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Caribbean Flag Games

Instructor: Caitlin Ferraiolo Brady

Caitlin is a sixth grade geography teacher in Connecticut. She holds a Master's Degree in Educational Techonology.

Are you looking for ideas to help your students identify the Caribbean island nations? This lesson presents some games to help students learn or review the flags of the different nations.

The Flags of the Caribbean

Ask your students about the Caribbean and they may mention blue waters and sandy beaches. But ask them to identify the island and archipelago nations that feature those beaches and they may be stumped.

As you teach your students about the Caribbean nations, you likely will show them images of each nation's flag. This lesson provides some ideas for games to help your students learn and review the flags.

Why Games?

Games are a versatile tool to use in a geography class and as a way to learn the flags of a region. They directly engage students with the content, touch upon a variety of learning styles, and encourage collaboration between students. The novelty of game play and the element of competition can involve even your most unmotivated learners.

Flag Colors Race

This game involves recognizing the colors of different nations' flags and involves team competition.

Materials

  • Two sets of construction paper or card stock in the colors of various Caribbean flags
  • Pictures of Caribbean flags

Preparation

  • Cut out two solid color squares of paper for each Caribbean flag color. Laminate them for durability and lay them out on a table where the students can see them.
  • Print out pictures of each flag you want to review in this game. Make them large enough for all students to easily see.

Instructions

  1. Split the class into two teams and have a volunteer from each team come forward and stand behind the colored squares.
  2. Call out the name of a Caribbean country. The volunteers will race to pick up the colored squares that represent the colors present on that country's flag. For example, if you say Jamaica, the students would pick up the black, green and yellow squares.
  3. Display the flag of the country called. The student who has the most correct flag colors in hand wins a point for the team. If both students have the correct colors, both teams earn a point.
  4. Replace the colored squares and ask for two new student volunteers. Continue to play until all flags have been reviewed. The team with the most points is the winner.

Flag Jump

This game will help get your students jumping while reviewing national flags.

Materials

  • Pictures of Caribbean flags
  • Painter's or masking tape

Preparation

  • Print and laminate pictures of each Caribbean flag you want to review.
  • Tape each flag to the floor of your learning space in a row.
  • Make a starting line with a piece of painter's or masking tape one or two feet back from the row of flags.

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