Setting for the story:
1. Show the students a globe and ask them what two things make up the surface of the Earth (land and water). Explain that the surface of our planet also has smaller pieces of land and bodies of water and that these are called physical or natural features. Write the term "Physical Features" on the board. Ask students to identify physical features (mountain, lake, valley, hill, ocean, river, etc.)
2. Write the term " human-made features" on the board and explain that human-made features are modifications people have made to the land. Have students name human-made features (bridge, building, tunnel, street, etc.)
3. Read the book, America the Beautiful, to the students.
Foldout Book Activity
1. Give each student a sentence strip and the handout, "America the Beautiful" (Acrobat 329k). Instruct students to cut out pictures.
2. Have the students sing the song, "America the Beautiful."
O beautiful for spacious skies,
3. Tell the students that about one hundred years ago Katharine Lee Bates wrote this poem, which later was made into a song by Samuel A. Ward. Write the words from the song on the board using the model below.
Discuss the song with the students and beside each phrase of the song, match the picture that goes with it . If you do not have the book, use the list below for this activity. Ask students to identify physical and human-made features that make our country beautiful. Help students locate these places on a U.S. map. Tell the students that they are now going to make a foldout book of the song.
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
God shed His grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!
4. Give each student a 3" x 24" sentence strip. Next, tell students that they are going to use a ruler to measure the sentence strip. Tell students to mark the sentence strip every 3 1/2". Now tell students to fold their sentence strip on the first mark. Next, they are to fold the sentence strip backward on the second mark. Tell students to fold the strip back and forth to make a foldout book. Students should continue doing this until the end of the strip. At the end, they will have one fold that is only 2" wide.
5. Instruct students to paste the pictures in the order below spacing them neatly on the sentence strip. When students have completed pasting their pictures on one side of the sentence strip they should turn it over and continue on the other side. On the 2" fold they are to paste the title box.
|America the Beautiful|
|Niagara Falls||O beautiful|
|Rocky Mountains||For spacious skies|
|Fields of Corn||For amber waves of grain|
|Yosemite||For purple mountain majesties |
|Plains Midwest ||Above the fruited plain|
|Appalachian Mountains ||America|
|Grand Canyon ||America|
|Mesa Verde||God shed His grace on thee|
|Chimney Rock ||And crown thy good|
|Mt. Rushmore||With brotherhood|
|Golden Gate Bridge||To shining sea|
|Statue of Liberty||From sea|