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Baked Beans Month – July

Baked beans have been popular in North America since before the Pilgrims landed on the eastern shores, and according to the National Restaurant Association, the Narragansett, Penobscot, and Iroquois Indians created the first baked bean recipes.

Patriotic Costumes

Show your patriotic spirit with one of these fun 4th of July costumes. 4th of July Cheerleader Costumes Patriotic Cheerleader Blue Velvet Child Small (6-8) Support the home team! Patriotic Cheerleader Blue Velvet Child Large (10-12) Support the home team! Peace Hat USA Peace Hand Hat What do you get when you cross the sign of peace with the American Flag? Statue of Liberty Costumes Statue Of Liberty The grand old lady herself! Statue of Liberty Torch (Latex) The finishing touch for your Liberty costume. Uncle Sam Costumes Uncle Sam Costume Adult “WE WANT YOU!” Hat Uncle Sam, Felt A great 4th of July hat! Uncle Sam Mask You can’t go wrong with Uncle Sam! Uncle Sam Hats Adult Great for plays or patriotic costumes! Uncle Sam Foam Hat A great hat for your Halloween costume or for 4th! Cite this… (new...

Summer Olympic Coloring Pages

olympic archery3 pages olympic canoeing1 page olympic cycling1 page olympic diver-11 page olympic diver-21 page olympic diver-31 page olympic equestrian jumping-21 page olympic men’s gymnastics2 pages olympic rhythmic gymnastics2 pages Cite this… (new...

Make A Watermelon Snowman

Turn a watermelon into a snowman and make this great holiday fruit salad for your next party. This is a spectacular display that is easy to make. Making the melon balls is a great activity for kids. Turn a watermelon into a snowman and make this great holiday fruit salad for your next party. This is a spectacular display that is easy to make. Download this recipe as a PDF worksheet. (1.4MB) Source: The National Watermelon Promotion Board courtesy of the National Watermelon Promotion Board. Cite this… (new...

Apollo 11 – 35th Anniversary – July 21st

The “lunar laser ranging retroreflector array” left by Apollo 11 astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong on July 21, 1969, is the only Apollo science experiment still running thirty five years later. If you can read this, your browser does not support iFrames. Cite this… (new...

July – Roots & Branches Month

Roots and Branches July is Roots and Branches Month. This is a great time to do a family project to celebrate who you are, where you came from, and where you’re going. After all, it’s hard to move forward if you don’t know where you’ve been. The staff at ClassBrain has been putting together all sorts of projects that you can do by yourself or with your family. Whether you have a traditional family with a mom, dad, and siblings, or a blended family with stepparents, we have a project that will work for you. We even have a project that doesn’t require any knowledge of your ancestors: the Roots and Branches Worksheet. How can you celebrate Roots and Branches Month? For the the young and young at heart:Create a family tree. Create a family orchard, if you have stepparents. Create a Roots and Branches display, regardless of your family structure. For craft lovers: Create a family scrapbook page. Use our Block Page Layouts to make a page showing your core family in the main pictures, and your extended family in the outer rows. For family historians: Create an oral history of a veteran in your family with ClassBrain’s Veteran’s Memories Project in conjunction with the Library of Congress. Read more about this project in A Look Into Our Past in Movies in the Classroom. Buy Posters at AllPosters.com Cite this… (new...

Charles P. Ginsburg’s Birthday -July 27

Ginsburg2 Charles P. Ginsburg Born: July 27, 1920 San Francisco, California Died: April 9, 1992 Eugene, Oregon Charles P. Ginsburg made a huge contribution to technology with his invention and development of video magnetic tape recording for instant playback. He graduated with a B.A. from San Jose State College in 1948 and joined the Ampex Corporation in 1952, where he would make his mark in the world of television. Ginsburg revolutionized television broadcasting by developing a system which used a rapidly rotating recording head to apply high-frequency signals onto a reel of magnetic tape. This invention made possible instant replay, the reduction of production time by many hours, allowed for rapid editing, and increased flexibility in presenting news and other programs. Ginsburg was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1973 for invention and pioneering development of video magnetic tape recording for instant playback. Source: National Academy Press For a more in-depth look at the life of Charles P. Ginsburg, click here. Additional Learning Links National Inventors Hall of Fame This is a link to Charles P. Ginsburg’s Hall of Fame profile. Get access to programs, workshops, and information on some of history’s most famous inventors.Source:       National Inventors Hall of Fame National Academy Press Part of the Memorial tributes from the National Academy of Engineering, this excerpt includes a photo and a detailed description of Ginsburg’s most influential projects and inventions.Source:       National Academy Press Buy Posters at AllPosters.com Cite this… (new...

Lemonade Stand Game

From ClassBrain.com Nov 25, 2002, 2:20pm   Topic: Lemonade Stand ClassBrain Visitor: can u help me i do not know how to play LEMONADE STAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! W/B ClassBrain Response: Thank you for stopping by ClassBrain.com! You’ll be happy to hear that because of your question, we are going to add a set of directions to our Lemonade Stand Game. Here are the directions for you to use right now! You might want to print this e-mail and use it as you play the game. Have Fun!   ClassBrain Visitor: thank u very much 4 writing that out 4 me now i understand i am going to go and play that game right NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thanx, from a satisfied person.     Play the ClassBrain Lemonade Stand Game now… Cite this… (new...

Making Sense of The 4th of July (part 2)

But just which principles did he mean? Those in the Declaration’s second paragraph, which he understood exactly as they had been understood in 1776-as an assertion primarily of the right of revolution. Jefferson composed the long sentence beginning “We hold these truths to be self-evident” in a well-known eighteenth-century rhetorical style by which one phrase was piled on another and the meaning of the whole became clear only at the end. The sequence ended with an assertion of the “Right of the People to alter or to abolish” any government that failed to secure their inalienable rights and to institute a new form of government more likely “to effect their Safety and Happiness.” That was the right Americans were exercising in July 1776, and it seemed no less relevant in the 1820s, when revolutionary movements were sweeping through Europe and Latin America. The American example would be, as Jefferson said in the last letter of his life, a “signal arousing men to burst the chains under which monkish ignorance and superstition had persuaded them to bind themselves, and to assume the blessings and security of self-government.” Others, however, emphasized the opening phrases of the sentence that began the Declaration’s second paragraph, particularly “the memorable assertion, that `all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, and that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”‘ That passage, the eulogist John Sergeant said at Philadelphia in July 1826, was the “text of the revolution,” the “ruling vital principle” that had...

4th of July – An Overview

Even though Independence Day wasn’t celebrated in America until after the War of 1812, it remains the single most important holiday in American history. On July 4th, 1776, the United States claimed their Independence from England.

Olympic Links to Learning

The 2002 Winter Olympics The 2006 Winter Olympic Games Olympic Links To Learning   Quick Jumps:  Web Quests, Lesson Plans, Just for Fun, Further Resources   Web Quest Adventures   These adventures are designed for group activities in the classroom or out.  Several students get together and by researching, answering questions, and forming opinions; they begin to understand challenging concepts.  This translates to an educated analysis and an increased knowledge of the world around them.   Olympic Games of Ancient Greece Go back in time to the first Olympic Games in Ancient Greece in the year 776 B.C.  Use the links provided to answer the questions.  You are also allowed to use any outside resources including textbooks, library references, and online resources. Source:     New Mexico State University     Lesson Plans   An Educator’s Guide to the Olympics Although this guide was created for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, it still has some great resources for K-6 educators. It contains fact sheets, questions, activities, worksheets, and lesson plans to help you incorporate the Olympics into your classroom curriculum. Source:     The Education Department of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the Olympic Winter Games and the Paralympic Winter Games of 2002     Lesson: ...

Fourth of July – A New Declaration of Independence – A Political Column

Tom Purcell takes a look at the state of independence in the United States in 2008 in this political column: In the course of human events it is necessary, now and again, to dissolve our political bands with the ninnies who keep abandoning our founding principles. It used to be self-evident that our government’s role was primarily to protect certain unalienable rights, such as life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It used to be that our government did the bidding of the people — that any power it derived was solely through the consent of the governed. It used to be our country believed in limited government — that government at its best was a necessary evil and should be aggressively restrained. But too many of the birds running things these days don’t see it that way. © Jeff Parker, Florida Today 2008 In 2008, the federal budget is more than $3 trillion — up from $1.7 trillion only a decade ago. Republicans, who once preached fiscal restraint — they even tried it for a few years — ended up growing government more than Democrats ever dreamed. Things are getting worse in a hurry. Take on a gimmicky mortgage bigger than you could afford? Not to worry. Our esteemed Congress is pushing through a $300 billion bill to bail you out with taxpayer dough. Struggling at the pump now that energy prices are at record highs? Not to worry. Some of our politicians promise to tax energy companies...

National Recreation and Parks Month

nationalpark July – 1-31 – National Recreation and Parks Month The official purpose of National Recreation and Parks Month is to showcase and invite community participation in quality leisure activities for all segments of the population. In other words, it is a time for you and your family to get outside and enjoy the sunshine by visiting our nation’s beautiful National Parks! National Park ServicePlan a summer trip state-by-state, search according to your particular interests, make campground and tour reservations, get National Park Passes, and find volunteer opportunities in a National Park near you. This is your online guide to visiting National Parks, so choose a park from the pulldown menu and you’re on your way!Source:       National Park Service National Parks Conservation Association Explore your National Parks or research Wildlife Protection, the Wild Alaska, Marine and Coastal Areas, or Cultural Diversity. Take action by joining the ‘March for a Park’ campaign or by finding out more about the direct impact of the future of the National Parks. See what’s going on across the nation.Source:       National Parks Conservation Association Mapping the National Parks The ‘Mapping the National Parks Collection’ documents the history, cultural aspects, and geological formations of areas that eventually became National Parks. The collection consists of approximately 200 maps dating from the 17th century to the present, reflecting early mapping of the areas that would become National Parks, as well as the parks themselves.Source:       The Library of Congress Buy Posters at AllPosters.com U.S. National Parks Welcome to the U.S. National Parks Net. This site is dedicated to...

National Culinary Arts Month

culinary July 1-31:National Culinary Arts Month This month-long celebration is to promote awareness of professional cooks and chefs and their contributions to new culinary trends and dining excellence. So dine out during the month of July and remember to thank your favorite chef! Want to know more about the culinary arts? Here is a list of some of the top schools for perfecting your skills: The Culinary Institute of America For more than 55 years, The Culinary Institute of America’s unwavering commitment to excellence in education has shaped every course in their curriculum. The CIA’s proven degree programs offer the balance of hands-on culinary and baking education, business disciplines, and creativity that will prepare you for success in a wide variety of careers in the food service and hospitality industry.Source:     Culinary Institute of America Buy Posters at AllPosters.com The Institute of Culinary EducationThe Institute of Culinary Education is one of the oldest and most prestigious culinary schools in the United States and a New York institution. The school is dedicated to providing inspiration and innovation in culinary education, and to that end offers four distinct programs: career training, recreational classes, professional development classes, and special events. Source:     Institute of Culinary Education California School of Culinary ArtsIf you have a passion for food and a willingness to learn, the California School of Culinary Arts, located in Pasadena, California, can prepare you for success. You will work beside industry trained Chef Instructors committed to excellence, graduate from the Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts Program in only 15 months, and receive job placement assistance at graduation.Source:...

Cell Phone Courtesy Month: Five Basic Cell Phone Rules

cell phone courtesy The following cell phone courtesy rules were suggested by Nokia. Please be courteous to those around you by keeping these guidelines in mind, especially when you are indoors. The Person You are with is the Most Important Person To Talk To Utilize the Caller ID feature for screening options. You may decide to let voice mail take the call and return the call at a more appropriate time. Use Text Messaging to Simplify Your Life Are your expecting important information from a colleague but need to be in a public area? Ask them to send a text message to your phone. Change the Ringing Tones on Your Phone to Match the Environment You Are InUse a loud ring for outdoors – but inside, use silent or vibrating options. Turn off Your Phone During Public Performances or While In Public Spaces In certain public areas such as movie theaters, plays, churches, museums and libraries, talking can be disruptive and can violate basic courtesy. If you are expecting an important call, use text messaging. Don’t Engage In Cell YellMost devices have sensitive microphones that can pick up even a whisper. There is no need to speak louder on your cell phone than you would on any other phone. Use your best judgment when in a cab, train or any other environment where you might subject a “captive” public to your conversations. Buy Posters at AllPosters.com Cite this… (new...

July – Cell Phone Road Rules

There are millions of cellphones in use today. Cell phones are effective tools if you use them in a safe way. A cellphone can save lives, but if basic rules aren’t followed for use in an automobile, it could also claim your life.

Patriotic Costume Shop

Patriotic Cheerleader Blue Velvet Child Support the home team! General Adult Costume A great costume for George Washington or Napoleon. George Washington Child A fantastic costume! Great for costume parties and plays! Soldier Child Costume Includes: camouflage jumpsuit with ball cap. Face paint not included. Army Soldier Teen Costume You’ll be all you can be in this great military costume, which includes an Army fatigue-inspired jacket, pants and hat. Weapon and shoes not included. Colonial Woman Large Be the perfectly coiffed colonial lady in our great costume! Colonial Man Large Look like a perfectly polished Colonial gentleman. Colonial Soldier Deluxe Child Colonial Soldier Deluxe Costume includes coat with attached vest, pants, belt and hat. Available in Toddler size 4T and child sizes Small, Medium, Large, and X-Large. Shoes not included. Cite this… (new...

Calvin Coolidge’s Birthday<br>July 4

Calvin Coolidge “Patriotism is easy to understand in America; it means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country.” This statement, made by President Calvin Coolidge, was the mind-set for his administration. Silent Cal, as our 30th president was nicknamed, was a man of few words but he did say, “It takes a great man to be a good listener.” Silent Cal’s birthday in 1872 could not have fallen on a more patriotic day. He is the only president who was born on the 4th of July. Visit the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation of Plymouth Notch, Vermont or Virtual Vermont to learn about where he was born. Coolidge later married Grace Anne Goodhue who stood by him while he was president from 1923-1929. She was also voted one of America’s twelve greatest living women in 1931. Coolidge’s father was a village storekeeper who swore his son in by candlelight. On August 3rd, 1923, our then Vice President was vacationing at his father’s home when Secret Service Agents woke him up to tell him that President Harding had died of a stroke. Even though he was now the president, Coolidge had to follow through with the plans of Harding’s administration. Coolidge never expected the public to respond with favoritism to his quiet ways, but they appreciated his honesty and simplistic attitude. The campaign slogan “Keep Cool with Coolidge” stuck and he was re-elected in 1924. After a somewhat successful term as president (he vetoed the very same bills which would ultimately combine with the stock market downfall to create the Great Depression), he decided not to...

4th of July Cookout Facts

As with many holidays, the 4th of July celebration includes food, drink and the realization of how fortunate we are as a nation. As of 1999, 66 million Americans said they had taken part in a barbeque during the previous year and 32 million in a picnic. It’s probably safe to assume a good number of these events took place on the Fourth. Though we do not have a fixed menu for the celebration of the Fourth, you can almost count on traditional favorites, such as hamburgers and hot dogs, chicken, ribs, garden salads, potato salad, chips and watermelon. Following is a summary of where these foods are produced: * The beef on your backyard grill could have come from Texas. It was the leading state in the production of cattle and calves, accounting for 7.5 billion lbs. of the nation’s total production of 42.8 billion lbs. in 2000. * Your hot dogs and ribs may have originated in Iowa. The Hawkeye State had a total inventory of 14.9 million hogs and pigs as of March 1, 2002 — about one-fourth of the nation’s total. * The chicken on your barbecue grill may have come from one of the top six broiler-producing states: Georgia, Arkansas, Alabama, North Carolina, Mississippi and Texas. The value of production in each of these states exceeded $1 billion in 2001. These states combined for well over half of the nation’s broiler production. * The lettuce in your salad or on your hamburger probably was grown in California, which accounted for nearly three-quarters of the value of this product in 2001. * The fresh tomatoes...

Folding the American Flag

Folding the American Flag You may know that the American flag is folded 13 times when it is lowered or when it is passed on to the next of kin at the burial of a Veteran, but you might not know why. Here is a breakdown of what each fold represents . . .     The first fold of our flag is the symbol of life. The second fold is a symbol of our belief in the eternal life. The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veteran(s) departing our ranks, who gave a portion of life for the defense of our country and to attain peace throughout the world. The fourth fold represents our weaker nature; for, as American citizens trusting in God, it is in him we turn to in times of peace as well as in times of war for his divine guidance. The fifth fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, “Our country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it still is our country, right or wrong.” The sixth fold reminds us of the six battle-weary fighters who vigilantly struggled to the top of Mount Suribache on Iwo Jima during World War II. Once there, they proudly raised above the battle our flag, the symbol “that we all hold dear,” the symbol of “freedom, democracy, government of the people, by the people, and for the people.” It is our duty to defend the flag which stands for them all. The seventh fold is for where our hearts lie. It...

National Blueberry Month

National Blueberry Month Blueberry History in the United States July was proclaimed National Blueberry Month by the United States Department of Agriculture on May 8th, 1999. Blueberries are grown in 35 states in the US, and the United States produces over 90% of all of the blueberries in the world. They have been used in soups, stews and more, for centuries. According to Ark-LA-Tex, the Native Americans taught the pilgrims to use blueberries in many ways. Blueberries were dried in the sun and ground into a powder. The powder was used to make a pudding called Sautauthig, and it was used to season meat as a “spice rub.” Blueberries And Your Health The Native Americans also believed that these little blue berries were good for your health. Blueberry tea is supposed to help relax women during childbirth, leaves from the blueberry bush were used to make a blood purifier that was good for the kidneys, and blueberry juice was supposed to be good for coughs. Modern medicine also identifies the health benefits of blueberries. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, the Rutgers Blueberry Cranberry Research Center in Chatsworth, N.J. found that blueberries help prevent infections in the urinary tract in much the same way that cranberries do. They may also help to prevent macular degeneration according to Ronald L. Prior, Ph.D., director of the USDA. Did you know that eating blueberries could also be one of the keys to living to a ripe old age? Well, if you take a look at the research, foods that are rich in antioxidants are supposed to help...
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