Rocky Mountain National Park was established in 1915. The 265,000-acre park straddles part of the Continental Divide. About one-third of the park supports an alpine tundra ecosystem. Visitors can hike over 300 miles of trails, and scientists come here to study bighorn sheep. To view some excellent multimedia presentations and to tap some webcams, children could visit: http://www.nps.gov/romo/index.htm.
Hattie Caraway became the first woman to be elected a United States Senator in 1932. She represented the state of Arkansas. Her husband was one of the state’s senators when he died. As was custom then, she completed his term. She surprised the powers to be when she decided to run for the office and won! She served in the Senate until 1945. Children could calculate the number of male and female senators by visiting: Women Senators. They could find out if the number of female senators has risen in recent years.
Cape Hatteras National Seashore was established in 1953. Located along the Outer Banks of North Carolina, the national seashore is 70 miles long. Once called the “Graveyard of the Atlantic,” the park hosts many species of birds. Sea turtles also nest along the shore. Children can learn more at: https://www.nps.gov/caha/index.htm.
Haiti experienced a 7.0 earthquake in 2010. Three million people were affected, and many buildings were partially or totally destroyed. Haiti today is still trying to rebuild. Children can view the 2010 Scholastic article at: Haiti Earthquake.
Clement Hurd (born New York, New York, 1908; died San Francisco, California, February 5, 1988) wrote and illustrated around 100 books for children. He illustrated books for his wife, Edith Thacher Hurd. However, he is probably best known for illustrating Margaret Wise Brown’s Goodnight Moon and her Runaway Bunny. He is the father of Thacher Hurd, also a writer and illustrator of children’s books. Children can learn more at: Clement Hurd.
Nina Laden (born New York, New York, 1962) writes and illustrates books for children. One of her book is Private I. Guana. Children can listen to Amanda Byles read Laden’s book, The Night I Followed the Dog at: http://www.storylineonline.net/ Children could also visit Laden’s website at: Nina Laden.
Jack London (born San Francisco, California, 1876; died Santa Rosa, California, November 22, 1916) was an author. He wrote more than 50 books, and two of his most celebrated works are Call of the Wild and White Fang. Children can read his works at: http://www.gutenberg.org/. They can learn more at: Jack London.
Charles Perrault (born Paris, France, 1628; died Paris, France, May 16, 1703) wrote several tales, including Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Little Red Riding Hood. Children can read many of his stories at: Project Gutenberg. They can learn more at: Charles Perrault.
John Singer Sargent (born Florence, Italy, 1856; died London, England, 1925) was a painter. Children could view some of his works at: John Singer Sargent. Sargent’s portraits flatter the subject, but they also tell much about fashion and home decor. Children could view some of his works and discuss clothing and home settings.
John Winthrop (born Edwardston, England, 1588; died Boston, Massachusetts, March 26, 1649) was the leader of the Massachusetts Bay Colony for many of the years between 1630 and 1648.