School Memorization Challenges, Grades 1-3
Grades 1 and 2 Challenge Poems
Our Great Statue
I am the Statue of Liberty
I stand in the waters of New Jersey.
I am proud, straight, and tall
As I hold high my torch for all.
Martin Luther King
Martin Luther King said, “Let Freedom ring. Let Freedom ring.”
From every mountain and every hill
Until freedom rings
We won’t be still.
Abraham Lincoln, kind and good
Was honored and loved by many.
To help us remember this president.
We put his face on our penny.
We the People
We the people of the U.S.A.
Want everyone to know
And we’re here to say
We won the revolution,
We wrote the constitution
For justice, peace, and the U.S.A.
Grade 3 Challenge
The Declaration of Independence (Excerpt)
July 4, 1776
When in the course of human events
it becomes necessary for one people
to dissolve the political bonds
which have connected them with another,
and to assume
among the powers of the earth,
the separate and equal station
to which the laws of nature
and of nature’s God
a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires
that they should declare the causes
which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths
to be self-evident,
that all men are created equal,
that they are endowed by their Creator
with inherent and unalienable rights,
that among these
are life, liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.