Citizenship for SMART Board (Elementary) by ECSDM
Elementary, Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade
In this SMART Board lesson for citizenship, students will learn about the American Flag and its symbols, and also the Pledge of Allegiance.
If integrated with extension websites and activities, this unit may take up to 3 weeks. It can be utilized in as little as 3 days as well.
Students will understand the significance of the flag of the United States of America, including the understanding of its display and use.
Materials and Resources
- Begin at the KWL and fill out what the students know and what they want to know about the United States flag and the Pledge of Allegiance. Be sure to include all answers and input from students. At the end, misconceptions will have a chance to be corrected.
- If there is a BrainPop subscription at your district, click on the symbol for BrainPop. The linked video is designed to be an anticipatory set on American Symbols. Afterwards ask what symbols they remember.
- Talk about what a symbol is and why we use symbols. Ask students what each symbol means on the page. Use the eraser to reveal the answer.
- Ask students to think about the Pledge of Allegiance. Reveal the mixed up Pledge and have students work in small groups to write it on paper in the correct order. After, have students come up to the board and drag the phrases into the correct order. When they are satisfied pull out the answer from the right hand side and check the work together.
- The following page has the pledge written again. Click the movie reel on the top right hand corner. This video is from United Streaming. Be sure to use SMART Video Player so you can take notes together and pause when needed.
- The next 11 pages have sections of the Pledge broken down into the meaning of the words. On each page, ask students to talk with their tables or peers to determine what the word or phrase means. Reveal each answer after writing ideas on the board.
- There are three symbols on the flag discussed on the following page. Ask students what symbols they see on the flag. Guide them towards stars, stripes, and colors. Erase next to each line to find the words with the magic eraser.
- The following three slides will go into the meanings of each symbol on the flag.
- Displaying the Flag: Have students brainstorm how we should treat the flag. Write the ideas students give and compare to the list below the screen shade.
- Displaying the Flag: Ask the students to look at each picture of the flag. After discussion, ask a student to select which flag is displayed properly at night and click on the picture. Applause will be heard if the selection is correct.
- The next page shows a circle of flags, all at half-mast. Ask students to think and discuss why this might be. Explain that flags are put at half-mast to remember someone who has died recently or in the past.
- How to Fold the Flag: If you have a flag available, practice folding the flag prior to this page. Show students that the flag is folded 13 times into a triangle.
- Flags in Order: Review that the stars are a symbol for each state. Explain that each of these flags were once a Flag for the United States. In groups, they should place them in order. Have students move the flag in order according to the number of stars. Use the eraser to check the answer.
- The following 3 pages will guide students on how to make a star using only one cut with scissors.
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The final assessment is a combination of page 31 and returning to the KWL chart. This is an informal assessment only. Give each student a blank page of paper and ask them to fill out their own version of page 31. Give ample time for thought and writing. When needed, have students pair up and compare charts, and share with the whole class. Place their answers on the KWL chart at the beginning. The link on the bottom of page 31 will bring you back. Upon completion of the learned portion, review the KW portions to corrects any misconceptions and show students how much they have learned.