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Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag Bookmark

Character Education > Online story time > Citizenship:  Cindy the Citizen Crab

Colors > Patriotic colors >  
Red, Blue, White

Holidays and Events >
United States Patriotic Holidays

Numbers > Counting, Sizing & Sorting

Shapes > identify shapes in craft

3.5 to 6 years old

Purpose:  Introduce young children to the importance of a national symbol, the United States flag and The Pledge of Allegiance.  Children will appreciate the importance of the pledge as they grow and observe us modeling and living the pledge daily by being good citizens.  

Activity #1:  What is a flag?  What does a National Flag represent?
Display a flag - here is color poster

*Ask the children what is a flag.
A flag is a piece of cloth, in the shape of a rectangle or triangle, with colors, and designs.  Flags are used for signaling or as symbols of a country or organization.

*Every country has a national flag.  A national flag represents a country’s citizens.  When you are the citizen of a country is like being part of a team and you work together to take care of the country.   A country is like a big home with many rooms and in each room are families and individuals living in communities.  You can expand on how "the big rooms" are states, with "smaller rooms" called counties and sections called towns and cities.

Activity #2Letter F Flag Lesson Plan Printable Activities  

Activity #3:  Discuss and present the The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag

Resources:
*The Pledge of Allegiance at Ben's Guide to the United States Government (Level K-2 guide)

*The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag at Wikipedia.org with additional information

What is a pledge (promise) and allegiance.   

Every citizen of the United States makes an important promise called The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  When we make this pledge, we promise to be a good citizens.  It is a duty for every  American citizen to learn, understand and respect this pledge.

Read the text of the pledge solemnly and slowly.  Simplify the language of the pledge as necessary to ensure comprehension.  For example - "I promise to respect the flag, which represents the United States of America, one nation (country), which cannot be divided (all the communities/states remain unified), under God, with freedom and fairness (justice) for all."

Activity #4:  Pledge of Allegiance Bookmark Craft 

The bookmark craft is a vehicle to emphasize on the importance of reading to be informed and efficient citizens.  The design of the bookmark is that of a home, representing our country and communities unified and indivisible.  Tell the children that reading and learning about our country, understanding our national symbols, history and current events is important to be a good citizens.   Revisit the Pledge periodically and we can read biographies of notable Americans that have been models of good citizenship.

1.  Identify all shapes for all pieces on the template:  bookmark & door (rectangles), the heart, stars, the roof (triangles).   Discuss the colors, on the template (red, blue and white).  

Numbers/Pre-Math Activities:
To conduct these activities pieces should be decorated and cut out.

1. Sorting/Sizing/Categorizing:  Have the children sort the shapes by size.  Have the children arrange the sorted shapes from smallest to largest. 

2. Counting:  Count how many shapes in each pile/size.  You may want to write the numbers as you count on the blank side of the template to acquaint the children with printed numbers.

Proceed with craft assembly.  Make a demonstration of the procedure for assembly.  Refer to instructions page.

Activity #4:  Character Education > Online Story > Cindy the Citizen Crab
Read the online story Cindy the Citizen Crab, and visit the parent and teacher resources.

F is for Flag Printable Activities

Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag Bookmark
The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag Bookmark Craft
illustration only
templates below

Bookmark Craft Templates:
* color template
* black & white

Assembly Instructions

* white paper, card stock is better.
* scissors

* crayons, markers

*small string or ribbon

*Include a book about  a related holiday, or biography 

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