Betsy Ross

Betsy Ross

Preschool

Books

Activities

  • Make your own 13 colonies US Flag with felt.

  • Set up a flag-themed discovery table with small flags, red and white ribbons, blue squares, and white star-shaped buttons.

Elementary

Books

Activities

  • Complete the National Parks Junior Ranger Activity Book for the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail then mail in your completed book to receive your Junior Ranger badge. The book is available here or get yours in person at Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Hint for page 8: you'll also need to know Alexander Cochrane)

  • Make your own 13 colonies US Flag with felt, construction paper, or poster board.
  • Watch the Betsy Ross Reenactor video below then make your own five-pointed stars.

Middle School

Books

Activities

  • Complete the National Parks Junior Ranger Activity Book for the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail then mail your completed book in to receive your Junior Ranger badge. The book is available here or get yours in person at Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Hint for page 8: you'll also need to know Alexander Cochrane)

  • Make a Red, White, and Blue Bandana wreath


High School

Books

Any of the books listed under Middle School Books would be appropriate.

Topics to Explore

  • Research US Flag Etiquette. Is it important to show respect for the flag? Why is it important for us to have “rules” that determine how respect for the flag should be shown?
  • There is some debate that Betsy Ross may not have sewn the first Stars and Stripes. Read the evidence linked under "Who Created the First Flag?  Was it Betsy Ross" on http://www.ushistory.org/betsy/ to see what the evidence is for and against Betsy Ross as the producer of our first flag then discuss your findings with your family or friends.

  • Learn how the military folds a flag properly and demonstrate for your family or friends.



    Betsy Ross House Reenactor Video


    Places to visit


    Celebrate our Flag

    • Display a flag at your house
    • Participate in a patriotic parade for Flag Day on June 14th or on the 4th of July
    • Attend a flag raising ceremony
    • Contact your local American Legion office to volunteer to assist with placing US flags at military graves for Memorial Day
     
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