Musical Instruments

Sounds of Summer learning

Friday, July 31, 2020

Today is National Avocado Day, Uncommon Instruments Awareness Day, National Cotton Candy Day, and System Administrator Day.

Songs of the Day

Tob Dylan - Mr. Tambourine Man - LISTEN
Joni Mitchell - For Free - LISTEN


  • 1777 - 19-year-old Frenchman Marquis de Lafayette, is made a major-general in the American Continental Army.
  • 1790 - The first U.S. patent is issued, to Samuel Hopkins for a potash process.
  • 1970 - Yo, Ho, Ho, and No Bottle of Rum - The last day of the officially sanctioned rum ration in the British Royal Navy.
  • 1971 - Apollo 15 astronauts become the first to ride in a lunar rover.
  • 1991 - The U.S. and Soviet Union sign the START I Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.
  • 2006 - Cuban leader Fidel Castro hands over power to his brother, Raúl.
  • 2012 - Swimmer Michael Phelps breaks the record set in 1964 by Russian gymnast Larisa Latynina for the most medals won at the Olympics.


  • 1945 - 68th Massachusetts governor William Weld
  • 1956 - 71st Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick
  • 1965 - Author J. K. Rowling


  • Grades PreK-1 - Sesame Street- Instruments- VIEW
    Grades PreK-1
    - Sesame Street - Elmo's World Song with Instruments - VIEW
  • Grades PreK-3 - PBS Kids - Music Games- DO
  • Grades PreK-2 -PBS LearningMedia - Pinkalicious and Peterriffic - Hybrid Musical Instrument Artist - VIEW
  • Grades K-12 -  PBS LearningMedia - Music Art Toolkit - Introduction to Instruments of the World - VIEW and DO
  • Grades 6-12 -  PBS LearningMedia - Music Art Toolkit - IImmigrant Instrument: The Mandolin-  VIEW and DO
  • Grades 6-12 -  PBS LearningMedia - Sound Field- It's Time to Rethink the Banjo  VIEW, READ and DO


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PBS LearningMedia

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    • Civics 101 -  Tons of great (and free!) audio, activities, resources, and lessons to help you stay engaged with civics.
    • Ask Sam - Ask Sam features Outside/In host Sam Evans-Brown answering listener questions about the mysteries and quirks of the natural world.
  • Seacoast Science Center in Odiorne Point State Park

    • Learning Connection - Even though their doors are closed, we’re still here to connect you to the inspirational powers of nature and engage you in learning. 
  • Squam Lakes Natural Science Center

  • Strawbery Banke Museum

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