FC: f | Biographies | Researched and Written by Mrs. Payne's Fourth Graders 2013-2014. Edited by Mrs. Payne.
1: This book is dedicated to Mrs. Payne's fourth grade class of 2013-2014. May you continue to experience the joy of learning for the rest of your lives!
2: Levi Strauss was born in Buttingheim, Germany, in 1829. When his father died, Levi, his mother, and his sisters moved to the U.S. Then, in 1848, gold was discovered in California. Levi moved to San Francisco. In 1872, he got a letter for a tailor named Jacob Davis. Jacob had the idea to make copper riveted pants. He asked Levi to buy a patent, because other tailors copied his work. Levi bought a patent, and it arrived in 1873. The pants soon became VERY popular, and Levi became a millionaire. He was fair to all his workers and gave large amounts of money to good causes. | Source: Bernstein, Vivian. Levi Strauss. Wright Group/McGraw Hill, 2006. | LEVI STRAUSS | By Mia DeSilva | By Caimon Kufahl
3: Yao Ming was born on September 20, 1980. He grew up in Shanghai, China. When he was a kid, he was taller than his elementary school teacher! | Yao got to be seven feet five inches tall! He was drafted by the Houston Rockets. | Source: Pyle, Lydia. Awesome Athletes. ABDO Publishing Co., 1972 | YAO MING | By Caimon Kufahl
4: CARRIE UNDERWOOD by Taylor Cast Carrie Underwood was born on March 10, 1893, in Muskogee, Oklahoma. As a kid, Carrie loved to sing. She started out singing at churches, school performances, and talent shows. In 2004, Carrie heard about auditions for "American Idol", so she traveled to St. Louis, Missouri to try out. The judges loved her, and she made it on the show. A few months later, she won "American Idol" and became very popular. She ended up winning three Grammy Awards. | Source: Tieck, Sara. Carrie Underwood. ABDO Publishing Co., 2009.
5: Rosa Louise Parks was a women who was born on February 4, 1913, in Tuskegee, Alabama. Rosa's parents separated when she was a child. Her dad was a carpenter. Her mom was a teacher. | Rosa went to a school that was only for girls. While she was growing up, segregations was happening. | When she was older, she rode the bus to work. She had to sit in the back. Sometimes she had to stand, even if there were seats in the front. Rosa was getting tired of segregation. | Then, one day Rosa sat in the front of the bus. Rosa was arrested because only white people could sit in the front. Source: "Biography: Rose Parks for Kids." Ducksters.. Technological Solutions, Inc. (TSI), Mar. 2014. Web. 17 Mar. 2014. | ROSA PARKS by Alyvia Goddard
6: Jack (Jackie) Robinson played basketball, baseball, football, and track at UCLA. He became the first black Major League Baseball player ever. Jackie won Rookie of the Year and hit 12 home runs. He stole home plate ten times. | Sourcs: Herman, Gail. Who Was Jackie Robinson? Penguin Group, Inc., 2010. | JACKIE ROBINSON By Luke Courtney
7: John Glenn was born on July 18, 1912. He was born in Cambridge, Ohio. John's dad was a pilot. John's dream was to become a pilot. He became a war pilot and was asked to be an astronaut. | On February 20, 1962, at Cape Canaveral, Florida, John was in a rocket called Friendship 7, because he was with six other people. He was the first astronaut to orbit the earth. Source: Hillard, Richard. Godspeed, John Glenn. Boyd's Mills Press, 2006. | JOHN GLENN By Jaxon Glenn
8: Jennette McCurdy was born on June 26, 1992. Jennette's mom got diagnosed with breast cancer, and when she has roles where she has to act sad, she thinks about her mom at that time in life. Before she started acting, she played theater roles. When she was 12, she walked on the red carpet because she starred in "Breaking Dawn" in the Twilight movie series. Her first award was a Best Dress. | Source: Boon, Mary. Robbie Reader: Jennette McCurdy. Mitchell Lane Publishers, 2011. | JENNETTE MCCURDY By Riley Herron
9: Sources: VonZumbusch, Amelie. Barack Obama: Man of Destiny. Rosen Publishing Group, 2010. Wheeler, Jill C. United States President Barack Obama, ABDO Consulting Group, 2009. | Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. became a president on January 20, 2009. He married Michelle LaVaughn Robinson. He was born on August 4, 1961, in Kansas. He was named after his father. His parents got divorced, and soon after that his mother got remarried to Lolo Soetoro. His real name is Barry, but he goes by Barack. Presdient Obama helped with problems in Africa. At Altgeld Gardens Housing Projects in Chicago, he listened to residents' stories and then helped them to be involved in improving their own community. | BARACK OBAMA By Alyssa Haenig
10: Oprah Gail Winfrey was born on January 29, 1954. When Oprah was little she got made fun of for being a show off. In South Africa she made the first girl school. When she was younger she lived in a barn. She has a show called "The Oprah Winfrey Show". | Sources: biography.com; Weathford, Carole Boston, Oprah the Little Speaker. Marshall Cavendish Corp., 2010. | OPRAH WINFREY By Autumn Madsen
11: John F. Kennedy was born in Brookline, Massachusetts on May 29, 1917. John enlisted in the army, and later, while working on a ship, somebody blew it up. John saved somebody's life by swimming five hours to shore. | John’s brother died with the dream of becoming president, and then John fulfilled his brother's dream for him. John F. Kennedy became President of the United States. President Kennedy saved the U.S. from Cuban missiles. He was the first person to send somebody to the moon. Source: Adler, David A., A Picture Book of John F. Kennedy. Holiday House/New York,1 991. | JOHN F. KENNEDY By Erik Osburn
12: George Washington was born on February 22, 1732. When he was 11, his father died. George was home schooled. He practiced good manners. George grew up on a farm and liked to ride horses. He had a brother that was a soldier. He looked up to his brother. In 1753, George Washington became a soldier. He was an amazing leader. When the war was over, George married Martha Custis. They had a son named Jacky and a daughter named Patsy. | Source: Keating, Frank. George Washington. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2010. | George Washington By Dylan Wood
13: Bill Cosby was born July 12, 1937. The Cosby family lived in an apartment. When Bill was eight, his brother died. Bill became a comedian. When he was not a comedian, he was an actor on television. Bill was on "The Electric Company" and "I Spy". Source: Woods, Harold and Geraldine. Bill Cosby: Making American Laugh and Learn. Dillon Press, Inc., 1986. | BILL COSBY By Memphis McQueen
14: On July 6, 1946, there was a boy named George W. Bush. He was the oldest of his siblings. He was born in New Haven, Connecticut. | In 1948, his family moved to Odessa, Texas. Then in 1968, George joined the National Air Guard. In 1994, he was elected governor of Texas. | He was re-elected as governor. In 2000, he became the forty-third president of the United States of America. His party was the Republicans. | Source: Ryan, Patrick. George W. Bush. ABDO Consulting Group, Inc., 2001. | GEORGE W. BUSH | By Nikole St.George
15: Selena Gomez was born on July 22, 1992, in a small Texas town. She got offered a role in "High School Musical 3", but she didn't want it. She played a big role in "Wizards of Waverly Place". Selena's star sign is Cancer. She also gives money to charity. One of Selena's talents is to spit gum in the air and catch it. She got an award for Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice for Favorite TV Actress. If you were doing bad in school and weren't doing your best, Selena would probably say to always try your best. | Edwards, Posy. Selena Gomez. Orion, 2011. | SELENA GOMEZ By Lexi Scates
16: Peyton Manning went to the University of Tennessee to play football for them. When he graduated he got drafted to the Indianapolis Colts in 1998. He and his team got to the playoff games seven times but lost six of them. After he won the playoffs and got to the Super Bowl, he won it and was the MVP of the game. | Source: Savage, Jeff. Peyton Manning. Lerner Publications Group, Inc., 2008. | PEYTON MANNING By Nicholas McDiarmid
17: Eli Manning was born in 1981 in New Orleans, Louisiana. His full name is Elisha Nelson Manning. He has two brothers named Cooper and Peyton. Eli is the youngest in his family. He is a famous quarterback for the New York Giants. He joined the Giants in 2004. Eli comes from a famous football family. Eli helped clean his hometown after Hurricane Katrina. He has won two Super Bowls. Eli married Abby McGrew in 2008. | ELI MANNING By Grant Pearman | Sources: Sandler, Michael. Eli Manning and the New York Giants. Bearport Publishing Co., 2009. Tieck, Sarah. Eli Manning. ABDO Publishing Co., 2009.
18: Neil Armstrong was born on August 5, 1930, in Wapakoneta, Ohio. In 1956, Armstrong married Jan Shearon. They had met four years earlier. | In 1969, his space craft landed on the moon. He was the first man on the moon. | He cared for other people in his life. He shared with his sister, June, when they were kids. Neil Armstrong died on August 25, 2012. | NEIL ARMSTRONG Skyler Coleman | Goldsmith, Mike. Neil Armstrong: The First Man on the Moon. Raintree Steck-Vaughn Publishers, 2002.
19: Michael Jackson's music made a difference in the world. Michael Joseph Jackson was born on August 29, 1958, in Gary, Indiana. | Michael had eight other siblings and two parents, Joseph and Katherine Jackson. When Michael was still in elementary school he joined his brothers' singing act. | Michael had gained a couple of accomplishments during his life, like creating the moon walk and winning 13 Grammy Awards, eight from "Thriller" itself! | In 1984, Michael was accidentally burned when he was filming a Pepsi commercial. But, he still taught us that music can make a difference! Source: McKissack, Patricia C. Michael Jackson Super Star! Regensteiner Publishing Enterprises, Inc., 1984. | Michael Jackson By Jordyn Bucy
20: Thomas Edison was born on February 11, 1847, in Milan, Ohio. When he was young, he mashed up worms, put them in water, and fed them to a girl. Edison was a paperboy who sold newspapers, candy, and fruit. In his adulthood, he invented the light bulb, and that's the invention that made him famous! | THOMAS EDISON By Jackson Baskins | Venezia, Mike. Thomas Edison: Inventor of lot of Bright Ideas. Scholastic, Children's Press, 2009.
21: Henry Knox was born in July of 1750 in Boston, Massachusetts. He wanted to join the army when he grew up, and he did when he turned 21. He served under General George Washington and showed leadership and honor. He served in the Revolutionary War. He helped in the war. He was a good soldier. You can learn from Henry Knox to not be afraid. | HENRY KNOX By Braeden Anderson | Silvey, Anita. Henry Knox: Bookseller, Soldier, Patriot. Clarion Books, 2010.