Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Young Historians 12/15/10 Bombs/Origamia Cranes1945 Timeline

Dear Young Historians:

On December 7, 1941, Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, the United States naval base. This resulted in the United States entering the war in both Europe and the Pacific. On August 6,1945, the US dropped the first Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima Japan. This led to the end of the war.

The use of this bomb, also lead to the development of cancer in people who were near the blast. One of the victims was Sadako, an 11-year-old girl. She tried to make 1,000 origami cranes to help her recover from leukemia. An ancient Japanese story says that if you fold 1,000 cranes, you will be granted a wish. She died before completing the project, so her friends finished it for her. Today, there is a monument to her at the Hiroshima War Memorial in Japan. The crane is now the international peace symbol.

To honor the season and “peace on earth, good will to man,” we will learn how to make origami cranes today.

Origami Crane Direction

Sadako Movie

1945 Timeline
• President Franklin Roosevelt dies
• First computer built
• Germans Surrender
• Allies discover Nazi extermination camps.
• Hitler commits suicide
• Churchill, Truman and Stalin hold the last wartime conference at Potsdam
• Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan and Yemen form the Arab League
• Microwave oven invented
• Slinky hits toy shelves
• United Nations Founded
• US Drops Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Books: “Animal Farm” by George Orwell; Newberry Winner: Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson; Caldecott Winner: Prayer for a Child, illustrated by Elizabeth Orton Jones; text: Rachel Field

Music: Bebop begins with a recording by Charlie “Bird” Parker and Dizzy Gillespie

Movies: “Anchors Aweigh” Blondie: Life with Blondie; Abbott and Costello in Hollywood.

Songs: Sentimental Journey Doris Day; La Vie En Rose Edith Piaf; On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe Johnny Mercer

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