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Click to read the Oneida Indian information. (This takes you to my wikispace entry below. There are links to other pages of Oneida Indian information in the posting.)

JULY 27 - TODAY IN HISTORY:
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1943: Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin issues Order No. 227 ordering all retreating soldiers, "cowards and panic makers" executed immediately. (World War II)





JULY 18TH - TODAY IN HISTORY WIDGET: UPDATES AUTOMATICALLY! I created this "Today in History" Widget from www.infoplease.com! If you want to see more events from history, hover your cursor over the Widget and then click the "forward" and "backward" arrows that appear. For even more events, click on the "See more events" link when it appears in the scroll box. Also, scroll down a little to see "Today in History" photos. Have Fun! -- Mr. Stickler









July 18th "Today in History" photo gallery:
On July 18th, 1863, the 54th Massachusetts infantry, the first African American regiment in U.S. history, attacked Fort Wagner in South Carolina.
On July 18th, 1863, the 54th Massachusetts infantry, the first African American regiment in U.S. history, attacked Fort Wagner in South Carolina.
July 18, 1994 - Crayola introduces scented crayons in 16 varieties.  13 of these were replaced within a year - parents complained children were eating the crayons!
July 18, 1994 - Crayola introduces scented crayons in 16 varieties. 13 of these were replaced within a year - parents complained children were eating the crayons!







July 17, 1959: Dr. Leakey discovers oldest human skull (600,000 years old). (from www.brainyhistory.com.) Click here to learn more about **all** the Leakey family discoveries in Africa!
Assembled skull fragments found by Dr. Leakey in 1959.
Assembled skull fragments found by Dr. Leakey in 1959.


July 17, 1850: Harvard Observatory takes 1st photograph of a star, name it "Vega". (from www.brainyhistory.com.)
Photo of the 15-inch Refractor telescope that was used to photograph "Vega" (and the moon) for the first time!
Photo of the 15-inch Refractor telescope that was used to photograph "Vega" (and the moon) for the first time!


July 16, 1861: Battle of Bull Run, the 1st major battle of the Civil War, is fought. (from www.brainyhistory.com.)
Confederate troops at the Battle of Bull Run (called "Manasas" by the Confederates).
Confederate troops at the Battle of Bull Run (called "Manasas" by the Confederates).

July 16, 1429: Joan of Arc leads French army in Battle of Orleans. (www.brainyhistory.com.)
Painting of Joan of Arc entering Orleans in 1429.  (maidofheaven.com.)
Painting of Joan of Arc entering Orleans in 1429. (maidofheaven.com.)

July 14, 1853: 1st U.S. World's fair opens, Crystal Palace New York (from www.brainyhistory.com). Click here for more information, photos, and a primary source description of the 1853 World's Fair.

Painting of the New York Crystal Palace, 1853.
Painting of the New York Crystal Palace, 1853.

July 14, 1850: 1st public demonstration of ice made by refrigeration (from www.brainyhistory.com). Click here for more information about Dr. Gorrie's "ice-making machine".

Drawing of Dr. John Gorrie's ice-making machine.
Drawing of Dr. John Gorrie's ice-making machine.

Jul 13, 1943: Largest tank battle in history ends

Jul 13, 1985: Live Aid is held simultaneously in London and Philadelphia and broadcast live throughout the world

Jul 12, 1861: Confederacy signs treaties with Native Americans

Jul 12, 1957: Eisenhower takes first presidential ride in a helicopter

Jul 11, 1914: Babe Ruth makes MLB debut

Jul 11, 1656: First Quaker colonists land at Boston

Jul 10, 1777: British General Richard Prescott captured in Rhode Island

July 10, 1850: Vice President Fillmore becomes President following Zachary Taylor's death

Jul 9, 1941: Enigma key broken

Jul 9, 1993: Romanov remains identified

Jul 8, 1941: German general's diary reveals Hitler's plans for Russia

Jul 8, 1776: Liberty Bell tolls to announce Declaration of Independence

July 7, 1969: First U.S. troops withdrawn from South Vietnam

Jul 7, 1863: Kit Carson's campaign against the Indians

Jul 6, 1775: Congress issues a "Declaration on the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms".

Jul 6, 1933: Major League Baseball's first All-Star Game is held.
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*NEW -TUESDAY, JULY 12TH: ONEOTA INDIAN HOME DISCOVERED! A 500-year old Oneota Indian home has been discovered near Holman, Wisconsin. It is located near a major highway - Highway 53 - and is being excavated by a group of archeology students from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Archeology Field School. 7,000 artifacts have been recovered so far! The home is a "long house", a type of Native American home we studied - and saw on our field trip to the Mississinewa battlefield - in 8th grade last year. Click here to read the article titled "Oneota Native American Home Discovered by University of Wisconsin Students" from Indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com. There are also pictures of the excavation site and of artifacts taken from the site so far. This link takes you to a website with facts and photos about the Oneida Indians. There is a TON of information about the tribe with photos of their clothes and some of the different flags the Oneida tribes have adopted. Here is a link to an article titled "UW-L students unearth history near Holmen" from the LaCrosse Tribune with more information about what the student's "typical day" is like! -- Have Fun!! -- Mr. Stickler

Drawing of an Oneida long house.
Drawing of an Oneida long house.





THURSDAY, JULY 7TH: NEW EXHIBIT AT INDY MUSEUM OF ART - A new exhibit is coming to the Indianapolis Museum of Art starting tomorrow! The exhibit is titled "Dynasty and Divinity: Ife Art in Ancient Nigeria". (See the 38 second video trailer below.) Next year, 7th graders will study ancient Africa including Egypt. Last year's 7th graders will remember our trip to the Museum of Art and the Ancient China artifacts we learned about. Tickets to the exhibit are really cheap, too ($8 per person). Click this link to help with planning a trip to the Museum of Art. You can see a slideshow of some of the artifacts that will be on display by clicking this link to the "Dynasty and Divinity Image Gallery."



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SATURDAY, JULY 2ND - U.S. CIVIL WAR ERA SHIPWRECK DISCOVERED - Since we're so close to the 4th of July holiday, I thought I would post some U.S. history today. The wreck of the U.S. blockade runner ship, the Mary Celestia, is being excavated off the coast of Bermuda. This ship was commissioned in 1864 and sank while making smuggling runs to the West Indies. Using underwater archaeology, divers recently uncovered a case of wine bottles with the corks intact and the liquid still inside. Follow this link to see photos of this discovery and read the article titled "150 - Yr. Old Wine Found in Shipwreck" from the news website BERNEWS. (The photo below shows how divers carefully excavated the wine bottles.) Also, view the YouTube video (below) which shows divers unpacking the bottles from their crate on June 18th, 2011. You can also click here to read the article titled "Wine found on Marie Celestia wreck" published on June 24th, 2011 in the Royal Gazette (newspaper) Online. There you will see some really clear photos of the wreck and the same video I have embedded on this page. Have Fun!! -- Mr. Stickler

Divers use an underwater vacuum to remove sand and silt from the bow of the Mary Celestia.
Divers use an underwater vacuum to remove sand and silt from the bow of the Mary Celestia.









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FRIDAY, JUNE 24 - NEW DISCOVERIES OF THE ANCIENT WORLD - News of two new discoveries were listed in today's newspaper. The first deals with an ancient carving of a Mastodon found in Florida. Follow this link to the full story on National Geographic.com. The next discovery was found in Israel some time ago but will soon be opening to the public. Scientists uncovered a city built by Christian Crusaders during the Medieval era in Acre, Israel. The remains of the city were found underneath the modern city with the same name. The city was last inhabited in 1291 C.E. During that year, Muslims from Egypt attacked and drove the Christians out. You can follow this link to the story titled "A Crusader Town Emerges Under an Old Israeli Port". Follow this link to view photos of the Medieval city. (See the photo below for more information and another web link.) Have Fun!! -- Mr. Stickler

Ancient carving of a Mastodon found in Florida.
Ancient carving of a Mastodon found in Florida.


Click on the photo to read more about the city of Acre.  (Photo is an overhead view of the city.)
Click on the photo to read more about the city of Acre. (Photo is an overhead view of the city.)






TUESDAY, JUNE 21 - UNDERWATER ARCHAEOLOGY IN EGYPT - Hello, all!! I was so happy to see our website statistics yesterday and see that we had so many visitors! Please, spread the word about the new posts for this summer. Remember, if you don't read or do something academic over the summer, you can lose up to 3 months of last year's learning! Keep checking our website regularly to see what's new.

Since everyone seems to like the new archaeology techniques from space (should we call it "astro-archaeology"?), I found some examples of another type of archaeology: underwater, or "nautical", archaeology. This first video features our famous (favorite?) Egyptologist, Dr. Zawi Hawass, explaining the items divers have brought up from the Nile River near the Aswan Dam. What does he say he has learned from the discoveries made at this site?










Here's another great video about underwater archaeology filmed last summer! Watch as the lead archaeologist uses primary source clues from maps to direct divers to Cleopatra's palace! There are 2 more videos in this series. Click on the links you see after the video is over to watch videos 4/5 and 5/5. Listen for clues about how they are using the Historical Thinking Skill Chronological Thinking.










If you want to learn more about underwater archaeology, search Google for "underwater archaeology Egypt". Click on 'Videos' at the top of the search results page to see many more videos like this. Check back in a few days for new Summer Enrichment material! Have Fun! -- Mr. Stickler



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SATURDAY, JUNE 18 - NEW DISCOVERIES IN PYRAMIDS!! - Last week, scientists excavating for years near the pyramids at Giza, Egypt, announced a new discovery! Using a small robot with a movable camera, scientists explored a new found shaft at the Great Pyramid. They have released a 3D video reconstruction of the new tunnel and some of the markings they have found. View the videos below to see what they found!










Several weeks ago, researchers from the University of Alabama located 17 new pyramids with nearly 1,000 tombs in them! Follow this link to read the short article from EarthSky.org and view photos about how this find was made!
Follow this link to view a video on the BBC News website. In this clip, you will see the leading scientist from the University of Alabama, Dr. Sarah Parcak, explain the technique that was used to locate the capital city of ancient Egypt, Tanis. This is a segment of the series "Egypt's Lost Cities" that is televised on the BBC network.

Use this link to view TONS of photos and videos on Discovery Channel's "Egypt Guide"! Learn about King Tut, Ramses, Nefertiti, and more! Have Fun! -- Mr. Stickler


A photo of the "Egypt's Lost Cities" team with lead researcher: Ramy Romany (Egyptian Expert), Dallas Campbell (Presenter), Liz Bonnin (Presenter) and Dr. Sarah Parcak (Satellite Archaeologist).
A photo of the "Egypt's Lost Cities" team with lead researcher: Ramy Romany (Egyptian Expert), Dallas Campbell (Presenter), Liz Bonnin (Presenter) and Dr. Sarah Parcak (Satellite Archaeologist).










Watch this Discovery Channel video with famous Egyptologist Dr. Zawi Hawass showinghow the ancient site at Akhmim (central Egypt) was discovered.There are also 12 related Egypt videos that are about 3 mins. long.


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SUNDAY, JUNE 12TH, 2011 - EGYPTIAN MUMMY SITE! - Hello, everyone! I found a really neat web site about ancient Egyptian Mummies on History.com. Last summer, I posted a lot of 3D web sites that had tours you could take. This is a little like that. Follow this link to see the Mummies Unwrapped page. Take a look around and click on the links. You will be able to explore the mummy and learn interesting facts about them. When you're done, scroll down to the bottom of the page for 1 to 3 minute videos about ancient Egypt, mummies, and the pyramids. (Last year's 6th graders might recognize the famous Egyptian archaeologist Zawi Hawass in one of the videos!)

Don't forget to read lots of books this summer! Remember what I always say, "The only way to get better at reading is to read more!" Have fun!! -- Mr. Stickler



BookChooser website - If you've ever had trouble finding the book you want to read next, this website is for you. Click on this BookChooser link to go to the home page. From there, select the options you want (your grade level, type of books you like, and up to 5 categories you're interested in (there are 37 total!). When you're done, click on "submit" at the bottom. This will take you to a large list of books you might like. Give this website a try and find the next book you'll read!
-- Mr. Stickler

2010 National History Day winners announced - Here is a link to the list of National History Day winners for this year's National Competition. Some of these projects sound really interesting! The link above takes you to a page with helpful information for students on getting started with finding a topic. Click on the "more topics" link at the bottom after you've read the suggestions. This will take you to a page that shows a list of more project titles and subjects. There are plenty of links that will help you on the National History Day Contest web site including "Conducting Research" and "Creating an Entry." (See the new National History Day video below!)





Chess KIDS Academy - This online resource is great for beginning Chess players! Follow the link in the Navigation Bar (right side of page) to the "ChessKids Academy Lessons" page. If you've never played Chess before, start with "The Board and Pieces" lesson (left hand corner). As you finish a lesson, move down the column through more. This is a great, kid - friendly, highly rated Chess site! There are also Chess puzzles to solve on the "Home" page. Have Fun!! -- Mr. Stickler



* NEW VIDEO AUGUST 11th!! -- National History Day - This year we will be working on projects for National History Day sponsored by the History Channel. Over the summer, my goal is to help everyone understand what National History Day is and link to resources for the 2011 contest. The link above will take you to the National History Day Contest page. There, you can watch videos and link to other pages with project samples from years past. This year's theme is Debate and Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, & Consequences. Follow this link to learn more about the theme. I think this will be a great experience for our students! When school starts, we will need to start choosing our project topics and creating a research plan.








Awards Ceremony!This video shows Day 5: the National History Day awards ceremony from June, 2010. Here you will see students from almost every state filling the arena! Listen to the students describe the experience near the end! They all talk about how National History Day has effected their lives! Enjoy!(Day 5 - National History Day, 2010.)

--National History Day in Indiana (NHDI) - The first step toward the national contest is competition in the East Indiana District Regional. In 2010, this was held at Muncie Central High School! The regional is sponsored by the Indiana Historical Society. The rules for this competition are the same ones used for the national competition. Follow this link to read the latest news & notes from NHDI.

Feel free to e mail me at sticklers.class@yahoo.com if you have any questions about the contest or process. -- Mr. Stickler