July 10, 2013

Six Flags Over Texas...A Flip Book

I do love a good rollercoaster, but I'm not talking about the theme park.  I'm talking about the ACTUAL six flags that have flown over Texas. I'm here to share more social studies.

I apologize to all my non-Texas readers in advance.  Although, my last social studies post on Windows Into History could easily be adapted for any topic, this one is more specific.

After studying Texas history for several weeks, my  4th graders had a HUGE lightbulb moment. It turns out...Six Flags theme park was not randomly names.  Huh? Imagine that.  There have actually been six flags flown over Texas.  Seriously... this was a HUGE moment! LIGHT BULB! And, honestly, so much fun to watch.  :)

To lock in their learning, we made Six Flags Over Texas flip books.  Super easy! Super fun!

  • large construction paper (18"x12")
  • Six Flags printables
  • crayons, markers, colored pencils
  • scissors
  • glue
Step 1: Students will identify and color each flag correctly.  We used our social studies textbooks, an atlas, and the internet as resources.

Step 2: Match each flag with correct country and the years the flag was flown.

Step 3: Fold large construction paper vertically (hot dog style).  Fold into 6 equal sections. Cut along the fold lines of the TOP FLAP ONLY to create flip book. Pretty much standard procedure here.)

Step 4: Students glue flags on the outside IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER.  Then, glue country name and years flown under each flag flap.

And... TA DA! Flip book complete!

My class really enjoyed creating these flip books.  I was happy to see them using so many of our classroom resources to figure things out.  I was busy benchmarking in the back of the room while they worked, so they were 100% on their own... and they did great!

If you are interested in the modified Six Flags Over Texas printable that I used, you can download them for FREE here. I found my coloring flag images from Texas Bobs Activity Center and then did a little cut, paste, and scan action to get them all in one document.

Until next time...


  1. This is very cool. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks! My students really enjoyed the project. Anything where they get to cut, color, and glue is a winner. :)

  2. That is awesome!!! Totally doing this project next week!

  3. Thank you for sharing! I'm working on TX history with my 3rd grader and this was a perfect addition to his project.


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