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Students going online to celebrate freedom

By JEANNE ROGERS
© St. Petersburg Times
published September 16, 2002


Next week, students around the country will study the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights and famous historical figures as part of Celebrate Freedom Week.

Here are some Web sites that should help bring some of the people and events in our country's history to life.

Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids

bensguide.gpo.gov

This is organized by grade level and contains a link for parents and teachers. Topics include information on our nation, historical documents, U.S. symbols and citizenship.

White House

www.whitehousekids.gov

This is designed for kids and includes a Freedom Timeline. Stories deal with the Underground Railroad and the Statue of Liberty. Meet Spotty and tour the White House.

George Washington

www.mountvernon.org

George Washington loved his home at Mount Vernon. Take a tour of the mansion and the grounds. Read biographical information and take an online quiz.

Thomas Jefferson

www.monticello.org

At this site one can find biographical information on the third president and the plantation and grounds at Monticello.

James Madison

www.montpelier.org

You can visit the home of the "father of the Constitution" and view the gardens and Landmark Forest.

Colonial Williamsburg

www.history.org/History/

This helps bring the history of the 18th century alive with electronic field trips, clothing exhibits and teacher resources.

The Bill of Rights Institute

www.BillofRightsInstitute.org

This site was established to help educate high school students about the Bill of Rights. It is filled with information and numerous education links.

U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

www.archives.gov

This site contains a digital classroom and exhibit hall. See the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Read about the 55 delegates who attended the Constitutional Convention.

American Revolution Web site for the National ParkService

www.nps.gov/revwar/

This one is a work in progress. The site was started in 2000 to commemorate the 225th anniversary of the American Revolution. Check out the online exhibits and see museum pieces from selected national parks. The site will continue to be updated through 2008.

-- Jeanne Rogers is the technology specialist at Deer Park Elementary School in New Port Richey.

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