One of our favorite activities to do with ESL students is sing patriotic songs. We sing songs like
America the Beautiful
O beautiful for spacious skies,
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!
God Bless America
God Bless America,
Land that I love.
Stand beside her, and guide her
Thru the night with a light from above.
From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans, white with foam
God bless America, My home sweet home.
You’re a Grand Old Flag
You’re a grand old flag,
You’re a high flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave.
You’re the emblem of
The land I love.
The home of the free and the brave.
Every heart beats true
‘neath the Red, White and Blue,
Where there’s never a boast or brag.
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
Keep your eye on the grand old flag.
and our national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner
Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro’ the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof thro’ the night that our flag was still there.
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
Sometimes if the words or phrase meanings are difficult, we’ll explain them or illustrate them first. Students always enjoy singing along and can do well if they have a lyrics sheet with the words. We also say the Pledge of Allegiance. We pass out flags to students and they enjoy waving them. This activity can be done in February for Presidents Day, May for Memorial Day or July 4 for Independence day.