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Lesson Plans
Citizenship: Flag Day
1st–2nd Grade
Objectives

  • Identify and explain the meaning of national symbols (the American flag).
  • Recite the Pledge of Allegiance and explain its general meaning.
Materials Needed
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • F Is for Flag by Wendy Cheyette Lewison
  • Pencils
  • Dictionaries (one for each pair of students)


Preparation

Print out a copy of the Pledge of Allegiance for each pair of students in your class.



Introduction

  • Invite students to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance aloud with you.
  • Explain to students that to “pledge allegiance” to something means that you promise to be loyal to it. Ask, “Why do you think we say these words, promising to be loyal to our country’s flag? What is special about our country’s flag and what it represents?”
  • Tell students that you are going to read aloud a story about the American flag and you would like them to listen for some explanations of what it represents to the United States of America.


Procedure

  1. Read aloud F Is for Flag by Wendy Cheyette Lewison.
  2. After reading, see what students can recall from the book by asking questions such as:
    • Where are some places that you can see the American flag every day?
    • What do the stars and stripes on the flag represent?
    • What do many Americans think of when they see the American flag?
    • What does the flag remind us about each other? How does it connect us?


Guided Practice

  1. Pair students up and give each pair a copy of the Pledge of Allegiance, a pencil, and a dictionary.
  2. Ask students to read each line carefully, look up the definition for words they don’t know and then rewrite the Pledge of Allegiance in their own words. For example, “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America” could become “I promise to be loyal to the flag of my country.” Likewise, “and to the republic for which it stands” could become “and the government that the flag stands for.”
  3. Invite partners to share their rewritten pledges with the class and/or post the results on a bulletin board titled “We Pledge Allegiance to the Flag...”

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