Posts Tagged ‘capital’

A Day of Museums


17 May

Day 11, Saturday, May 11, 2013

Well, the weather report had said that Saturday was going to be a rainy day, so I planned ahead of time that this would be the day we’d do both the Smithsonian’s American History Museum and Natural History Museum. I had hoped to be done with the American History by lunch, eat lunch, and then head on over to the Natural History Museum, but by lunch we had only finished ONE of the three floors! I decided we’d eat lunch and then cover the rest a bit quicker, but it was probably at least 1:30 or 2:00 before we finished seeing the American History Museum, and that was with half the museum closed for renovations! It was interesting, but sadly lacking a lot of the things I remembered, or had hoped to see. I didn’t even realize until just now the Foucault Pendulum is gone! I looked it up and found out it was removed in the late ’90s.

The Natural History Museum (more…)

Washington, D.C. Fundraising


01 Sep

What better way to teach then through travel? You can go to places where historical events took place, learn about famous people in history, and take part in events that help you learn the things you’ve been taught and only heard about. That’s why this spring I hope to make American History come to life for my fifth grader by visiting our nation’s capital. Yep, this upcoming spring we hope to go to Washington, D.C.!

There’s only one small little problem. The money. It costs quite a bit to go on a trip like the one I’m hoping to take him on. When I went on my trip to Washington, D.C. in eighth grade it was 5 days and everything was rush, rush, rush. The places we didn’t have to really rush through we still had barely enough time to visit and see. I’d like to extend the time of our trip a bit longer than that and hopefully get time to see all the important and fun things our capital has to offer, along with, hopefully, taking a side trip to Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown.

Maybe it’s insane, but we think we can do it.

Now this isn’t a plea to get you to come and buy something you have no intention of buying or no desire to have. However, if for some reason you were planning on buying any magazines or restaurant.com giftcards or are looking into gifts closer to Christmastime, maybe you could consider visiting our website and taking a look. If anything appeals to you – great! If not, no biggie, maybe you could just pass on the link for us. Any help towards meeting our goal would be great and even just sharing our fundraising link with others who might be interested would be really appreciated.

Here’s our link, so feel free to take a look and/or pass it on to share with others.

http://my.fundraising.com/jgwashingtondc2013

Thanks for reading!

American History and Animaniacs


06 Aug

If you were a kid during the 80’s or 90’s there are probably a number of cartoons that you remember fondly. Personally, I feel that cartoons of those two decades were of much better quality than those available to our kids today, and often they taught different things, often just basic moral values and safety tips, and weren’t just mind-numbing entertainment.

One of the more witty cartoons of the 90’s though was the show, The Animaniacs. The different season DVD collections are available, and various clips are available for free viewing on YouTube.

Remembering various segments of this show I saw how I could utilize this in our unit on US Capitols and the US Presidents.  (more…)

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