What is Bonfire Night? (Guy Fawkes Night)

In Europe, there are many different holidays that are celebrated with bonfires and called Bonfire Night. Guy Fawkes Night, which is celebrated in Britain on November fifth, is one of the most famous. It celebrates the failure of an assassination plot in 1605. Catholics living in an English providence wanted…

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A Race to Space

“[We] should commit … [ourselves] to achieving the goal before this decade is out,” U.S. President John F. Kennedy proposed to Congress on May 25, 1961, “of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth.” Over 35 years before, the U.S. and the Union of…

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Great Inventors

Did you know that Thomas Edison obtained 2,332 patents worldwide for his inventions? 1,093 of Edison’s patents were in the United States, but other patents were approved in other countries. I think Thomas Edison, the Wright Brothers, and Alexander Graham Bell are the most important Americans inventors. Thomas Edison is…

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The Civil War

In a civil war, states, not countries, fight. At the time of the America Civil War, Abraham Lincoln was the president. When the war ended, 620,000 had died. In addition, the war cost 15 million dollars. So why were they fighting? The south feared that the government would take the…

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Stop Bob’s Destroyer!

John Miller and Mary Miller anxiously stared at their message wall, a wall that automatically showed all of their announcements. It read “Gold in California, Chicago, Planet Texas.” In 3160, which was five years before, they had moved to Boston, Illinois, Planet Texas. “Oh no!” explained Mary “Bob will power…

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The Trail of Tears

Native Americans will never forget The Trail of Tears. In the late 1820s, more than 100,000 Native Americans lived in southeast America. It had been their home for generations before the white men came. The white men desired this land because they had found gold in Georgia and because they…

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The Amazing Deal

Thomas Jefferson, our 3rd president, got a great deal for America! When he became president in 1801, the United States only included the land from the east coast to the Mississippi River. Napoleon Bonaparte, the emperor of France, owned the land on the other side. Thomas Jefferson wanted to buy…

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America is Free!

The Declaration of Independence made America free from King George III. Before, English soldiers had reinforced the many taxes. The colonists protested, which resulted in MORE taxes and MORE soldiers. The colonists thought this was not fair because they wanted to be free! A congress with at least one man…

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Colonial Church

Church was important in Colonial America. Men, women, children, slaves, and Native Americans all sat in their own sections. One sermon lasted 2-5 hours. After lunch, there was another sermon. Nobody could leave church except for lunch until the minister and his wife left. To strictly enforce the seriousness of…

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Law and Order

Law and order were vital in colonial America. A person paid a fine for lying, calling somebody a name, or being rude. If someone committed a crime, he was whipped or had his crime burned onto his hand. Others were placed in stocks with a card around their necks with…

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The Boston Massacre

It was a chilly, snowy afternoon in Boston, Massachusetts, March 5, 1770. Two anxious British soldiers, who were known as Private John Goldfinch and Captain Hugh White, stood in front of the Statehouse on King Street. The colonists were mad about the taxes that King George the III placed on them. They wanted to…

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A Long and Tough Journey

In 1620, a group of English Puritans, who wanted to freely worship God, boarded the Mayflower to America. Then, the sailors saw dark clouds up ahead! The lightning flashed. The thunder crashed. Wind and waves rocked the boat. The Pilgrims stayed below on the crowded gun deck. The Pilgrims were…

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Bent’s Fort

Bent’s Fort was a trading post created from adobe blocks, which were (and still are) mud bricks dried in the sun. It had massive wooden gates and was surrounded by a sage brush prairie. At Bent’s Fort, people happily trade furs and trinkets. All people stop at Bent’s Fort, even…

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Uniting the States

In 1787 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, delegates from each of the 13 colonies met to fix the old government. George Washington, who was president of the convention, had a sun on the back of his chair. Benjamin Franklin wondered if the sun was rising or setting. Many doubted the crumbling old…

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The First Airplane

The First Airplane The Wright brothers, who were named Orville (1874-1929 in Ohio) and Wilbur (1867 in Indiana to 1912 in Ohio), invented the first airplane. Before they tried flying, they built bicycles and unique kites. The brothers began testing gliders for people in 1900. They successfully flew for the…

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Explorers Guess Who?!?!

Explorers Facts: Christopher Columbus traveled from Spain to North America. Marco Polo traveled from Europe to China on the silk road. He came back to Italy with spices and silk. The people in Italy liked it a lot. John Cabot traveled to North America from England. Hernando De Soto searched…

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Christopher Columbus

Books mentioned: Pedro’s Journal by Pam Conrad, Encounter by Jane Yolen, illustrated by David Shannon. Paul’s Facts about Christopher Columbus: Christopher Columbus sailed from Spain. Christopher Columbus looked for Asia. Christopher Columbus wanted spices from Asia. Christopher Columbus was actually in North America. It was hard to sail the ship….

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The Native American Homes

by Mommy illustrated by Paul (Mommy is typing what Paul says.) The wigwam was made in the Northern Woodlands. The longhouse was built in the Northern Woodlands too. The teepees were built in plains (My favorite house that they made  It is my favorite because when we say it, it sounds…

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Palmyra and Kirtland

We went to Palmyra. We went to church in Palmyra! We saw the temple in Kirtland. We saw the Sacred Grove. Joseph Smith prayed there. Joseph Smith lived a long time ago. We saw where The Book of Mormon was printed. I got pages of The Book of Mormon. I love…

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