Teachable moments for Independence Day

Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder has a great chapter titled “Independence Day” which describes a celebration c. 1866. Radio station WRR 101.1 out of Fort Worth plays patriotic music all day on the radio. You can read a copy of the Declaration of Independence (we pause our read-aloud to let the children exclaim the words “The King”, when appropriate.) Read about and practice flag etiquette along with read alouds listed below. Most of these books are linked to the Waco-McLennan County Library, but a few are linked to Baylor University Library and Amazon.com. Pick something to do this year, Kari

The Fourth of July Story by Alice Dalgliesh
A Picture Book of Thomas Jefferson by David Adler
Where Was Patrick Henry on the 29th of May? by Jean Fritz (also by this author, Will You Sign Here, John Hancock? and Can’t you make them behave, King George?)
Year of Independence, 1776 by Genevieve Foster (includes what was going on in other countries during the same time period)

For Older Readers
The Declaration of Independence: The Story Behind America’s Founding Document and the Men Who Created It by Rob Gragg
The Signers: The 56 Stories Behind the Declaration of Independence by Dennis Fradin
Give Me Liberty!: The Story of the Declaration of Independence by Russell Freedman

Music
John Phillip Sousa (Getting the Know the World’s Greatest Composers) by Mike Venezia; (also listen to Sousa’s music on audio cd)
Songs Sung Red, White, and Blue: The Stories Behind America’s Best-Loved Patriotic Songs by Ace Collins

Art
“Writing the Declaration of Independence” by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris
“Declaration of Independence”
by John Trumbell

image source: American Gallery