Jun 302020
 
Congo, Democratic Republic of the

Flag of Democratic Republic of the Congo

Democratic Republic of Congo, formerly Zaire, celebrates Independence Day. Belgium relinquished control in 1960. It is about one and a half times the size of Alaska. The country is famous for its minerals and forest products. Over 75 million people live in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The capital is Kinshasa.

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Jun 302020
 
Charles Blondin

Charles Blondin

Charles Blondin walked across Niagara Falls on a tightrope in 1859. Approximately 25,000 people watched the five-minute walk. On other occasions he walked across the falls on a tightrope pushing a wheelbarrow or on stilts. Idea: Children could draw a line on the playground. They could pretend the line was a tightrope. They could see if they could walk the line on stilts. Older children could read more at: Blondin.

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Jun 302020
 
Black-Footed Ferrets

Black-Footed Ferrets
Courtesy FWS

Fish and Wildlife Service was established in 1940. Its purpose is “working with others, to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.” Children can learn more at: http://www.fws.gov/.

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Jun 302020
 

amendmentTwenty-Sixth Amendment to the Constitution was adopted in 1971. It changed the voting age from twenty-one to eighteen years of age. Idea: Children could find out why the voting age was changed. They could debate whether age eighteen is the right age to vote.

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