Timekeeping: Explore the History and Science of Telling Time with 15 Projects
Students today seldom think about how and why human beings measure time. In this activity-based non-consumable textbook, readers explore the history of the science of time telling, from ancient times to the modern age. As this fascinating study develops, students will be directed to complete fifteen fun projects utilizing tools and supplies from around their home. Each hands-on project helps readers appreciate some of the most significant discoveries and advancements made over the years by those who have sought to improve the science of time measurement. Although well written, informative, and engaging, this book emphasizes that time is an entirely human invention, and no attempt is made to attribute time's creation to a divine Creator. 120 pgs, pb. ~ Mike
Timekeeping: Explore the History and Science of Telling Time travels through the past and into the future to explore how humans have measured the passage of time. From ancient civilizations earliest calendars and shadow clocks to GPS and the atomic clocks of today, kids will track the evolution of timekeeping devices, meet the inventors of calendars and clocks, and learn interesting facts and trivia. Hands-on projects and activities include making a shadow clock, using a protractor to create a sundial, measuring time using water, and creating your own calendar. Kids will understand how civilizations vague abilities to track days and months has transformed over the centuries into a sophisticated ability to keep time to the millionth of a second.
Hands-on activities are great for adding some fun to your learning, especially when it comes to an exciting subject like these different historical periods. Each book provides 25 or more hands-on building projects and activities that only require easy-to-find materials like drinking straws, spray paint, rope, newspaper, flour, foil, etc. Detailed step-by-step directions are given for each project. There are lists of materials needed and an estimated time it should take to finish each project, but there's much more to these books than just the activities. Each project is combined with historical facts, anecdotes, biographies, and trivia that somehow ties in with the project. Text boxes, captivating "Did You Know?" segments, and "Words to Know" sections (which define various historical terms) all come together to get the most educational value out of the fun hands-on projects in the books. Included are black and white illustrations and diagrams that add a lot of interest to the information. So, learn about Ancient Egypt as you build your own papyrus boat or bake some flatbread; become a pioneer out west as you construct replica sod houses, learn to cross stitch, and make your own butter; send secret coded messages and construct your own model Anderson shelter as you learn about WWII; sip homemade apple cider as you learn about colonial America and make your own yarn and cloth; and journey to medieval times as you make a model thatched roof, construct a mini trebuchet, create beautiful grails and stained glass, and so much more. With tons of fun projects and great information, these books are great supplements to any history study. Each book is 122 pgs, pb. ~ Rachel