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Independence Day

by Mary Ann Kelley

The Declaration of Independence, the letter to King George III declaring that the United States of America would not tolerate the grievances contained therein, was signed on July 4, 1776, right? Actually, although the statement drafted by Thomas Jefferson was officially adopted by the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia on July 4th, it was not signed until August 2, 1776 (and even then not all of the signers were present).
Homeschool resources about Independence Day

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Jefferson's Story of the Declaration  (O, T)
Thomas Jefferson's account of writing the Declaration of Independence

Charters of Freedom  (M,O,T)
Primary sources from the National Archives

DLTK's Custom Dominos  (Y)
Great tool for any holiday or unit study theme. Pick a theme for your dominoes and then choose color or black and white before printing.

Independence National Historical Park  (Y,M,O,T)
Independence Hall is the assembly hall where the Declaration of Independence was signed. The Liberty Bell is located there as well. The website offers links and information for folks not able to visit in person.

Declaring Independence:Drafting the Documents  (Y,M,O,T)
From the Library of Congress. A look at the drafting documents to the Declaration of Independence.

The Declaration of Independence  (Y)
From the History Place.com

America's Heritage: An Adventure in Liberty  (T)
From AmericanHeritage.org. A curriculum supplement written by teachers for Kindergarten-12th grade.

Primary Documents in American History  (Y,M,O,T)
From the Library of Congress: Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, The Bill of Rights, The Federalist Papers, Documents from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention, 1774-1789, Guide to American Historical Documents Online, and Charters of Freedom from the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

Declaration of Independence  (Y,M,O,T)
From the Library of Congress - Primary Documents in American History

United States Patriotic Theme  (Y)
Preschool Activities and Crafts

USA Coloring Pages (posters)  (Y,M,O,T)
DLTK's Crafts for Kids

America's Independence Day  (Y,M)
From A Kids Heart.com - Resources for children and teachers

The Declaration of Independence  (Y,M,O,T)
From the National Archives (where the Declaration is housed), this website includes images of the original Declaration and its history as well as links to other important national documents that are housed at the Archives.

Fourth of July Crafts & Other Fun  (Y M)
From DLTK-Kids.com Includes crafts, printables, recipes, coloring pages, and games.

Crafts, Books, and Printables  (Y)
Large selection of 4th of July items from Enchanted Learning

4th of July in History  (M,O)
From the US Library of Congress

The Fourth of July -- A Day to Remember!  (Y,M,O,T)
From Education World.com

4th of July Unit Study (Independence Day)  (Y)
In depth unit for younger students

Independence Day  (Y,M,O,T)
From Education World.com

Myth and Truth: Independence Day  (Y,M)
From Read Write Think.org This lesson explores all the dates and stories associated with the Declaration of Independence.

The Road to Revolution Game  (Y,M,O,T)
An online game about the American Revolution. Every correct answer moves you further along the timeline to Revolution.

July 4th Activity Book to Make  (Y)
For younger students, this book to make includes both period and current flags, the seal of the US, a revolutionary word search, a 50 states word search, and more.

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