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"America the Beautiful": Using Music and Art to Develop Vocabulary

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"America the Beautiful": Using Music and Art to Develop Vocabulary

Grades K – 2
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time Six 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Renee Goularte

Renee Goularte

Magalia, California


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology

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  • America the Beautiful picture book (Scholastic, 2001)
  • A large sheet of butcher paper cut into the shape of the United States

  • Assorted colored markers

  • Lyrics for "America the Beautiful"

  • Magazines with colored scenic pictures of the United States (such as Sunset, National Geographic, Via, Smithsonian)

  • White construction paper, crayons, scissors, and glue

  • Photographic essay book showing scenic features of the United States, such as America: A Celebration of the United States (Rand McNally, 2005)

  • Topographical map of the United States

  • CDs or appropriately accessed downloads of various versions of "America the Beautiful"

  • CD player, mp3 player, or computer that plays music downloads

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Crossword Puzzles

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Crossword Puzzles

This tool allows students to complete crossword puzzles on a variety of grade-appropriate topics, and also create and print their own crossword puzzles.


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  • Gather several magazines with scenic pictures of various locations and landforms throughout the United States.

  • Use white butcher paper to prepare a large mural shaped liked the United States. (Tip: Print this map, make an overhead and project it onto the butcher paper.)

  • With a black or brown marker, write the words to "America the Beautiful" on chart paper and hang it on the wall. Have colored markers available to highlight and underline key words.

  • Arrange for students to have access to Internet-connected computers for the necessary sessions. Bookmark the Websites from the Resources section on the computers students will use for this lesson.

  • Test the Crossword Puzzles interactive on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tool and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the Technical Support page.

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