Create Your Star Spangled Banner
Practice: Get ready for some activities.
Activities are designed to be parent- or teacher-supervised.
Break students into small groups of 3-4. Provide students with pieces of red, white, and blue construction paper. Either prepare in advance pre-cut pieces of paper or guide students within their groups to cut out and/or arrange: red stripes, white stars, a solid white (full paper-size) rectangle, and a quarter-size blue rectangle.
Students will then create a group-write collage with patriotic theme – taking the view-point of Francis Scott Key from their standpoint today – copied onto the various pieces of their flag (red stripes, white stars, etc.).
As a small group, students will first brainstorm a list of words they associate with patriotism or feelings of pride for their country and its ideals (Ex: love, freedom, thankful, respect, protection, religious-freedom, etc., with as many words as time will allow). Students then will each take a couple stars and stripes and write their group’s chosen words in marker. Students will arrange their stars and stripes on their white construction paper and glue in correct place.
Students will finally present their group’s flag to class, reading the words they chose and providing a brief explanation to their peers.
Optional: Play “The Star-Spangled Banner” in the background for students to listen to while working in their small groups.