The Civil War for Kids: A History with 21 Activities

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History explodes in this activity guide spanning the turmoil preceding secession, the first shots fired at Fort Sumter, the fierce battles on land and sea, and finally the Confederate surrender at Appomattox. Making butternut dye for a Rebel uniform, learning drills and signals with flags, decoding wigwag, baking hardtack, reenacting battles, and making a medicine kit bring this pivotal period in our nation?s history to life. Fascinating sidebars tell of slaves escaping on the Underground Railroad, the ...
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History explodes in this activity guide spanning the turmoil preceding secession, the first shots fired at Fort Sumter, the fierce battles on land and sea, and finally the Confederate surrender at Appomattox. Making butternut dye for a Rebel uniform, learning drills and signals with flags, decoding wigwag, baking hardtack, reenacting battles, and making a medicine kit bring this pivotal period in our nation’s history to life. Fascinating sidebars tell of slaves escaping on the Underground Railroad, the adventures of nine-year-old drummer boy Johnny Clem, animal mascots who traveled with the troops, and friendships between enemies. The resource section includes short biographies of important figures from both sides of the war, listings of Civil War sites across the country, pertinent websites, glossary, and an index.

Teaches about the Civil War from the secession debates to Appomattox, by means of activities like making butternut dye, decoding wigwag, and baking hardtack. Includes a resource section with a glossary and pertinent web sites.

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From the Publisher

"Offers students a crash course on a subject that has spawned countless books and movies, and it's fun as well as informative."  —KLIATT

KLIATT
This title offers students a crash course on a subject that has spawned countless books and movies, and it's fun as well as informative. For instance, kids can create a code, play on a coffee can drum, or scout for a Civil War veteran, an activity which encourages the practice of genealogy. As with all activities mentioned in the book, the authors clearly indicate if adult supervision is needed for a project; most projects require readily available materials. Numerous sidebars in the work mention interesting facts such as the existence of women and children soldiers, the titles of Civil War-inspired songs, and also brief glimpses of famous personalities such as Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass. Famous personages such as Abraham Lincoln and Stonewall Jackson are also quoted in sidebars. This book includes many photographs, illustrations, and maps. Other helpful features include a timeline covering the years from 1619-1865, a glossary, and a Guide to Officers. The introductory paragraphs of the book focus on an all-important topic—why exactly the Civil War was fought. This title is useful for inclusion in a unit study on the Civil War as well as for a resource for reports or projects. KLIATT Codes: J—Recommended for junior high school students. 1999, Chicago Review Press, 145p, illus, bibliog, index, 22cm, 99-20826, $14.95. Ages 13 to 15. Reviewer: Tricia Finch; Youth Scvs. Libn., North Port P.L., North Port, FL, May 2000 (Vol. 34 No. 3)
Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
While there are many fine historical works for children dealing with the Civil War this particular publication is truly unique. Combining a wonderful historical account of the Civil War years with detailed activities related to that era, this book takes young and older readers into that time period. The author does a fine job of tracing the momentous events of the struggle that helped shape our nation's modern history. The historical events of the war are described in a manner that allows students to grasp the key battles, issues, and experiences of the Civil War. Additionally, specific chapters are geared toward developing a social history of the war through a description of the lives of soldiers on the march, in camp, on the battlefield, and in the hospital. The writing in these sections of the book is particularly noteworthy and does provide the reader with an insightful look at the lives of the common folk who lived through the war. The most engaging element of this fine work rests in the twenty-one activities that are included throughout the book. Readers are given plans for the building of a soldier's "lean to" shelter, a recipe for baking hardtack, a process for creating butternut dye, a means of crafting raspberry ink, and many other fascinating projects. Each activity includes clear directions, illustrations, and extensions. All in all this is a great book for children and adults interested in learning about and recreating the Civil War era.
Library Journal
Gr 4-8-Using a clear style and lively tone, this book provides a look at the Civil War and its leaders and includes activities such as battle reenactments and recipes for soldiers' rations. The contributions of women, African Americans, and even children are described. Sidebars provide biographical and other information about individual soldiers and events. Occasional quotes provide a humanistic view of the war. Antislavery is offered as the main reason for the war, with only a brief mention that other reasons even existed. Maps and black-and-white reproductions are scattered throughout. A lengthy resource list of historical sites, museums, and Web sites is appended. Most of the activities require adult supervision and are geared toward groups, making them ideal for classrooms.-Sarah Smith, Harrison Community Library, MI Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556523557
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/1999
  • Series: For Kids Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 208,365
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Janis Herbert is the author of The American Revolution for Kids, Leonardo da Vinci for Kids, Lewis and Clark for Kids, and Marco Polo for Kids.
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    All of these books are great i would recomend people to buy these books

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

    Great History of the Civil War....

    this is a book that even adults will love to read. Kids will really want to read this book & do the activities after every chapter. A great book for all classroom teachers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2004

    Great book!

    A very concise but detailed book about the battles of the Civil War. It will transport you through the major battles and explain how it all happened. Although you won't get much about how the people left at home felt, it still gives an overview of the lives of many soldiers, generals, and volunteer nurses including Clara Barton. The activites are also great and will excite some students minds and the pictures are also well picked. Excellent book overall and I highly recommend it for those who are interested in the battles and getting a picture of those who were there.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2001

    A Good Classroom Resource...

    The Civil War for Kids is a great classroom resource. Information about the Civil War is presented in concise, clear, student-friendly terms. The excerpts presented with each chapter are interesting and fun, sure to intrigue students. When writing lessons about the Civil War the activities are fun and can be tied in neatly to various subject and content areas. The pictures and illustrations support the text and activities nicely while providing students with visual representations of the war. The timeline and varying appendices are also a good quick reference tool for students and teachers. Overall, the book is useful in the classroom as a reference or a guide for planning and curriculum.

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