pieces up here. (Have students place
the appropriate pieces.) How many are there? There are 50 all
together, for the 50 states in the US. Each star represents one of
the states in the United States. One of these stars represents
Utah. They look like the stars up in the blue sky dont they?
The blue represents truth. Is telling the truth important? Why? It
was important to them too. Look at our flag. Does it look like the
real flag that I showed you earlier?"
- "A long, long time ago, before cars, or
television, or computers, when this country was brand new, the
people decided that they needed a flag to represent their country.
They knew that whenever anyone looked at their flag, they would
think of America. The people started with a shape. What shape do
you think it is? (Have a child place black rectangle piece on
flannel board.) Next, the people added stripes. What shape are the
stripes? Lets start with a red one and then white. What
comes next? What kind of pattern is this? An AB pattern. Count how
many stripes there are. ( Have students place stripes on the flag
as it is appropriate.) Thirteen stripes. The red represents
bravery. What does it mean to be brave? Why would bravery be
important to America? (Discuss.) The white represents hope. What
is hope? When America was brand new, the people had a lot of hope
that it would be a great country. Do we still have hope that
America will be a great country?
- "Which color represents truth?
bravery? hope? What does the blue rectangle represent? What do the
red stripes represent? What about the white stripes?"
- "Who remembers how many stripes there are?
What kind of pattern do they follow?"
- "How many stars are there? What do they
- In centers, have students draw their own
- Students flags will be accurate
depictions of the actual flag.
- Understanding of the symbolism of the colors
and of the stars will also be checked orally as teachers move
among the students during centers.
- Understanding of the math concepts will be
demonstrated during the group discussion.
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