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

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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

Revolutionary War Videos          http://www.havefunwithhistory.com/HistorySubjects/AmericanRevolution.html

Tour Revolutionary War Battlefields                                  http://johnsmilitaryhistory.com/revvirtual.html

‘Revolutionary War’ Famous Paintings                                                    http://www.reenactmag.com/7-paintings-define-revolutionary-war/

Museum of the American Revolution – Impressive collection of objects, works of art, manuscripts, and printed works!     …

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American Flowers Week

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These photos are showing a few of the flowers we have growing in our backyard.  We’ll be looking at them closely as we venture on to our next summer school study.

American Flowers Week begins June 28th and that’s a wonderful time to begin a summer school study about flowers!  Here’s a fantastic list of free cross curricular resources for learning about and with flowers!

“American Flowers Week is the advocacy, education and outreach campaign …”  Find out more about the celebration and how to participate at their website!             https://americanflowersweek.com/

Photo Gallery of arranged flowers from all 50 states

Free  US map of official flowers and each state’s official flower  coloring pages

Photo Gallery of Official State Flowers

Free Flower Anatomy Printables

Step by Step Flower Dissection Instructions 

Flower Science Experiments

Gardening and Flowers Vocabulary List

Wild Flower List

Wild Flowers Identification Guide

Edible Flowers

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Special Days in July, 2019

Here’s the list of July themes, foods, scientific and historic anniversaries, and famous birthdays.  There’s some summer fun days, too! Whether you’re looking for something special to study, trivia, a day to celebrate, or a food to add to the menu, the July 2019 special days list gives you plenty to choose from!

Free resources for teaching throughout the month, including a PDF of Special Days in July, can be found at the end of this list.

July Awareness/Observance Days and Themes

  • Air-Conditioning Appreciation
  • Anti-Boredom
  • Bereaved Parents Awareness
  • Bison
  • Bio-terrorism/Disaster Education and Awareness
  • Black Family
  • Blondie and Deborah Harry Month
  • Cell Phone Courtesy
  • Dog House Repair
  • Family Reunion
  • Freedom From Fear of Speaking
  • Herbal Prescription Awareness
  • Independent Retailers
  • Irrigation
  • Make a Difference to Children
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Read An Almanac
  • Share a Sunset
  • Tennis
  • Tour de France
  • Unlucky Month for Weddings
  • Wheelchair Beautification
  • Wild About Wildlife
  • Women’s Motorcycle
  • Zine

July’s Food Themes

  • Baked Beans
  • Berry
  • Blueberry
  • Culinary Arts
  • Eggplant
  • Garlic
  • Grilling
  • Horseradish
  • Hot Dog
  • Ice Cream
  • Lettuce
  • Ice Cream
  • Mango
  • Melon
  • Nectarine
  • Picnic

July, 2019  –  Daily Specials:  (the * means that the special day does NOT fall on the same date every year)

July 1

  • Battle of Gettysburg 1863
  • Burundi Independence Day 1962
  • Canada  Independence Day 1867
  • Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day
  • Princess Diana born 1961
  • International Joke Day
  • Postage Stamp Day
  • Roswell UFO Days
  • Rwanda Independence Day 1962
  • Second Half of the Year Day
  • Somalia  Independence Day 1960
  • Transistor Introduced 1948
  • Unassisted Homebirth Week begins
  • Zip Code Day
  • 1st US Zoo (Philadelphia) 1874

July 2

  • Civil Rights Act passed (US) 1964
  • Thomas Cranmer, archbishop of Canterbury born 1489
  • Fence Painting Days begin
  • I Forgot Day
  • International Day of Cooperatives
  • Made in the USA Day
  • Tom Sawyer Days begin
  • World UFO Day
  • 1st Zeppelin Flight 1900

July 3

  • Air-Conditioning Appreciation Days begin
  • Chocolate Wafer Day
  • Compliment Your Mirror Day
  • Disobedience Day
  • Dog Days begin
  • Eat Your Beans Day
  • Farriers Week
  • Idaho Statehood 1890
  • Plastic Bag Free Day
  • Stay Out of the Sun Day
  • Superman Day

July 4

  • Boom Box Parade Day
  • President Calvin Coolidge born 1872
  • Country Music Day
  • Freedom Week begins
  • Independence Day (US) 1776
  • Indivisible Day
  • Sidewalk Egg Frying Day

July 5

  • Apple Turnover Day
  • P.T. Barnum born 1810
  • Bikini Day
  • Graham Cracker Day
  • Tynwald Day
  • Venezuela  Independence Day 1811
  • Work-a-holics Day

July 6

  • President George W. Bush born 1946
  • Cherry Pit Spitting Day * (1st Sat.)
  • Children’s Art Day (UK)
  • Fried Chicken Day
  • Hop-a-Park Day * (1st Sat.)
  • Malawi  Independence Day 1964
  • 16mm Movie Camera and Projector introduced 1923
  • Take Your Webmaster to Lunch Day
  • World Kiss Day

July 7

  • Be Nice to New Jersey Week begins * (1st full week)
  • Build a Scarecrow Day * (1st Sun)
  • Chocolate Day
  • Father – Daughter Take a Walk Together Day
  • Global Forgiveness Day
  • Macaroni Day
  • Music For Life Week begins * (1st full week)
  • Pinocchio first printed 1883
  • Special Recreation Week begins * (1st full week)
  • Strawberry Sundae Day
  • Tell the Truth Day

July 8

  • Blueberry Day
  • Chocolate with Almonds Day
  • Liberty Bell cracked 1835
  • Math Day
  • SCUD Day (Savor the Comic, Unplug the Drama)
  • Town Criers Day * (2nd Mon.)
  • Video Games Day
  • 1st Issue of The Wall Street Journal 1889

July 9

  • Argentina  Independence Day 1816
  • 1st Rock and Roll Song to reach #1 on Pop Music Charts , “Rock Around the Clock” 1955
  • Sugar Cookie Day

July 10

  • Bahamas  Independence Day 1973
  • Clerihew Day
  • Don’t Step on a Bee Day
  • Author Candice Ransom born 1952
  • Teddy Bear Picnic Day
  • Wyoming Statehood 1890

July 11

  • President John Qunicy Adams born 1767
  • St. Benedict Day
  • Blueberry Muffin Day
  • Cheer Up the Lonely Day
  • Cherries Day
  • Pet Photo Day
  • Author Patricia Polacco born 1944
  • Slurpie Day
  • Author EB White born 1899
  • World Population Day

July 12

  • Barn Day
  • Julius Caesar born 100 BC
  • Collector Car Appreciation Day * ( 2nd Fri.)
  • Cow Appreciation Day * (2nd Fri.)
  • Different Colored Eyes Day
  • Inventor George Eastman born 1854
  • Eat Your Jello Day
  • Etch a Sketch introduced 1960
  • Orange Men’s Day
  • Paper Bag Day
  • Pecan Pie Day
  • Sao Tome and Principe  Independence Day 1975
  • Simplicity Day
  • Naturalist, Henry Thoreau born 1817

July 13

  • Barbershop Music Appreciation Day
  • Beans ‘N’ Franks Day
  • Buckingham Palace Becomes Residence of Britain’s Monarchy 1837
  • Carver Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • Embrace Your Geekness Day
  • Fool’s Paradise Day
  • French Fry Day
  • Grange Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • “Live Aid” organized 1985
  • Puzzle Day

July 14

  • Bastille Day / France  Independence Day 1789
  • Everybody Deserves a Massage Week *
  • President Gerald Ford born 1913
  • Author Laura Numeroff born 1953
  • Pandemonium Day
  • Shark Awareness Day
  • Tape Measure Day
  • Mac and Cheese Day
  • Missionary Lilias Trotter born 1853

July 15

  • Apollo 18 launched 1975
  • Be a Dork Day
  • 1st Boeing 707 1954
  • Get Out of the Doghouse Day * (3rd Mon.)
  • Global Hug Your Kids Day * (3rd Mon.)
  • Gummi Worm Day
  • I Love Horses Day
  • Artist Rembrandt Van Rijn born 1606
  • Swan Upping * (3rd Monday)
  • St. Swithin’s Day
  • Tapioca Pudding Day
  • Zoo Keeper Week begins *(3rd full week)

July 16

  • Atomic Bomb Successfully Tested 1945
  • Explorer Roald Amundsen born 1872
  • Apollo 11 Lift Off 1969
  • Corn Fritters Day
  • Fresh Spinach Day
  • Hot Dog Night
  • World Snake Day

July 17

  • Festival of British Archeaology
  • Disneyland Opened 1955
  • Peach Ice Cream Day
  • Ventriloquism Week begins *
  • Hymn writer Isaac Watts born 1674
  • World Emoji Day
  • Wrong Way Corrigan Day
  • Yellow Pig Day

July 18

  • Author/Illustrator Felicia Bond born 1954
  • Astronaut John Glenn born 1921
  • Gymnast  Nadia Comaneci scored 1st perfect “10″ in Olympics 1976
  • Get to Know Your Customers Day * (3rd Thurs.)
  • Nelson Mandela born 1918
  • Sour Candy Day

July 19

  • Celebration of the Horse Day * (3rd Fri.)
  • Physicist/Astronomer Edward Charles Pickering born 1846
  • Raspberry Cake Day
  • The Mary Rose sank 1545

July 20

  • Cake Day
  • Colombia Independence Day 1810
  • Lollipop Day
  • 1st Moon Landing/ Walk 1969
  • Ugly Truck Day
  • World Jump Day

July 21

  • Belgium Independence Day 1831
  • Captive Nations Week begins * (3rd full week)
  • Coral Reef Awareness Week * (3rd week)
  • Author Ernest Hemingway born 1899
  • Ice Cream Day * (3rd Sun.)
  • Independent Retailers Week begins * (3rd full week)
  • Junk Food Day
  • Monkey Day
  • Moth Week begins * (last full week)
  • Parenting Gifted Children Week begins * (3rd full week)
  • Zoo Keeper Week begins *(3rd full week)

July 22

  • Artist Alexander Calder born 1898
  • Hammock Day
  • Penuche Fudge Day
  • Pied Piper arrived in Hamelin 1284
  • Rat Catchers Day
  • Spoonerism Day

July 23

  • Batman Day
  • Egypt Independence Day 1952
  • Gorgeous Grandma Day
  • Hot Dog Day
  • Hot Enough For Ya Day
  • Ice Cream Cones 1st introduced 1904
  • Mosquito Day
  • Pneumatic Tires invented 1888
  • Telegrapher patented 1829
  • Vanilla Ice Cream Day

July 24

  • Military Leader Simon Bolivar born 1783
  • Cousins Day
  • Drive-Thru Day
  • Author Alexander Dumas born 1802
  • Aviator Amelia Earhart born 1897
  • King James VI of Scotland crowned 1567
  • Learn Nothing Day
  • Mormon Pioneer Day
  • Tell an Old Joke Day
  • Thermal engineer Day

July 25

  • Carousel Day
  • Chili Dog Day * (last Thurs.)
  • St. Christopher’s Day
  • Culinarians Day
  • Grotto Day / St. James’ Day
  • Hot Fudge Sundae Day
  • St. James the Great Day
  • Refreshment Day * (4th Thurs.)
  • Thread the Needle Day

July 26

  • All or Nothing Day
  • Apollo 15 launched 1971
  • Bagelfest Day
  • Artist George Catlin born 1796
  • Coffee Milkshake Day
  • Dharma Day
  • FBI Created 1908
  • Get Gnarly Day * (last Fri.)
  • Liberia Independence Day 1847
  • Maldive Islands Independence Day 1965
  • New York Statehood 1788
  • One Voice Day
  • Talk in An Elevator Day * (last Fri.)

July 27

  • Bugs Bunny debut 1940
  • Day of the Cowboy * (4th Sat.)
  • Dance Day * (Last Sat.)
  • Korean War Armistice Day (1953)
  • Take Your Houseplant for a Walk Day
  • Take Your Pants for a Walk Day
  • Walk on Stilts Day

July 28

  • Aunt and Uncle Day * (4th Sun.)
  • Buffalo Soldiers Day
  • Chocolate Milk Day
  • Garlic Days
  • Fingerprints First Used for Identification
  • Hamburger Day
  • Milk Chocolate Day
  • Parent’s Day * (4th Sun.)
  • Author/Illustrator Beatrix Potter born 1866
  • Peru Independence Day 1821
  • Shark Week begins *
  • The Union Flag decreed to be the National Flag of Great Britain 1707

July 29

  • Chicken Wing Day
  • Author Sharon Creech born 1945
  • Lasagna Day
  • Lipstick Day
  • NASA established 1958
  • Rain Day
  • Tiger Day

July 30

  • Author Emily Bronte born 1818
  • Cheesecake Day
  • International Day of Friendship
  • Father-in-Law Day
  • Inventor Henry Ford born 1863
  • Paperback Book Day
  • Support Public Education Day

July 31

  • Avocado Day
  • MTV debut 1981
  • Mutt’s Day
  • Raspberry Cake Day
  • Author J.K. Rowling born 1965
  • Uncommon Instruments Awareness Day
  • World Ranger Day

Free Printable –  SPECIAL DAYS IN JULY

For Specific Special Day Resources  for July  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2017/06/30/july-resources/

Special Days Archive  – Direct links to the most recent Special Days and Resource Lists for every month.

My “Go-To” list of Resources when planning lessons for Special Days  for any month  –     https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/07/31/learning-resources-for-special-days/

How I use Special Days lists in our homeschool blog series :

Special Days and the Evolution of Morning Calendar Time

Special Days and Biographies

Special Days and Geography

Special Days and Science

I make my monthly special days calendars by using several sources including old calendars,  holiday books, newspapers, my old journal notes, and the web.  If you know of a special day that I do not have listed, please comment and let me know what it is so I can add it in.   Below are the links to my favorite online calendars.

http://food.unl.edu/fnh/july#quicklinks

http://www.se7en.org.za/se7ens-july

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/july.html

http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/july.htm

https://www.nationaldaycalendar.com/july-overview/

https://whatismyspiritanimal.com/animal-holidays-celebrations/

http://projectbritain.com/calendars/july.html

http://aglobalworld.com/international-independence-days/country-independence-day.php

Have a Happy  July!

betty jo

Blaise Pascal

Amazing and Fun Math!

Still Learning Something New

16bbeda3-bdd9-3f87-99a3-29cf85593965According to Special Days in June,   the 19th is Blaise Pascal’s birthday (1623).  Somehow we missed studying about one of the greatest mathematicians and philosphers of all time when we focused on that time in history.  So, we’re going to take a day or two of summer studies to devote to learning about Pascal and his triangle.  You know, that’s one of the many perks with home education – when you discover a gap somewhere, you can fill it right in.

Below are the online resources I found for our Pascal study.

Biography –

Blaise Pascal

Scientist Notebooking Printables –

http://notebookingfairy.com/2012/04/scientist-notebooking-pages/

Pascal’s Triangle and Usages  (from simple to complex) Explained

http://www.mathsisfun.com/pascals-triangle.html

Free Printable Worksheet

Short Video – Patterns of Pascal’s Triangle –

Spiraling Square Math/Art Lesson                                      https://www.yummymath.com/2019/spiraling-squares-compass-and-straight-edge/?fbclid=IwAR2j4s0ZexlOSBuQwebzeet6ghFk6s1lQi2pfAu-eF7B1HIiL3FVLEcQW6E

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Pollinator Week Resources

Pollinator Week! Amazing Resource List!

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Happy Pollinator Week! This may seem like an odd ‘holiday’ to celebrate and it certainly is not as well known as many other holidays but I think it is a great time to teach about all of our beneficial pollinators. Each year in June a week is designated as National Pollinator Week in order to celebrate and educate people about our pollinators. Pollinators are vital to our food supply and environment but unfortunately, many of them are declining in population.

Pollinator Week Pinterst

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Several years ago, we became much more aware of pollinators and all they do for us, as we became hobby beekeepers. This experience has taught us so much about bees and pollinators in general. Last year we even lost an entire hive of bees to a municipal spraying program designed to reduce the…

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