The following activities and resources were prepared by Kathy Johnson, a wonderful media specialist from Voyager Elementary School in Alexandria, MN.  
 
Happy Birthday, America!

Happy Birthday, America!

illustrated by Guy Porfirio
published by HarperCollins, May 2000
ISBN 0688130518
Ages 4-8, 32 pages

A happy hometown Fourth of July celebration with all of the trimmings!

Teaching summer school? Exploring American holidays?

Listen to patriotic music selections at this website: click here.
Watch some virtual fireworks at this website (click here) or draw your own with chalk on black paper.
Good ideas for Fourth of July crafts: click here.
History, printables and colorsheets are available by clicking here.
Have a Fourth of July parade and do some marching!
Write about your family activities last Fourth of July or what you would like to do on that day.
Make red, white and blue jello.
Have a seed spitting contest—sunflower seeds will need to be substituted at this time of year but it will make the contest more challenging!
Have a red, white and blue clothing day.
Compare/contrast with Happy Birthday America by Mary Pope Osborne.