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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Independence Day Around the World


An Independence Day is an annual celebration commemorating the anniversary of a nation's assumption of independent statehood, usually after ceasing to be a colony or part of another state, more rarely after the end of a military occupation. Most countries honor their respective independence day as a national holiday and some countries or nations' independence-date honors are contested.
Note: Not all countries have independence days, instead they celebrate another national day.

This map shows Independence Day around the world.
Source: http://chartsbin.com/view/2295


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Resources-Activities-Independence Day:
http://mrscjacksonsclass.com/julyfourthandmore.htm 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Patriotic Fourth of July Sayings-Quotes


Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed - else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die. ~Dwight D. Eisenhower

In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved. ~Franklin D. Roosevelt
 
You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism. ~Erma Bombeck
 
Freedom's natal day is here.
Fire the guns and shout for freedom,
See the flag above unfurled!
Hail the stars and stripes forever,
Dearest flag in all the world.
~Florence A. Jones

And I'm proud to be an American,
where at least I know I'm free.
And I won't forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.
~Lee Greenwood

This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. ~Elmer Davis
 
See more quotes at the source: 
 
Patriotic USA Fourth of July Independence Day:

Friday, June 22, 2012

July Activities-Lesson Plans-Theme Units


Fourth of July-4th-Independence Day Facts-Info-History


Fourth of July-4th-Independence Day

1. On the 4th of July, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress.

2. Independence Day honors the birthday of the United States of America and the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

3.
The Declaration of Independence was actually a letter to King George that had been written on July 2 by Thomas Jefferson. It was a formal explanation of why the Continental Congress voted to declare independence from Great Britain. It was meant to justify a revolt against the British, with a list of charges against the British king.

4. The main problem is that the colonists were angry they were being taxed by the Bristish government, and they had no vote or voice in the decisions that affected them.

5.
The Declaration of Independence was signed by 56 men representing the 13 colonies. The moment the declaration was signed it marked the beginning of all-out war against the British.

6. The first signature on the Declaration of Independence was John Hancock's. The myth is that he wrote his name large so that Kind George would be able to read it without his glasses.

7.
Three U.S. presidents actually died on July 4. Two of them passed away within hours of each other on July 4, 1826: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. These two men had been political rivals and then friends later in life. The other President was James Monroe, who died July 4, 1831. One US President, Calvin Coolidge, was born on July 4.

8.
In 1870 the Congress made the 4th of July an unpaid holiday for federal employees. In 1941, Congress declared 4th of July a paid federal holiday.

9. The first public Fourth of July event at the White House occurred in 1804. The first Independence Day celebration west of the Mississippi occurred at Independence Creek and was celebrated by Lewis and Clark in 1805.

10.
Today, the 4th of July is a day of picnics and patriotic parades, a night of concerts and fireworks, and a reason to fly the American flag.

See more at the source:
http://www.kidskonnect.com/subject-index/32-holidaysseasons/121-fourth-of-july.html

More Activities-Lesson Plans-Units-Crafts-Teaching Ideas:
http://mrscjacksonsclass.com/julyfourthandmore.htm

Thursday, June 21, 2012

USA Star-Spangled Fruit Tart Recipe




Ingredients

  • 1 tube (18 ounces) refrigerated sugar cookie dough, softened
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 cup halved fresh strawberries

Directions

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Summer Book List For Children


BOOK LIST

A Summer Day - Douglas Florian

At The Beach - Eugene Booth
City in the Summer - Schick
D.W. All Wet - Marc Brown
Fishes - Wildsmith
Froggy Learns to Swim - Jonathan London
Henry Fisherman - Brown 
Home Field - David Spohn
Hotter Than a Hot Day
Ice Cream - William Jaspersohn
In My Treehouse - Alice Schertle
July - James Stevenson
Make Mine Ice Cream - Melvin Berger
Mr. Bear's Boat - Thomas Graham
Norman Plays Second Base - Gault 
On a Summer Day - Lenski 
One Hot Summer Day - Nina Crews
Summer - Alice Low
Summer Noisy Book - Brown 
Teeny Witch Goes On Vacation - Liz Matthews
The Pig in the Pond - Martin Waddell
The Witches Vacation - Bridwell 
Under The Ocean - Eugene Booth

For more summer theme unit activities, go to the source at :

More Summer Resources:

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Summer Olympics 2012 in London, England


The Olympic Games 
2012 Summer Olympics in London, England
The 2012 Summer Olympics are in London, England, Great Britain. The opening ceremonies will be on July 27, 2012. The closing ceremony will be on August 12, 2012.
The motto of the London Olympics is 'Inspire a generation'.
The Ancient Olympics:
The ancient Greeks dedicated the Olympic Games to the god Zeus. The original games were held on the plain of Olympia in Peloponnesos, Greece.


For More of the Story and History, go to the source at: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/olympics/ 

Friday, June 15, 2012

Father's Day Facts-History-Books-Activities




1. Most people agree that the celebration of Fathers' Day began in the United States. Today, the holiday is recognized in 52 countries.

2. The idea for creating a day for children to honor their fathers began in Spokane, Washington.

3. A woman by the name of Sonora Smart Dodd thought of the idea for Father's Day while listening to a Mother's Day sermon in 1909.

4. The following year, Dodd began the tradition of wearing a red rose to signify a living father and a white rose to honor a deceased one. She wanted to honor her father who had raised his children while being a single parent.

5. Sonora's father was born in June, so that is why she selected June to be the month when the holiday would occur.

6. This holiday honors men that have had a paternal influence in someone's life....fathers, grandfathers, step-fathers, uncles.

7. In 1926, a National Father's Day Committee was formed in New York City. Father's Day was recognized by a Joint Resolution of Congress in 1956.

8. In 1972, President Richard Nixon established a permanent national observance of Father's Day to be held on the third Sunday of June.

9. It is celebrated on the third Sunday of June in many countries, including the United States.

10. Fathers' Day is not as big a retail bonanza as Mothers' Day, especially with the flower industry. 

Source: http://www.kidskonnect.com/subject-index/32-holidaysseasons/119-fathers-day.html


Books: A Perfect Father's Day, Because Your Daddy Loves You, Daddy All Day Long, Daddy Kisses, Fathers Day, I Love My Daddy, If I Were Your Father, In Daddy's Arms I am Tall, It's Father's Day Charlie Brown, Little Bear - Father Bear's Special Day, My Dad, The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish, The Father Who Had 10 Children, The Secret Fathers Day Present, The Very Best Daddy of All, What Dads Can't Do, When Daddy Comes Home

Resources-Activities-Lessons-Crafts-Gifts-Books-Poems:
http://mrscjacksonsclass.com/fathersday.htm

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Summer's Here!-Poem


Summer's Here, Summer's here!
Another year of school is at an end.
We've learned a lot and grown a lot and made a lot of friends.
We'll say goodbye, now summer's here,
it's time for us to part.
But we'll remember all our friends
and keep them in our hearts.
-Helen H. Moore-
 
Summer Resources-Activities-Crafts-Ideas

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Grand Old Flag-Pledge-Flag Day-June 14



June 14 is Flag Day!


Grand Old Flag


You're a grand old flag,
You're a high flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave.
You're the emblem of
The land I love.
The home of the free and the brave.
Ev'ry heart beats true
'neath the Red, White and Blue,
Where there's never a boast or brag.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
Keep your eye on the grand old flag.
You're a grand old flag,
You're a high flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave.
You're the emblem of
The land I love.
The home of the free and the brave.
Ev'ry heart beats true
'neath the Red, White and Blue,
Where there's never a boast or brag.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
Keep your eye on the grand old flag.

~ George M. Cohan ~

Remember the Pledge!

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Monday, June 11, 2012

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Patriotic Fourth of July Sayings

Patriotic Fourth of July Sayings


Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed - else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die. ~Dwight D. Eisenhower

In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved. ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism. ~Erma Bombeck

Freedom's natal day is here.
Fire the guns and shout for freedom,
See the flag above unfurled!
Hail the stars and stripes forever,
Dearest flag in all the world.
~Florence A. Jones

And I'm proud to be an American,
where at least I know I'm free.
And I won't forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.
~Lee Greenwood

This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. ~Elmer Davis


More Patriotic Activities-Lessons-Units-Poems-Learning Ideas-Crafts:

Google Chrome Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard Shortcuts for Google Chrome
  1. CTRL + T = Opens a new tab
  2. CTRL+ W = Closes the current tab.
  3. CTRL + SHIFT + T = Reopens the last tab you’ve closed. Google Chrome remembers the last 10 tabs you’ve closed.
  4. CTRL + SHIFT + N = Opens a new window in incognito mode, for private browsing
  5. CTRL + H = Opens your browsing history
  6. CTRL + SHIFT + DEL = Takes you directly to the page to clear browsing history, cache and cookies.
  7. CTRL + J = Opens the downloads page
  8. CTRL + D = Saves your current webpage as a bookmark.
  9. CTRL + SHIFT +V = Paste content from the clipboard without formatting (ie, pastes plain text)
  10. CTRL + SHIFT + J = Opens Developer Tools.
  11. Ctrl+Shift+O = Open bookmark manager
  12. Devtools are usually on Ctrl-Shift-I. Ctrl-Shift-J gives you the JavaScript console and they are both useful. There’s also Ctrl-Shift-C for the DOM inspector, which opens the first tab of devtools.
Source:
http://www.chromestory.com/2012/06/keyboard-shortcuts-google-chrome/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ChromeStory+%28Chrome+Story%29

More Teaching Activities-Tips-Ideas-Lessons-Summer Themes-Back to School: http://mrscjacksonsclass.com/

Saturday, June 9, 2012

What Makes a Dad-Father's Day Poems



What Makes A Dad

God took the strength of a mountain, The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun, The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature, The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages, The power of the eagle's flight,
The joy of a morning in spring, The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity, The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities, When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so, He called it ... Dad
~Author Unknown~
 
 
Fathers are Wonderful People

Fathers are wonderful people
Too little understood,
And we do not sing their praises
As often as we should...

For, somehow, Father seems to be
The man who pays the bills,
While Mother binds up little hurts
And nurses all our ills...

And Father struggles daily
To live up to "HIS IMAGE"
As protector and provider
And "hero or the scrimmage"...

And perhaps that is the reason
We sometimes get the notion,
That Fathers are not subject
To the thing we call emotion,

But if you look inside Dad's heart,
Where no one else can see
You'll find he's sentimental
And as "soft" as he can be...

But he's so busy every day
In the grueling race of life,
He leaves the sentimental stuff
To his partner and his wife...
But Fathers are just WONDERFUL
In a million different ways,
And they merit loving compliments
And accolade of praise,

For the only reason Dad aspires
To fortune and success
Is to make the family proud of him
And to bring them happiness...

And like OUR HEAVENLY FATHER,
He's a guardian and a guide,
Someone that we can count on
To be ALWAYS ON OUR SIDE.

~Helen Steiner Rice~
 
More Father's Day Activities-Crafts-Ideas 
http://mrscjacksonsclass.com/fathersday.htm
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End-of-Year Poems-Graduation


 GRADUATION POEM
You are a very special person
And you should know,
How I loved to have you in my care
How fast the years did go!

Please come back to visit me
As through the grades you go
Try hard to learn all that you can
There's so much to know

One thing I tried to teach you
To last your whole life through,
Is to know that you are special
Just because, you are you!
AUTHOR UNKNOWN


 END-OF-YEAR POEM
I'm glad I was your teacher
I've come to love you so
I can't believe the end is here
I hate to see you go!
Remember all the fun we had
In all the things we did
But most of all remember,
You're a very special kid!
AUTHOR UNKNOWN

End-of-Year Activities and Ideas 

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Teaching Blog Central

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Flag Day Activities-Crafts-Books-Foods













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Ice Cream Day and Month Books



ICE CREAM BOOKS:

WIMBERLY'S ICE-CREAM STAR BY KEVIN HENKES

THE GOOD HUMOR MAN BY KATHLEEN DALY

SPIKE AND CUBBY'S ICE CREAM ISLAND ADVENTURE BY HELLER SELLERS

MILK TO ICE CREAM BY INEZ SNYDER

ICE CREAM CONES FOR SALE! BY ELAINE GREENSTEIN

LET'S FIND OUT ABOUT ICE CREAM BY MARY REID

SHINY ICE-CREAM TRUCK BY BOB COMMANDER

ICE CREAM COLORS BY JOHN FOSBERG

MAKE YOUR OWN ICE CREAM SUNDAE BY FRAN NEWMAN-D'AMIC

THE SUNDAE SCOOP BY STUART MURPHY

WE ALL SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM BY LEE WARDLAW

ICE CREAM THEMATIC UNIT BY TEACHER CREATED MATERIALS 


More Resources and Activities:


Ice Cream Cone Cake

You can make cakes in ice cream cones. Mix up a regular cake mix according to the directions. Fill the flat bottom ice cream cones with 2/3 cake mix. Bake in oven for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. The cake will raise up over the sides of the cones and look like ice cream. The kids can frost and decorate with candy toppings.


Ice Cream Day-June 8







JUNE 8- Ice Cream Day 
Ice Cream was first sold in the US in 1786.

 

"Eighteen Flavors"
Eighteen luscious, scrumptious flavors
Chocolate, lime and cherry,
Coffee, pumpkin, fudge banana
Caramel cream and boysenberry.
Rocky road and toasted almond,
Butterscotch, vanilla dip,
Butter brickle, apple ripple,
Coconut and espresso chip,
Brandy peach and lemon custard,
Each scoop lovely, smooth and round,
Tallest ice-cream cone in town,
Lying there (sniff) on the ground.
~By Shel Silverstein


More Resources and Activities:


http://www.mrscjacksonsclass.com/icecream.htm Resources-More
http://www.teachingheart.net/icecream.html Theme Unit
http://www.bry-backmanor.org/actpag49.html Printable Patterns
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/books/holiday/summer/howmanyscoops/ Scoops Mini Book