Independence Day Lessons and Activities

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From the America Rocks collection of SchoolHouse Rock!
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From America Rocks: No More Kings
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This February workshop featured Paul Collier, esteemed Oxford University economist, who specializes in the political economy of democracy, economic growth in Africa, aid, globalization, poverty, and the economics of civil war. Specifically, Collier researches the causes and consequences of civil war, the effects of aid, and the problems of democracy in low-income and natural-resource-rich societies. He is the author of The Bottom Billion, winner of the 2008 Arthur Ross Book Award and 2008 Lionel Gelber Prize. His most recent book is Wars, Guns, and Votes: Democracy in Dangerous Places. This 50-page resource booklet provides teachers with articles and books by Paul Collier. It also includes extensive up-to-date resources and lesson plans on "democracy in difficult places;" international aid; women, education, and development; human rights, human trafficking; and global/public health.
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Students will be exposed to a wide variety of historical fiction surrounding the Revolutionary War time period. These texts will help students gain a better understanding of the events leading up to and into the Revolutionary War. Four different texts will be used to help reach the needs of all learners based on their comprehension abilities. Students will work on comprehending texts while applying metacognition to their work through visualizations and summarizations. With interactive work between students in each text, children will gain a better understanding of the Revolutionary War and truly experience life from the inside. With this novel study, students are able to look at the events through fictional individual's eyes and begin to put themselves into the various situations that led to the freedoms they are still privy to today. Students will be exposed to new vocabulary, writing activities, character development, summarizing, and visualizing strategies. With a wide variety of activities to stimulate all learners, students will walk away with an abundant amount of skills to help them fine tune their reading abilities.
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This unit includes literature surrounding the American Revolution and westward expansion.
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Students will learn about 5 cities in Pennsylvania: Erie, Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Gettysburg, and Pittsburgh. They will take on 4 jobs: Historian, Biographer, Meteorologist/Geographer, and Demographer. At the end of their research, students will create a poster on their city and argue why their city is the most important to Pennsylvanian or American history.
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The Symbolism of the American Flag

by katie thompson katie ruehl thompson

This is a thematic unit consisting of five lessons that discuss the importance of the American Flag.
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Fireworks capture our attention with their beautiful colors and controlled explosions, both of which link directly to fundamental concepts taught in basic chemistry classes. The media resources featured in this lesson provide a visually rich way to tie together spectral chemistry, combustion, and the nature of fire. Students watch a video segment and read text about the color of fireworks (particularly useful when following a chemistry lab in which powders of elements are placed over a flame to observe their spectral emission). They also watch a video segment and do an interactive activity on the mechanics of a firework, which leads to optional interactive activities for those wanting a slightly more advanced chemistry lesson involving chemical reactions. They wrap up by viewing video segments of many different types of fireworks and explaining the principles of chemistry and pyrotechnics that create all their glory.
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The American Revolution

by Shmoop Study Guides

Shmoop study guide for this topic in American history.
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Contains lessons related to Foundations of American Government
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Revolutionary War

by Jorrie Brandhagen

This unit will help students understand the American Revolution. Through a number of projects the students will gain knowledge to the war that led to the birth of the United States. During this unit students will: Become familiar with key vocabulary and important people Make a timeline outlining the important events of the war List the advantages and disadvantages of Britain and the United States Compare and contrast the strategies of Britain and the United States Construct a culminating PowerPoint presentation to present to their classmates
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