Christopher Columbus and the Age of Exploration for Kids: With 21 Activities

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Christopher Columbus is one of the most famous people in world history, yet few know the full story of the amazing, resourceful, and tragic Italian explorer. Christopher Columbus and the Age of Exploration for Kids portrays the “Admiral of the Ocean Seas” neither as hero nor heel but as a flawed and complex man whose significance is undeniably monumental. Kids will gain a fuller picture of the seafarer’s life, his impact, and the dangers and thrills of exploration as they learn about all four of Columbus’s ...

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Overview

Christopher Columbus is one of the most famous people in world history, yet few know the full story of the amazing, resourceful, and tragic Italian explorer. Christopher Columbus and the Age of Exploration for Kids portrays the “Admiral of the Ocean Seas” neither as hero nor heel but as a flawed and complex man whose significance is undeniably monumental. Kids will gain a fuller picture of the seafarer’s life, his impact, and the dangers and thrills of exploration as they learn about all four of Columbus’s voyages to the New World, not just his first, as well as the year that Columbus spent stranded on the island of Jamaica without hope of rescue. Students, parents, and teachers will appreciate the in-depth discussions of the indigenous peoples of the New World and of the consequences of Columbus’s voyages—the exchange of diseases, ideas, crops, and populations between the New World and the Old. Fun hands-on activities illuminate both the nautical concepts introduced and the times in which Columbus lived. Kids can:

  • Tie nautical knots
  • Conduct a blanket (silent) trade
  • Make a compass
  • Simulate a hurricane
  • Take nautical measurements
  • And much more
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This book...offer[s] a straightforward glimpse into the life and times of Columbus with a narrative that does not shy away from more unsettling aspects of his life...Reis puts the explorer in context with a thorough look at motivations for exploration and scientific beliefs of the time." —Booklist

"[Christopher Columbus and the Age of Exploration for Kids] marks an important part of our history with fascinating details, fun history and beautiful art and maps...This book is great for elementary kids, and little ones will enjoy the pictures and activities." —Kristen Kemp, Parents.com

"A brilliantly illustrated and well laid out account...I highly recommend it!" —Luxury Reading

School Library Journal
12/01/2013
Gr 6–10—Students who tackle this long-winded text will discover new tidbits of information about the real Christopher Columbus and will be fascinated by how much their textbooks don't tell them. For example, a portrait of the explorer was never commissioned in his lifetime. Readers also get a look at the politics involved in Columbus's discoveries and his relationships with and treatment of Native peoples he encountered on his voyages. The book is full of captioned illustrations and sidebars, and activities, such as how to simulate a hurricane, which are interesting extensions that could work in other content-area classes. This is a good title for libraries that need to update their Columbus biographies.—Esther Keller, I.S. 278, Brooklyn, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781613746745
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2013
  • Series: For Kids Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 553,735
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.90 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronald A. Reis is the technology department chair at Los Angeles Valley College. He has a bachelor’s degree in applied technology and a master’s degree in the social sciences and has taught at the middle school, high school, and community college level. He is the author of several young adult nonfiction books, including African Americans and the Civil War, Buffalo Bill Cody, and The World Trade Organization. Buffalo Bill Cody won the 2011 Spur Award for the best juvenile nonfiction biography about the West, from the Western Writers of America. He lives in Calabasas, California. Ronald A. Reis is the author of numerous biographies for young adults, including the Spur Award–winning Buffalo Bill Cody.

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