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Fold the Flag

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  • Social Studies


K-2, 3-5, 6-8

Brief Description

Students learn to fold a flag properly and practice the technique by folding paper flags.



  • follow instructions for folding a U.S. flag.
  • practice by folding paper flags.


flag, fold, America, U.S., following directions, symbol

Materials Needed

Lesson Plan

Invite two students -- using a real flag, if possible -- to read and demonstrate the steps involved in correctly folding a U.S. flag. Simple instructions for folding the flag can be found at Folding the Flag. After the first pair of students has successfully followed the folding directions, ask two or three additional student pairs to demonstrate the technique as well.

Provide each student with a paper flag. See links to a full-color flag and a black-and-white, ready-to-color flag in the Materials Needed section above. Have students work in pairs to follow the flag folding directions, or lead the entire class in the paper flag folding exercise.


Students follow the directions to correctly fold a U.S. flag.

Lesson Plan Source

Education World

Submitted By

Gary Hopkins

Return to the Flag Day lesson plan page.

See additional Flag Day lessons in the Education World articles A Salute to Flag Day and Celebrate the Stars and Stripes.


Originally published 5/24/2002
Last updated 05/26/2017