Lesson Plan

Creating a Class Identity with Vexillology

Students will study vexillology and create their own classroom flag
Jim V.
Classroom teacher
Marshall Elementary School
Wexford, PA
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science

Students will be able to...

  • Discover what characteristics make-up a GOOD flag
  • Create a flag to represent their class using the 5 Basic Principles
  • Determine the best flag design to represent their class
English Language Arts
Social Studies
Grades 4 – 6
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Use Nearpod to discuss Vexillology (the study of flags) and the five characteristics that make a great flag.  Then, open the “Good Flag, Bad Flag - How to Design a Great Flag” presentation (obtained from the North American Vexillological Association).  Discuss the characteristics of a great flag and have students participate in reading the presentation.  Then work together to determine why the provided examples are good or bad flags.


Activity: Drawing

Discuss and review the “Five Basic Principles of the Flag Design” from the Nearpod presentation.  Then have students record this information into their notes.  After, have each student create a design to represent their class.  Students will need to incorporate the five basic principles in their flag.  When the flag is complete, each student must prepare a rational for why their flag should be selected to represent their class.


When students are finished with their flag design, have each student present their flag to the class using proper public speaking skills.  Class members will be taking notes on each presentation using the checklist and the “Five Basic Principles of the Flag Design”­.  The following is the items that are on checklist:

Keep It Simple
Use Meaningful Symbolism
Use 2-3 Basic Colors
No Lettering or Seals
Be Distinctive or Be Related

After all presentations, work together as a class to determine which flag would best represent the class based on the notes taken from students.

If time, students can test their flag knowledge using the Flag Master! app.