Shutterstock.com

STANDARDS

CCSS: 3.MD.B.3, 4.MD.A.2

TEKS: 3.8A, 3.8B, 4.9A, 4.9B, 5.9C


Flag Day Stats

June 14 is Flag Day! The holiday celebrates the birth of the American flag in 1777.

Almost exactly one year after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the United States officially became a new nation. The nation’s leaders wrote the Flag Resolution. It states that the U.S. flag must have 13 stripes, alternating red and white, and that a group of stars on a blue background represent the states.

“The rules about the flag were pretty vague,” says Jenna Kehres. She works at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. “It didn’t say how many points the stars should have or how they should be arranged.”

June 14 is Flag Day! The holiday celebrates the birth of the American flag. It was created in 1777.

Almost exactly one year after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the United States officially became a new nation. The nation’s leaders wrote the Flag Resolution. It states that the U.S. flag must have 13 stripes, alternating red and white. The flag also needs to have a group of stars on a blue background. These stars represent the states.

“The rules about the flag were pretty vague,” says Jenna Kehres. She works at the National Constitution Center. It’s in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. “It didn’t say how many points the stars should have. It also didn’t say how they should be arranged.”

Shutterstock.com

The first American flag had a circle of stars representing the 13 original colonies. Betsy Ross is said to have sewn the first flag. She owned an upholstery business in Philadelphia during the American Revolution.

“There’s no way to prove that Ross created that first flag,” says Kehres. “But she was a woman who owned her own business, which was pretty impressive considering the culture at the time.”

The flag has changed since it was introduced. It gained stars as new states were formed. The stars became arranged in an array of rows and columns. Anytime a new state joins the U.S., the flag is updated the following Fourth of July. The 50th star, for the state of Hawaii, was added on July 4, 1960. That was almost 200 years after the creation of the first flag!

The first American flag had a circle of stars. They represented the 13 original colonies. Betsy Ross is said to have sewn the first flag. She owned an upholstery business during the American Revolution. It was in Philadelphia.

“There’s no way to prove that Ross created that first flag,” says Kehres. “But she was a woman who owned her own business. That was pretty impressive for the time.”

The flag has changed since it was introduced. It gained stars as new states were formed. The stars were arranged in an array of rows and columns. Anytime a new state joins the U.S., the flag is updated the following Fourth of July. The 50th star, for the state of Hawaii, was added on July 4, 1960. That was almost 200 years after the creation of the first flag! 

What color appears the most on national flags?

What color appears the most on national flags?

Which color appears the least on national flags?

Which color appears the least on national flags?

How many colors are on the American flag?

How many colors are on the American flag?

About how many countries have 5 colors in their flag?   

About how many countries have 5 colors in their flag?   

How many countries have a flag with only one color?

A. 0

B. 2  

C. 14

D. 43

How many countries have a flag with only one color?

A. 0

B. 2  

C. 14

D. 43

Between which years was the 49th star added to the American flag?

Between which years was the 49th star added to the American flag?

How many colors are on the American flag?

How many colors are on the American flag?

True or false: No stars have been added to the American flag in nearly 60 years.

A. True    

B. False

True or false: No stars have been added to the American flag in nearly 60 years.

A. True    

B. False

The majority of flags have ______ colors in them.

The majority of flags have ______ colors in them.

How many stars were on the American flag in 1863?

A. 19 

B. 27

C. 35

D. 43

How many stars were on the American flag in 1863?

A. 19 

B. 27

C. 35

D. 43

Which type of graph would you use to display the data in the chart on the number of stars in the American flag? Explain why.

Which type of graph would you use to display the data in the chart on the number of stars in the American flag? Explain why.

Google Quiz

Click the Google Quiz button below to share an interactive version of the questions with your class. Click Download PDF for the non-interactive blank Answer Sheet.

Download PDF
Back to top
Skills Sheets (1)
Quizzes (1)
Lesson Plan (1)
Quizzes (1)