Looking for an end of the school year activity?
The first in my series, Everything Has a History. Why not show your students that even candy has a history with this fun/informative web quest! Learn facts including marshmallows date back to 2000 BC and King Tut's Tomb contained licorice. I also have included several additional resources and extension activities. Great for a Friday, a day before a vacation activity or just when you'd like to share with kids that...everything has a history!
Check out my newest in the series: Everything Has a History...even chewing Gum: History of Chewing Gum!
Check out my History of Shoes! Everything Has A History, even SHOES!
Check out my History of Peanuts! Learn about the history of the PeanutLearn about the History of the Peanut
TULIPS: With spring, comes the sprouting of tulips. Tulips have a very interesting history. Sharing information about the history of the tulip is a great way to show kids that EVERYTHING has a history.
Reading passage, Did You Know? fun facts, comprehension questions, Map-skill activity, Teacher page with extension activities and key.Tulips: Reading Passage/Activities
April 26th is National Pretzel Day!
Use this reading passage to show students that everything has a history, even pretzels! The resource includes a reading passage, a Did You Know? section of fun facts about pretzels. For example: Baldies are what saltless pretzels are called! There is also a short map skill activity to show students the location of where pretzels originated. There are comprehension questions and a teacher page with extension activities and links.The History of Pretzels!
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Other holiday resources you may find of interest:
1. St. Patrick's Day-Ireland Webquest and Activities: Learn more about Ireland with my fun and informative web quest on Ireland includes 12 questions and lots of extension activities! Skills include:reading for information and using research/computer skills. Ireland Webquest
2. Want to introduce your students to the history of April Fool's Day? This resource provides a reading for students as well as lots of interesting famous April Fool's Day pranks such as this one that happened in Switzerland in 1957.A news show aired a video on a spaghetti harvest in the country of Switzerland. People were pulling strands of spaghetti dangling down from trees. People actually called the news show asking how they could purchase a spaghetti tree! Additionally, there are extension activities as well as a Test your April Fool's Day IQ(can you spot the True News Stories from the Fake ones?). There are also comprehension questions for the students to answer after reviewing the resource.One class period for Grades 4 and up.April Fools' Day Reading, Fun Facts and Activities
3. Great back to school activity! Learn about pencils, paper and pens with this informative web quest! Did you know that 2 billion pencils are made each year just in the United States?Skills include:reading for information and using research/computer skills. Pens, Paper and Pencil Webquest
4. With 12 informational web questions, this resource is just the thing to use as a learning tool about the holiday of Halloween. Bats, Owls, pumpkins, the human skeleton, the origin of Halloween, superstitions, and famous stories in literature, are covered. There are comprehension questions, lots of fun facts, extension activities(including writing in the content area), and additional links for teachers. Halloween Webquest
5. Want a fun and informative activity to teach your students about the history of Thanksgiving?This webquest has ten informative text questions on the history of Thanksgiving(including the Macy's Day Parade). TURKEY facts,too! Great for this time of year! Thanksgiving and Turkeys, Webquest!
6. Do your female students ask why more women aren't mentioned in history books.Each web question contains lots of informational text on 10 women who have made contributions to our world. Elizabeth Blackwell,Clara Barton,Amelia Earhart,Susan B Anthony,Sally Ride,Rosa Parks,Jane Goodall,Eleanor Roosevelt,Marie Curie and Sacagwea.Extension links/activities,key.Skills:reading for information/ research/computer skills. Women's History Month Webquest
7. The idea to foster contributions of African Americans began with Dr. Carter G. Woodson, back in 1926. Love his motto to live by-"It is never too late to learn!" Check out my web quest for Black History Month: Black History Month Webquest
8. Try this informative web quest on Martin Luther King! Grades 4 and up. One of Martin Luther King's quotes, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” I have added comprehension questions and additional links/extension activities. Skills include:reading for information and using research/computer skills. Martin Luther King Webquest