Civil War Days: Discover the Past with Exciting Projects, Games, Activities, and Recipes

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American Kids in History?(TM) Dozens of projects and activities that will take you back to the days of the American Civil War Travel back to 1862 and spend a year with the Wheelers, an African American family in New York City, and the Parkhursts, a white family in Charleston, South Carolina, Eleven-year-old Emily Parkhurst and twelve-year-old Timothy Wheeler are eager to share the fun, adventure, and hard work of their daily lives. Along the way, they'll show you how to play the games they play and make the toys ...

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Overview

American Kids in History?(TM) Dozens of projects and activities that will take you back to the days of the American Civil War Travel back to 1862 and spend a year with the Wheelers, an African American family in New York City, and the Parkhursts, a white family in Charleston, South Carolina, Eleven-year-old Emily Parkhurst and twelve-year-old Timothy Wheeler are eager to share the fun, adventure, and hard work of their daily lives. Along the way, they'll show you how to play the games they play and make the toys and crafts they make. Make your own apple pandowdy and whip up a batch of tasty gingerbread. Send top-secret messages in Morse code, gather materials for crafting evergreen wreaths and pinecone turkeys,and sculpt a miniature sheep out of homemade clay dough. Play the exciting African game of mankala—that is, if you have time after making your own potato-print wrapping paper, papier-mache bowl, and marzipan decorations. Civil War Days is filled with interesting historical information and facts about growing up in days gone by. Discover how different—and how similar—life was for American kids in history. Watch for Victorian Days, the next exciting book in the American Kids in History?(TM) series! Also available: Pioneer Days, Colonial Days, and Wild West Days For Children Ages 8 to 1 2

Discusses what life was like for Americans during the Civil War; follows a year in the lives of two fictional families: a white family from the South and a Black family from the North; and presents projects and activities from that time period.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Scott S. Floyd
The mid 1800's were a time of turmoil and change for the United States. Families had to adapt to the hardships that war brought. Shortages of supplies required many to be creative in order to survive. King presents these creative solutions in the form of projects that relate to the lives of two families. Many of these activities while geared to children may require adult guidance. Although I highly recommend this book for use in a thematic unit, I also recommend that the explanation for the causes of the Civil War be better presented to the students than they are in this text. King only says, "the nation became bitterly divided over slavery." He fails to mention other important issues that caused dissension such as taxes and federal control. Considering the importance of this war, all of the facts need to be presented. This aside, I will still use this book in my classroom.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471246121
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/28/1999
  • Series: American Kids in History Series, #4
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 813,273
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.47 (w) x 8.41 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

DAVID C. KING has written numerous books for children and young adults, including Pioneer Days (Wiley), Colonial Days (Wiley), Wild West Days (Wiley), First Facts about American Heroes, and The Heroic Age of American Invention. He has worked as a curriculum developer in both history and social studies, and as a high school English and history teacher.

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Table of Contents

Spring.

Summer.

Autumn.

Winter.

Glossary.

Bibliography.

Index.

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