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Arizona State Symbols. Ms. Farrar’s 1 st Grade Social Studies Class. State Flower. State Bird. State Tree. State Flag. State Seal. Objectives. Teachers. Objectives:. Students will be able to identify the official flower, tree, bird, flag, and seal of the state of Arizona.

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arizona state symbols

Arizona State Symbols

Ms. Farrar’s 1st Grade Social Studies Class

State Flower

State Bird

State Tree

State Flag

State Seal



  • Students will be able to identify the official flower, tree, bird, flag, and seal of the state of Arizona.
  • Students will be able to describe characteristics of each of these five state symbols.
state flower saguaro blossom
State Flower: Saguaro Blossom
  • The state flower is the saguaro
  • (su-wah-ro) blossom.
  • It is white with a yellow center.
  • Each flower blooms for one night only.
  • Blossom season is during May and June.

Click on the drawing of the saguaro blossom above to watch a movie.

state tree palo verde
State Tree: Palo Verde
  • The state tree is the paloverde(pal-oh ver-dee).
  • Palo verde is spanish for “green pole” or “green stick”.
  • The trunk, branches, and leaves are green, and the flowers are yellow.

Click the paloverde flower above to watch a video.

state bird cactus wren
State Bird: Cactus Wren
  • The cactus wren’s coloring is spotted brown and black with a white stripe near the eyes.
  • They build nests in saguaro and cholla (choy-uh) cactus and in paloverde and acacia (uh-kay-sha) trees.
  • The cactus wren is 7-8 inches long.

Click drawing of

cactus wren above to

see a video.

arizona state flag
Arizona State Flag
  • The state flag of Arizona has a copper star in the center representing the copper mining industry in the state.
  • There are 13 red and yellow stripes representing the 13 original US colonies and the western setting sun.
  • The bottom is blue, representing liberty.
arizona state seal
Arizona State Seal
  • The state seal was adopted in 1911.
  • The miner represents the state’s mining business.
  • The fields represent agriculture (farming).
  • The mountains and sun represent the comfortable climate.

Click on the flower that is the symbol of the state of Arizona.

California Poppy

Hibiscus Flower




The name for the state tree for Arizona, Palo Verde, is Spanish and means:

“Needs little water”

“Green pole” or “green stick”

“Yellow flowers”





Click on the picture of the Arizona State Bird.

American Goldfinch


Cactus Wren

arizona state standards
Arizona State Standards
  • Social Studies Standard:
    • S3, C1, PO 6: Recognize state symbols of Arizona (e.g., bird, flower, tree, flag).
  • Technology Standard:
    • S1, C2, PO 2: Explore and identify models and simulations.
  • Information Literacy StandardFour

The information literate student, individually or as a member of a group, uses information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose.

Performance Indicators:

  • The information literate student applies new and prior information to the planning and creation of a particular product or performance. Outcomes Include:
    • Organizes the content in a manner that supports the purposes and format of the product or performance (e.g. outlines, drafts, storyboards)
    • Articulates knowledge and skills transferred from prior experiences to planning and creating the product or performance
    • Integrates the new and prior information, including quotations and paraphrasings, in a manner that supports the purposes of the product or performance
    • Manipulates digital text, images, and data, as needed, transferring them from their original locations and formats to a new context
  • NETS*T:

2. Design and Develop Digital-Age Learning Experiences and Assessments

a. design or adapt relevant learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources to promote student learning and creativity.