Betsy Ross/American Flag

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The lesson introduces students not only to Betsy Ross, but also the American Flag.  There are debates about Betsy Ross’ contribution to the flag, but all agree she was a designer and sewer of flags.  The students will learn the story of the flag as it relates to Betsy Ross, plus a short history of the American flag.  Many students are unaware of its history, and if possible, it is recommended students receive a small American flag following the lesson.  The lesson may also be used in conjunction with lessons related to the American Revolution, especially for higher grades.

Betsy Ross/American Flag Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Betsy Ross/American Flag
  • Hands-on homework activities that includes making a flag
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 1-3 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

The historical lesson offers your students factual information about the creation of the American flag and Betsy Ross’s role in that creation.  There are debates about Betsy Ross’ contribution to the flag, but all agree she was a designer and sewer of flags.  The students will learn the story of the flag as it relates to Betsy Ross, plus a short history of the American flag.  The lesson can be connected to a discussion about symbolism, as one included activity allows students to create their own class flag.  If possible, it is recommended students receive a small American flag following the lesson.  The lesson can be used in conjunction with lessons related to the American Revolution, especially in the higher grades.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction: 

  1. Ask students: Why do flags exist?  What are they used for?
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. What are some things you know about the American flag?  Do you know who created the American flag?
  3. Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce Betsy Ross and the American Flag.
  4. Distribute Betsy Ross and the American Flag content pages. Read and review the information with the students.  Save the final question for the lesson closing.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  5. Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions.  Create groups of three.  Distribute supplies.  Encourage students to cooperate and listen to each other’s ideas for a class flag.  Allow students sufficient time to discuss, plan, design, and complete their entry for the class flag.
  6. Once completed, students will share the flag design, explain symbols, colors, and other designs and why they chose the design.
  7. Once all groups have present their work, the class votes for an official Class Flag.
  8. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  9. Distribute the Homework page. Review the instructions for a personal flag.
  10. The next day, check and review the students’ homework responses. Allow students to share their personal flags.

Common Core State Standards:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.1.1, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.1.3, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.2.1, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.2.3, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.1, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.3

Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions

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Additional information

Grade Level

1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade

Subject

Social Studies