Time For A Tasty Date

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Jack Beanstalk one day planted a date. He didn’t know if it would grow or not, but he thought that a new date tree would be great. He had seen in the orchard a tree that he liked very much – and one or two of the fruits off the branches he ate (so he quickly went home and brought back a plate !). He gathered the dates up in handfuls and piled them high in a bag. Then he took them back to the beanstalk to count them … and shared one or two with a stag. Mmmm. Just right – not too hard and not at all unripe.

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What’s the Date ?

Write ten sentences to show the different uses of the word “date”.

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Famous Dates In General History

What happened on these famous dates ? Match the date to the famous event in world history.

72 BC      14, 000 BC     5,000 BC      224 BC 

675 BC    604 BC            410 BC           490 BC

433 AD    54 BC               444 AD          30 BC     

_______________________________________________________________________________ Cavemen painted on the walls of a cave in Lascaux

The first dingho arrived in Australia

The first (Great) pyramid is built in Egypt

Birth of the famous Chinese philosopher, Lao – Tse

Battle of Marathon when a runner ran from Athens to inform of the invaders

Collossus of Rhodes is destroyed by earthquake

The slave army of Spartacus is defeated by Roman legions

Caesar invades Britain Roman Gladiator

Anthony commits suicide after hearing that Cleopatra has killed herself, though she lived

The first pair of trousers is invented by the Romans

Birth of Atilla the Hun, who later ransacked Rome

The wheelbarrow is invented to carry bricks to the Great Wall

American War of Independence

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History Clues For Inspector Spectre

From the clues give in the dates above, can you guess …

1. Which civilisation invented trousers ?

2. Which famous civilisation invented a 26 kilometre race between two of it’s cities ?

3. Which famous civilisation invented the wheelbarrow ?

4. Which group of barbarians were responsible for the defeat of Caesar and the destruction of the Roman empire ?

5. What item of clothing was replaced by trousers for the Ancient Romans ? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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Famous Dates In English and Maths History

What happened on these famous dates ? Match the date to the famous event in world history.

1837 AD         45 BC          975 BC       

1000 AD        1585 AD     500 BC   

1624 AD         105 AD       863 AD

1784 AD         1946 AD     30 BC

The Julian Calendar is invented with 365 1/4 days

The sundial is first used in China

The abacus is invented by the Chinese

Paper is invented by Tsai Lun

The first Cyrillic alphabet is created

The first mathematical sum is created by the Arabs

The number zero is used for the first time in Sridhara

The first decimal number is created by Steven Lee

The first logrithmn is used by John Napier

Benjamin Franklin devises the first bi – focal spectacles

Samuel Morse sends the first telegraph

The first electronic computer is invented by J.P. Eckert

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English and Maths Clues For Inspector Spectre

From the clues give in the dates above, can you guess …

1. In which country was the first computer used ?

2. Which famous useful reading gadget was invented by an American President ?

3. After which Roman Emperor is the calendar we now use named ?

4. Why might China have been a good place to invent the first sun – dial ?

5. What might Tsai Lun have invented paper for in 105 BC in China ?

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Important Dates For Your Calendar

Classroom Activity – Take a look at a diary. Mark inside it all the important dates in the life of your family. For example, your birthday, anniversairies etc. Then find the dates of the following celebratory days :

Christmas Day         

Easter Sunday         

Eid

Rom Kappur              

Waitagni Day (NZ) 

End of British summertime

New Year’s Day

Good Friday

National Day (France)

Queen’s day (ND)

April Fool’s Day

Mother’s Day

Boxing Day

Emperor’s Birthday, Japan

American Independence Day

Trinity Sunday

National Day, Spain

Pentecost

May Day Bank Holiday, UK

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© Jacqueline Richards 2007

Answers :

14, 000 BC Cavemen painted on the walls of a cave in Lascaux

5, 00 BC The first dingho arrived in Australia

2, 675 BC The first (Great) pyramid is built in Egypt

604 BC Birth of the famous Chinese philosopher, Lao – Tse

490 BC Battle of Marathon when a runner ran from Athens to inform of the invaders

224 BC Collossus of Rhodes is destroyed by earthquake

72 BC The slave army of Spartacus is defeated by Roman legions

54 BC Caesar invades Britain

30 BC Roman Gladiator Anthony commits suicide after hearing that Cleopatra has killed herself, though she lived

410 AD The first pair of trousers is invetnede by the Romans

433 AD Birth of Atilla the Hun, who later ransacked Rome

444 AD The wheelbarrow is invented to carry bricks to the Great Wall

1775 AD American War of Independence

Answers :

1. The Romans

2. The Ancient Greeks

3. The ancient Chinese

4. The Huns

5. Togas

Answers :

1. USA

2. The bi focal spectacle

3. Julius Caesar

4. The Sun as a source of light cast shadows

5. Chinese lanterns

Answers :

45 BC The Julian Calendar is invented with

365 1/4 days 30 BC The sundial is first used in China

500 BC The abacus is invented by the Chinese

105 AD Paper is invented by Tsai Lun

863 AD The first Cyrillic alphabet is created

975 BC The first mathematical sum is created by the Arabs

1000 AD The number zero is used for the first time in Sridhara

1585 AD The first decimal number is created by Steven Lee

1624 AD The first logrithmn is used by John Napier

1784 AD Benjamin Franklin devises the first bi – focal spectacles

1837 AD Samuel Morse sends the first telegraph

1946 AD The first electronic computer is invented by J.P. Eckert

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