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Not Just Fireworks: The 4th of July for Elementary Students

If you ask the average 2nd grader to tell you about Independence Day, you'll probably get a blank stare. If you ask him to tell you about the 4th of July, you'll likely get references to fireworks, flags, cookouts, and fun. The resources in this collection make the connection between of 4th of July celebrations and our country's fight for independence in a variety of memorable ways that will provide students with a context for this national holiday.
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Not Just Fireworks: The 4th of July for Elementary Students
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    Independence Day Lessons and Activities

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    Education World says:
    Hear Ye! Hear Ye! The United States celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence. And Education World brings you great sites to explore, games to play, and lesson plans that will help your students recognize how the United States became an independent nation.
  • Tracy Pinkard says:
    I really like directing students to this web page when they are independently researching Independence Day. It is overflowing with facts about this country's fight for independence and the best part is that it is written in a style that is appropriate for grade-school readers.
  • Tracy Pinkard says:
    This infographic is easy for younger students to read and understand, yet it's full of interesting and historical information about this national holiday. I recommend printing it out and posting it in the classroom for use as a small group discussion springboard, or displaying it electronically for review with students as a whole group.
  • Tracy Pinkard says:
    This cute video by SteelehouseMedia is captivating, humourous, and explores more topics related to Independence Day than hot dogs are grilled on that day. From, the history of the holiday, to what it means to have independence, this fun video has it all!
  • Tracy Pinkard says:
    Teaching with Primary Sources Quarterly has created an outstanding differentiated lesson plan about the Declaration of Independence. This lesson plan is detailed and it relies on the historical document as a source which offers students a great sense of context. I highly recommend this lesson!
  • Tracy Pinkard says:
    The resources compiled by TeachersFirst for Independence are excellent! Each link includes a short description of the content, along with a grade-level indicator that makes locating the perfect activity for your class as easy as apple pie!
  • Tracy Pinkard says:
    This brief video by Octheory's Channel is a great way to introduce Independence Day to younger students. The rhyming cadence makes the information easy to follow and remember. This is an excellent way to help students remember key facts about the Declaration of Independence and Independence Day.