A World of Flags

December 6, 2019
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The United States has a flag. It’s red, white, and blue. Other countries have flags too. Each flag is different. Each one uses colors, shapes, and patterns. Take a look at a few flags here.

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Flags use SHAPES. Study the three flags below. What shapes do you see?

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This is a FAMILY of flags. They’re from countries in South America. These flags have something in common. What is it?

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Many flags have a PATTERN. A pattern is a repeated design. This is the flag of Uganda. That’s a country in Africa. Do you notice a pattern?

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Some flags use SYMMETRY. Fold a flag in half. Do both sides look the same? This girl is holding the flag of the country of Georgia. Do you see the symmetry?

Did You Know?

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There’s a proper way to fold an American flag. It takes 13 folds. When complete, the flag is folded into a triangle. Only the stars are showing.