Sep 172018
 
Scene at the Signing of the Constitution by Howard Chandler Christy

Scene at the Signing of the Constitution by Howard Chandler Christy

Constitutional Convention unanimously approved the Constitution in 1787 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Almost all of the 42 delegates signed the document. It then had to be ratified by nine of the thirteen states. Children could find some very interesting questions about the members of the Convention at: Archive

Today is also Constitution Day, when school children across the country learn about the Constitution and its signers. A wonderful book about the signers is Dennis Brindell Fradin’s The Founders: The 39 Stories Behind the U. S. Constitution. Children could also visit http://www.constitutionday.cc/. There they could take a quiz and construct a poster.

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Sep 172018
 

flag-150x150Citizenship Day recognizes all new citizens. Presidential Proclamation has acknowledged this day since 1952. Over a million immigrants a year become United States citizens. Idea: Children could interview someone who has become a United States citizen. How does someone become a citizen? They could follow a simple flow chart at: http://www.uscis.gov/citizenship/learners/apply-citizenship.

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Sep 172018
 
Antietam National Cemetery

Antietam National Cemetery

Battle of Antietam occurred in 1862. This Civil War battle was called America’s bloodiest day because over 25,000 soldiers were killed on the shores of the Potomac River. Children could learn more at: Battle of Antietam.

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Sep 172018
 

National Football League was created in Canton, Ohio, in 1920.

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Sep 172018
 

Elizabth Enright (born Oak Park, Illinois, 1909; died Wainscott, New York, June 8, 1968) wrote and illustrated works for both children and adults. She received the Newbery Medal in 1939 for Thimble Summer and a 1958 Newbery Honor Award for Gone-Away Lake. Children could learn more at: Elizabeth Enright.

Rube Foster (born Andrew Foster in Calvert, Texas, 1879; died Kankakee, Illinois, December 9, 1930) was “The Father of Negro Baseball.” He was a pitcher and manager of the Chicago Lelands and the Chicago American Giants before he organized the Negro National League. He was the League’s president from its inception until his death.

Gail Carson Levine (born New York, New York, 1947) is a children’s author. Her Ella Enchanted was a 1998 Newbery Honor book. She also wrote A Tale of Two Castles. Children could visit her website at: Gail Carson Levine.

John Rutledge (born Charleston, South Carolina, 1739; died Charleston, South Carolina, July 18, 1800) represented South Carolina at the Constitutional Convention. He started his law career at age eleven, and he eventually served in South Carolina’s Supreme Court.

David H. Souter (born Melrose, Massachusetts, 1939) is a retired associate justice of the Supreme Court.

James Smith (born Ulster, Ireland, 1719; died July 11, 1806) signed the Declaration of Independence. Representing Pennsylvania at the Second Continental Congress, he was a lawyer and surveyor.

Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben

Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben

Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben (born Magdeburg, Prussia, 1730; died Remsen, New York, November 28, 1794) aided the American army during the Revolutionary War. General George Washington made him a major general. He was in charge of the army’s training. He taught them how to march and to use muskets and bayonets.

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