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Independence Day is a wonderful time to learn about United States history and government. Use these resources to help your students better understand this holiday and why we celebrate every July. 

 

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Independence Day Around the World - Chartsbin

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2 to 12
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This site offers an interactive world map showing Independence Day dates from around the world. You simply hover the cursor over any country that was formerly a colony to see ...more
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This site offers an interactive world map showing Independence Day dates from around the world. You simply hover the cursor over any country that was formerly a colony to see the date of its independence from that country. All countries that used to be part of Great Britain are the same color; color coding for other former empires indicates the empire's former holdings. Data comes from reliable government and other statistical sources. At the bottom of the page, related charts that may be of interest show: Father's Day around the World, Mother's Day around the World, Halloween Celebrations around the world and more.
This site includes advertising.

tag(s): colonial america (99), holidays (126), july 4th (8)

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Keep this site in mind as a reference source when students study world cultures or foreign languages. Challenge students to use this site to create research projects about individual (free) nations around the world. Have individual students or cooperative learning groups create a multimedia presentation using a tool such as Mapskip (reviewed here) to create a map of the country they researched (with audio stories and pictures included)!
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July 4th Vocabulary - Myvocabulary.com

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As part of their extensive site for vocabulary, roots, and more, MyVocabulary.com has added a themed area for the 4th of July. Find interactive vocabulary activities using July 4th...more
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As part of their extensive site for vocabulary, roots, and more, MyVocabulary.com has added a themed area for the 4th of July. Find interactive vocabulary activities using July 4th vocabulary words. You will also find printable crosswords, fill in the blanks and more, all using the same theme words. This and other "themes" available on the site will make vocabulary development fun.

tag(s): july 4th (8), puzzles (175)

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Share the puzzles on your interactive whiteboard or projector or make them available as links on your teacher public page. Have students (or groups) create their own illustrated dictionaries of terms using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here. As you add more vocabulary lists during the year, have them select their favorite 6-10 terms from each list to add to their "book."

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4th of July - The Holiday Zone

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K to 5
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This site (created by the Holiday Zone) is very well done and includes crafts, math activities, language arts lessons, historical information, games and more. FLASH is required for...more
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This site (created by the Holiday Zone) is very well done and includes crafts, math activities, language arts lessons, historical information, games and more. FLASH is required for some of the activities. From the Holiday Zone main page, you will need to click on the July 4th link to access all of these fun activities.

tag(s): july 4th (8)

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You will definitely want to use an interactive whiteboard with this website - awesome music, activities and fun for kids!
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Independence Day: The History of July 4th - The History Channel

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4 to 12
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This website was created to correlate with a video from the History Channel. However, the questions and activities could easily be used without viewing the video. Numerous vocabulary...more
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This website was created to correlate with a video from the History Channel. However, the questions and activities could easily be used without viewing the video. Numerous vocabulary terms are introduced, a variety of questions (and levels of questions) are provided, and extension activities are included. The vocabulary terms provide definitions, audio pronunciations, and more. The questions are thought-provoking and useful in multiple grade levels for class discussion or writing activities.

tag(s): july 4th (8)

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Use this site as a lead-in to July 4 OR prior to a field trip (real or virtual) to Philadelphia and Independence Hall.

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Activities and Crafts for July 4th - Enchanted Learning

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K to 5
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This July 4th site offers numerous crafts, quizzes, curriculum-based activities, and more. Some of the activities are available to "members only", but most is free to all. At ...more
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This July 4th site offers numerous crafts, quizzes, curriculum-based activities, and more. Some of the activities are available to "members only", but most is free to all. At this site you will find ready-to-go KWL charts, word searches, interactive quizzes, crafts, reading and writing activities, online painting and more.

tag(s): july 4th (8)

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Share this one on your teacher web page just in time for summer so students have something to do when they are "bored" on rainy days!

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Independence Day - TeacherVision

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Although this site does have annoying advertising, there is also a lot of good stuff for use in the classroom. This site offers numerous printables, online interactive quizzes, Social...more
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Although this site does have annoying advertising, there is also a lot of good stuff for use in the classroom. This site offers numerous printables, online interactive quizzes, Social Studies, Language Arts, Arts and Crafts, and Reference activities. Some of the activities are for "members only", but most of the fun is open to everyone! This site requires Adobe Acrobat. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): july 4th (8)

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Get an interactive whiteboard and test your students' knowledge of Independence Day with the online quizzes.
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Independence Day - Joe Williamson

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This simple WebQuest is a great tool to use for introducing your students to the history of July 4th, the meaning of symbols and independence. There is a lot of ...more
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This simple WebQuest is a great tool to use for introducing your students to the history of July 4th, the meaning of symbols and independence. There is a lot of information available, which can easily be sifted through to find the useful activities for your classroom. A few of the links are no longer active, but the information should be relatively easy to find.

tag(s): july 4th (8), symbols (16)

In the Classroom

This is a great tool to introduce your class to the meaning of independence, symbols and more. Get an interactive whiteboard and take your students back in time - to 1776.

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Constitutionfacts.com - Oak Hill Publishing

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K to 12
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In spite of the endless verbiage on the home page, this site has many options for topics ranging from the United States Constitution and Amendments to the Supreme Court. ...more
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In spite of the endless verbiage on the home page, this site has many options for topics ranging from the United States Constitution and Amendments to the Supreme Court. Each topic has an overview, sub-topics, and then quizzes to test your knowledge. Dive further in and there is a Fun Zone for treasure hunts, crossword puzzles, and even which founding father are you! On some of the surveys and quizzes it may prompt you for an age and state but it's optional. You can just click the link to see the results and bypass the personal information. Most of this site is designed for older elementary students (and above). However, some of the Constitution Day activities may be useful in the K-2 classrooms.

tag(s): bill of rights (22)

In the Classroom

This is a great site for both introducing and reinforcing topics about the Constitution. Teachers can print out crosswords puzzles for a "What Do I Know" activity. Students could find out which founding father they are in the interactive portion and create a multimedia project on the result. Challenge students to use ThingLink, reviewed here. This site allows users to narrate a picture. Challenge students to find a photo (legally permitted to be reproduced), and then narrate the photo. What a new twist to an oral report! Students could create a Photostory on their own version of the Story of Fourth of July. The possibilities are endless. For fun, teachers can present the Real or Fake Quiz on the projector or interactive whiteboard as whole class instruction or have discussions after each answer.
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Myth and Truth: Independence Day - Traci Gardner / NCTE

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Four significant dates surrounding the Declaration of Independence are examined in this lesson that gets students thinking about why we celebrate the nation's birthday on July 4. With...more
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Four significant dates surrounding the Declaration of Independence are examined in this lesson that gets students thinking about why we celebrate the nation's birthday on July 4. With an emphasis on reading and writing, students investigate the origins and characteristics of myths, develop strategies for spotting bias and missing information, and, in the process, learn a lot about the birth of our Independence Day observance. Handouts, worksheets, and a project rubric are provided along with links to related resources. Aligned to NCTE/IRA standards. This site requires Adobe Acrobat. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): declaration of independence (13)

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Take advantage of this FREE resource (that is ready to use). If you don't have time to do the entire lesson/mini-unit, find the "pieces" that fit with your curriculum.
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Kaboom - PBS

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What do those Fourth of July fireworks and the Periodic Table have in common? Plenty! This creative and interactive site not only teaches students about the history and elements of...more
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What do those Fourth of July fireworks and the Periodic Table have in common? Plenty! This creative and interactive site not only teaches students about the history and elements of the Periodic Table, but helps them discover which elements are responsible for the colors and special effects evident in a fireworks display. This site was created by NOVA.

tag(s): elements (33), fire (24), periodic table (45)

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Share this "hot" site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Use this site to connect a topic students LOVE (fireworks) and the periodic table. Have cooperative learning groups explore this site together and create a multimedia presentation. Challenge groups to create online posters using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here).

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