Learner Description: This page is intended for teachers or parents to teach First Grade students, or younger elementary students, more about the United States Flag.
“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
Every morning, we say the Pledge of Allegiance as a class. Every student stands with their right hand over their heart and they face the flag that is permanently sticking out of the wall. Most of the time, the kids come to First Grade and have already learned the words. However, very few kids understand what the flag represents.
There are six symbols that represent the United States. They are the Liberty Bell, the Bald Eagle, the National Anthem, Uncle Sam, the Statue of Liberty, and the United States Flag.
On June 14, 1777 the Continental Congress passed the first Flag Act. The first flag had only 13 stars and 13 red and white alternating stripes. Since then, the flag has gone through many changes. It now has 50 stars and the same alternating 13 red and white stripes.
Every time a state is added to the union, a star is added to the flag on July 4th.
The 13 stripes represent the original 13 colonies.
Each color signifies: