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Symbols of the USA


*American Bald Eagle

Facts and activites to learn about the American Bald Eagle

*Great Seal of the United States

Great Seal of the United States
Symbols of U.S. Government: The Great Seal of the United States
Learn about the Great Seal of the United States

Great Seal of the Unitied States (obverse) color page.

Find the Great Seal Maze

*National Anthem

Ben's Guide-Songs and Oaths: The Star-Spangled Banner
The history of the Star-Spangled Banner.

The Star-Spangled Banner at the Smithsonian Institution.

The words and musical score to "The Star-Spangled Banner".

Fort McHenry
Birthplace of our National Anthem

The Star-Spangled Banner
a copy of the first printed edition combining words and music

*National Flower

Symbols of U.S. Government: National Floral Emblem - The Rose

History of the National Floral Emblem

Paper Rose
Make a paper rose using tissue paper.

*American Flag

The colors on the flag symbolize: red - valor and hardiness, white-innocence and purity, and blue stands for vigilance, perseverance, and Justice.

Songs

I Love My Flag
(tune: Yankee Doodle)

I love my flag, my country's flag
The red and white and blue.
It has broad stripes and fifty stars,
And stands for freedom, too.

Spot with flag color page

Art

Create your own flags

Have children pick 3 colors for their flag. They must have a reason for the colors they choose; such as, choose yellow for happiness, or pink for love.

Add symbols to your flag. Choose 2 to 3 symbols for your flag. For example, shamrocks, because your family came from Ireland.

Print My Flag worksheet.

Flag Day Festival (June 14th)
Have the children make a festive Flag Day tablecloth out of a long sheet of white butcher paper. Have each child bring in a food from home that is either red, white, or blue.

Post a sign up sheet for the parents to sign up to bring in a food item. You may want to list the food items for the parents to sign up to bring. Brainstorm a list with the children, putting the items into the correct color categories.

Make a 3-dimensional American flag

Cut paper strips from red, white, and blue construction paper. Have the children make paper chains.

red group--4 chains of 25 loops and 3 chains of 50 loops;
white group--3 chains of 25 loops and 3 chains of 50 loops;
blue group--7 chains of 25 loops.

Staple the completed chains on a bulletin board so that it looks like the American Flag.

Other Sites

The Flag of the United States of America Page
Has to much to list everything! A must see site.

Flag Picture Gallery
A history as well as examples of the flags the USA has flown.

The Pledge of Allegiance: A Short History

Have You Been Hornswoggled?
The story of the other Official US Flag!

Flag Etiquette

*America the Beautiful (song)

In 1893 "American the Beautiful", was written by Katharine Lee Bates At the summit of Pikes Peak she was inspired to pen the lines to her most famous poem, "America the Beautiful."

*Liberty Bell

Liberty Bell color page

The Liberty Bell Homepage
Read the history of the Bell, see pictures from its 1915 cross-country journey, read quotes, and find out all the facts about this cherished symbol of liberty world-wide.

*The Pledge of Allegiance

Home of Heroes
History of "The Pledge of Allegiance" and a poster to print.

Pledge of Allegiance
Printable page at classbrain

*Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty color page with banner "America Forever"

Sites to See

The National Park Service Educational Activities(pdf ) Grades 4-6

Statue of Liberty National Monument eTour

Statue of Liberty color page/facts

Statue of Liberty at papertoys
Print and fold to create a Statue of Liberty.

Statue of Liberty craft
Make a crown to wear.

*Uncle Sam

Sam Wilson, Uncle Sam

Uncle Sam color page

*Patriot Color Pages with quotes by notable Americans.

The color pages will open in a new window. Before printing under File in Page Setup set margins to zero.

 
Bald Eagle

Gateway Arch

Golden Gate Bridge

Liberty Bell

Mount Rushmore

Statue of Liberty

 

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