Posts Tagged ‘4th of July’

Virtual Field Trip To Mark Twain’s House

November 14th, 2008

Recommended Website:
The Mark Twain House and Museum

Age Range: 10 and up (approximately)

“Many public school children seem to know only two dates – 1492 and 4th of July; and as a rule they don’t know what happened on either occasion.”
– Mark Twain

Did you know that Mark Twain’s daughters were homeschooled? You can see their “school room” in the Mark Twain Home on the virtual tour at this website. You can also take a tour of the Mark Twain Museum and learn a great deal about the life, work, and times of the beloved American author of “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”

When you get to the site, you’ll see photos of Mark Twain, the Twain House, and the Twain Museum. Click on the words, “The House,” below the picture. A new page opens with some photos and information about the Twain home. Use the menu on the right side of the screen and click on “Maps of Floors/Virtual Tour.” A new page opens with a floor map of the Twain House. Click on any room to begin your self-guided virtual tour that includes photographs and text describing each room.

When you are through exploring the house, use the menu at the top of the page and click on “The Museum.” A new screen opens where you can take a similar virtual tour of the Museum.

Then, for some detailed information on the man known as Mark Twain, click on “The Man” on the menu. A new screen opens where you can read Twain’s biography, see a timeline of major events in his life, discover his major works, and explore his family tree.

Enjoy!

“Education consists mainly in what we have unlearned.”
– Mark Twain’s Notebook, 1898

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Read The Declaration of Independence!

July 5th, 2006

Recommended Website:
Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government for Kids: The Declaration of Independence

I can’t think of a better way to tie in language arts with the 4th of July than to visit this website where you can read The Declaration of Independence and explore the history behind it. We’ve featured the “Ben’s Guide” website on ClickSchooling previously — and it continues to be one of the best resources for kids about the U.S. government.

When you get to the site you can read The Declaration of Independence and use the links at the bottom of the page to learn more about it and the people who wrote it. There is also a link to a copy of the original document with tons of resources for further exploration — perfect for family members who want to know more.

Once you’ve cogitated upon The Declaration of Independence — look at the menu bar at the top of your screen. You will see that Ben’s Guide breaks down the study of U.S. Government into manageable grade ranges for K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. There is also great info for teachers and parents as well.

Bookmark this site to keep as a reference anytime you want to explore U.S. Government.

How Fireworks Work

July 1st, 2006

Recommended Website:

How Stuff Works: Fireworks

The 4th of July and other festivals are celebrated with fireworks displays. Did you ever wonder how fireworks are made? Today’s website explains the basic components in fireworks from simple firecrackers and sparklers to the more complex aerial fireworks displays. There is a fascinating section and animation on the different shell types and the patterns they create when launched and exploded. You will also find a great video clip that explains how fireworks are made here too. When you get to the site just scroll down the page to read the information, see the photographs and illustrations, and click on the links and buttons that allow you to see video clips and animations.

When you are through finding out how fireworks are made, try a fun online activity that allows you to create your own aerial fireworks display.

A 4th of July Curriculum

July 25th, 2004

The 4th of July offers lots of opportunities to learn more about U.S. History, Social Studies, Science and more! Here are some websites to get you started.

Recommended Websites:

ClassBrain.com — 4th of July

At this site you will find a stunning compendium of 4th of July themed activities with links to history lessons, primary source documents, texts, literature, poems, songs, quizzes, puzzles, coloring pages, crafts and much more. There is enough material here to provide an entire unit study on American history and in particular the events associated with Independence Day.

Kaboom!

Sponsored by PBS Nova, this site is all about the science behind fireworks. When you get to the site you will see a menu that includes:

  • Anatomy of a Firework — an illustrated guide to the different parts that make up a firework
  • Pyrotechnics: It’s Elemental — find out what elements from the Periodic Table of Elements are used in fireworks
  • Demolition Woman — read an interview with a female pyrotechnician and find out about what her job entails.

If you have kids who are fascinated by fireworks — they will enjoy learning about the science behind the sparklers. Happy 4th of July!

The French Revolution — Bastille Day, July 14th

July 10th, 2003

July 14th is Bastille Day, the French equivalent to the United States’ 4th of July. Here are some websites with information about Bastille Day and The French Revolution:

Recommended Websites:

Web Holidays: Bastille Day

This site provides a simple explanation of Bastille Day with hotlinks to bio-portraits of King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, as well as a picture of the Bastille prison.There are also links to craft activities and recipes to celebrate Bastille Day that younger children will enjoy.

France Diplomatie Website

This website offers a much more thorough explanation of Bastille Day for older students. When you get to the site you can read an introduction and use the menu at the bottom of the page to learn more about:

  • The French National Anthem, The Marseillaise
  • The French Motto, “Liberté, Egalité, Fraternity” or Libery, Equality and Fraternity.
  • The French Flag
  • The Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen, inspired by the American Declaration of Independence.
  • and more including a Photo Gallery.

Kaboom — Science with Fireworks!

July 2nd, 2002

Recommended Website:
Kaboom!

Sponsored by PBS Nova, this site is all about the science behind fireworks. When you get to the site you will see a menu that includes:

  • Anatomy of a Firework – an illustrated guide to the different parts that make up a firework.
  • Pyrotechnics: It’s Elemental – find out what elements from the Periodic Table of Elements are used in fireworks.
  • Demolition Woman – read an interview with a female pyrotechnician and find out about what her job entails.

If you have kids who are fascinated by fireworks – they will enjoy learning about the science behind the sparklers. Happy 4th of July!

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