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The Life and Times
Of Old Glory



Social Studies
----U.S. History



Brief Description

Students will create a timeline showing the most important events in the history of the U.S. flag.


Students will

  • read about the history of the U.S. flag;
  • create a timeline showing the most important events in that history.


U.S. flag, timeline, U.S history

Materials Needed

  • access to print and/or online resources on the history of the U.S. flag
  • pencils, paper
  • Internet access (optional)

Lesson Plan

Encourage students to read The History of the American Flag, The Evolution of the United States Flag, History of the Flag, or another print or online resource on the history of the U.S. flag.. Then have them create a timeline of the ten dates they consider most important in the flag's history. Discuss with students the dates they chose and why they think they are important. (Adjust the number of dates used according to the age and ability of your students.)

Extension Activity: Invite students to play Flag Trivia.


Assess students based on the quality and accuracy of their timelines.

Lesson Plan Source

Submitted By

Gary Hopkins

National Standards

NSS-USH.K-4.3 The History of the United States: Democratic Principles and Values and the People from Many Cultures Who Contributed to Its Cultural, Economic, and Political Heritage
NSS-USH.K-4.4 The History of Peoples of Many Cultures Around the World
GRADES 5 - 12
NSS-USH.5-12.1 Era 1: Three Worlds Meet (Beginnings to 1620)
NSS-USH.5-12.2 Era 2: Colonization and Settlement (1585-1763)
NSS-USH.5-12.3 Era 3: Revolution and the New Nation (1754-1820s)
NSS-USH.5-12.4 Era 4: Expansion and Reform (1801-1861)
NSS-USH.5-12.5 Era 5: Civil War and Reconstruction (1850-1877)
NSS-USH.5-12.6 Era 6: The Development of the Industrial United States (1870-1900)
NSS-USH.5-12.7 Era 7: The Emergence of Modern America (1890-1930)
NSS-USH.5-12.8 Era 8: The Great Depression and World War II (1929-1945)
NSS-USH.5-12.9 Era 9: Postwar United States (1945 to early 1970s)
NSS-USH.5-12.10 Era 10: Contemporary United States (1968 to the Present)

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