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Celebrate the USA

Learn all about Uncle Sam, the Liberty Bell, and Whistlin' Dixie in this dynamic activity book that is truly ...

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Celebrate the USA

Learn all about Uncle Sam, the Liberty Bell, and Whistlin' Dixie in this dynamic activity book that is truly American! You'll discover fun facts and interesting tidbits as you learn all about the history of the USA. You'll also have fun with these great hands-on activities:

Create a fabric family tree

Make Ben Franklin's glass harmonica

Write and decode secret messages

Dye colorful colonial clothes

Fly a wind sock

Bake a very berry flag cake

Create a club seal

Make colorful kitchen fireworks

Design a beach-towel banner

Make a Lincoln penny necklace

Create a patriotic wreath

Make Fourth of July poppers

And much, much more! Whether you're at home or school or it's the Fourth of July or the Fourth of December, it's time to celebrate the USA.

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A colorfully illustrated cover welcomes children to this fact-filled, fun-to-read compendium of American history and 25 related activities. A varied typeface; a red, white, and blue color scheme; and page numbers printed within blue stars add to the overall appeal. The six chapters focus on "Your World, Your Land," "The Average American: Who's That?" "Breaking Away from England," "All-American Symbols," "Songs, Sayings, and Speeches," and "All-American Holidays." Many topics and fascinating facts are covered in brief, sometimes humorous explanations. Coverage includes the early immigrants, how America got its name, Native Americans, the l3 colonies, currency, songs, and holidays. Activities, such as making a five-pointed star, a compass, and Liberty Bell cookies, list "What You Need" and then "What You Do," which is color-illustrated. Safety issues are addressed where needed. Libraries will find these activities useful for assignments and programming. This book makes history come alive.
—Augusta R. MalvagnoCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586858469
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Pages: 80
  • Age range: 6 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynn Kuntz is the author of many fiction and non fiction magazine articles, as well as an activity book for kids called The Naturalist's Handbook: Activities for Young Ezplorers. She lives with her husband and four children in Durango, Colorado.

Mark A Hicks has illustrated many publications and periodicals, uncluding Sesame Street Magazine, U.S. Kids Magazine, and Kids Today (USA Today). He lives in Phoenix, Arizona

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ONE: The Average American-Who's That?

America is called the "melting pot" of the world. Although that might not sound like a compliment, it's a wonderful thing to bep.

A melting pot is pretty much what it sounds like-a container where lots of different ingredients are mixed and melted until they're blended smoothly together. Our country is a melting pot because people from all over the world-rich and poor, of many different races and religions, speaking different languages, and bringing with them unique customs-come together and create something altogether new. It's kind of like a soup-the more different ingredients you add, the healthier and more interesting the result!

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Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction: Your World, Your Land

Activity 1: The Big Picture Living in the USA.

ONE: The Average American: Who's That?

Early Immigrants

Activity 2: The North Star

What's in A Name?

Native Americans

Activity 3: Cave Drawing

The Promised Land

Uncharted Wilderness

Activity 4: Make a Compass

We All Have History

Activity 5: Fabric Family Tree

TWO: Breaking English Rules

Tasting Liberty

Activity 6: Spearmint Liberty Tea

Fighting For Freedom

Activity 7: Mirror Writing

The American Revolution

We Declare Independence!

Activity 8: Your List of Rights

World's Best Inventors

Activity 9: Franklin's Glass "Armonica"

The Sound of Liberty

A Lasting Sacrifice

Activity 10: Colorful Colonial Clothes

THREE: All-American Symbols

Stars & Stripes Forever

Betsy Made Our Flag

Activity 11: Five-Pointed Star

Activity 12: Very Berry Flag Cake

An Eagle Soars

Make Your Mark

Activity 13: Mottos and Symbols

Ring in the New World

Activity 14: Liberty Bell Cookies

An Uncle Named Sam

Larger Than Life

The New Colossus

Not Just Whistlin' Dixie

Fun Money Facts

Activity 15: Money Matters

FOUR: Songs, Sayings & Speeches

The Star-Spangled Banner

Activity 16: Colorful Kitchen Fireworks

America the Beautiful

Activity 17: Dictionary Detective

Oh, the Things Americans Say

The Pledge of Allegiance

Activity 18: Beach Towel Banner

Activity 19: Patriotic Flip-Flops

Activity 20: Liberty Wind Sock

FIVE: All-American Holidays

Patriotic Picnics

Activity 21: July 4th Noise Makers

Favorite Fourth Foods

Activity 22: Watermelon Bowl Fruit Salad

Fireworks Facts

More USA Holidays

Activity 23: King Day Patriotic Wreath

Presidents' Day

Activity 24: Lincoln Penny Necklace

Memorial Day

Flag Day

Labor Day

Columbus Day

Veterans' Day

Activity 25: Support Our Troops

Thanksgiving Day

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