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Students Create Their Own State Flag


Social Studies  



Title – America
By – Alina Luviano
Primary Subject – Social Studies
Grade Level – 2

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills Standards:

113.4.b.14 Citizenship. The student understands important customs, symbols, and celebrations that represent American beliefs and principles and contribute to our national identity. The student is expected to:

(B) identify selected symbols such as state and national birds and flowers and patriotic symbols such as the U.S. and Texas flags and Uncle Sam; and

(C) explain how selected customs, symbols, and celebrations reflect an American love of individualism, inventiveness, and freedom.

Learning Objectives(s):

  • Students will create their own state, name it and make up a flag.
  • Students will be able to color their own flags and be creative.
  • Students will be able to name U.S. states and know the flags for each state.

List of Materials Needed:

  • Book
  • Crayons
  • Coloring paper
  • Pencil

Pre-Activity Preparation:

No example or pattern needed.


At first they can all get together so they could hear the story. Then students go back to their desks and the teacher hands out the materials.

Establishing Set/Motivation/Introduction:

“Today I’m going to read a book about America to you. Then you can do a fun activity about it. Are you ready for it?”

Learning Experiences/Presentation/Procedure:

  1. Students will get out of their desk and move to the floor.
  2. The teacher will first talk about America.
  3. After the class talks about what America means to them, read the book America .
  4. After reading the book, ask questions to see if the students remember what the story was about.
  5. Next, they will move back in to their desk.
  6. The teacher passes out colors and paper.
  7. Then the teacher talks about what the lesson is about.
  8. Their homework is to name their own state and make up a flag for their state.
  9. The next day, the student will show their work to the class.
  10. The teacher will grade the work and then hang their art work in class.

Closure Questions:

  • What was the story about?
  • Can you name the states that we learned today?
  • Do you known how many states there are in total?
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