Flag Day Discussions
Grade Levels: 3 - 6
- Students will practice working in cooperative groups.
- Students will practice holding large and small group discussions.
- Students will learn various facts about the history of the U.S. flag.
- U.S. Flag Handout
- Almanacs, Encyclopedias
- Poster paper
- Pens, markers
- Put students in groups of three or four. To get your students thinking about the flag and its meaning in our culture, start by asking them to brainstorm about the U.S. flag. They will have four minutes to come up with three facts or themes about the U.S. flag. For example: What kinds of controversies have arisen concerning the flag? What does the flag represent? Who created the flag?
- After four minutes, ask the presenter from each group to read the facts/themes that the group came up with.
- Discuss the topics briefly to see how much your students know about the U.S. flag, and the controversies surrounding it.
- Assign each group of students a topic from the handout. You should have a few dictionaries, almanacs, or handouts of facts ready for the groups to peruse for additional information.
- Have the groups read the content you've given them and then ask them to answer the related questions as thoroughly as they can.
- After the students read the material and write answers to the questions, have them present the information to the class.
- Students should take notes on the content (you decide whether to quiz them in the future). Then have students read the answers to the questions; this should lead into a discussion.
Alternative to writing: Students can simply discuss the questions or pictorially represent the flag, the pledge, Betsy Ross, feelings about flag burning, etc., on large white paper for display in the classroom.
Asian-Pacific-American Heritage Month
May is Asian-Pacific-American Heritage Month! Don't overlook this opportunity to study and enjoy activities about the history and culture of Asian-Pacific American communities.
The recent rash of tornadoes in Oklahoma, which killed at least two dozen people, may have your students wondering why such natural disasters occur, how they may be affected by them, and what they can do to help. Use these resources to teach the geography of Oklahoma and the Southwestern United States, to explain tornadoes, and to discuss the resulting crises with your class.
Top 10 Galleries
Explore our most popular Top 10 galleries, from Top 10 Behavior Management Tips for the Classroom and Top 10 Classroom Organization Tips from Veteran Teachers to Top 10 Free (& Cheap) Rewards for Students and Top 10 Things Every Teacher Needs in the Classroom. We'll help you get organized and prepared for every classroom situation, holiday, and more! Check out all of our galleries today.
May Calendar of Events
May is full of holidays and events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Backyard Games Week (5/23-29) and Memorial Day (5/27). Plus, celebrate Asian-Pacific-American Heritage Month, Clean Air Month, and Physical Fitness & Sports Month all May long!
Common Core Lessons & Resources
Is your school district adopting the Common Core? Work these new standards into your curriculum with our reading, writing, speaking, social studies, and math lessons and activities. Each piece of content incorporates the Common Core State Standards into the activity or lesson.