TeachersFirst's Independence Day Resources

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 it every July. 

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Experiment with Google: Arts & Culture Experiments - Google

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4 to 12
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Uncover a city with over 200 pyramids, search across Europe for your penguin friend, or test your knowledge of ancient artworks and artifacts, and much more at Google's Arts & ...more
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Uncover a city with over 200 pyramids, search across Europe for your penguin friend, or test your knowledge of ancient artworks and artifacts, and much more at Google's Arts & Culture Experiments. This large selection of experiments allows you to interact with artificial intelligence and interactive experiences to explore the arts in new and exciting ways. Hover over the icon for any investigation to launch the activity or see an overview that summarizes the experiment and information on tools used to build the experience.

tag(s): animation (62), art history (86), artificial intelligence (101), artists (77), climate change (87), colors (64), crosswords (19), drawing (59), egypt (46), emotions (47), environment (240), europe (75), france (37), glaciers (17), insects (69), july 4th (13), museums (44), music theory (45), nasa (30), nutrition (134), painting (56), patterns (63), poetry (189), pollution (50), robotics (22), women (137)

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Save this exciting site to use in several ways to engage students in arts and culture worldwide. For example, as students learn about Europe, add "Where is Hopper" to classroom computers as an activity center for students to explore independently. As students search for Hopper, ask them to use Google Jamboard, reviewed here, to add clues and information learned throughout their exploration. As a final project, as a class or within groups, have students create interactive maps of their travels using Google My Maps, reviewed here. Add images, text explanations of the clues, and videos to share information about each location.

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Patriotic Music for July 4th and Memorial Day celebrations! - Celebrations Sounds

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K to 12
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Here you'll find over one and a half hours of patriotic music for your July 4th and Memorial Day celebrations! The music and video resides on YouTube. If your district ...more
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Here you'll find over one and a half hours of patriotic music for your July 4th and Memorial Day celebrations! The music and video resides on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, it may not be available to you.

tag(s): holidays (163), july 4th (13), memorial day (12), veterans (20)

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Use this music as background when students work on projects, especially those for Memorial Day, July 4th, and Veterans Day. Share this one on your teacher web page just in time for summer so students and parents can enjoy patriotic background music during their holiday celebrations.

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Top 10 American Patriotic Songs | Iconic American Songs - U.S. Entrepreneur TV

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You may be surprised at these choices for America's top 10 patriotic songs. Most of them reflect more recent events in American History, though a few traditional songs are ...more
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You may be surprised at these choices for America's top 10 patriotic songs. Most of them reflect more recent events in American History, though a few traditional songs are represented, too. The music and video reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, it may not be available to you.

tag(s): july 4th (13), memorial day (12), sept11 (18), veterans (20)

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Choose a few of the more recent songs, and discuss why they are considered patriotic as a class. Then, use as background music when students work on projects for Memorial Day, the 4th of July, and Veteran's Day.

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23 Crafts and Activities for the Fourth of July - We Are Teachers

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K to 8
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Discover many activities to pick and choose from to observe Independence Day with your students. Not only will these crafts and activities allow students to express their creativity,...more
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Discover many activities to pick and choose from to observe Independence Day with your students. Not only will these crafts and activities allow students to express their creativity, but they will also learn a little about diversity, science, math, and reading. Unfortunately, there are too many activities to list here. Still, a few interesting titles are Create Fireworks in a Jar, Conduct a Baking Soda Science Experiment, Create a Soft Circuit, Write a Patriotic Poem (with the letters of your first name), and plenty more!

tag(s): circuits (20), crafts (54), experiments (52), july 4th (13), reading lists (80), remote learning (61)

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Whether teaching in person in a classroom, using flipped learning, or remote learning (distance learning), you are sure to find the perfect Fourth of July activity to engage your students in any subject. If you are teaching in a classroom, you may want to set up stations for students to rotate through and learn from and enjoy several activities. For remote learning, you can use Unhangout, reviewed here, to set up your stations and have students rotate through them virtually.

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All About the Holidays - PBS Learning Media

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Learn about the history and significance behind many holidays through this video collection from PBS Learning Media. Begin browsing by choosing from fall, winter, spring, or summer...more
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Learn about the history and significance behind many holidays through this video collection from PBS Learning Media. Begin browsing by choosing from fall, winter, spring, or summer holidays. Each section includes short videos explaining the history of the holiday. Learn about holidays such as Yom Kippur, Oktoberfest, Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos), Kwanzaa, Juneteenth, Father's Day, and many others! Each selection also includes links to standards along with additional links to supporting materials such as lesson plans or printable items. Not seeing a holiday you want such as 100 days of school? Use the search bar at the top!

tag(s): 100thday (9), back to school (63), chinese new year (5), christmas (37), cinco de mayo (10), easter (10), elections (80), fathers day (7), fire prevention (16), flag day (5), halloween (30), hanukkah (13), hispanic (28), holidays (163), july 4th (13), Juneteenth (22), kwanzaa (11), labor day (5), martin luther king (43), mothers day (13), new years (5), pi (26), presidents (121), rosh hashanah (8), st patricks day (11), thanksgiving (24), valentines day (12), veterans (20), womens suffrage (44), yom kippur (9)

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Bookmark this site to use as a resource for teaching material during holidays throughout the year. For each holiday use a bookmarking site such as Wakelet, reviewed here, to organize and share lesson materials, videos, and game sites for your students. Instead of worksheets or written reports, enhance student learning by asking them to create infographics sharing information about any holiday. Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here, is a very easy to use tool that includes pre-made templates. Don't keep student learning to yourself, share their knowledge through holiday podcasts for your entire school and community to hear. Spotify for Podcastors (was Anchor), reviewed here, features many kid-friendly tools to get you started with creating and sharing podcasts.

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Full Spectrum Science: Fireworks - Exploratorium

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6 to 12
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Learn all about the science of fireworks with this video presentation from Exploratorium. Discover the chemistry and history behind fireworks as you learn what creates the colors and...more
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Learn all about the science of fireworks with this video presentation from Exploratorium. Discover the chemistry and history behind fireworks as you learn what creates the colors and varying patterns seen in modern fireworks.

tag(s): chemicals (39), light (52)

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Enhance learning by having students create a simple infographic about fireworks using Venngage reviewed here. Use this video as a model and have students research the origins of other common items. Have students upload a photo they have taken and add an explanation about what they learned using a tool such as Add Text, reviewed here.

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Celebrating the Holidays with a Kid's Heart - Roxie Carroll - A Kids Heart

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Celebrating the Holidays at A Kid's Heart contains online games, puzzles, printable activity pages, mini games to download, screen savers, clip art, coloring pages, gift tags to print,...more
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Celebrating the Holidays at A Kid's Heart contains online games, puzzles, printable activity pages, mini games to download, screen savers, clip art, coloring pages, gift tags to print, desktop wallpaper, and whole lot more! Build background knowledge about the many holidays people around the world celebrate. Some of the holidays included are birthdays, New Years, Winter, Father's Day, Martin Luther King's Birthday, Valentine's Day, Summer Time, Independence Day, Presidents' Day, Purim, St Patrick's Day, Spring Time, Passover, Mother's Day, Earth Day, Grandparents' Day, Fall Harvest, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Autumn, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Hanukkah. Find informative, entertaining activities at this site.
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tag(s): christmas (37), earth day (60), fall festival (6), hanukkah (13), holidays (163), july 4th (13), martin luther king (43), new years (5), preK (255), rosh hashanah (8), st patricks day (11), thanksgiving (24), valentines day (12), yom kippur (9)

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Need to find quick activities for a special holiday in your class? Find ready-made activities to use during center time, class celebrations, or special reward time on your interactive whiteboard. After school programs can easily use activities for all different interests during holiday times.
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What So Proudly We Hail: Making American Citizens Through Literature - Amy and Leon Kass

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Be inspired to love American History! Development citizenship and awareness by using this ten-part curriculum of short stories, speeches, and songs. The curriculum consists of three...more
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Be inspired to love American History! Development citizenship and awareness by using this ten-part curriculum of short stories, speeches, and songs. The curriculum consists of three categories. The Meaning of America explores the American character and identity through the "close reading" of classical short stories such as "To Build a Fire" and "Man Without a Country." The American Calendar examines the purpose of the American holiday, proposing the celebrations help to unite us and attach us to our country. Songs for Free Men and Women scrutinizes national songs for meaning and how they emotionally attach us to our nation. All of this curriculum is inquiry based. It also offers suggested discussion questions, study guides, author biographies, and video discussions to model how higher-level-thinking conversations about each text should sound. What So Proudly We Hail uses primary texts, has rigor, is inquiry based, and has many essay topics and writing prompts aligned to the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies. A few of the blog entries include helpful information about the Common Core standards.
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tag(s): democracy (19), guided reading (32), holidays (163), literacy (110), literature (217)

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This comprehensive program can be a bit overwhelming at first look. You might want to pick just one, high interest short story lesson, perhaps Jack London's "To Build a Fire." This lesson and many others lends itself to small group discussion and work. The introduction makes observations and asks questions to encourage active reading and deep discussions that you may want to use as a class. Whether you and your students complete the lesson as a class or in small groups, you may want to use a program like Today's Meet reviewed here to enable all students to have a voice. If using small groups, have students post what the group decided are the answers on Today's Meet so everyone can see all answers. Where answers differ, have students go back into the reading and cite evidence to support their answer on Today's Meet for all to see. Teachers of gifted and music can choose selected ideas from this site, as well. A teaching team could make this site the focus of a year-long effort with so much material available. Upper elementary teachers and higher can make holidays and patriotic songs far more meaningful through close reading and class discussions

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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. Select Constitution Day 2023 and find a poster contest, treasure hunts, and crossword puzzles! 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 (28)

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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 (under IQ Challenges) and create a multimedia project on the result. Challenge students to use Image Annotator, reviewed here. Image Annotator site allows you to add text and links to 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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iCivics - iCivics Inc.

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5 to 10
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iCivics is a web-based education project designed to teach students civics and encourage them to participate in the democratic process. The project is spearheaded by Justice Sandra...more
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iCivics is a web-based education project designed to teach students civics and encourage them to participate in the democratic process. The project is spearheaded by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and includes law professors and educators from around the country. iCivics.org provides detailed lessons designed for very specific judicial and constitutional concepts as well as for the executive and legislative branches. Some of the lessons have videos and links to other relevant websites. In addition to the lessons, iCivics features several engaging interactives on civics topics, democracy, branches of government, citizenship, elections and campaigns, and the constitution. Several include full teacher manuals (PDF) and a detailed report of student game performance -- very useful for assessment. There are webquests on civics topics, as well. In addition, iCivics.org has a useful feature that helps locate other websites with resources specifically correlated to your state standards. You can also search using grade level. The site continues to grow and add new materials and activities on an ongoing basis. Don't miss the interactive called "Cast Your Vote" to prioritize issues and evaluate candidates! Videos from iCivics reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): bill of rights (28), branches of government (62), congress (39), constitution (87), courts (19), democracy (19), elections (80), game based learning (171), presidents (121), supreme court (27)

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As you study the Constitution or U.S. government, have students participate in the activities, stopping to write blog entries as their legal character discussing the results they have achieved in court or in their role within other interactive simulations. Students can work individually or with a partner. Be sure to demonstrate the activities on an interactive whiteboard or projector so students understand how they work. Another option is to enhance student learning and modify classroom technology use by having students create a multimedia guide to one of the constitutional rights learned in the games. Use a tool such as Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here, to make an interactive poster or infographic on each right. If your class is remote learning, try using Zoom, reviewed here, or another video conferencing tool, to demonstrate or introduce your class to iCivics and the individual activities.

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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): holidays (163), july 4th (13), puzzles (143)

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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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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 (32), fire (22), july 4th (13), periodic table (44)

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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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Myth and Truth: Independence Day - ReadWriteThink - Traci Gardner

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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 .Common Core Standards.

tag(s): declaration of independence (15), holidays (163), july 4th (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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Patriotic Songs - National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

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Need lyrics to your favorite patriotic song? Find a wealth of patriotic lyrics here with a quick click. . Play the instrumental audio file, as well. Find Yankee Doodle, Navy ...more
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Need lyrics to your favorite patriotic song? Find a wealth of patriotic lyrics here with a quick click. . Play the instrumental audio file, as well. Find Yankee Doodle, Navy Hymn, America the Beautiful, and about twenty other patriotic songs.

Note: Please assume that most songs are copyrighted, so please honor the authors and musicians by not distributing these songs.

tag(s): holidays (163), lyrics (15), memorial day (12), presidents (121), songs (44)

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Enhance your reading program with music. Have students listen to the songs while following the lyrics. Keep this site handy for those patriotic holidays. Use this site in social studies classes to learn the meaning behind some of the most popular patriotic songs. Play the sound in the background during class skits for Presidents' Day or other patriotic occasions.
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Activities and Crafts for July 4th - Enchanted Learning

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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 many are free to all. At this...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 many are free to all. At this site you will find ready-to-go KWL charts, word searches, quizzes, crafts, reading and writing activities, painting and more.

tag(s): holidays (163), july 4th (13)

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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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Fourth of July - Teacher Resources - TeacherVision

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Find everything you need to commemorate Independence Day with your students at TeacherVision's Fourth of July - Teacher Resources. Some of the featured resources are short Educational...more
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Find everything you need to commemorate Independence Day with your students at TeacherVision's Fourth of July - Teacher Resources. Some of the featured resources are short Educational Videos, Activities, Printables, Choice Boards, Lesson Plans, Art and Music Activities, and still, there is more! This site is a MUST-see for ideas for observing July 4th with your students. The Free plan offers three resources.

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Get an interactive whiteboard and test your students' knowledge of Independence Day with the online quizzes. There are so many choices for observing July 4th, with any grade level, that you can't go wrong! It's a bonus that some activities will lend themselves to small group work.
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Independence Day! - Mendy Martinez

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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.

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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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Cai Guo-Qiang's "Tornado" - Art of the Explosion - Kennedy Center

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Fireworks as art? Anyone who has watched a fireworks display knows that there's art involved. This lesson shows the considerations of one artist in designing and producing a fireworks...more
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Fireworks as art? Anyone who has watched a fireworks display knows that there's art involved. This lesson shows the considerations of one artist in designing and producing a fireworks display in Washington, DC. The end result is well worth it.

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