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June

Title: The American Flag by Tristan Binns – provides important information about our country’s symbol in June when we celebrate Flag Day

Questions/Activities

Idea #1:  There are symbols that represent our country and the freedom and justice it stands for.  Among those symbols are the American Flag, the Bald Eagle, the Liberty Bell, The Statue of Liberty, and Uncle Sam.  Design a symbol that represents who you are and what you stand for.

Idea #2:  There are many interesting facts to learn about our Nation’s flag.  Some of them are well-known facts and others are little-known facts.  Let’s see what you know about the American Flag…

True or False

  1. If a flag is torn or faded, it should be burned. T or F
  2. A high school student designed the current U.S. flag.                         T or F
  3. About 1 million flags are sold each year. T or F
  4. Displaying a flag upside down means you are in danger. T or F
  5. The largest American Flag ever made weighed 100 pounds. T or F
  6. A flag was planted on the moon by American astronauts. T or F
  7. The design of the American flag has never been changed. T or F
  8. Like a person, the flag has nicknames including Old Glory, the Star Spangled Banner, and the Stars and Stripes. T or F

Answer Key:
1. True

2. True (A 17-year old named Robert Heft designed our current flag for a class project in 1958.);

3. False ( About 20 million American Flags are sold each year.);
4. True;

5. False (The largest flag ever made weighed 3000 pounds and was a part of the Memorial Day celebration in River Forest, Illinois in 2006.  This flag was not flown.  The largest American flag ever flown weighed 180 pounds.)

6. True; A flag was planted in 1969.  (An interesting fact is that, since there is no wind on the moon, the flag had wires in it to make it look like it was waving.)

7. False;  The design of the flag has been changed 26 times.

8.  True