AMERICA: A STAR-SPANGLED PRODUCTION
Hear ye! Hear ye!
Ladies and Gentlemen, children and grandparents, friends and relatives, lend me your ears!
On behalf of the Second Grade, I would like to welcome you to our patriotic
program "America: a Star-Spangled
Tonight we are going to visit the Dallas Christian second grade classroom
as they study a lesson about the history of our
Now would you please welcome the Dallas Christian School Grade 2 Drama Club and Chorus!
Teacher 2A: Hi! I'm Mrs. Stigers!
Teacher 2B: Hi! I'm Mrs. Sargent! Welcome to our History class!
Teacher 2A: We are the 2nd grade teachers. Our students will be studying the history of America.
Teacher 2B: We will travel through time (in our minds, of course) and
over many miles to bring you
Teacher 2A: The 1st part of our lesson is "America in the Making".
In this section you will learn many
Teacher 2B: I have heard we will also be visited by several famous
Americans from the past during our
Joker 1: Mrs. Stigers, Mrs.
Sargent, I have a joke for you! Do you know what Paul
Teacher 2B: No, what?
Joker 1: Giddy up, horsey!
Teacher 2B: Oh, brother! Okay, enough of the jokes! It's time to start class.
Teacher 2A: The first part of our lesson is about our first
president, George Washington. Oh,
George: Martha, can you believe all the changes that have taken place since you and I were
alive back in the 1700's?
Martha: No kidding! I think I could get used to McDonald's ! Why didn't we think of that?
George: Because we were too busy trying
to build a nation. Remember those first colonies
Martha: Oh yes! I also remember
something else you said about building me a beautiful
George: Well, I'm sorry we never lived in the
White House, but I have to admit that this
(George and Martha exit the stage and return to the risers.)
Teacher 2B: George and Martha must be lost! I wonder if
they are still trying to find
SING " THE UNITED STATES"
Joker 2: Hey, speaking of that, do you know which state is the happiest state?
Teacher 2B: No, which state?
Joker 2: Maryland! Merry land, get it? Oh, I've got another one: Which state is on a horse?
Teacher 2B: I give up, which one?
Joker 2: Maine! (laughs)
Teacher 2B: OK, you can take that comedy act somewhere else.
Boys and girls, let's get on with our
Teacher 2A: Question number 1: Was George Washington a patriot?
Student 1: Yes, he was one of the greatest!
He was the general who led the Americans in the
Teacher 2A: Thank you for all I ever needed to know about George Washington!
Student 1: That's not all! We know a song about George Washington.
(George and Martha Washington return to the stage. George is carrying a map.)
SING: "GEORGE WASHINGTON"
Martha: I told you if
we would just ask, we wouldn't need that map!
Teacher 2B: Next question: Who is Uncle Sam?
Student 2: Uncle Sam is a tall man dressed in
red, white, and blue. He is a symbol of America.
Teacher 2B: Well, done ( child's name) !
Teacher 2A: What is a democracy?
Student 3: Abraham Lincoln defined democracy
as "government of the people, by the
Teacher 2A: Thank you for telling us about this branch of the government.
Teacher 2B: OK, what is the Supreme Court?
Student 4: The Supreme Court is made up of nine
judges. They decide if the local, state,
Teacher 2B: Thanks, you are correct. By the way, does anyone
know how many of the
Any student: Two of them are women.
Teacher 2A: Good job! Who is our current president
and can you tell me what his branch
All Students: George Bush!
Student 5: He is the head of the Executive
branch of the government. He appoints other
Teacher 2B: Good answer! What is our capital? (One student
calls out "Austin", which is the
Student 6: The capital is Washington, D.C. The
states of Virginia and Maryland gave the
Teacher 2B: Right on, that is correct!
Teacher 2A: What is the Liberty Bell?
Student 7: I know that the Liberty Bell is an American treasure.
It was first cast in England
Teacher 2A: Good answer! You did know a lot about the Liberty Bell!
Teacher 2B: Ok, here's a good question. What is the motto of our country?
Student chant: Be prepared!
Teacher 2B: That is a motto, but not the one of our country.
Student 8: Mrs. Sargent, I read that in 1861
many people in our nation wanted the words
Teacher 2B: Righto, that is the motto!
Teacher 2A: Do we have a special song?
Student 9: I think our special song is
the Star-Spangled Banner, the national anthem.
Teacher 2A: Correct! Great answer!
Teacher 2B: Well, we've had a special song and heard about Uncle
Student 10: We do have a national bird - it is the bald eagle.
The eagle appears on many
Teacher 2B: You are right!
Teacher 2A: Class, tell me the name of our national flower.
All students: The rose!
Teacher 2A: Short and sweet - nice job!
Teacher 2B: Who can tell us the highest point in the United States?
Student 11: Mount McKinley in Alaska is our country's highest
peak. It is often called the
Teacher 2B: Good! What is the lowest point?
Student: Death Valley in California
is our country's lowest point. It is 282 feet below
Teacher 2A: Good job! What is the name of the canal that connected
the Atlantic Ocean and the
Student 12: That would be the Erie Canal. It was 363 miles
long. People had talked about
Teacher 2A: You don't say? Erie Canal is the correct answer!
Student 12: Hey, guys! Let's sing that song about the Erie Canal.
SING " ERIE CANAL"
Teacher 2B: I really like that song - thanks! What is our longest river?
Student 13: Our nation has many beautiful rivers, but the mighty
Mississippi is the longest
Teacher 2B: These students have really studied!
Teacher 2A: This question is a real challenge - what is the Constitution?
Student 14: The United States Constitution is the supreme law
of the land. The constitution
Teacher 2A: Wow! You did a great job! That was a long answer.
Teacher 2B: We've been studying the Preamble of this famous document.
Boys and girls,
All Students: We the people of the United States
Teacher 2B: America truly is a wonderful land!
SING "THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND"
Narrator 2: Miss Sandy, ECLC secretary,
comes to the classroom. She seems very excited about
ECLC : Mrs. Stigers,
Mrs. Sargent, I don't want to alarm you, but
Teacher 2A: Yes, I think I recognize that man. Isn't that Mr. Kennedy?
J.F. Kennedy: I was the youngest man ever elected president, and
I was the youngest ever
Teacher 2B: Those words will never be forgotten. Oh, look!
Here comes someone else.
Thomas Jefferson: Yes, I am, and I was one of the writers
of the Declaration of Independence
Teacher 2B: Boys and girls, those words are so very important, even to this day.
Teacher 2A: Can you believe your eyes? Class, who is this?
Class: It's Mr. Lincoln!
Abraham Lincoln: I was the sixteenth president of the United
States, and I said in my famous
Teacher 2A: What wonderful words!
Student 15: Mrs. Sargent, I checked out a book
about another famous American,
M.L .K. "I have a dream that
my four little children will one day live in a nation where
Teacher 2A: Those were powerful words!
Joker 3: Oh, Mrs. Stigers,
we just thought of another joke for you! Who gave the
Joker 4: Must have been a duck family.
Teacher 2A: A duck family?
Joker 4: Didn't you say there was a quack in it?
Teacher 2A: Ha-ha. Such funny kids you are today. That's
a good way to end our day.
(Child walks across stage carrying sign, "NEXT DAY".)
Narrator 3: The next day Mrs. Jennings goes into the classroom to make an announcement.
Mrs. Jennings: : Students, your teachers have gone
to a meeting today. Let me introduce to you
Substitute 1: I understand you have been studying about the flag.
Our country has
Student 16: (holding a poster board flag with 13 stars and 13
Student 17 (holding a poster board flag with 15 stars and 15 stripes)
Student 18 (holding a poster board flag with 20 stars and 13 stripes)
Student 19: (holding the 50 star flag)
SING: "YOU'RE A GRAND OLD FLAG"
Joker 3: Oh , oh, Mr. ____________,
Mrs. Stigers always lets me tell a joke.
Substitute 2: I don't know. What did they do?
Joker 3: I don't know either. I wasn't invited.
Substitute 2: That is a great joke! However, let's get back
to our lesson. I'm thinking
Betsy Ross: My name is Betsy Ross. I was a seamstress
who made flags in
SING: "THREE CHEERS FOR THE RED, WHITE, AND BLUE"
Substitute 2: That makes me want to go out and wave my flag proudly!
I also remember
Francis S. Key: I am Francis Scott Key and I wrote our national
anthem. I was watching
Tattered Soldier: I was a soldier... as long as our flag was flying,
we knew the English
Francis S. Key: Later when I was back on land, I showed the poem
to my brother-in-law.
Joker 3: Mr. _____________,
my mother said that she saw on the internet that
Francis Bellamy: Yes, I'm that Francis. My name is
Francis Bellamy and I wrote the
SAY: PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
SING: "THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER"
Substitute 1: Boys and girls, you say the Pledge of Allegiance
every day at the beginning of
(The following phrases were taken from "Our America" published by Abeka)
Boys: I pledge allegiance....
Girls: I promise to be true
Boys: to the flag of the United States of America.....
Girls: to my flag and to my country.
Boys: and to the Republic for which it stands.......
Girls: and to the people this country was created for.
Boys: one nation under God........
Girls: one country blessed by God
Girls: which should not be divided
Boys: with liberty
Girls: with freedom
Boys: : and justice
Girls: and fairness
Boys: for all.
Girls: for every person.
Narrator: Mrs. Green has taught us how to sign the words to the Pledge of Allegiance.
SING: "I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG"
Old Glory 1: Some people call the flag Old Glory,
others call it the Star-Spangled Banner,
Old Glory 2: After the tragedy in New York on
September 11, 2001, people became a lot more
Old Glory 3: That flag came out of the ashes from the destroyed
buildings in New York.
This evening, we would like to honor the Veterans who are with us tonight.
(Music played: "America the Beautiful" while flags are being handed out.)
Katherine L. Bates: That song I'm hearing sounds familiar.
I am Katherine Lee Bates, a professor
"O beautiful for spacious skies....." And later I finished the verse.
SING " AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL"
Narrator: The next day the teachers return to their classrooms.
(Child crosses the stage carrying a sign "NEXT DAY".)
Teacher 2A: Good morning class. It's good to
be back. We know you learned so much
Irving Berlin: I'm Irving Berlin. I came to America
as an immigrant from Russia in 1893,
SING "GOD BLESS AMERICA"
Irving Berlin: I also set to music the verse that is inscribed
on the base of the
Emma Lazarus: Well, Mr. Berlin, I'm Emma Lazarus. I am the
American poet who
SING "GIVE ME YOUR TIRED, YOUR POOR"
Teacher 2B: Would the students who have been working on the play
(Statue of Liberty skit)
Teacher 2A: Wow! The Statue of Liberty truly is an
incredible piece of art!
Student: Mrs. Conner taught us a song about that - may we sing it?
SING "WHEN I FIRST CAME TO THIS LAND"
Teacher 2B: Did you know that when people in other countries learned
of opportunities in
SING: "BROWN EYES, BLACK EYES"
Teacher 2A: Boys and girls, look at the time! You've done
such a good job today and
Preacher : The book of Psalms is a book
of praises to God. Psalm 67 is a song
(Class recites Psalm 67 as a choral reading. Divide the students
into groups and assign
"May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine upon us;
may your ways be known on earth, your salvation among all nations.
May the peoples praise you, O God; may all the peoples praise you.
May the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you rule the peoples
May the peoples praise you, O God; may all the peoples praise you.
Then the land will yield its harvest, and God, our God, will bless us.
God will bless us, and the ends of the earth will fear him."
Preacher : What will the future be like for our country?
No one can say for sure.