4th of July Fun

By Jayna Johnson


Who's Birthday Is It?

Some birthdays come in winter, 
Some birthdays come in spring. 
On birthdays there are games to play 
And lots of songs to sing.

My favorite birthday is in July, 
And it doesn't belong to me! 
It's the birthday that lights up the sky 
For all the world to see!

Rockets glare, trumpets blare, 
And bands begins to play. 
Happy Birthday America 
It's Independence Day!



Most people in the United States celebrate the 4th of July, but do you know exactly why the holiday is so important to our country?
Ever wonder why the flag is red, white, and blue? While the flag's colors did not have a specific meaning at the time, the colors were significant for the Great Seal of 1782. 
Have you ever seen a statue and thought to yourself, who was this person?  Well those are symbols.  In America, there are several symbols that represent our freedom.  Here is a look at what they mean and the history behind them.

 If you successfully complete all the Patriotic Games, you can print out a certificate announcing that you are an "Official American Patriot." Have a blast!
As we celebrate the 4th of July with our fireworks and hot dogs, may we remember what this day is all about...find out what makes this day so special.
America's presidents have represented many states, held different occupations and faced difficult challenges. As you learn about the presidents, think about ways you can serve your neighbor, community or country today.
Independence Day also known as 4th of July is the birthday of the United States of America. It is celebrated on July 4th each year in the United States.  Dig deep and discover some more information on your country. 
Just like the American flag reminds us of America and being American, songs can do the same thing. Some of these songs officially represent our country because of our past. 
Fireworks and celebrations go together, especially during the 4th of July.  But fireworks can be dangerous, be sure to follow these important safety tips!
Betsy Ross sewed the first American flag. When we view the flag, we think of liberty, freedom, pride, and Betsy Ross. The American flag flies on the moon and sits atop Mount Everest.  The flag is how America signs her name.
Do some words often trip you up?  If so, here is a Fact Monster to help you discover the special meaning of the word. 

Scenerio Mission
You have been named Reporter of the Year, and you just won an all expense paid Patriotic Tour .  You will explore American history, symbols and other American things.  This is a vacation, but you will be asked to write a cover story on your favorite site and what America means to you.  Make sure you take plenty of photos along the way!!! 

Mission Steps

step 1:  Click on your tour bus to begin your Patriotic Tour.  Then click on Start Field Trip to begin!

Step 2:  Your a now a tourist.  Take plenty of mental photos because you are going to have a lot to report about!  Make sure you pick a favorite site to talk about in your cover story.

Step 3:  Turn in your cover story to the newspaper editor (your teacher.)

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