First essay of the Federalist Papers was published in 1787 in a New York City newspaper. John Jay, James Madison, and Alexander Hamilton wrote the essays to persuade people to adopt the new Constitution. The last of the 85 essays was published April 4, 1788. Children can read or listen to someone else read the Federalist Papers at: Project Gutenberg.
New York City subway began operating in 1904. The mass transit system was the first in the world to be built underground. Today about 5.4 million rides occur on the subway every workday.
Halloween is only three days away! Are the treats ready? Is a scary story nearby? Children might want to read Click, Clack, Boo! A Tricky Treat by Doreen Cronin. They could also visit a great website at: http://www.thekidzpage.com/halloween_games/.
Children could answer this Halloween riddle: What monster flies his kite in a rain storm? Check back tomorrow for the answer!
The answer to yesterday’s riddle: What is a witch’s favorite subject in school? Spelling!
Czechoslovakia was created in 1918 after a revolution in Prague. The Czechs and the Slovaks united to form one country. That country split back into two countries on January 1, 1993. Idea: Children could make maps of the before, after, and next after for Czechoslovakia. They could research the reasons for the new split.
Statue of Liberty was dedicated in 1886. President Grover Cleveland, August Bartholdi and other officials attended the ceremony. Idea: Children could research the recent restorations to the Statue of Liberty. A good source of information is Lynn Curlee’s Liberty. They could also visit Statue of Liberty and take the virtual tour.
Helen Eugenie Moore Anderson was the first woman to be appointed to an ambassadorship. Harry S. Truman swore her in as ambassador to Denmark in 1949. She served as the U. S. ambassador to Denmark until January 19, 1953. Later she served as the U. S. ambassador to Bulgaria from August 3, 1962, until December 6, 1964. Children could find out what ambassadors do and how one becomes an ambassador. They could find the names of current ambassadors at: List of Ambassadors.
Halloween is only two days away! Is there scary music? Is the pumpkin carved? Children might want to read Romping Monsters, Stomping Monsters, written by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Kelly Murphy. They could also visit a super website at: http://www.primarygames.com/holidays/halloween/games.php.
Children could answer this Halloween riddle: What do you call a skeleton who will not work? Check back tomorrow for the answer!
The answer to yesterday’s riddle: What monster flies his kite in a rain storm? Ben Franklinstein
Turkey celebrates Republic Day. Following the demise of the Ottoman Empire, Turkey became a republic in 1923. Located in both Europe and Asia, Turkey is slightly smaller than the state of Texas. It exports textiles, apparel, and foodstuffs. Almost 81 million people consider themselves Turks, and Ankara is the capital. Children could learn more at: Turkey.
Stock market crashed in 1929. Four days of panic sent stock prices plummeting. Billions of dollars were lost. This crash heralded the beginning of the Great Depression.
Internet (ARPANET) was used for the first time in 1969. Charley Kline of UCLA tried to send information from one computer to another. The system crashed, but the idea was viable.