The Day You Were Born

   
   

The following project is designed to help you explore the many exciting things that have happened on your birthday. Below you will be taken to some different web sites that will allow you to find out some interesting facts about the Day You Were Born. Read the information very carefully before going to the web site. The directions below will help to make your visit easier and more enjoyable.

As you visit these sites you are going to need a way to check to make sure you have all the information. Make sure you have the student checklist sheet that your teacher passed out to you. If you don't, please get one now from your teacher now.

Remember , this is the information gathering stage now. All the information that you gather will be used in the second phase of the project. That phase will begin in a couple of weeks and you will be designing a HyperStudio Project about yourself.

I hope you have an enjoyable time learning more about you, and the many important events that have occurred on your special day. Good luck and happy searching.

 

 

 

 

1.) What Does Your Name Mean?

 

The day you were born was a very special event in your parents lives. Your parents picked out a very special name for you. Why did your parents pick your name? Was it to name you after someone or something? The answer to those two questions can only be answered by your parents. When you go home tonight ask them why they chose the name they did for you.

Now let's investigate what that special name really means? Click on the link below and it will take you to a website where you can search about your name. (The website should be able to find almost every common name, but remember some names are not common or have different spellings. If your name is not found, please let your teacher know and he may be able to give you some hints on ways to find it).

When you find the correct information on your name, PRINT it out for your records.

 

Click here to SEARCH

What does my name mean?


 

2.) How Many Days Old Are You?

 

 

Your second assignment is to find out how many days you've been around. The website below will allow you to enter any day - you'll use your date of birth.

The easiest way is to use ONLY the FIRST 3 BOXES on the web site. Please notice that you need to tyoe in the DAY then the MONTH then the YEAR. (The year needs to be in four digits - ex. 1999).

When you find the correct information on your name, PRINT it out for your records.

 

Click here to SEARCH for

How many days old am I?


 

3.) What Happened On Your Birthday?

 

 

Your third assignment is to find out what important events in history happened on your birthday. There have been many important events in history that have occurred on the day you were born. Your goal is to find out all the important events that have occurred on your special day. (Please remember that you may not find anything for the paticular year you were born, but for other years. That's OK).

When you click on the link below, you will be taken to The History Channel Web Site. When you get to the site, look on the left side on the page. You will find a place to enter your birthday. Enter your birthday and you will be taken to important events that happened on your birthdate.

When you find the correct information on your name, PRINT it out for your records.

 

Click here to SEARCH for

What Happened on your Birthday?


 

4.) On This Day - The New York Times

 

 

The New York Times is considered one of the premier newspapers in the United States. Your assignment now is to go to the New York Times Web Site and find the Top Story as it was reported in the New York Times on your birthday.

When you click on the link below, you will be taken to The New York Times Web Site. When you get to the site, scroll down the list and find your birthday. Click on your birthday. When your birthday loads, click on the newspaper image to see a larger image of the front page for that date. You will need to Print out the front page.

The second thing you will need to do is scroll down on the page that contains the information about your birthday and look at other famous people who have the same birthday as you. You will need to print out the list of famous people with the same birthday as yours.

When you find the correct information on your name, PRINT it out for your records.

 

Click here to SEARCH for

On This Day - The New York Times.


 

5.) What Else is News?

 

 

A new baby is the greatest news a family could have. But there were other things going on in the world when you were born.

For your fourth assignment, your going to go to a website that allows you to look up some interesting facts about what was going on in the world the day you were born. The difference between this website and the last two you visited is that you can find some very interesting facts.

Your goal is to find the following information.

  1. What was the cost of a postage stamp?
  2. What was the cost of a loaf of bread?
  3. How much was the average cost of a house?
  4. How much was the average cost of a car?
  5. How much was a gallon of gas?
  6. What was the average income in the United States?
  7. Who was the President of the United States?
  8. Who was the Vice-President of the United States?
  9. What was the Academy Award Winner for the Best Picture?
  10. What were some of the top songs during that year?
  11. What were some of the Sports Headlines for that year?

When you click on the link below, it will take you to a site that will allow you to answer all the questions above. At the top of the website page, enter your birthday. Notice that for this web site you need to use the following format to enter your birthday (MM/DD/YY - which means if your birthday is February 28, 1989, then you need to enter it as 02/28/89).

When you find the correct information on your name, PRINT it out for your records (Notice there is a link for a printable version of the information).

Click here to SEARCH for

What Else is News?