January 2009


This Land Is Your Land
(Original words and music by Woody Guthrie
Verses 2 & 3 adapted by Dr. Holly)
This land is your land, this land is my land (Point to a friend and then to self.)
From California, to the New York Island (Point left and then right.)
From the redwood forest, to the Gulf Stream waters, (Swim hand up and down.)
This land was made for you and me. (Point to a friend and then to self.)

I love the blue lakes, I love the trees green, (Arms out in a circle.)
The tallest mountains, and the plains in between. (Reach up high.)
I love the cities, towns, and country. (Open left palm and then right palm.)
This land was made for you and me. (Point to a friend and then to self.)


I love the people I see around me, (Hand over eyes as if looking.)
The different faces and nationalities. (Palm in front of face.)
Join hands together—love one another. (Clasp hands with a friend.)
This land was made for you and me. (Point to a friend and then to self.)



• Make a brochure about your state, city, or community. To make a brochure, roll a sheet of paper into a “burrito” and then flatten it. Draw pictures of people, places, and things, or write an advertisement that tells why you are proud of where you live.

• Brainstorm community helpers who keep our country safe. Invite someone from the armed forces to be a guest speaker and talk about his or her career. Write letters to police officers, fire fighters, soldiers, etc. thanking them for what they do.

• Ask children to draw or paint pictures of national symbols. (Get library books or go to bensguide.gpo.gov/k-2 to get additional information.) Put the children’s pictures together to make a class book.

• Display a large map of the United States in your classroom. Locate where different relatives and friends live. Ask children to call relatives in other states and ask them to send a postcard to your class. Match the postcards up with their different states on the map. Talk about likenesses and differences in different parts of our country.

• Walk around your community and encourage each child to take a digital photo of her favorite place. Print out pictures for children and let them write or dictate sentences about their special place. Put the pictures together to make a book called “This Is My Land!”
 This Land

• Make a giant flag from children’s hands and feet. First, have children dip one hand in blue paint and place in the upper left hand corner of a white sheet of butcher paper to represent the stars. Next, let children dip one foot in red paint and walk across the paper to make stripes.


Note: If you want less mess, have children cut hands out of blue paper and feet out of red paper. Glue to the white paper to make stars and stripes.

• Help children learn the name of their city, state, country, President, etc. by filling in the appropriate words in this song to the tune of “The Wheels on the Bus.”
The name of my city is ______, ______, ______.
The name of my city is _______.
That’s the name of my city.

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