July 2, 2017

Celebrating America’s 241st Birthday in the Classroom

Summer is an exciting time – with the long, sunny days and time off from school, it’s hard not to be in a good mood. This particular weekend, there is even more reason to celebrate: Tuesday is America’s 241st birthday! For many, the 4th of July will be spent with friends and family by the pool, grilling up plenty of delicious food, and watching colorful firework displays at night.

However, the 4th of July doesn’t have to be just about partying and relaxing with friends. It is also a great day to educate students and reflect on the significance of this day. Below are some exciting ways in which teachers can incorporate 4th of July festivities within their daily lesson plans:

1) Fireworks in a jar

In this activity, students use science to create “fireworks” in a jar, by combining oil with water. Not only is this experiment safe and colorful, but it also provides students with an opportunity to learn more about different chemical reactions.

2) Roadmap to Independence

In this activity, students use math and logic to calculate the amount of time it took the American delegates to travel across the Thirteen Colonies to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to write the Declaration of Independence. This is a fun way to combine math with historical facts to educate students on the importance of this day.

3) Declaration of Independence

In this activity, students pretend to be a member of the group that signed this important document. By downloading this document, students can explore the Declaration and learn about our nation’s values.

Polls show that many Americans know disappointingly little about the origins of their own country, so whether you’re a student or adult, why not take some time this weekend to learn a little more about what makes the 4th of July so special?

Whatever your plans are for Independence Day, Education Funding Partners wishes you a safe and happy holiday!



Contributed By: Katie Kniep & John Nawrocki

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