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

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!                                                       http://www.amrevmuseum.org/collection

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

Guns of the Revolutionary War                                                            http://www.reenactmag.com/important-guns-revolutionary-war/

“Freedom in America” Interactive Board Game              http://electronicfieldtrip.org/freedom/frontPage.html

History/Geography/Math Game Printable  – “Find the Lost Redcoat”             https://www.education.com/activity/article/The_lost_redcoat/

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

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

4th of July Vocabulary List and Word Puzzles                                                   https://myvocabulary.com/word-game-puzzles/july-4th-vocabulary/

July 4th Writing Prompts                                                                                                    https://writeshop.com/july-4th-writing-activities/

Patriotic Writing Paper Printables                                       http://www.busybeekidsprintables.com/Patriotic-Stationery.html

Calligraphy Resources                                                                  https://www.franw.com/2015/08/calligraphy-resources.html

Patriotic Quotes                                                                   https://www.countryliving.com/life/g1841/patriotic-quotes/

Edit and Correct the Rough Draft of the Declaration of Independence                     http://mrnussbaum.com/rough-draft-declaration-of-independence/

How to Speak Like a Colonial                                                       https://makinghistorynow.com/2015/07/well-said-old-fellow-how-to-speak-like-a-colonial-virginian/

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


“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/

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

Learn about the chemistry of fireworks and use the handy chart of to identify what chemical compounds are used to produce different colors  http://www.scifun.org/CHEMWEEK/fireworks/Fireworks2017.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  http://www.rsc.org/periodic-table

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=hatDxw8-GRM

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

Make Your Own Firecracker!   (fairly easy)                                                                                                   https://layers-of-learning.com/make-your-own-firecrackers/

Homemade Fireworks Instructions (advanced and probably dangerous!)                  https://www.thoughtco.com/homemade-fireworks-projects-607331

BBQ 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.


Fun Learning Activities                                                                             http://www.franw.com/2013/06/4th-of-july-americas-independence-day.html

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


And we don’t have to stop this study here!  “The Pennsylvania State House bell was rung to summon the people of Philadelphia to gather for the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence on July 8, 1776.  Though the bell wouldn’t be called the Liberty Bell  until years later, the bell’s message of liberty certainly rang that day.”

The Liberty Bell –  Learning Resource List  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/07/08/the-liberty-bell/







betty jo

January Resources for Teachers

january_clipartThere’s oodles of learning opportunities from January’s calendar!  Below is a collection of free online educational resources for some cool January studies.

BIG List of January’s Holidays, Observances, Themes, Famous Birthdays, and Historic Event Anniversaries  –   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2015/12/29/special-days-in-january-2016/

Learning Resources for January  –  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/01/03/special-days-in-january-learning-resource-list/

Discover January with Themed Activities and Resources  –  http://www.franw.com/2014/01/january.html

January Prayer Calendar for Children  –  http://cherigamble.com/2015/12/30/january-2016-prayer-calendar-for-children/

January Science Calendar  –  http://thehomeschoolscientist.com/january-science-calendar-2016/

Daily Learning Links  –  http://www.se7en.org.za/se7ens-january

January Bulletin Boards, Lesson Plans, Writing Prompts, and Theme Units  –  http://www.theteacherscorner.net/monthly-resources/january.php

January Themed Arts and Crafts Lessons  –  http://kinderart.com/seasons/jan.shtml

January Themed Printable Worksheets  –  http://www.apples4theteacher.com/

January Themed Printables, Activities, and Crafts  –  http://activityvillage.co.uk/

January/Winter Themed Math Activities  –  http://www.yummymath.com/

Winter Themed Math Activities  –  http://www.mathwire.com/archives/seasonal2.html

January and Winter Themed Vocabulary Lists  –  https://myvocabulary.com/

Winter Themed Interactive Games  –  http://www.primarygames.com/seasons/winter/games.htm

16 Things to do in January –  http://diyhomeschooler.com/16-things-to-do-in-january-2016/

Snow Week Learning Resources, Recipes, and Activities  –  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/02/07/snow-week/

Penguins –  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2015/01/20/penguins/

Healthy Diet  –  26 Lessons and Tests  –  http://www.lsuagcenter.com/en/food_health/education_resources/eatsmart/lessons/

Exercise  –  Homeschool Mom Approved YouTube Exercise Videos  –  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/01/10/get-up-and-move-a-break-time-playlist/

Winter Activities and Resources  –  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/01/15/but-its-cold-out-there/

Happy January Learning!

betty jo






Every October we pick a “Halloween(ish)” study theme.   Last year the boys decided on “Monsters” as their focus.  Here’s our collection of monstrous resources and activities.

Information articles about monsters and other Halloween(ish) creatures  http://www.thealmightyguru.com/Halloween/Halloween-Monsters.html

Monster(ish) Vocabulary List and Word Games –  https://myvocabulary.com/word-game-puzzles/monsters-vocabulary/

Video of Top 10 Monsters in the Bible  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RLsCXAYm-s

Monster Quiz Interactive  http://www.factmonster.com/quizzes/monsters/1.html

Monster Mash dance instructional video  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJ8DOL-KeWw

Free audio book of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein  http://www.audiobooktreasury.com/frankenstein-mary-shelley/

Literature study guide, video, and quiz for Frankenstein  http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/frankenstein/

1910 Thomas Edison Film Frankenstein  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcLxsOJK9bs&list=PL3B36B6A9D24C5B23

Monster jokes!  http://www.factmonster.com/spot/monsterjokes1.html

Recyclable bottle monster craft   http://www.craftberrybush.com/2010/10/monster-mash.html

How to draw instructions for monsters and other Halloween(ish) characters –  http://www.how-to-draw-funny-cartoons.com/cartoon-characters.html

Rock Monster Craft with driveway rocks, paint, and googly eyes  http://www.freekidscrafts.com/rock-monsters/

Rice cereal monster treat sculptures and the googly eye blob are among these Monster Party ideas  http://www.makeandtakes.com/monster-birthday-party-ideas

We scored these monster themed comic/science books at our library!


Over the years we’ve chosen many different studies during the month of October… Halloween origins and history, autumn science, mummies, bats, spiders, pumpkins, owls, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, the Salem witch trials, and probably a few others that I’ve forgotten about.   This October, we are learning about SKELETONS for science, WEREWOLVES for literature (we skipped them with our monster studies), and GHOSTS for Bible studies!  I’ll collect and share our resources soon.   Do you do special Halloween studies?  If you do, I’d love to hear about them!

betty jo

Learning Resources for July

july_clipartJuly’s calendar has wonderful learning opportunities!  Here’s a resource list to help teach and learn through the month.

BIG List of Special Days in July, 2015 –  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2015/06/30/special-days-in-july-2015/

July Prayer Calendar for Children –  http://cherigamble.com/2015/06/25/july-2015-prayer-calendar-for-children/

Resource Links for Learning from June’s Calendar  –  http://www.se7en.org.za/se7ens-july

July Science Calendar –  http://thehomeschoolscientist.com/2015-july-science-calendar/

July Themed Elementary Printables and Activities –  http://www.apples4theteacher.com/

July and Summer Themed Bible Based Activities –  http://www.christianitycove.com/

July Themed Vocabulary Word Lists –  http://myvocabulary.com/

July Daily Writing Prompts –  http://www.theteacherscorner.net/daily-writing-prompts/july/

July Themed Arts and Crafts –   http://kinderart.com/seasons/july.shtml

July Stargazer’s Guide –  http://farmersalmanac.com/astronomy/2015/06/29/looking-up-july-2015/

July and Summer Themed Math Lessons –  http://www.yummymath.com/

15 Things to do in July –  http://diyhomeschooler.com/15-things-to-do-in-july-2015/

Specific July Themed Resources –

Presidents with July Birthdays

  • Calvin Coolidge – July 4, 1872
  • George W. Bush – July 6, 1946
  • John Quincy Adams – July 11, 1767
  • Gerald Ford – July 14, 1913

Awesome learning resources for the presidents – https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/02/14/resources-for-presidents-day/

July Statehood Anniversaries

  • Idaho – July 3, 1890
  • Wyoming – July 10, 1890
  • New York – July 26, 1788

States Printables – http://www.homeschoolshare.com/connections__usa.php

States Videos and Facts  –  http://www.history.com/topics/us-states

Daily Specials for July, 2015  (I’ll be updating the daily specials with more resources as we go along, so check back.  And, if you have any special day resource favorites, be sure to let me know and I’ll edit them. I appreciate all the help I can get!)

July 1 – International Joke Day – Our favorite kid’s joke resources and tips – https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/07/01/just-joking/

July 4  –  Independence Day –

July 5 –  Shark Week begins – Webcams and videos  –  http://www.discovery.com/tv-shows/shark-week/

July 8 –  Liberty Bell cracked 1835  –  Learning Resources  –  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/07/08/the-liberty-bell/

July 14 –  Artist Rembrandt born 1606 – Learning Resources and Activities –  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/07/15/rembrandt/

July 17 –  Eid al Fitr – Ramadan Study Resources  –  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/07/12/studying-ramadan/

July 17 –  Hymn Writer Isaac Watts born 1674  –  “Tea Time” biography and resources  –  http://www.homeschoolshare.com/blog/2013/07/tea-time-with-isaac-watts/

July 28 – Author Beatrix Potter born 1866  “Tea Time” biography and resources – http://www.homeschoolshare.com/blog/2015/07/tea-time-with-beatrix-potter/

July 29 – International Tiger Day – Facts, Listen to “ROARS”, Coloring printables, and more – http://www.tigers-world.com/

Happy July Learning!

betty jo



I was going over the Special Days in January list with my boys and J got excited when he saw that “Penguin Awareness Day” was coming up Jan. 20.  J is my kid who hardly ever gets excited about anything “school”.  I wasn’t planning for a science/research study this week, but his excitement over penguins inspired me to plan a penguin study anyway.  Below are the resources we found to incorporate the topic of penguins over several subjects and for all of our learning levels.  I apologize for the few links that didn’t highlight in blue.  I’m not sure what my technical difficulty is about, but I’m working on getting those fixed.  Until then, you will need to copy and paste those links into your browser search bar.

Penguin Vocabulary Glossary  –  http://www.penguinscience.com/education/glossary.php

Penguin Information, Facts, Conservation, Photos – http://www.penguins-world.com/

Wonderful Mr. Rogers Neighborhood episode where he visits with penguins  –   http://pbskids.org/rogers/video_penguins.html

Video Footage taken from cameras strapped to the backs of Adélie penguins in waters off the coast of Antarctica –  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2266392/The-astonishing-penguin-cam-video-reveals-ruthless-hunting-penguins-are.html

Kid friendly list and links to penguins featured in news articles –  http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/search.shtml?v=&s=penguins

Cute  Robotic Rovers Disguised as Penguin Chicks – article and video –  http://www.livescience.com/48613-cute-robots-spy-on-penguins.html

See What a Penguin Looks Like Inside – skeletal, respiratory, digestive, and circulatory systems –   http://www.pinguins.info/Engels/Anatomiemap_eng.html  (This is one of the links that didn’t highlight.  It’s a great resource and worth the time to copy and paste the link.)

 These are our library finds!

Mr. Popper’s Penguins resources  –  http://www.homeschoolshare.com/poppers_penguins.php

Penguin resources in the Polar Animal Unit Study –  http://www.homeschoolshare.com/polar_animals_lapbook.php

More Penguin Resources and Videos –  http://www.franw.com/2015/01/penguin-resources.html

Complete Penguin Teacher Guide in PDF –  http://www.neaq.org/education_and_activities/teacher_resources/classroom_resources/teacher_guides/penguin_teacher_guide/index.php

Penguin Themed Math Lessons  –  http://www.mathwire.com/themes/themepen.html

Penguin Activities, Coloring Sheets and Word Puzzle Printables  –  http://www.kidzone.ws/animals/penguins/activities.htm

Penguin Themed Writing Paper Printables –   http://www.teacherfiles.com/resources_bp_animals.htm


Penguins – Designed by God – article –  https://answersingenesis.org/birds/penguins/

Bible wisdom demonstrated by penguins!  Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

“9 Two are better than one,
    because they have a good return for their labor:
10 If either of them falls down,
    one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
    and has no one to help them up.”

Doesn’t this passage make you think of Antarctica?

Psalm 147:16-17
“16 He spreads the snow like wool
    and scatters the frost like ashes.
17 He hurls down his hail like pebbles.
    Who can withstand his icy blast?”

Interactive Penguin Games  –  http://penguingamesonline.com/

Penguin Jokes and Riddles  –  http://www.enchantedlearning.com/jokes/animals/penguin.shtml

Step-By-Step How to Draw a Penguin Instructions –  http://www.howtodrawanimals.net/how-to-draw-a-penguin

Egg Carton Penguin Craft  –   http://patchworkparent.blogspot.fr/2013/07/penguins-join-party_8.html

Penguin Cupcakes  –  http://foodnfemininity.blogspot.com/2011/11/penguin-cupcakes.html

Frozen Banana Penguins  –  http://spaceshipsandlaserbeams.com/blog/2014/06/party-food/kids-party-food-frozen-banana-penguins

Even though we are just beginning our penguin study , I can tell by the resources and our enthusiasm that it’s going to be great!

betty jo

Learning Resources for New Year’s


It’s been a wonderful holiday break from homeschooling for us, but it’s time to get back into the swing of lessons and learning.   New Year’s celebrations will be our last lesson focus of 2014 as well as our first lesson focus of 2015.  Below are the online resources we’ll be using for our study.

New Year Countdown Interactive Map  –  http://www.timeanddate.com/counters/newyearmap.html

Traditions, recipes, games, poetry, and how to say “Happy New Year” from Around the World  –   http://www.fathertimes.net/traditions.htm

And Year Review and Resolution printables  http://www.modernparentsmessykids.com/2014/12/free-family-new-years-resolution-printable.html

And New Year’s themed art and craft ideas  http://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/newyearscraftsactivitieskids.html

A hands-on Bible Study with a New Year’s object lesson and playdough  http://www.christianitycove.com/new-years-lesson-committing-to-gods-hands/6281/

Times Square Ball math lesson  –  http://www.yummymath.com/2014/evolution-of-the-times-square-ball/

Photos of Celebrations Around the World  –  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/31/photos-new-years-world_n_6402768.html

How to Make Fireworks is an interesting science article and with the noises we’re hearing from around our neighborhood, an appropriate New Year’s science lesson  –  http://blogs.howstuffworks.com/brainstuff/how-to-make-fireworks.htm

The top news/current events from 2014  –  http://www.ourlittleearth.com/

Wishing you a wonderful year of learning!  Happy 2015!

betty jo