Design Your Own Flag

Ever wonder why the flag is red, white, and blue? While the flag’s colors did not have a specific meaning at the time, the colors were significant for the Great Seal of 1782.

Colors were carefully chosen by the Founding Fathers. Red represents bravery, white represents purity, and blue represents justice.

Take a look at the various flags of the world. Use the color key below to determine the characteristics each country is trying to convey with their flag.

Color Key

red = bravery, courage, valor, strength

green = hope

yellow/gold = honor, loyalty, optimism

purple = royalty, wealth

blue = peace, justice, sincerity

red/purple = sacrifice

orange = strength, endurance black = grief, sorrow

white/silver = faith, purity

Directions: Using the color key and the space provided below, design a flag for your family. Write a short paragraph that explains why you chose the colors you did and what they represent.

Eagle

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The bald eagle is the national bird of the United States. This majestic bird can only be found soaring in North America. The Founding Fathers chose the bald eagle as the national bird because it symbolizes strength, courage, freedom, and immortali­ty. The term "bald" does not mean that this bird lacks feathers. Instead, it comes from the word piebald, an old word, meaning "marked with white."

Unfortunately, this magnificent bird faced near extinction. When Europeans first arrived on the North American continent in the 1600’s, there were an estimated 25,000 to 50,000 bald eagles, but populations dropped for many reasons. Many eagles were captured for getting too close to poultry or fishing nets; some were captured for falconry; and many eagles were poisoned by pesticides. In 1967, the bald eagle was included on the Threatened and Endangered Species List. Federal laws, such as the Bald Eagle Protection Act, protect the bald eagle and have led to the recovery of bald eagle populations.

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