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Emily Voigtlander

Create Your Own African Flag

Grades: 6th Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade
Subjects: History, Social Studies

Student Instructions

Each African country has its own flag with symbolic and meaningful colors. You will create your own flag using these colors that represents you. Yellow = The Sun Green = Growing Things Blue = The Sea Red = The People White = Peace Black = African Freedom 1. Tap the add button 2. Tap the drawing tool. Draw your special flag. Or create your flag using paper and colored pencils, then take a photo of your flag. 3. Use the mic tool to record your voice sharing why you choose these colors and what the colors mean. 4. Tap the check when you're done to add your flag to your journal.

Teacher Notes (not visible to students)

This activity is designed to be part of a broader conversation about the culture and history of Africa. Here is some information about Nelson Mandela that I used to preface the flag creation activity. Nelson Mandela was a civil rights leader in South Africa. He was born in 1918 and died in 2013. Nelson Mandela fought against apartheid, a system where non-white citizens were segregated from white citizens and did not have equal rights. He served 27 years of his life in prison for his protests, but became a symbol for his people and eventually the president of South Africa. His time in prison brought international visibility to the civil rights issues in South Africa and around the world. He won the Nobel Peace Prize for his lifelong work to give equal rights to all people in South Africa. One of his famous quotes is "For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others."