Several faiths have significant holidays in December. Christmas falls on Dec. 25. Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Many people exchange presents at Christmas, too. Hanukkah is a Jewish celebration that lasts eight days. Some Hanukkah customs include eating potato pancakes, or latkes, and playing with a dreidel, a spinning top with Hebrew letters […]
Category Archives: Around The World
When the colonists in America started fighting the British in April of 1775, they weren’t looking to break free from Britain. They were fighting for their rights as British citizens. By October, King George was furious at what he saw as their rebellion. He ordered more troops and more ships to head to America to […]
HOW COLONIZATION CHANGED NORTH AMERICA
Colonization is a complicated topic, but it shaped North America as we know it. The European empires had a lot of people and a lot of money, but not a lot of land. The European rulers decided to send out explorers to find new land. They hoped this new land […]
February 14 & 19
For many Americans, February means Valentine’s Day, and Valentine’s Day means giving cards and gifts and eating a lot of chocolate. Every year on Feb. 14, Americans spend billions of dollars on candy, cards, flowers and other gifts to give to their loved ones, but the reason this tradition started is […]
While the gold found in North America was usually in the form of dust or very fine grains, it was commonplace in Australia to find nuggets of gigantic size and value. The largest of these, the “Holtermann Nugget,” weighed more than 600 pounds (290 kg)!
In America, a common form of gold mining was called […]
When we think about exploring other cities or countries, we often compare our lives to the lives of people who live in these other places. Are they similar or different to us in values, entertainment or tastes?
Close your eyes and think about December. What do you see in your mind’s eye? Maybe you see […]
Maybe you’ve eaten a few peanuts and seen elephants at the circus or in a movie pick up peanuts with their trunks to eat them. You may have even learned in school that George Washington Carver made many, many foods and products from peanuts. But do you know what connection China has to peanuts?
Every year in India, people celebrate Diwali. It is a Hindu celebration of lights that takes place each fall. It’s the nation’s biggest festival, and it celebrates the victory of good over evil. The festival includes putting lights on housetops, in windows, in doorways and other parts of buildings. Festival preparations usually take about five […]
We celebrate Labor Day on Sept. 4 this year. For many, Labor Day marks the end of the summer season, but there is another reason we take off work on the first Monday in September. It is a day dedicated to celebrating the U.S. worker and the contributions workers have made to the success of […]
The United States Of America
July 4 is America’s birthday. If you haven’t heard the story by now, you are missing a good one! On June 7, 1776, the Continental Congress met in Philadelphia. The colonists were frustrated. It was Richard Henry Lee who submitted the resolution claiming the 13 colonies should be independent from […]