How to Fold an American Flag
Explicit directions on the correct (and respectful) way to fold the American flag.
Symbolism in the American Flag
This is an introductory one-minute history of the American Flag and the symbolism behind the stars and stripes presented by two adolescent girls. (well-done amateur video)
Development of the American Flag
This slide show video shows the progression (including dates) of the 28 flags that have been used officially by USA.
War of 1812 and the History of the Star Spangled Banner
David Barton gives a brief history of the War of 1812 and the true story behind our National Anthem.
How to Handle &Fold the American Flag Navy Style
Fold a flag in the Navy style using the same method that
commemorative flags are folded, forming a neat, crisp triangle. Instructions and a demonstration are shown on how to tuck in the ends of a flag folded Navy style.
How to Raise the Flag
Instructions and a demonstration on how to raise the flag in this clip. A flag store owner shows how to attach each grommet of the flag to the snap hooks of the flag pole and slowly raising it up and tying it off. Avoid letting the flag touch the ground when being raised.
How the American Flag Should Be Treated
A flag store owner talks about how the American flag should be treated. Treat it respectfully by keeping it from touching the ground, not sewing anything on it, keeping it in good repair and storing it properly. Store the American flag in a plastic bag and in a dry area and other tips on handling the flag.
How to Hang a Flag
A flag vendor demonstrates two ways to hang a flag for display
purposes, with one being horizontal and the other being vertical. The vendor explains how to avoid putting pin holes in a flag.
Holidays You Should Fly the Flag
A flag vendor explains that the American flag should be flown on many holidays, including New Year's Day, Inauguration Day, Martin Luther King Day, Lincoln's Birthday and Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Columbus Day. Fly the flag on about 20 commemorative days if you don't fly all year long.
About the Evolution of the U.S. Flag
The U.S flag evolved from the first flag in 1777, which had 13
stars and 13 stripes and was commissioned by the Continental Congress and George Washington. In this clip learn facts about the U.S flag and how additional stars were added to flag as more states joined the Union.
Why Is the American Flag Red, White & Blue?
This short video clip explains why he American flag is red, white and blue. It is red, white, and blue because these colors symbolize inherent American values. The American flag is red for heartiness and valor, white for purity and innocence, and blue for vigilance, perseverance and justice.
The Empire State Building
On a beautiful May morning, Emma (age 12), leads the viewer on a tour of the Observation Deck of the ESB. Included in this video is a brief history of the building. Children are encouraged to videotape the
tallest building in their town explaining when it was built and why it
is important to their community and send it to MMATC.(Professionally produced video with both history and present-day
Learn about the Empire State Building
Learn about the Empire State Building in New York. This short video describes the construction of the Empire State Building. (00:40)
Lady Liberty Tells Her Story
The Statue of Liberty (a woman dressed up as Lady Liberty) tells elementary-level students how she was made, etc.
The Little Match Girl - Filmed in 1902
Watch what happens to this poor little girl after she loses her slippers on New Year's Eve. She how she chooses to use her precious matches, and what great wonder she discovers with them, in this classical holiday tale. No narration, accompanied with nice song.
History of New Year's Eve Celebrations
In a History of the Holidays video, discover the origins of New Years Eve and learn how the celebration did not always take place on the same date; in fact, some cultures celebrated New Years Eve in spring and fall. This video traces this custom from 1200 BCE. Run time 03:29
The Origin of Fireworks
In this video clip from Modern Marvels, the history of fireworks. Fireworks originated 1,000 years ago in China when chemicals were accidentally mixed together to create an explosive. They thought that fireworks could remove bad spirits. Later the invention was used for New Years celebrations as well as rockets.
"The Boston Tea Party"- Song
In this animated video, students will be introduced to a friendly sea creature character that sings a song about what happened in 1773 when the "tea was poured to sea". Words to the song appear on screen and each word is highlighted as it is sung. It explains why this was done and how the British reacted. This is a wonderful teaching companion for a lesson/unit on the Revolution and its causes. Content is appropriate for upper elementary and early middle school students.
This lesson excerpt tells how to correctly use phrases as modifiers in sentences. The excerpt is very short and provides only one example.
Roosevelt’s Square Deal
This video is accompanied by text. "At the dawn of the twentieth century, America was at a crossroads. Presented with abundant opportunity, but also hindered by significant internal and external problems, the country was seeking leaders who could provide a new direction. The political climate was ripe for reform, and the stage was set for the era of the Progressive Presidents, beginning with Republican Theodore Roosevelt.
Teddy Roosevelt was widely popular due to his status as a hero of t