• Memorization of patriotic songs and classical literacy selections are a highly valued part of the educational program of L.A.S. In August, I sent home a copy with all the 4th grade memory challenges on it. Students are to keep it in the page protector in their homework folder. Memory challenges are an oral grade. I am testing for memorization,inflection in voice and speaking loud and clear. It is important that each student has good eye contact and welcoming body language as he/she recites the memory challenge to the class. Folded arms, looking down/up or rocking back and forth is NOT welcoming body language.
    Due Dates
    Star Spangled Banner (Recite and fill in a cloze passage)            Due: September 1st  
    Pledge of Allegiance (Recite and write the meanings)      Due:
     Sept. 29th  
    The Wind                                                                                      Due: Oct. 27th  
    Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening                                        Due:  Dec. 1st  
     President Lincoln                                                                       Due:Jan. 26th 
    Presidents 1-22                                                                           Due:
      Feb. 23rd 
    Presidents 23-45                                                                         Due: March 23rd 
    *For extra credit, the presidents can be recited 1-44 at one time . It would raise the current grade half a grade. *
     Memory Challenges
    The Pledge of Allegiance
    I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America,
    and to the Republic for which it stands,one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
    The Star-Spangled Banner
     by Francis Scott Key
    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, thru 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 through 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?

      The Wind           

      by Robert Louis Stevenson


      I saw you toss the kites on high

     And blow the birds about the sky;

     And all around I heard you pass,

     Like ladies’ skirts across the grass-

        O wind, a-blowing all day long,

        O wind, that sings so loud a song!
    I saw the different things you did,  
    But always you yourself you hid.

    I felt you push, I heard you call,

    I could not see yourself at all –

         O wind, a-blowing all day long,

         O wind, that sings so loud a song.


    O you are so strong and cold,

    O blower, are you young or old?

    Are you a beast of field or tree

    Or just a stronger child than me?

          O wind, a-blowing all day long,

          O wind, that sings so loud a song!

     President Lincoln

    (Sung to “Reuben, Reuben I’ve Been Thinkin”)


    President Lincoln, I’ve been thinkin’

    When you were a tiny babe.

    As a youth, you told the truth,

    So people called you “Honest Abe.”

    Lincoln, I’ve been thinkin’

    You grew up tough as nails.

    On the farm, you swung your arm,

    And with an axe you split the rails!


    President Lincoln, I’ve been thinkin’

    How you taught yourself the law.   

    Every book around you took.
    And read like no one ever saw!
    President Lincoln, I’ve been thinkin’

    Back to when you wrote the

    Emancipation Proclamation,           

    So the slaves could all be free.


    President Lincoln, I’ve been thinkin’

    How you bravely led the land.

    Once divided, now united.

    You made sure our house would stand.


    Presidents in Order                                          
     1.  George Washington                                                    

      2.  John Adams                                                                 

      3.  Thomas Jefferson                                                       

      4.  James Madison                                                           

      5.  James Monroe                                                            

      6.  John Quincy Adams                                                   

      7.  Andrew Jackson                                                         

      8.  Martin Van Buren                                           

      9.  William Henry Harrison                                   

    10.  John Tyler                                                                                  

    11.  James Polk                                                         

    12.  Zachary Taylor                                                 

    13.  Millard Fillmore                                                

    14.  Franklin Pierce                                                  

    15.  James Buchanan                                               

    16.  Abraham Lincoln                                              

    17.  Andrew Johnson                                                                                                                       

    18.  Ulysses S. Grant                                                

    19.  Rutherford B. Hayes                                        

    20.  James A. Garfield                                             

    21.  Chester A. Arthur                                             

    22.  Grover Cleveland                                              

    23.  Benjamin Harrison                                           

    24.  Grover Cleveland                                              

    25.  William McKinley                                             

    26.  Theodore Roosevelt                                          

    27.  William H. Taft                                     

    28.  Woodrow Wilson                                              

    29.  Warren G. Harding                                          

    30.  Calvin Coolidge                                                        

    31.  Herbert Hoover                                                 

    32.  Franklin D. Roosevelt                                       

    33.  Harry S. Truman                                           

    34.  Dwight D. Eisenhower                                      

    35.  John F. Kennedy                                               

    36.  Lyndon B. Johnson                                           

    37.  Richard M. Nixon

    38.  Gerald R. Ford

    39.  Jimmy Carter

    40.  Ronald W. Reagan

    41.  George H. Bush

    42.  Bill Clinton

    43.  George W. Bush

    44.  Barack Obama                          





    Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

     by Robert Frost                                                    


    Whose woods there are I think I know.                             

    His house is in the village though                                      

    He will not see me stopping here                                       

    To watch his woods fill up with snow.                               


    My little horse must think it queer                                        

    To stop without a farmhouse near

    Between the woods and frozen lake                                   

    The darkest evening of the year.                                        


    He gives his harness bells a shake                                       

    To ask if there is some mistake.                                             

    The only other sound’s the sweep                                           

    Of easy wind and downy flake.


    The woods are lovely, dark and deep                                  

    But I have promises to keep,                                               

    And miles to go before I sleep,                                             

    And miles to go before I sleep.