American Independence Day is just around the corner! Here are some resources to share and enjoy: Surfnetkids: Independence Day.
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Barbara J. Feldman
“Surfing the Net with Kids”
Independence Day Printable(** for Premium Members only)
Happy Birthday, America! Today’s holiday assortment includes a look at our early American history, with a special focus on the Declaration of Independence and the American Revolution, along with a Fourth of July craft and activity page especially for the little ones.
Archiving Early America: America's Freedom Documents
In July of 1776, bells rang out over Philadelphia signaling the approval of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress. Two hundred and twenty-five years later you can view the original document on your computer. Also available is the Constitution (original copy and complete text) and the Bill of Rights (complete text only). More fantastic clicks are the six mini-movies on topics that include The Real Face of George Washington and Paul Revere, Messenger of the Revolution. Look for the Video section in the left-hand column.
DLTK's Fourth of July
For our youngest readers, DLTK offers printable coloring pages and craft ideas. The selection of coloring pages is extensive, and includes some goodies that will work for other American holidays as well, such as flags and presidents Washington and Lincoln. One hidden treasure I am often asked for is the black-and-white (ready-to-be-colored) printable U.S. map. The crafts are also excellent and use easy-to-find materials such as toilet paper rolls and CD-ROMs. Surely you’ve been wondering what to do with all those CDs you don’t need, but can’t bring yourself to throw out?
Library of Congress: Declaration of Independence
In June of 1776, in anticipation of a vote for independence, the Continental Congress appointed a committee to compose a document declaring the colonies’ independence from Britain. That committee then delegated the task to Thomas Jefferson, who wrote the first draft of the Declaration of Independence in Congressionally-imposed secrecy. This first draft can be viewed online at this Library of Congress exhibit. Also on display are fragments of a “Dunlap Broadside,” one of twenty-four surviving copies of the first printing of the Declaration of Independence, done by John Dunlap in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776.
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Printables Club Members Also Get …
Surfnetkids Printables Club Members also get the following printables to use in the classroom, the computer lab, the school library, or to send home with students:
Independence Day Printable
Independence Day Wikipedia Printable
Revolutionary War Printable
Declaration of Independence Printable
Independence Day Quotes Printable
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Quote of the Week
“If we value independence, if we are disturbed by the growing conformity of knowledge, then we may wish to set up conditions of learning which make for uniqueness.” ~~ Carl Rogers ~~ (January 8, 1902 – February 4, 1987) American psychologist. There are more quotes about freedom at Lightafire.com.
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