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					                                  Historical Moments

Jan R. Bergan
Webster Elementary
Webster SD
89050

ABSTRACT: We start everyday with current events or news items. This stimulates
great interest to read the newspaper, listen to the radio or watch television news. To
vary this idea, a bulletin board with a huge calendar was displayed (see attached). Each
day has a styrofoam burger box on it. Inside each burger box is a historical event from
that day of the month in history. These historical moments are discussed each day. A
weekly sheet with 5-7 questions is handed out to the students. These questions are
concerning the historical moments of that week. Further research in the library will give
the answers to these questions. Each student is listed on a chart and the number of
questions completed is recorded. Special incentives are given at the completion of these
questions i.e. one math lesson does not need to be done, listening to a special story
with ear phones, or special time on our classroom computer. These special options can
change and are given out when an agreed upon number of questions are answered.
This activity stimulates current events, historical events, and research, while challenging
students to dig deeper into a subject area.
Name _______________________


April 1 Locate Okinawa.


April 2 Name 2 fairy tales written by Hans Christian Andersen.


April 3 What city was the destination of the Pony Express?


April 4 Name Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous speech calling for equal rights.


April 5 Define antiseptic.


April 6 Were the first modern olympic games held during the summer or winter?


April 7 Name the female who followed Ferdinand Marcos as the leader of the
Philippines.
Name _______________________


April 8 How many regular season homeruns did Hank Aaron hit in 1974?


April 9 Where did General Lee surrender to General Grant?

April 10 Locate Fort Sumter.


April 11 Name two kinds of submarines.


April 12 What was the name of Yuri Gagarin's space craft?

April 13 List two of Thomas Jefferson's inventions.


April 14 What was the name of Abraham Lincoln's proclamation calling for freedom
from slavery?
Name _______________________


April 15 The Titanic sunk in which ocean?


April 16 In 1972, the Chinese government gave two pandas to which U.S. zoo?


April 17 Name Christopher Columbus' three ships.


April 18 From what building did Paul Revere flash his signal, "one if by land, two if by
sea?"


April 19 What were the British soldiers called during the Revolutionary War?


April 20 What is the common name for Adolph Hitler's "National Socialist Workers'
Party?"


April 21 Name the Apollo 16 space module that landed on the moon in 1972.
Name _______________________


April 22 Where was J. Robert Appenheimer's lab located?


April 23 Locate Mt. Etna.


April 24 What is the capital of Iran? Name a country bordering Iran.


April 25 Tell me the importance of the Suez Canal.


April 26 Define ornithology.


April 27 What was "Watergate" and which president was involved in this incident?


April 28 Name the capital of Maryland and tell which city in Maryland has the largest
population.


April 29 How old would Japanese Emperor Hirohito have been in 1989?


April 30 Who were the U.S. president and French leader involved in the Louisiana
Purchase?
KEY

April 1 Locate Okinawa.
An island south of Japan under Japanese control.

April 2 Name 2 fairy tales written by Hans Christian Andersen.
1.   The Ugly Duckling
2.   The Emperor's New Clothes
3.   Little Claus and Big Claus
4.   The Tinder Box

April 3 What city was the destination of the Pony Express?
Sacramento, California

April 4 Name Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous speech calling for equal rights.
"I Have a Dream"

April 5 Define antiseptic.
thoroughly clean; germ-free

April 6 Were the first modern Olympic games held during the summer or winter?
summer

April 7 Name the person who followed Ferdinand Marcos as the leader of the
Philippines.
Corazon Aquino
KEY
April 8 How many regular season homeruns did Hank Aaron hit in 1974?
755

April 9 Where did General Lee surrender to General Grant?
Appomattox Court House, Virginia

April 10 Locate Fort Sumter.
South Carolina

April 11 Name two kinds of submarines.
1. conventional
2. nuclear powered

April 12 What was the name of Yuri Gagarin's space craft?
Vostok I

April 13 List two of Thomas Jefferson's inventions.
1.   quartet stand
2.   revolving buffet
3.   greenhouse
4.   clock

April 14 What was the name of Abraham Lincoln's proclamation calling for freedom
from slavery?
The Emancipation Proclamation
KEY
April 15 The Titanic sunk in which ocean?
Atlantic

April 16 In 1972, the Chinese government gave two pandas to which U.S. zoo?
National Zoo in Washington, DC

April 17 Name Christopher Columbus' three ships.
Nina, Pinta, Santa Maria

April 18 From what building did Paul Revere flash his signal, "one if by land, two if by
sea?"
Old North Church

April 19 What were the British soldiers called during the Revolutionary War?
Red coats

April 20 What is the common name for Adolph Hitler's "National Socialist Workers'
Party?"
Nazi Party

April 21 Name the Apollo 16 space module that landed on the moon in 1972.
Orion
KEY
April 22 Where was J. Robert Appenheimer's lab located?
Los Alamos, New Mexico, by Santa fe

April 23 Locate Mt. Etna.
Sicily

April 24 What is the capital of Iran? Name a country bordering Iran.
1. Tehran
2. Iraq, Soviet Union, Turkey, Afghanistan, and Pakistan

April 25 Tell me the importance of the Suez Canal.
When it opened in 1869, it shortened the route between England and India by 6,000
miles.

April 26 Define ornithology.
The scientific study of birds as a branch of zoology

April 27 What was "Watergate" and which president was involved in this incident?
1. Illegal breaking and entering of the Democratic headquarters in the Watergate Hotel
by former CIA Agents under the employ of the White House and subsequent cover-up.
2. Nixon

April 28 Name the capital of Maryland and tell which city in Maryland has the largest
population.
1. Annapolis is the capital.
2. Baltimore has the largest population.

April 29 How old would Japanese Emperor Hirohito have been in 1989?
88

April 30 Who were the U.S. president and French leader involved in the Louisiana
Purchase?
Thomas Jefferson was the U.S. president and Napoleon I was the French leader.

				
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