Give Thanks | Echo Song for Orff, Movement, Ukulele, Scarves

Pull out this versatile echo song for primary students that’s about appreciation, thanksgiving, and thankfulness in November or for other celebrations throughout the year. A simple Orff arrangement, one-chord C ukulele part, scarf activities, and movement will make this a great concert piece or SEL activity in the classroom.

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Veterans Day

Veterans Day curriculum can be simple in-class lessons to all-school programs with songs, guests, speeches, decorations, and displays of patriotism everywhere in the school! Let’s outline some of those activities.

On this page

  1. CANVA Bi-Fold Editable Program Template
  2. America, The Beautiful
  3. Armed Forces Medley
  4. Program Template
  5. Music Ideas
  6. Poetry & Narration
  7. Posting and Retiring of Colors
  8. Other Considerations
  9. Checklist

CANVA Bi-Fold Editable Program Template

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America, The Beautiful

This iconic song of America teaches students so much about patriotism and love of country. This song is a part of many Veterans Day programs and other national events.

Here is a blog post with many teaching ideas and a free coloring sheet to help teach the song through art and literacy.

Armed Forces Medley

Good arrangements are REALLY hard to find. Here are three that might work for you.

Here are active links to Music K-8 and JW Pepper listed below!

Program Template

Music Ideas

Poetry & Narration

Posting and Retiring of Colors

Other Considerations


America the Beautiful

One of the top ten songs EVERY child should learn to sing.

Included on this page-

Lyrics-Ukulele music-Performance options-TpT Link to an America the beautiful presentation-Free coloring page download, Great video examples of the song

Besides singing in the classroom or at a school community meeting, when have YOU had your students perform America the Beautiful?

(Leave your answers in the comments. Here are mine.)
  • Veterans Day
  • Presidents Day
  • Sporting Events
  • Peace Walks
  • Spring & Winter Programs
  • Earth Day
  • Women’s History Month
  • Memorial Day
  • Fourth of July

For ukulele (C, C7, D7, F, and G)

PPT Presentation on TpT

Teachers Pay Teacher Presentation in both Powerpoint and Google slide formats

Coloring Sheet Free Download

Patriotic tribute by two sisters

Virtual Orchestra and Choir Collaboration

Ray Charles