Patterning Practice with the Flag
Students will be able to create a pattern, continue an existing pattern, and explain why we celebrate the Fourth of July.
Introduction (5 minutes)
- Show students the American flag.
- Ask students why the flag is displayed in the classroom. Have them identify the colors of the flag.
- Ask students if there is a pattern that they see on the flag.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)
- Read students the story Fourth of July, Sparkly Sky. Ask comprehension questions throughout the story.
- Explain to students that we celebrate the Fourth of July because it is when our country gained its independence.
- Ask students to name traditions that go along with the Fourth of July, such as fire works and picnics.
- Tell students that today they will be creating their own flag and practicing patterning!
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)
- To practice patterning, have students play the game Roly's Pattern Quiz.
- Then, display the flag in a place where all students can view it.
Independent Working Time (15 minutes)
- Give each student a white piece of paper and 7 red stripes. Have them create a red white pattern using the red strips. They must glue them in the appropriate place.
- Next, they should glue on the blue rectangle and places stars on it.
- Enrichment: Have students in need of enrichment complete the Color the American Flag coloring page.
- Support: To help students better understand the flag patterning, give them a mini flag to place in front of their seat to help create the correct pattern.
Related Books and/or Media
- Assessment should be based on the patterning the students do through the flag craft.
Review and Closing (10 minutes)
- Ask students to identify what country the flag represents.
- Have them share the pattern that they see on the flag.
- Have students use red and white linking cubes to create the pattern on the flag.