Lets Celebrate Our Land!
  1. Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
    1. Standard PCS 05. Philanthropy and Government
      1. Benchmark E.9 Describe how philanthropic activities can bring about social change.

This culminating activity gives students an opportunity to teach about our land to others. They spread the word that "commons" are needed, and that when people work together nothing is impossible.

PrintOne 45-Minute Class Period

The learner will:

  • describe Woody Guthrie's beliefs and the importance of "commons."
  • explain that volunteers are important in a community.
  • Recording of This Land Is Your Land (see Bibliographical References)
  • Book, This Land Is Your Land (see Bibliographical References)
  • Guthrie, Woody and Arlo Guthrie. This Land Is Your Land. Rounder Kids C8050. Rounder Records Corp., 1997.
  • Guthrie, Woody and Kathy Jakobsen. This Land Is Your Land. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1998.
  1. Anticipatory Set: Before playing the recording of "This Land Is Your Land," ask students to recall places that were in the song. Talk about places around their own community. Discuss whether they are commons or private. Ask whether those commons places are cared for so everyone can use them safely.


  2. Review concepts that have been learned in this unit. Brainstorming and leading questions may help the class to recall facts. Write the brainstormed ideas on the board. Ideas could include:

    • Woody Guthrie wanted the world to be a better and fairer place for all.
    • *Woody Guthrie felt strongly about "commons."
    • Woody Guthrie traveled around the United States singing songs for all kinds of people. He gave them hope that their life would get better.
    • *Definitions of: "commons," relief office, community, volunteer, philanthropy, private and public.
    • There are "commons" areas in the school and community. * Note: Include the above facts as they are part of primary unit objectives.
  3. Ask the students to write at least one fact about something that they have learned during this unit. Instruct the students to use the brainstormed list if they like. (Kindergarten students could dictate a fact; 2nd graders could write up to three or four facts.) When the students have finished their writing, have them take turns reading their facts to the class.

  4. Students work in small groups to illustrate a poster with a local place, copying the art style from the book. They can show the place well cared for. Copy a sentence from their learned facts to call others to action to cared for Our Land. 

  5. Display the posters in the hall. 

    As a bonus, make a video with the song in the background and slides of the student work. 


Assessment will be made on teacher's observation of learner participation.