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Copy watermelon pattern below onto heavy white paper, color,
cut out, and laminate. Place children in pairs, and give each pair one laminated
melon slice and a wipe-off marker. One child holds the melon where the
other cannot see it, chooses a number from a pre-assigned ranged of numbers
(i.e. a number between 1-20, 50-100, etc.), and draws that many seeds on
the melon. (For numbers over fifty or one hundred, you may direct students
to right the numerals rather than drawing seeds.)
Review with children the Pledge of Allegiance:
Assign each student two or more U.S. states to research. Students should find the following information:
Using an 11" x 17" sheet of heavy-duty white construction paper or tagboard, students should draw or trace a sketch of the state, clearly marking the capital. If desired, other major cities may be marked as well. Drawings or photos representative of the state (state government officials, historical landmarks, industries, state bird and/or flower, etc.) may be used to decorate the state page. At the top of the page, the name of the state should be printed or stenciled neatly. On the back of the paper, students may draw or trace the state flag. Below the flag, they should provide the information listed above. Students might also be encouraged to write one or two paragraphs highlighting some key historical event that took place within the state, a historical landmark within the state, or a famous person from the state. As time permits, students might also be asked to share their findings with the rest of the class. Once all states have been completed, the pages may be assembled into a book for the class or home library. As a summation of this project, each student could write five trivia questions about each of his states, the answers to which could be found on his pages. Trivia questions can be used for written or oral review.
Give each student three or more 3" x 5" index cards. Students should think of as many persons, places, things, or ideas related to the American Revolution as they have cards. At the top of each of their cards they should neatly print one of their nouns. Beneath each noun, students should list five related words. Following is a sample card:
Students may now play and Independence Day version of Taboo using the words cards they have created. (In Taboo, a player chooses a card with a word related to Christmas at the top. He or she gives verbal clues to help other players guess the word, but he or she cannot use any form of the five related words written on the lower portion of the card in his or her clues.)
Ask children to look at the American flag and name the colors it contains. Explain that each color used in a flag has a special meaning. In the American flag, for instance, the blue stands for justice, the white stands for purity, and the red stands for courage.
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