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Halloween: Free Books and Activities
Category: Misc.
Tags: halloween halloween usa halloween stuff

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Visit PBSLearningMedia's Halloween Collection for free videos and lesson plans.

Download free Halloween activities and crafts from StudyLadder.

Design a pumpkin candy catapult.

Learn about mummies, spiders and bats with free resources from Kids Discover.

Enjoy Some Spooky Reads: 

Visit Listenwise to hear a public radio story on the History of Witches, and what led to the Salem Witch Trials.

(Photo by Sašo Tušar on Unsplash)

Participate in an online witch trial at NatGeo's Salem Witch Hunt Interactive.

Learn about the brain with a look at the neuroscience of zombies.

Check out these read-aloud ghost stories for kids.

Write your own Halloween tale with Scholastic's scary story starters

Read about one roadschooling family's unscheduled stop in the Twilight Zone.

Play some online Halloween games

Practice reading comprehension with some K-12 Halloween articles. 

Study Suspense in Poetry: Visit TeachersFirst’s The Raven to learn more about such literary devices as alliteration, assonance, internal rhyme, metaphor and simile, and personification.  Move the mouse over highlighted words to see what devices are being employed. There's also an interactive version of The Highwayman.

  • Halloween Chemistry: To create some eerie effects and creepy concoctions, visit here and here.

Design your own haunted house

Remembering 9/11
Category: Misc.
Tags: 9/11 memories September 11 9/11 memorial 9/11 museum

9/11 Memorial and Museum

9/11 Videos: History Channel

9/11 Lesson Plans and Resources 

Awesome Stories Resources

Scholastic Resources

Happy Independence Day, America!
Category: Misc.
Tags: 4th of july fourth of july independence day independence day holiday 4th of july holiday

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American Revolution: Free resources and activities for exploring the causes, plus a grade 4 reader and activity book, additional history readers, and links to animations and games.

Scholastic illustrated Mini-Books includes topics beginning with the discovery of the Americas to Ellis Island.

Flag Day Resources: Free, downloadable readers on the U.S. flag, Pledge of Allegiance, National Anthem and Statue of Liberty.

Oh, say can you see: This unit on “The Star Spangled Banner” is comprised of two parts: the origin of the anthem, and the symbolism of the flag. Discuss importance of the flag, what it means, how the lyrics of “The Star Spangled Banner” match real events. There are a lot of resources here to cover the topic broadly or as in depth as you like, with background on the War of 1812, and links to additional image, document and web resources such as Smithsonian’s “Star Spangled Banner” site.

War of 1812: Grade 2 Reader: Begins with a pictorial timeline of the founding of the U.S., and ends with chapters on the National Anthem and Dolley Madison, and a glossary.

4th of July Binary Bracelets: Use different color beads to represent “0,” “1,”, and “space” to encode our nation’s birthday into a wrist band. In so doing, learn how to change base 10 numbers into binary. Make  more personalized bracelets by encoding individual birthdays or ages.

 
Anatomy of fireworks  interactive from Nova
 

WatchKnow 4th of July Videos 

4th of July Jokes, Facts, Games

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