Renaissance Explorers (Renaissance for Kids)
Forge new paths and witness the discoveries of Niccolo de Conti, Bartolomeu Dias, Vasco da Gama, Pero da Covilha, and Ferdinand Magellan. 106 pgs, pb.
Being a Renaissance explorer was both exciting and rewarding. But it sure wasn’t easy! Explorers in the Age of Exploration faced many challenges and dangers as their ships sailed into new and unfamiliar lands. Some explorers caught diseases, while others battled with native peoples over control of the territory. Without the efforts of the Renaissance explorers, the world as we know it might have been very different! Brave men such as Ferdinand Magellan and Niccolò de Conti ventured into uncharted territory around the globe and learned much about what lay beyond Europe and brought back an incredible wealth of information about this “new world .”
In The Renaissance Explorers with History Projects for Kids, readers ages 10 to 15 find out more about what it meant to be an explorer and follow the biographies of five famous Renaissance explorers, including Niccolò de Conti, Bartolomeu Dias, Vasco da Gama, Pêro da Covilhã, and Ferdinand Magellan, from their childhoods until their exhilarating days of scouting new-to-them lands. In addition to diving deep into the biographies of five Renaissance explorers, readers discover the skills and tools essential for these brave men as they crossed vast oceans and interacted with very different civilizations during the course of their journeys. Kids also find out more about the science and navigational techniques that made the Renaissance one of the most important periods for the discovery of new lands, peoples, and animals.
Using the engineering design process, kids develop critical and creative thinking skills with 10 STEAM activities, such making a compass that works and building a beacon like the ones used by Bartolomeu Dias and Vasco da Gama on their journeys. Fun facts, primary source illustrations, and links to online resources spark an interest in the Renaissance that goes beyond the boundaries of Europe. Even without a time machine, learners can experience the Renaissance!
Become a real Renaissance Man (or Woman) and study the defining names of the era! Each book takes five of the most influential names from the Renaissance period and explores each one through a few of their greatest contributions. What did the person behind the term “Machievellianism” do to get such a nasty reputation? Just how was the Cathedral of Santa Maria Del Fiore finally completed? Who were the rebellious personalities behind the “modern” art of the Renaissance who shook the world? Find out in the pages of this series. These books read much like some history texts for readers of the grade group in the title, and include reflection questions as well as projects to complete. Each chapter gives a brief overview of the subject’s beginnings and influences, and then delves into the opportunities/challenges they pursued or the problems of the time that led them to create their greatest works. Finally, it also discusses the lasting impact of those works. Chapters also contain plenty of visuals, including paintings, statues, and sketches from the time period as well as photographs of locations. Although there are no tests, the informational value along with the projects is meaty enough for a stand-alone history unit for those who want to study the period more personally. Note: some pictures within are paintings/statues of nudes.