Saint Patrick’s Day remembers the death of Bishop Patrick, patron saint of Ireland. Bishop Patrick was born circa AD 389 and died circa AD 461. Born in England, he brought Christianity to Ireland. Little is really known about his life. Children could read St. Patrick’s Day by Gail Gibbons.
Ireland celebrates its National Holiday, Saint Patrick’s Day. Slightly smaller than the state of West Virginia, Ireland has 4.6 million people. Dublin is the capital.
Rubber band was patented by Stephen Perry, a British citizen, in 1845. He developed the rubber band, made from natural rubber, to keep papers and envelopes together. Children could list the ways we use rubber bands today.
First glider flight in the United States occurred in 1893. John Joseph Montgomery flew his glider near Otay, California.
First submarine was launched in 1898. John Phillip Holland, owner of the John P. Holland Torpedo Boat Company, created the Holland Submarine. It submerged for about 100 minutes in a shipyard in Elizabethtown, New Jersey.
Campfire Girls of America was created in 1910. In 1975 the group decided to admit boys and changed the name to Campfire Girls and Boys of America. In 2001 the group changed its name to Camp Fire USA, and in 2012 another name change produced Camp Fire.
National Gallery of Art opened in 1941 in Washington, DC. President Franklin Roosevelt officiated at the opening. The museum was created in 1937 when a number of wealthy art collectors donated many of their acquisitions to become the core of the exhibits. It has a fine collection of artwork, ranging from the medieval period to the present. Children could visit the Internet site, especially the online tours, at: http://www.nga.gov. They could also pretend to be curators for the National Gallery of Art and decide which works of art to add to the collection. They could also view the amazing children’s portion of the website at: NGA Kids.
Jim Bridger (born Richmond, Virginia, 1804; died near Kansas City, Missouri, July 17, 1881) was a scout and pioneer. He built Fort Bridger in Wyoming as a fur trading post and rest station for settlers traveling on the Oregon Trail.
Gottlieb Wilhelm Daimler (born Schorndorf, Wurttenberg, Germany, 1834; died Bad Cannstatt, 1900) is known as the “Father of the Automobile.” He invented the internal combustion engine. Idea: Help students discover how a car engine actually works.
Ralph Fletcher (born Marshfield, Massachusetts, 1953) writes books for young adults. His books include Fig Pudding and Moving Day. Children can visit his website at: Ralph Fletcher.
Kate Greenaway (born London, England, 1846; died London, England, November 6, 1901) wrote and illustrated children’s books. Children can read many of her works at: Project Gutenberg. The highly respected Kate Greenaway Medal is given each year to the best-illustrated book published in the United Kingdom. Children could learn more about Kate Greenaway and the Kate Greenaway Medal by consulting the Children’s Book Award Handbook, by Diana F. Marks.
Lilian Moore (born New York, New York, 1909; died Seattle, Washington, July 20, 2004) wrote about 50 poetry books and easy-to-read books for children. Her works included While You Were Chasing a Hat and I’ll Meet You at the Cucumbers. Children can learn more at: Lilian Moore.