History, Fireworks, Food, and Family Fun – A 4th of July Unit Study

4th-of-JulyThe 4th of July, America’s birthday, is a fantastic opportunity for family fun, fireworks, food, and summer school learning!  I’ve found some great cross curricular and multi level resources to share as we celebrate,  explore, create, learn, review, and play through a unit study.

American Revolution Timeline starting with The Stamp Act (1765) and ending with The Treaty of Paris (1783)  http://www.ducksters.com/history/revolutionarywartimeline.php

Early America Resources – Documents, Photos, Biographies, and Videos https://www.varsitytutors.com/earlyamerica

Interactive version of John Trumbull’s famous painting “The Declaration of Independence”  http://www.quiz-tree.com/Declaration_of_Independence.swf

banner_2465Liberty’s Kids is an entertaining and a favorite video resource for homeschooling families to introduce the events and people of the American Revolution.  Here’s the link to the viewers guide for all 40 episodes.  http://www.tv.com/shows/libertys-kids/episodes/

And, the link to the Liberty’s Kids Youtube channel and playlist.  All the episodes are available to view.   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5pJi9mLIy38m2e_u3sboKQ

This PDF from History.com gives discussion questions to ask after watching each Liberty’s Kids episode  PDF from History.com

Schoolhouse Rock 4th of July Cartoon  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmSVnP-oDRs

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“Why do we celebrate the 4th of July with fireworks?”  According to Slate, that answer is , “Because John Adams wanted us to.”  Link here for the full article.  http://www.slate.com/articles/life/explainer/2012/07/history_of_fireworks_in_america_why_do_we_celebrate_fourth_of_july_with_fireworks_.html

Boom Pow Whizz” is an awesome article explaining the history of fireworks with a couple of suggested art and language arts activities.   https://antiquitynow.org/2013/07/03/boom-pow-whizzz-the-history-of-fireworks/

Learn about the chemistry of fireworks and use the handy chart of to identify what chemical compounds are used to produce different colors  http://scifun.chem.wisc.edu/CHEMWEEK/fireworks/fireworks.htm

And here’s more firework chemistry including a highlighted periodic table http://sciencenotes.org/firework-colors-chemistry/

And to find out more about the elements that make the firework colors, click for an interactive periodic table  http://www.humantouchofchemistry.com/periodic-table.htm

What’s inside a firework and step by step explanation of what happens when lit  http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/fireworks/anat_nf.html

How It’s Made – Fireworks  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mlrjrLUpyg

How It’s Made – Sparklers  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LJ-lAANCw8

Steve Spangler’s – 4th of July Science  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZp7VTYJvQw

fun_4th_july_independence_day_bbq_party_invitation-re61b9e961f6d43d6adf021d8dd488c0d_zk9yi_324BBQ and Grilling Safety Guide with kids  http://www.air-n-water.com/bbq-grill-safety-kids.htm

Kids Grilling Recipes and Tips  http://www.kids-cooking-activities.com/easy-grilling-recipes.html

My family’s favorite 4th of July treat is this yummy and easy layered dessert using store bought angel food cake – cut into cubes, blueberries, sliced strawberries, and whipped cream.

4th-dessert-2Devotions, Quotes, Prayers, and Bible verses for Independence Day  http://www.graspinggod.com/4th-of-july.html

4th of July themed Bible games and activities  http://www.christianitycove.com/?s=4th+of+july

Crafts, Activities, Recipes, and Learning Resources for Families  http://www.franw.com/2013/06/4th-of-july-americas-independence-day.html

4th of July themed vocabulary list with printables and interactives  https://myvocabulary.com/word-game-puzzles/july-4th-vocabulary/

Fireworks and Flags Math Activities  http://www.yummymath.com/2016/4th-of-july/

4th of July themed printables (including jokes, lined writing paper, coloring pages, and a word search)  http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/fourth-of-july

4th of July Party Games  http://www.rd.com/advice/parenting/4th-of-july-10-fun-party-games/

4th of July themed Interactive Games  http://www.primarygames.com/holidays/july4/games.htm

Patriotic Music for Kids  http://www.rhapsody.com/artist/various-artists/album/americas-favorite-patriotic-songs-for-kids

And don’t forget to check with your local library!  We found these …

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betty jo

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