America The Beautiful Musical Lesson Plan, Activities, Worksheets & Slide Show

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“America, the Beautiful” is known and loved by many. Katharine Lee Bates was inspired to write the poem as she traveled from Boston through the Hoosac Tunnel to the Niagara Falls, the Chicago’s World Fair across the plains of Kansas and then stood on top of Pike’s Peak. Samuel Ward’s music was a perfect fit to this poem. Learn more about the poem and the impact Katharine and her poetry has had on America.

This is the perfect lesson and activity for elementary school children and teachers. The entire song (all four verses) is approximately 6 minutes long and the lesson could take about 30-45 minutes. Depending on the activity or activities you choose they could take an additional 15 minutes to several days to complete.

This is a great addition to a unit on the United States of America, patriotic music, poetry and patriotism.

***Click here to download a sample of the America the Beautiful Lesson Plan.


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Lesson includes:

  • Katharine Lee Bates’ life history with pictures
  • Writing “America, the Beautiful”
  • 19 page PDF slide show about Katharine Bates, Samuel Ward and “America, the Beautiful”
  • Samuel Augustus Ward short biography with pictures
  • “America, the Beautiful” poem and revised versions
  • History of the World’s Fair 1851 & 1855, World’s Columbian Exposition
  • The Hoosac Tunnel History
  • “The Song of Niagara” poem by Katharine Lee Bates and revised version
  • “Goody Santa Claus on a Sleigh Ride” poem by Katharine Lee Bates
  • Vocabulary
  • Video & Audio Links
  • Activities
    • Geography Activities
    • Art Activities
    • Theater (drama) Activities
    • Math Activities
    • Dance Activities
    • Literature/Writing Activities
  • Printable Worksheets
    • America the Beautiful Worksheet about the history of the song
    • America Poem Worksheet
    • Katharine Bates’ Journey Across America Geography Worksheet
    • Katharine Bates’ Journey Across America Math Worksheet
    • Katharine Bates’ Postcards Printables
    • America the Beautiful Mini Book
  • 40 full page images enhance the lesson
  • Book Suggestions
  • Further Research Suggestions
  • Answer key Included

Activities take 15+ minutes to complete

Formats Included

  • Zip
  • PDF


  • 84 pages

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