1st Grade - Social Studies

LESSON PROBLEM: What is a flag? What do the flags of the states that produce rice look like? What does the United States flag look like?


STUDY GUIDE





What do you see in the picture? A flag? Flags are fantastic! They are colorful and full of patterns.


A flag is a piece of cloth with colors and patterns. Flags are usually attached to a pole.


What do you think of when you look at the flag above? Do you think of a country? Do you think of the United States? Right!


A flag is also a symbol. A flag stands for a country or a state. Sometimes a flag can stand for a tribe, or a club, or a school or even a person.


What colors are in the flag of the United States? Red, blue and white. Right! A flag is more, too.


What patterns are on the flag of the United States? White stars, red and white stripes and a blue box. The flag has 50 stars, one for each state.


Let's take a look at some state flags. The United States is made up of states. Each state has its own flag.


Some of the states in the United States that grow rice are Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Texas.



Arkansas



The Arkansas flag has a diamond pattern in the center. Do you know why? Arkansas is the only state in the United States where diamonds have been mined! What other patterns does the Arkansas flag have? Stars? Yes, it has stars. Does it have stripes? No, it doesn't have strips. What colors does the Arkansas flag have? Red, white and blue! Just like the flag of the United States.


California




California's state flag has an animal in the center. Do you know what kind of animal it is? A bear. It's actually a grizzly bear that is found only in the Western part of the United States. The California flag is sometimes called the Bear Flag because it has a grizzly bear at its center. What else does the California state flag have? It has a star, right! The California flag also has a green oval that the bear is standing on. What do you think that green oval stands for? What colors are in the California state flag? Red, green, white and brown. It doesn't look much like the United States flag, does it?



Louisiana



Louisiana's state flag is a beautiful blue color. It has a white bird on it. Do you know what bird is on the Louisiana state flag? A pelican, that's right! The pelican is a bird that is fierce when fighting for its babies. They are also on the flag. In Louisiana the pelican stands for caring and generosity!



Mississippi



The Mississippi state flag has a cross in a red box. There are stars in the cross. The cross is turned so that it looks like an "X". It also has red, white and blue stripes. Part of the Mississippi flag, the cross with stars was the symbol for states in the South many years ago.



Missouri



The Missouri flag has the state seal in the middle of three wide stripes of red, white and blue. The seal is inside a circle with twenty-four stars. There were twenty-four states when Missouri became a state in 1821. Two huge grizzly bears hold the round shield in the center.



Texas



Texas is called the Lone Star state. Look at the Texas flag. Does it have a single ("lone") star? Yes, it does. What colors are in the Texas flag? Red, white and blue. Right! What patterns are in the Texas flag? Stars, stripes and a box with a star in it. Doesn't it look great?


The colors in a flag also mean something. Some say that blue in a flag stands for loyalty and remaining true. White is said to stand for pure and clear. Red is said to stand for bravery and courage.


You can make your own flag! What colors would you use? What patterns would you use?


Flags are fantastic! Flags stand for places that we love like our state or our country or our school!




ACTIVITIES

Can you match these flags to their states?


Arkansas



California



Texas




United States



Mississippi



Louisiana






Now color the flag of the United States.





EXTENDED LEARNING


Do you know what state you live in? Find your state's flag. What colors and patterns does it have?




VOCABULARY

  • flag
  • symbol
  • pattern
  • pole
  • cloth
  • state
  • country


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