Fraction Flags

Fraction Flags lesson plan

Check out state and national flags to find designs that demonstrate fractional color divisions, then design your own fraction flag.

  • 1.

    Research flag designs. Note varying geometric configurations.

  • 2.

    With a ruler and Crayola® Scissors, measure and cut a 6- by 9-inch (15 x 24 cm) rectangle of oak tag.

  • 3.

    On white scrap paper, sketch a Fraction Flag with Crayola Crayons, following the teacher's directions about the number of segments and other requirements.

  • 4.

    On oak tag, draw your own flag with Crayola Crayons or Washable Markers. Use a ruler to divide the flag into exact fractional parts. Fill the flag with drawings and colors. On the back, write the fractional name and symbol (such as thirds, 1/3).

  • 5.

    Attach your flag with Crayola School Glue to a craft stick or short dowel stick. Dry overnight.

  • 6.

    Shape a flag stand with Crayola Model Magic. Insert the flag and fly it from your desk.


  • Children research flags of states and/or countries, concentrating on those that are divided into segments.
  • Students use their knowledge of fractions, measurement, and geometry to design their own Fraction Flags.
  • Children construct miniature fraction flags with mixed media.


  • The fractions required in the design depend on students' math capabilities. Younger children and special needs students might fold construction paper in half, fourths, or eighths, then cut on folds to make equal fractional flag sections to design with cra
  • Students write a story about what their flag symbolizes, such as about an imaginary country called Land of Fourths.
  • Students sew large fabric flags or banners to depict an event or topic. <i>This lesson plan was adapted from ideas submitted by Sandra H. Scott of Sale Creek, Tennessee, for the 50 States - 50 Weeks Dream-Makers series.</i>