Great Civil War Projects You Can Build Yourself
You, meaning your student! Yes, most of the 25 projects inside can be done by a kid using supplies found around the house. This is something your kinesthetic learners will eat up! Readers have a few pages of interesting Civil War facts before getting to the nitty-gritty. Some projects include: making a drum, creating an “iron clad” ship, baking some Johnny cakes or hard tack, and building a telegraph! What a great addition to your American history curriculum or use this for a unit study approach to learning about the Civil War. Black & white, 120 pp, sc ~Sara
From periscopes to homemade paper, uniforms to telegraphs, Great Civil War Projects You Can Build Yourself explores the Civil War era through hands-on building projects and activities using common household and craft store items. Detailed step-by-step instructions, diagrams, and templates for creating 25 Civil War projects, combined with historical background, facts and anecdotes, and biographies and trivia, give kids a hands-on way to experience the fascinating history of one of the most important eras in American history.
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