"We hold these Truths to be
self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed
by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these
are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness..."
The History of Fireworks Did you know that fireworks lacked color until the 19th century?
From it's invention by the Chinese up to more recent innovations, read
the fascinating story of the development of this spectacular form of
Build Your Own Fireworks Now that you know so much, are
you ready for this challenge? Brought to you by Wondergy,
this site will also teach you more about how fireworks get their
Most Americans think of the Fourth of
July as Independence Day—but is it really the day the United States
declared its independence? This lesson explores all the dates and
stories associated with the Declaration of Independence, focusing on the
reason there are so many different dates and signings of the document
and why we celebrate the nation's birthday on July 4th rather than one
of the other dates. This lesson plan from Read:Write:Think pulls
together reading, discussion, critical thinking, and writing.
World War II Remembered Online Activities Grades 4–8 Witness an extraordinary time in history through the stories of people
who lived it. Students will personalize their experience by creating
timelines and interviewing their own relatives or community members.
This is where the U.S. government creates
new coins and paper bills. Features games, cartoons, lesson plans.
Taken an animated Journey through the Time Machine to learn about U.S.
history and the coins that commemorate it!
Learn about life in the White House,
presidential pets, White House traditions, and more. Features
biographies and coloring pages about the U.S. Presidents as well as
lesson plan information for teachers.
Americans, jump back in time, explore the states, and explore
America's pastimes and entertainment. Presented by the
Congress, this site has a wealth of information presented in concise
snippets with additional stories and links to fill out the idea.
Makes it easier to grasp and remember the idea.
Today In History
This site features hundreds of beautiful
coloring sheets with pictures of American presidents, government
symbols, important women in U.S. history, and even geography.
(Note that many images do not have name headings explaining who
they depict. But if you click on the image the name will show
up as part of the url in the web address field.)
Here's a fun craft that's really easy -- if you
don't worry about it looking "perfect". Click the link above for
full directions. But if it seems too hard to paint your rock just
like a flag, just create your simple own red, white, and blue design.
You'll need crayons, washable black paint,
heavy white or cream-colored paper (such as cardstock, watercolor paper,
or tag board), and something to scratch the design with. Click the
link above for more instructions.
A Paper American Flag
sheet of blue construction paper, 12" by 18" sheets of red and white
construction paper, glue stick, scissors, star-shaped hole punch or
small white star-shaped stickers, a ruler.
U.S. flag has 6 white stripes, 7 red stripes, and of course 50 white
stars on a blue background. A small, star-shaped hole punch can press
out the necessary stars, or you could try using small star-shaped
stickers. Now cut a square from blue construction paper; all sides of
the square should be 5 inches long. Apply the stars onto the square.
If you want your stars to be exactly like a real flag, divide them into
nine horizontal rows of stars. Or, just put them in however looks
the blue square onto the upper left hand corner of a large (12" by 18")
sheet of white construction paper. Now use an extra large sheet of red
construction paperto cut 7 red stripes. 3 of the red stripes
should be full length (18"). But 4 of the stripes must be trimmed down
to 13 inches long, so that they will fit on the paper next to the blue
you are wondering how wide (or high) to cut your red stripes, remember
that the total number of stripes is 13. And white paper (your flag) is
12" wide (or high). So basically you have to divide 12" into 13 equal
parts. In fractions that means each stripe must be 12/13 of an inch.
But don't worry! Just do your best to make your red stripes a little
less than an inch thick, and then arrange them onto the white paper
so they look pretty evenly spaced.
Be sure to lay all your stripes out on top of the white paper and adjust
their position before gluing them down.
Also, to get the order of the stripes correct, remember that there
should be a red stripe at the top of the flag and a red stripe
at the bottom of the flag. Everything in place? Great, now glue
it all down with your glue stick.
Celebrate the 50 states! Sample these art ideas
from different parts of the United States. Make a Texas rope
doll, a Kwakiutl mask from the Pacific Northwest, or decorate a pot southwestern style.
Make a Patriotic Flower
Many families will be making the journey this
Memorial Day to lay flowers on the graves of loved ones who lost their lives
in service to their country. Whether this is true for your
family or not, you may want to make a patriotic flower arrangement to
honor the sacrifices of American service men and women. For this
craft you will need: a container (such as a used butter or
margarine tub), some dried or artificial flowers, some aluminum foil,
some styrofoam or floral foam, a small U.S. flag, and perhaps a bit of
red, white, and blue ribbon. Cover the butter tub with the foil,
pressing it over the edges and down inside (you will now have a silver
tub). Squeeze the styrofoam or floral foam down into the tub; you
may need to cut it to fit.
Now cut the stems of the flowers so that they
are the depth of the butter tub, plus a few inches. You may need
to trim them a little extra to make a pretty arrangement.
Arrange the flowers in the tub, pushing the stems down into the foam.
Add the flag into the flower arrangement. If you like you may tie
a bit of ribbon around the tub also, securing it in place with glue.
You could also decorate the tub with glitter or red, white, and blue
(Note: use only silk or plastic flowers if your
flower pot will be left out in the rain or in damp weather. Also, many
craft glues will not hold up to rain.)