Grades 3-5
Social Studies

What's in a Flag?

Create a classroom flag which incorporates students' culture, values, and history.

Activity Partner
Total time estimate:
30-60 minutes
Activity Objectives
  • Students will create a classroom flag by determining their shared hopes, values, and traditions, and using colors and symbols to represent their collective identity
  • Then, students will reflect on what flags can reveal about people's culture, values, and history
  • Paper, pencils, crayons, markers, paint, and other art materials

This activity supports the development of the following
social-emotional skills: self-awareness, social awareness, and relationship skills.


Ask students to work together to create a classroom flag, and use the following questions to guide their work: 

  • What words would you use to describe our class? What is something unique about us?
  • How can we share our hopes, values, and traditions through our flag? 
  • What feelings and actions do we want our flag to inspire?
  • Is there anything that we want to include about our community's history or culture?
  • What symbols and colors should be included in our flag? What (or who) do they represent? 

Share your classroom flag with your Empatico partner class (e.g., through a live virtual exchange or a tool like Flipgrid, Wakelet, or Padlet) and encourage students to describe the experience of creating their flag, explain important features and influences, and ask questions about each other’s flag.


Guide students through a post-activity reflection by asking the following questions: 

  • How do you feel when you look at our classroom flag? How does our flag represent our collective identity? 
  • What did we learn about each other’s community, culture, or history from creating and sharing our flags? 
  • Did this project make you think about our state / country flag differently? How so? Would you make any changes to it? 
Did you finish this activity? We'd love your input.