Share this study guide with friends, family, and students to explore the myth about Thanksgiving and the gathering of the Pilgrims and Native Americans near what is now Plymouth, Massachusetts. There's a great description of the Wampanoags who lived close to where the Pilgrims landed. This study guide depicts the area's economy, society, and religious practices. The years just before the Pilgrims moved in were hard and destructive to the Wampanoag way of life. The Pilgrims found a weakened people, who, despite their own problems, taught the neophyte Englishmen enough to get them through the year. See how the myth of Thanksgiving diverges from the truth when you read about the harvest ceremony the English held.
Wouldn't you love to know what really happened at the First Thanksgiving? Check out this activity from Plimoth Plantation where kids take on the role of “history detectives” to investigate what happened at the famous 1621 celebration. You’ll read a letter written by an eyewitness to the event, learn about Wampanoag traditions of giving thanks, and visit Pilgrim Mary Allerton’s home. As a final activity, kids can design and print their own Thanksgiving exhibit panel.
Get in the Christmas spirit with these top 10 websites. If these don't promote
holiday spirit, nothing will! Grab your little loved ones or, a nice hot
chocolate and treat yourself to a little Christmas spirit before the day
1. It's the North Pole, so it must have something to do with
Christmas(rumour has it that's where Santa Claus lives). Visit Santa's Workshop, take part in a Christmas story, play games, and visit the toy
How Christmas Works
2. Good questions:Let's say that on December 20 you were to
meet a friendly space alien. That is, let's say that his space ship discreetly drops him off in your back yard while you are looking out your window. You walk outside to meet the visitor, and you find out he's a pretty nice guy. His name is Gorg, he is wearing a costume that makes him look passably human, he speaks reasonable English, and he explains that his goal is to spend a week on the planet to learn about its people. He asks if you would consider being his guide for the week, and you decide to take on the job. So you take Gorg around and start showing him your town. Since it is December 20, one thing is for sure --
Gorg is going to ask about Christmas. And he is going to ask a LOT of questions, because Christmas is a pretty complicated. What do you
Kids Domain Christmas
3. Education and games all about Christmas, plus recipes and
4. You'd expect a site called "Merry Christmas" to be fun, and here are
more games, MP3s of Christmas carols (like the well-known
"Bring A Torch, Jeanette Isabella"), recipes, films, stories and
5. A great big red page of stories, Christmas computer wallpaper, games, and more. All in a long line.
Christmas Around the World
6. Santa's Net has brought together information about how different nations traditionally celebrate Christmas, plus how they say "Merry
All Recipes Christmas
7. Here you'll find recipes for chocolate chip pumpkin bread, baked ham and other meats, gingerbread, biscuits, chocolate, and more. My stomach's rumbling just looking at the page...
8. How to make a paper bag reindeer puppet, paper plate angel, stars, handprint wreath, snowman, tree, or even polyhedra ornaments! Plenty of craft activities for smaller hands.
A Victorian Christmas
9. Lots of stories and information about how the Victorians
celebrated Christmas, including decorations, entertainment, cards, gifts,
and crafts. Loads and loads of information here.
Ugly Christmas Lights
10. And one
thrown in to make you laugh. "This site is here to show those houses where the residents are likely celebrating a happy holiday,
but have no sense of decency in how they choose to celebrate. We will show the garish, the ugly, the weird. For your own sake, and the sake of your neighbours, do not try this at home."
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
All of the preparations for Santa's journey are in place! Santa's elves have been busier than usual this year preparing for Santa's launch on December 24th! Return each day to receive updates from the North Pole to discover new surprises on Santa's Activity Page. -NORAD
Get on NORAD today and track Santa ALL DAY LONG! You can prepare for the night's festivities and hop on NORAD to keep up with Santa! ENJOY!
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! While your turkey is cooking, take a
few moments and enrich your child on what life was like for colonial kids. Colonial
Kids is a website that hosts information for kids from kids. It is made by the inventors of Oracle ThinkQuest who are the number one motivators for enrichment.
The site is full of easy clicks describing transportation, clothing, travel, school, chores, and
information on their native friends. I only offer websites that are familiar to me and my students on this blog. So, I know they are always favorites. Lots of engaging picture gives this website an A+.
If you need a great activity due to a no school day then check out Labor Day Activities for kids. Here you'll find information on Labor Day, coloring pages, even a craft section to do something pretty cool.
If you have an older student send them to 10 Interesting Facts about Labor Day where you'll find some unique information not commonly known! You never know when a teacher may ask for three facts about Labor Day!
Hanging out going through computer withdraw today? Well, hang on, I have a few websites that may interest you while you await your fireworks display. Learn
our nation's history with interactive websites. Just sit back, and click your
Check out some awesome firework displays in larger cities:
Fun On The Fourth is a slideshow from The New York Times.
July 4th Celebrations is a slideshow from The Washington Post.
Fireworks Over The Hudson is a panorama by the New York Times.
Independence Day Fireworks is a series of photos from The Sacramento Bee.
ABC News has some great videos:
Happy Birthday America
Philly: Where Independence Began
Fourth of July Celebrations
And of course some pertinent information:
A graphic titled Staying Safe On July 4th
How Fireworks Get Their Colors
Independence Day Around The World is an interactive map.
America Throws Itself a Birthday Party is an MSNBC video.
President Obama Speaks About The Fourth Of July
Fireworks Light Up The Capitol
July 4th In Numbers is an extraordinary infographic.
Frederick Douglass also gave a famous speech on a July 4th, titled “What Is The Slave To The 4th of July?”
FIREWORKS: See what makes fireworks function and learn about
their fascinating history is an interactive from The Sentinel, a
Happy Birthday, America! is an interactive exercise.
Take a moment out of your day to visit Time and learn a bit of history this Memorial Day. Before you get to enjoying the day's fesitivities take time and click on the following sites to pay your respects to the military past and present.
Memorial Day Activities
Gamequarium Memorial Day
History Channel Memorial Day
Memorial Day 2013
Stuck at home because Mom's preparing St. Patty's Day dinner for tonight's guests? Well, no need to be twiddling your thumbs while doing so. Here are some great sites to keep you busy thoughout the day as the boredom bug hits!
St. Patrick's Day Games
St. Patty's Day Games
St. Patrick's Day Craft Ideas
St. Patrick's Day Information and Ideas
So, bring the luck of the Irish with you as you tread your path today! Share it with others!
Looking for some art fun that requires no crayons or paint? Then Christmas Coloring Online is the place you want to be the next two days. Simply select your favorite Christmas picture, load, and grab your palate!
Once you've made your artistic design, simply print it out, and hang for your other's enjoyment. Pictures are easy to print, and kids need little help to do so. This truly is a kid friendly site.
And, if you need to share that Christmas spirit with a friend, you can email your portrait to a buddy. Make several, and share the Christmas joy these next few days.
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Valerie Bourbour is a certified educator and past Co-Director of The Academy of Ormond Beach. Ms. Bourbour has experience in online learning platforms and aims for student success.