Hunt by Cindy O'Hora
Learn science, civics, social studies, summer safety.
Directions: Use the links provided to find the
answers to the questions. Open the link by holding down the Ctrl key as you click on
the link. A menu will open. Choose .. New window with page. Once you find the answer, click the new window
closed. You should see this hunt page again.
1. The rough draft of
Declaration of Independence was written by Thomas Jefferson. Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Robert Livingston and Roger Sherman edited the rough draft. John Adams made 86 changes. The members of the Second Continental Congress edited it quite a bit, too.
wanted to view the actual Declaration of Independence document, where would you have to go?
2. What could you see if you visited the U.S.
How far is this place from your community?
||Fireworks displays are a prominent part of our Independence Day celebrations.
3. List 3 fireworks
4. What metal must be added to a fireworks
to give it a blue color?
CuCl is a fireworks metal that is made of two elements. Read about each of them at WebElements Table of Periodic Elements
Describe each one.
5. Although the official flag of the United States has been the same for all of your life,
there have been many official
United States flags. Here is a table with a link to each one. "Official Flags of the United States".
Write a formula to calculate the total number of official flags of the United States, based on the linked table.
6. Two former Presidents of the United States died on
July 4th 1826.
(Note - this day was the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration
them. Use your online research skills to locate the answer.
7. The weather is an important
factor to consider when making plans for an outside event.
What is today's forecast for your town?
Use the Local forecast form. Enter
your zip code.
Is it optimal for an outside event this year?
a method to estimate how far away a thunder storm is when you hear
Evaluate - The rumble of thunder alerts you that there is a thunderstorm
approaching. You head inside your house. You use your kitchen wall phone to call your mom at work to
let her know your plans. After a quick dip in the pool, you are going to take a shower. Then you plan to
bike over to a friend's house, until your mom gets home.
Which safety rules regarding
lightning are you breaking? Lightning
Safety Program | Lightning Safety FEMA
9. Poison ivy rash
makes lots of people miserable in the summer.
Write the rhyme that can
help you avoid poison ivy plants.
Will scratching poison ivy rash spread it?
Is the rash contagious? (Can a person
pass poison ivy
rash to another person?)
10. When you go to a concert on July 4th, you might hear
the Official March of the United States.
is its title?
Who composed the music?
What is the music meant to convey?
Take a moment to listen to it. Do you recognize the music?
11. In July 1885, Louis Pasteur successfully treated a
person with a rabies vaccine.
How does a person
contract (get sick with) rabies?
According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control), which wild animal accounts for the most
cases of rabies in the United States?
Use your online research skills to find the most recent
rabies data for your state. Are cases rising or falling?
12. Guglielmo Marconi patented his invention in July of
1897. We still use it 100 years later.
Read this article about him.
a. Based on what you read, which of these statements are true? Place a checkmark next to the true one(s).
1. The age of great inventing has passed.
2. It is foolish and a waste of time to challenge commonly held beliefs.
3. Governments are filled with smart people who always know what is good or best.
4. Great inventions require fancy, expensive facilities to develop them.
5. Americans are the greatest inventors.
6. After someone develops an idea or invents something new, their work is finished and they should move on to another idea.
did Marconi invent?
c. Do you think people will be using his invention 100 years from now? Why?
13. How did Fannie Lee Teals demonstrate her patriotism?
If you were to undertake a similar project, what symbols and colors would you utilize?
Extend your exploration with these ideas:
History detective - You are exploring your Grandfather John's attic where you find an old flag.
It looks like a United
States Flag. It has stars in a blue field and 13 stripes. A quick count finds 33 stars.
The middle row of stars has two less stars than the other
4 rows. You show it to Gramps who tells you he got it from his father, your great grandfather who was named after the second president of the USA.
He would like to learn more about this family treasure.
What web resources, from the hunt, can you use find out
more about old U.S. Flags?
In which years do you believe it was the official U.S. Flag?
Embark on an electronic field trip - Freedom In America: Some Assembly Required
Fourth of July Celebration Plan
"The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.
You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not." Adams Electronic archive - Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 3 July 1776
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posted May 2001 Cynthia J. O'Hora, Updated July 2016
In honor of the courageous, inspired service of our second president, John Adams - released to public domain
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