Memorial Day 3: American Flag

J is fascinated with the American flag so we decided to take this last day and learn some more about it.  We had a yummy flag breakfast, reviewed the symbols of the flag, made a flag craft, and learned how to show respect to our flag.

American Flag

 Discuss: The American Flag is red, white and blue and has 13 stripes and 50 stars.

It’s Symbols-

  • The stripes represent the 13 original colonies.
  • The 50 stars represent the number of states we now have.
  • The red symbolizes hardiness and valor (the qualities of a hero).
  • The white symbolizes purity and innocence (being free from moral wrong).
  • The blue represents perseverance and justice (the act of deciding rights and giving rewards and punishment).

Proper Display-

  • The flag should be displayed from sunrise to sunset.
  • If the flag is displayed at night is should be illuminated.
  • Never allow the flag to touch the ground or anything below it.
  • When displayed on the wall or window the blue field should be in the upper left corner.
  • The flag should be raised quickly and lowered carefully.
  • The flag is often flown at half-staff to show respect for someone who has died.  When flown at half-staff, the flag should be raised to the top for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position.  The flag should also be raised to the top before it is lowered at the end of the day.

Read: The American Flag by Tristan Boyer Binns

Comprehension Questions:

  1. What are the colors on the American Flag? Red, white and blue
  2. What does each color stand for?  Red for Valor, White for Purity, and Blue for Justice
  3. What do the stripes and stars stand for?  13 stripes for the 13 original colonies and 50 stars for the 50 states

The Pledge of Allegaince

We used this page to talk more about The Pledge of Allegiance.

Edible Celebration Flag

Ingredients:

  • 1 jar marshmallow cream
  • 8 ounce cream cheese
  • Strawberry Pop Tart (unfrosted)
  • Fresh red raspberries or Fresh strawberries
  • Fresh blueberries

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl stir together cream cheese, and marshmallow cream until smooth.
  2. Spread on top of the Pop Tart..
  3. Arrange 9 blueberries on top left corner of each toaster pastry to make “stars” on flags.
  4. Lengthwise quarter raspberries or halve strawberries and thinly slice.
  5. Arrange raspberries or strawberries on top of toaster pastries to make “red stripes” on flags.IMG_0839 IMG_0838

The Flag of the United States of America

We used this page to review what we have learned about The Flag of the United States of America.

Popsicle Stick Flag

Materials:

  • Red, Blue and White Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • 8 Popsicle Sticks
  • Card Stock
  • Strips of Rhinestones
  • Craft Magnet

Directions:

  1. Paint the sticks white and red (paint half of 3 sticks blue).IMG_0844
  2. Once they dried glue them onto card stock (blue goes in the top left).IMG_0845
  3. Stick the rhinestones on the blue to use as the “stars”.
  4. Stick a magnet on the back.IMG_0882

 

Memorial Day Unit Study

Day 1: Memorial Day Order

Day 2: Memorial Stone

Day 3: American Flag