Today in History–September 13–the Library of Congress features our national anthem, the Star Spangled Banner. On September 13, 1814 a lawyer named Francis Scott Key witnessed the British bombing Fort McHenry from Baltimore harbor and decided to write a song to commemorate what he saw. Uncover more of the story by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access learning activities and more primary sources.
Shaving-Cream Clouds This art project lets the kids create a textured cloud picture. Mix together some foam shaving cream with white glue. Adding the glue makes a thick mixture that holds its shape. You can also add a drop of black paint to turn the mixture gray for rain clouds. The kids spread the shaving cream mixture onto a piece of paper to create cloud shapes. The shaving cream mixture will harden and leave behind textured clouds on the picture.