The United States Flag

Contributor: Danielle Childers. Lesson ID: 10504

You've probably seen flags from different countries. Do they all look different? Why does the U.S. flag look like it does? Use videos, puzzles, a quiz and Q-tip to learn about the United States flag!


United States

learning style
Auditory, Kinesthetic, Visual
personality style
Beaver, Golden Retriever
Grade Level
Primary (K-2)
Lesson Type
Skill Sharpener

Lesson Plan - Get It!


Do you know what country this flag represents? How many stripes are there? What do the stars mean on the flag? Where have you seen this flag flying?

If you guessed this was the American flag, you are correct.

The American flag was originally made back in 1776 when the United States was just becoming a country. Though the design has changed slightly over time, it has mainly stayed the same.

Here is a picture of the first American flag:

first American flag

What is the same on this flag and the one in the beginning? What is different? Share your answers with your teacher.

The 13 stripes on the first American flag stand for the original 13 colonies that were governed by the British in the early 1600s.

The 13 white stars in the blue square also represent the 13 original colonies.

Explore the Simthsonian National Museum of American History's Making the Flag online exhibition.

When you are sure you understand the stars and stripes, move on to the Got It? section to see how the flag has changed!

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