Monday, June 15, 2015

We just celebrated Flag Day in the United States, and I want to share an activity that would be perfect for Flag Day, any other patriotic holiday, or simply as an extension of a fantasy book or a history study about knights and castles.
Make Your Own Flag

Draw Your Own Flag and Explain It.

This project was done in school when third graders were studying US symbols. They were asked to create their own flag that would include three components – something important personally to them, something that they value about their community, and something that they value about their country. The writing part of the project required students to describe their flags and explain why they chose these things.
Mid-Third-Grade-Writing-Sample
When the flags were done, they were put up on the projects board in the classroom, and it was very interesting to see what different students chose to put on their flags. Some kids had Minecraft, iPhone, or video games as things personally important to them. One girl had a flag with Jesus on it. I was happy that Smarty listed her family as something that is most personally important to her. I hope she carries this awareness of family importance throughout her life.

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Art and Writing Activity for Kids - Design Your Own Flag
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2 comments:

Ticia said...

I've always been intrigued by flags and why people chose their symbols.

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

Hmm, I should see if I can get my kids into this activity to find out what they draw!