Monday, April 11, 2011

Grand Old Flag!

For letter U week I decided to put our main focus on the good ol' U.S.A.!  I've only really done that theme over 4th of July week, so I thought what the heck!  We always talk about how we need to respect the flag (when we say the pledge) and how we need to be proud to live in America.  I understand they can't fully comprehend country/state/city, but why not start talking about it now??

Here is how we started the week:

As a school (I have 3 classes in our 1 room school), we made a group flag.  Each class contributed with different jobs.  Cutting out red and blue things from paper, gluing on the red strips/blue rectangle and counting out the stars.  In years past I used a large piece of poster board, this year I used a smaller canvas. 

Stringing red/white/blue beads and squares (I used these stiff crafting squares because I was low on beads).
Maps! We talked about how we live in America, then inside America are states and we live in Arizona and inside Arizona there are lots and lots of cities, and the city we all live in.  A concept I know they won't fully understand, but a start. :)

We cut the maps up into different shapes and glued them onto mat board.  After that, I shellacked it with school glue.
I didn't get the process of this project so I'll describe it.  I made star stencils, taped them to paper, put the paper in a box, added golf balls goobered up with paint and then the kids went to town rolling the balls.  After they finished rolling, we slowly peeled off the stars.  Revealing red, white, blue and PURPLE stars! 
We also played some patriotic music and marched around the room with batons (rhythm sticks).  Bean bag games were played, red play do was squished, and new songs were learned.  It was a fun week! 


  1. Fun Stuff Lady! I love the new look!

  2. Wow! What a great USA post! Love the first flag! It is brilliant! But it is all fabulous.

    Thanks for linking to Kids Get Crafty again!



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