Your students will learn about the American flag in this mini unit study for homeschooling families.
Who Was Betsy Ross? by James Buckley Jr.
Our Pledge, Our Promise: The Pledge of Allegiance Explained by Sheri Wall
Select one of these next three books for your flag book:
The United States Flag (Symbols of American Freedom) by Kristen Chang
Red, White, and Blue: The Story of the American Flag by John Herman (for beginning readers)
Our Flag by Carl Memling
Also check out the extensive resource list about Betsy Ross in this mini unit post.
I Am the Flag by the American Legion Post 234 of Brunswick, Ohio
American Flag Timeline at U.S. History
History, Social Studies, & Geography
- Read the Betsy Ross biography book. Have your students complete the Betsy Ross fill-in-the-blank worksheet found in this post.
- Read the book on the American flag. Discuss the significance of the number of stars and stripes.
- Betsy Ross had her upholstery shop in Philadelphia, PA on Arch Street. Find this on a map.
- Read the Pledge of Allegiance book. Recite and discuss the Pledge of Allegiance.
- Use the American Flag timeline worksheet (included in the Unit Study download below) to show how the flag has changed over time. Or, if your kids prefer to draw, have them draw pictures of the American flag as it has changed through history.
- Copy out the Pledge of Allegiance onto one of these Flag notebooking pages.
- Listen to this poem by Johnny Cash, Ragged Old Flag
- Read Number 2:1-2 from the Bible to learn how they used banners in Biblical times.
- Make your own family banner or flag. Use blank newsprint, freezer paper, or extra-large construction paper to make a large rectangle. In the center, put your family name or a symbol. Let each child draw a picture of what they think is important to your family around the edges.
Music (& more history)
- Sing the Star-Spangled Banner, which was written by Francis Scott Key after watching the British attack Fort McHenry, Maryland, in 1814, during the War of 1812.
- Listen to my favorite version of our National Anthem, as sung by Madison Rising.
- Read the book, Our Flag Was Still There.
- Discuss what the song means and its origin. You could also research what the war of 1812 was about and who won.
- Try your hand at sewing and make a patriotic craft like this wall hanging by Olivia Jane Handcrafts or this no-sew one from DIY Beautify, or even this star embroidery project from I Should Be Mopping the Floor.
- Create a flag dessert like this Brownie Cake from Spicy Southern Kitchen or this super easy poke cake from Betty Crocker.
Download your copy of the American Flag Unit Study from the Free Resource Library. Look under Unit Studies