PBS LearningMedia Announces Free Teaching Resources for July 4th

PBS LearningMedia announces a collection of free educational resources exploring the sights, sounds and history of the United States.

The Road Trip Across America resources include:

1) Digging America

Wilson and Ditch, two funny, energetic and talkative gopher brothers, drive from city to city as tourists who learn the history of every new location. For grades 1-4

2) Faces of America

The series Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. address a wide range of topics including historic waves of immigration, anti-immigrant sentiment, family genealogy, and state-of-the-art genetic research.For grades 2-12

3) Symbols of the U.S.

Six U.S. symbols are depicted in this Library of Congress primary source set: the Liberty Bell, the U.S. flag, the bald eagle, the national anthem, Uncle Sam, and the Statue of Liberty. This set also includes a Teacher's Guide with historical context and teaching suggestions. For grades 3-8

4) National Anthem Mashup

The DJs from PBS's Beat Making Lab take a detailed look at two of America's most cherished songs to create a whole new mashup of music. Starting with the story of "The Star Spangled Banner" and lacing in elements from "Lift Every Voice and Sing," the musicians create a new remix that expresses the diversity of our nation. For grades 6-12

5) Fireworks! Making Color

Although black powder remains one of the most important components in fireworks today, in order to create the colorful displays audiences expect, it must be combined with many other chemical compounds. This video segment adapted from NOVA describes some of these compounds and explains how pyrotechnicians use them to create fireworks. For grades 6-12