Friday, March 25, 2011

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March is both Women’s History Month and American Red Cross Month, which is why Wonderopolis wants you to meet the woman Civil War soldiers called “the angel of the battlefield.”

Have you ever wondered…

  • Who was Clara Barton?
  • Why was Clara Barton called “the angel of the battlefield”?
  • What is the American Red Cross?

Did you know?

Clarissa “Clara” Barton was born on Christmas (December 25) in 1821 in Oxford, Massachusetts. She is widely known as one of the most honored women in American history for being a real pioneer and an outstanding humanitarian.

Her career in helping the sick began when her brother David became her first patient. He fell from a rafter in the family barn when Clara was just 11 years old. She stayed by his side for three years, learning how to give him all his medicines.

Check out the vocabulary words and the lesson plan from Science NetLinks.

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