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Fillmore, Millard

Millard Fillmore US President – 1850-53 Born: January 7, 1800, Summerhill, NY Died: March 8, 1874, Buffalo, NY Full name: Millard Fillmore Presidential term: July 9, 1850 – March 4, 1853 Buried: Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo Millard Fillmore – Early Life In his rise from a log cabin to wealth and the White House, Millard Fillmore demonstrated that through methodical industry and some competence an uninspiring man could make the American dream come true. Born in the Finger Lakes country of New York in 1800, Fillmore as a youth endured the privations of frontier life. He worked on his father’s farm, and at 15 was apprenticed to a cloth dresser. He attended one-room schools, and fell in love with the redheaded teacher, Abigail Powers, who later became his wife. Millard Fillmore -The Law and Politics In 1823 he was admitted to the bar; seven years later he moved his law practice to Buffalo. As an associate of the Whig politician Thurlow Weed, Fillmore held state office and for eight years was a member of the House of Representatives. In 1848, while Comptroller of New York, he was elected Vice President. Fillmore presided over the Senate during the months of nerve-wracking debates over the Compromise 1850 He made no public comment on the merits of the compromise proposals, but a few days before President Taylor‘s death, he intimated to him that if there should be a tie vote on Henry Clay’s bill, he would vote in favor of it. President Millard Fillmore Thus the sudden accession of Fillmore to the Presidency in July 1850 brought an abrupt political shift in the...

Super Bowl Games for Your Party

If you’ve been put in charge of hosting this year’s Super Bowl party, or any football themed party, having the right mix of food, entertainment, and company will keep the party flowing in between passes and touchdowns. While typically during any “Bowl” party, guests will be focused on the football game, there will always be those commercial breaks, half-times, or the guests who come for the food more than watching the actual game itself. For situations like this, providing additional entertainment, like football party games is a great option. Plus, you can literally purchase and print them out 5 minutes before the party starts.   If kids are invited to the party, most likely they aren’t going to want to watch an entire 3 hour football game. Having a fun game option for them like Ready, Set, Hike! will give them a break and give them a chance to just be kids. Plus, recruiting the adults, blindfolding them, and making them pin the football on the quarterback would most likely be worthy of recording and posting to YouTube, too. And for the grown-ups, even if you don’t have a designated time at the party to play games, you could always set out a few trivia football games like, NFL Nickname Race, Mighty Mascot Match, or Sweets For The ‘Sweet’ NFL Challenge. Make sure the guests know that prizes will be awarded to the guest who gets the most answers correct by the end of the game. This will encourage some fun competition during the party. And who doesn’t love the chance to win a prize? If your party guests...

A New Year’s Resolution to Learn A New Language

Danny Glover, the famous American actor, once said that his new year’s resolution was to learn French, because everyone he wants to speak with in West Africa speaks French. If you would like your fun new year’s resolution to be to learn a new language, then there are quite a few different ways you can go about it. Photo available from Photos.com Perhaps you’ve been wanting to learn the language of your Grandmother. Perhaps you would benefit from learning an official language or unofficial second language of your country, such as French in Canada or Spanish in USA. Or Greek in Melbourne Australia! Apparently the second largest Greek-speaking city in the world after Athens, in terms of number of people who speak Greek, is Melbourne Australia! Or perhaps you feel like learning something that feels exotic like Japanese or Swahili. One Saturday in November 2004, the national Canadian newspaper the “The Globe and Mail” put its entire front page in Chinese, explaining that with the globalization of jobs, Chinese will probably be a necessary business language of the future. A fun way to start learning a new language, especially if you’re not a disciplined type of student, is to enrol in a language course. You meet other people in your class who have the same language interest as you which is fun in itself, you’re being taught by a real teacher, and the once a week schedule of the classes means that you are practising your new language regularly and steadily. Local community centers offer these courses. Colleges, private language institutes and continuing education programs at...

Why Do We Say That?

To celebrate National Reading Day, we thought we would tackle some unusual phrases that you may have heard…. Why do we say that?

Goal Setting the SMART Way

Goal setting is a task that is often overlooked until the New Year, when people decide to set resolutions. However, these resolutions are nothing more than wishes and are far from what we would call “goals”. Hence these “so called” goals have very little chance of being realized. Just ask any fitness club owner when the greatest number of sign-ups occur and when the greatest number of drop-outs occur. Clearly, these “resolutions” don’t work! So just what does work? When it matters and you really want to accomplish your task, you will want to use tried and true goal setting techniques. Among the more successful methods is the SMART method of setting goals. SMART=Specific Measurable Attainable Realistic Time-sensitive. Goal setting starts with making sure that your goals are indeed SMART. Let’s examine this briefly shall we. A goal cannot be something general. It must be substantial and detailed. The goal must answer the questions who, what, where, when, how, and why. As an example, if your goal is to get a raise, this is not specific enough and doesn’t meet our criteria. If your goal is to get a 10% raise within 6 months, this is specific. Measurable means exactly that. Your goal must be able to be measured or quantified. In the above example, a raise is not quantifiable, but a 10% raise is definitely quantifiable because the 10% number can be counted and verified. A goal is attainable when it is realistic or feasable given your skills and resources. If you wish to be a pilot in 2...

New Year’s Activities

ClipArt available from Clipart.com New Year’s Activities Ringing in the New Year Directions for Art, Math, Science, and Games. You’ll also find songs, recipes, and a story for a dramatic play.Source: 123Child.com New Year’s Crafts Check out a Dove of Peace, Pop-Up Card, Fireworks Craft, Activity book and learn how to say “Happy New Year” in several languages. Also print out and color all types of calendars for 2004.Source: Enchanted Learning Coloring Pages and Activity Sheets Choose from several types of coloring pages, word puzzles, and reproducibles to ring in the New Year!Source: The Holiday Zone Count Down to the New Year! Read the history of New Year’s Day and get the lyrics to Auld Lang Syne!Source: Jerry Wilson New Year Fun Several crosswords and word searches related to the holiday as well as a story explaining the history.Source: Sunniebunniezz New Year Celebrations: Activities Broken down into grade levels; includes Art, Music, Crafts, Social Studies, Language Arts and lots more!Source: Eduplace Cite this… (new...

Welcome to the New Year

A New Year in America The event of a new year occurs in different countries at different times and each culture has its own collaboration of coinciding celebrations. In America, however, we celebrate the new year on January 1st as a result of the adaptation of the Gregorian calendar in 1752. Our melting pot society incorporates numerous traditions but some remain steadfast such as the Times Square gala on New Year’’s Eve, the Tournament of Roses parade in Pasadena, California on New Year’’s Day, and sporting events such as the Rose Bowl. This is the crux of celebrating a proper ‘New Year’ in America. New Year’’s Eve – Times Square – New York City, New York This year marks the 100th Annual New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square, New York City. People gather for miles to await the arrival of precisely one minute before midnight. At this time, a huge crystal ball is lighted atop a flagpole at One Times Square. The ball is then lowered 77 feet in one minute as thousands of onlookers count down the last 60 seconds before the new year. Since 1907 the Ball Lowering has become an American tradition for welcoming in the new year. The Ball itself is a gigantic sphere measuring six feet in diameter and weighing in at about 1,070 pounds. It is covered with 504 Waterford Crystal triangles. Each year 72 of the triangles are replaced with a new design representing the outlook for the new year. This years’ theme is “Hope for Wisdom”. All of the triangles are bolted to 168 translucent triangular lexan panels that are...

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Learning Links & Puzzles

Martin Luther King Jr. Learning Links The Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project This project is, “A major research effort to assemble and disseminate historical information concerning Martin Luther King, Jr. and the social movements in which he participated.”  The Publications Section includes original recordings of Martin Luther King, Jr., autobiographies, books inspired by Dr. King, original sermons and a collection of important documents.  You’ll find a section devoted to his biography, as well as, a chronology highlighting major events associated with him.  There is a new Interactive chronology (Flash plug-in required).   There is a multimedia page with audio exerts, various articles and the, “I have a dream” speech in multiple languages.Source:     Stanford University  Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Since 1994, thousands of Americans will remember Dr. King by serving in their communities — by making the holiday “a day ON, not a day off.“ This organization has assembled wonderful tools to assist you in making your service project successful and beneficial to your area.Source:     The Corporation for National and Community Service and the King Center  Martin Luther King, Jr. & Black History Month This collection is a select group of reference materials.  Under the main heading of Martin Luther King, Jr. & Black History Month you’ll find a biographical sketch, timeline of events, and links to sites devoted to him.  Also available are news sources with pertinent articles, the complete “I Have a Dream” speech, African American history sources and African American biography resources.  There’s selected literature, letters, presentations and seminars as well.Source:     University of Louisiana State Libraries, Baton Rouge, Louisiana  The Pledge of Nonviolence ...

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. January 15th, 1929 – April 3rd, 1968   ClipArt available from Clipart.com Each year on the third Monday in January, we observe the birth of Martin Luther King, Jr.  Born in Atlanta, Georgia, King was raised by his parents to treat others with respect, no matter their color.  As he grew older he began to realize whites and blacks were treated differently in, and by, society.  His ultimate goal was to change that fact. Educated Leader      King attended the Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania and studied important historical figures such as Mahatma Gandhi and Henry David Thoreau.  At college he met Coretta Scott, who he would later marry.  In 1954, at age 25, King received his PhD and was thereafter known as Dr. King.  After receiving his PhD, he became a pastor at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama.  In 1957 he became president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.  In 1959 he went to India with his wife and studied, in great detail, Satyagraha.  This was Gandhi’s principle of non-violent persuasion, which Dr. King incorporated into his teachings.  He then wrote his first book called, “Stride Toward Freedom” which was highly successful. Voice of Freedom On the 100th Anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, August 28th, 1963, Dr. King gave his famous “I have a dream” speech.  It was in front of the Lincoln Memorial and over 200,000 people were present.  This famous speech engrained itself into the hearts and minds of the American people.  At age 35, in 1964, he became the youngest man, 2nd American and...

New Year’s Story Starter

Write a story about this New Year’s Day with our ClassBrain story starter. Mac Users: click on the image below to download the PDF worksheet. PC Users: click on the text link below to download the PDF worksheet.ClassBrain’s New Year’s Story Starter Adobe Acrobat Required. Cite this… (new...

Martin Luther King Jr. Coloring Page

Use your imagination to decorate this coloring page of Martin Luther King, Jr. Download the Martin Luther King Jr. Coloring Page (PDF format) Suggested Reading on Martin Luther King Jr. Suggested Films on Martin Luther King Jr. Cite this… (new...

Julia Morgan – California’s First Female Architect – January 20

Julia Morgan Born:January 20, 1872 San Francisco, California Died:February, 1957 Oakland, California Julia Morgan was California’s first female architect. In 1894, she was the first woman to graduate with a Degree in Civil Engineering and with a legacy of over 700 buildings to her credit, it’s no wonder that in 1902, she was also the first woman to be granted the L’Ecole des Beaux Arts Certificate in Paris, France. Julia Morgan’s popularity was due to her careful attention to detail and her ability to organize projects according to the exact specifications of her clients. During the 45 years she practiced, Morgan designed private residences, including the amazing Hearst Castle, churches, clubs, banks, schools, hospitals, stores, Mediterranean villas, and Tudor manors. Julia Morgan’s work is a major contribution to Californian culture. For a more in-depth look at the life of Julia Morgan, click here. Suggested Reading Additional Resources The Julia Morgan Collection at Cal Poly SLOThis is from the Special Collections Department at the Robert E. Kennedy Library at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California.Source:       Cal Poly Julia Morgan Center of the ArtsWhen Julia Morgan entered the University of California at Berkeley in 1890, she was one of 100 women studying there. In 1894, she was the only woman to graduate from the College of Engineering. Learn more at this site.Source:       Julia Morgan Center of the Arts Cite this… (new...

ClassBrain – Happy New Year! Worksheets

ClassBrain – Happy New Year! Worksheets Happy New Year from your friends at ClassBrain.com! Happy New Year! – Word Search and Answer Key PDF Format – Adobe Acrobat Required Happy New Year! – Word Jumble and Answer Key PDF Format – Adobe Acrobat Required Happy New Year! – Word Shapes and Answer Key PDF Format – Adobe Acrobat Required Cite this… (new...