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Subject for July, 2001: American Symbols
American Flag  |  National Anthem  |  Statue of Liberty  |  Bald Eagle
 


The American Flag (True Books, American Symbols)

For more information, go to American Flag in Depth

What I Learned Section 1 -- Answer the Following Questions:
1. What are the nicknames for the United States flag?

Old Glory, the Stars and Stripes, and the Star-Spangled Banner. Read more.

2. What was the Grand Union flag?
A flag designed by the American colonies in 1775. Read more.

3. What did the first U.S. flag look like?
It had thirteen red and white stripes and thirteen white stars on a blue background. Read more.

4. What do the colors of the U.S. flag represent?
The U.S. flag is red, white, and blue: red represents courage; white represents purity or goodness; and blue represents justice.

5. On what day of the year does the United States celebrate Flag Day?
June 14. Read more.

6. Today, how does the U.S. flag change when a state is admitted to the Union?
A new star is added to the flag. Read more.

7. How many stars and stripes does the U.S. flag have today?
50 stars and 13 stripes. Read more.

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What I Learned Section 2 -- Define the following words:
Allegiance: Devotion, loyalty
Colony: Region of land ruled by a foreign country
Justice: Fair treatment for all
Pledge: Promise
Resolution: The act of coming to a decision
Symbol: Something that stands for another thing

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Bonus Questions (Answer 1 of the Following Questions for Your FREE Bookmark):
a. What are the words to the Pledge of Allegiance?
I Pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

b. What is the name of the first official flag of Great Britain?
The Union Jack. Read more.

c. What year was your state admitted to the United States?
Answers will vary. Read more.

d. Use five of the words in Section 2 in a sentence.
Answers will vary. Read more.

e. Have a parent or friend give you a spelling test with EACH of the words in Section 2.

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More Valuable Information about the American Flag:
The Flag of the United States of America
History of the Flags of the United States of America (plus State Flags)
National Flag Day Foundation, Inc.
Betsy Ross Home Page

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The National Anthem (True Books, American Symbols)

For more information, go to National Anthem in Depth

What I Learned Section 1 -- Answer the Following Questions:
1. What is the name of the national anthem of the United States?

The Star-Spangled Banner. Read more.

2. Who did the United States fight against in the War of 1812?
Great Britain. Read more.

3. What event during the War of 1812 inspired the writing of the U.S. national anthem?
The Battle of Fort McHenry. Read more.

4. Who wrote the national anthem of the United States?
Francis Scott Key. Read more.

5. What happened on March 3, 1931?
The Star-Spangled Banner was made the official national anthem of the United States. Read more.

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What I Learned Section 2 -- Define the following words:
Anthem: Song of praise or loyalty
Gallantly: Bravely
Gleaming: Shining
Ramparts: Walls of a fort
Spangled: Covered with something
Twilight: Time of day just before dark

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Bonus Questions (Answer 1 of the Following Questions for Your FREE Bookmark):
a. What are the words of the national anthem?
O! say can you see by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O'er the rampart's we watch'd were so gallantly streaming?
And the Rockets red glare, the Bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our Flag was still there.
O! say does that star-spangled Banner yet waive,
O'er the Land of the free and the home of the brave?

b. Use five of the words in Section 2 in a sentence.
Answers will vary. Read more.

c. Have a parent or friend give you a spelling test with EACH of the words in Section 2.

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More Valuable Information about the National Anthem:
Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
The National Anthem (Baltimore County Public Library)
Star-Spangled Banner (Smithsonian Institution)

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The Statue of Liberty (True Books, American Symbols)

For more information, go to Statue of Liberty in Depth

What I Learned Section 1 -- Answer the Following Questions:
1. In what year did the United States become a free and independent country?

1783. Read more.

2. Which country gave the Statue of Liberty to the United States?
France. Read more.

3. Where is the Statue of Liberty located?
On Bedloe's Island at the front of New York Harbor. Read more.

4. What does the broken chain at the feet of the Statue of Liberty represent?
America's newly won freedom from Great Britain. Read more.

5. What does the Statue of Liberty hold in her right hand?
A torch. Read more.

6. What does the Statue of Liberty hold in her left hand?
A tablet. Read more.

7. When was the Statue of Liberty dedicated to the people of the United States?
October 28, 1886. Read more.

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What I Learned Section 2 -- Define the following words:
Colossal: Huge
Enlighten: To inform
Immigrant: Person who leaves one country to settle in another
Independent: Self-governing; free
Scaffold: Temporary structure put up to support workers while they repair a sculpture or building
Tablet: Sheet of metal, wood, or stone with worlds or designs written on it

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Bonus Questions (Answer 1 of the Following Questions for Your FREE Bookmark):
a. Finish the poem, "Give me your tired, your poor…
"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore;
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" Read more.

b. How high is the Statue of Liberty from base to torch?
305 feet high. Read more.

c. Use five of the words in Section 2 in a sentence.
Answers will vary. Read more.

d. Have a parent or friend give you a spelling test with EACH of the words in Section 2.

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More Valuable Information about the Statue of Liberty:
Statue of Liberty National Monument
The Statue of Liberty Photo Tour
Liberty State Park
Ellis Island: American Family Immigration History Center

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The Bald Eagle (True Books, American Symbols)

For more information, go to Bald Eagle in Depth

What I Learned Section 1 -- Answer the Following Questions:
1. What is the national emblem of the United States?

The Bald Eagle. Read more.

2. What did Benjamin Franklin suggest for the U.S. national emblem?
A wild turkey. Read more.

3. What is the Great Seal of the United States?
The Bald Eagle. Read more.

4. What does the Great Seal have in its feet?
An olive branch and thirteen arrows. Read more.

5. Where did the bald eagle get its name?
From the Old English word balde. Read more.

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What I Learned Section 2 -- Define the following words:
Congress: Law-making branch of the United States Government
Emblem: Symbol; something that stands for an idea, belief, or nation
Endangered: In danger of becoming extinct, or dying out
Refuge: Place where animals can live safely and not be hunted or hurt by people
Symbol: Something that stands for another thing
Talons: Sharp claws

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Bonus Questions (Answer 1 of the Following Questions for Your FREE Bookmark):
a. How many toes does a bald eagle have on each foot?
Four. Read more.

b. Use five of the words in Section 2 in a sentence.
Answers will vary. Read more.

c. Have a parent or friend give you a spelling test with EACH of the words in Section 2.

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More Valuable Information about the Bald Eagle:
Audubon: Bald Eagle
American Bald Eagle Information

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