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Patrick Henry

Patrick Henry

Patrick Henry was born in Hanover County, Virginia in 1736. He was a huge part of America's struggle from British rule to self-government.Patrick Henry was a lawyer, patriot, orator, and helped form every aspect of  founding of America. His most notable attribute was his speech in which he said, "Give me liberty or give me death!"

Books For Children


Written by Jesse Jarnow

This book features six chapters on Patrick Henry. It gives a brief overview of his life and gives a very detailed account of his Liberty speech.  I like that the book features a glossary and an index for children to use.


Written by David A. Adler and Illustrated by John and Alexandra Wallner

This book would appeal to younger readers. I liked the way that it told the story of Patrick Henry, but was illustrated in a cartoon like way. The pictures are very detailed and children would truly enjoy the artwork. There was an easy to follow timeline in the back of the book that the children would find helpful.


Written by Stuart Kallen

This book was by far the best for children because it was broken into many small parts. It would be a great resource for children who are writing a book report or just need a little more knowledge about Patrick Henry.


Written by Ann Heinrichs

This is a great resource for children. This book contains actual pictures of important documents like, The Constitution, and The Virginia and Kentucky Resolution.  This book also shows how Patrick Henry’s contributions directly helped

Patrick Henry

Written and Illustrated by Rod Espinosa

Espinosa takes a spin  on telling history. He tells Patrick Henry’s story by using a comic strip making Patrick Henry into a real0life super hero. I enjoyed his fun take on telling the story. I also liked that he included a map of the territories, timeline, and further reading sections in the back of the book.

Web Sites For Children

Liberty Kids

This site has a short biography of Patrick Henry and has some Revolutionary Games as well.

Listen to Patrick Henry’s Speech

Richard Schumann interprets the character of Patrick Henry for The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Listen as he re-creates Patrick Henry’s powerful words spoken March 23, 1775 at St. John’s Henrico Parish Church in Richmond.

Color Mr. Henry

This page takes children to an interactive coloring page.


This timeline outlines important dates during the Revolutionary War.

Revolutionary War

This page explains how the war got started and what Patrick Henry’s contributions were.

Resources For Teachers

American Revolution

Liberty Speech

Lesson Plan: Essay

Patrick Henry

Moon Phases

The topic covered is Moon Phases. Moon Phases fall under the SOL 3.8. Moon phases can be a tricky topic to teach without some great visuals. I have listed some of the best books, and online resources that I have found on the subject. Resources listed below are geared toward third graders.

Book Resources

Phases of the Moon

 Phases of the Moon, by Gillia M. Olson

This book explains moon phases in very simple language. Diagrams in the book are helpful and easy to understand. The book’s pictures are so great that this book is recommended for struggling readers trying to understand the concept of moon phases.

The Moon Seems to Change, by Franklyn M. Branley and illustrated by Barbra and Ed Emberley.

This book is recommended to accompany your science text. It’s a great supplement to teaching the concept of moon phases. The books includes great diagrams and pictures.

The Moon, byDavid Jefferis

This book features photos from NASA! The book is now in it’s new edition. It features great color pictures and information about the moon.

The Moon

The Moon Book, written and illustrated by Gail Gibbons

Gail Gibbons writes and illustrates a fantastic book. This book is the best book for sharing with third graders about the subject.

When You Look Up at the Moon, written by Allan Fowler

Good book for children that may not have prior knowledge about the moon. This book is a great starting point.

Web sites for children

Lunar Cycle Challenge Game The object of this game is for the children to drag the moon to their correct place in the lunar cycle.

Moon Phase Order This site features the moon phases in random order and the children can put them in the correct order and check for correctness. Great game for children to play together!

Moon Phase Flashcards This site would be great for children to use as a tutorial when preparing for a moon phase quiz! You click on the flashcards to review all phases of the moon.

How Long Does a Moon Phase Last? This site will help children to understand how long moon phases last. It also has a great visual of the Earth, moon, ans sun as the moon goes through it’s phases. The site offers easy to follow demonstrations as well.

Moon Phases-The Basics Great site for children to read about the moon’s phases. It’s answers basic questions about the moon’s phases.

Resources for teachers

Moon Phase Stations You will find an actual lesson plan that is filled with learning stations that you can set up to help your children better understand the topic.

Activities for Most Ages There are moon phase activities for grades K-12. This site is helpful to those who need activities to accommodate and challenge students alike.

Science Online This site includes demonstrations, lesson plans, printables, and much more!

Challenge Great questions and answers about the moon. These questions would be great to challenge students or to put up on the board for the question of the day!