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Explore Native American Cultures!: With 25 Great Projects [NOOK Book]

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Explore Native American Cultures! with 25 Great Projects introduces readers to seven main Native American cultural regions, from the northeast woodlands to the Northwest tribes. It encourages readers to investigate the daily activities—including the rituals, beliefs, and longstanding traditions—of America’s First People. Where did they live? How did they learn to survive and build thriving communities? This book also investigates the negative impact European explorers and settlers had on Native Americans, giving ...
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Overview

Explore Native American Cultures! with 25 Great Projects introduces readers to seven main Native American cultural regions, from the northeast woodlands to the Northwest tribes. It encourages readers to investigate the daily activities—including the rituals, beliefs, and longstanding traditions—of America’s First People. Where did they live? How did they learn to survive and build thriving communities? This book also investigates the negative impact European explorers and settlers had on Native Americans, giving readers a glimpse into the complicated history of Native Americans.

Readers will enjoy the fascinating stories about America’s First People as leaders, inventors, diplomats, and artists. To enrich the historical information, hands-on activities bring to life each region’s traditions, including region-specific festivals, technology, and art. Readers can learn Native American sign language and create a salt dough map of the Native American regions. Each project is outlined with clear step-by-step instructions and diagrams, and requires minimal adult supervision.
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Editorial Reviews

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"[A] handy Native American crafts and studies text for elementary age students."  —The Midwest Book Review

"(a) handy Native American crafts and studies text for elementary age students." —The Midwest Book Review

"A wide range of ages will be able to take something away from this entertaining and useful title."  —Madeline K. Bryant, School Library Journal

Children's Literature - Susan Treadway
More than a craft book or simply an introduction to Native American cultures for youngsters, each geographic region of the United States is focused on in order to bring key tribes to the forefront. Books in the "Explore Your World!" series contain an overall timeline and an effective introduction, which lay the groundwork for an engaging overview of the topic in order to prepare avid readers. Hands-on "Make Your Own" projects provide an experience to learn more about subjects like night science, flight, and electricity. For every activity there is a supply list, vocabulary, brief history, and numerous factoid boxes mixed in with a bit of humor "Just for Laughs." In this book there is a "Then & Now" comparison for students to make appropriate connections about current daily living such as how names came to be, transportation modes, changing bison herds, salmon fishing, and preserving valuable cultural heritage. Black line drawings in the series complement short descriptive paragraphs in every chapter. They highlight additional tribal features which are given in both regular text on a page and also in distinctly marked text boxes during the study of each tribe's way of life. In addition, there is a Madlib, an extensive glossary and index, and a variety of resources from the internet to round out a student's adventure into the fascinating lives of many different Native Americans. Reviewer: Susan Treadway
School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—This lively and informative introduction is divided into six regions (Northeast Woodlands, Southeast, Southwest and Mesoamerica, Great Plains, Pacific Northwest, and Arctic). Each section provides a concise overview of the tribes, their food, housing, ceremonies, clothing, and games. There are roughly five kid-friendly activities per region, ranging from shell rattles to Mayan glyphs, a bear-claw necklace to Inuit sculpture. A "Words to Know" box appears on almost every page, explaining highlighted words that are used in the text. Although the format is somewhat busy, the scattered sections of text and black-and-white drawings are relevant and fun. "Then and Now," "Wow" facts, and an occasional, playful "Just for Laughs" box, complement the overall package. (What has hundreds of ears but can't hear a thing? A crop of corn!) And children will learn that the phrase "to bury the hatchet" (meaning to make peace with) likely comes from literally putting one's war tools underground. A wide range of ages will be able to take something away from this entertaining and useful title.—Madeline J. Bryant, Los Angeles Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781619301627
  • Publisher: Nomad Press
  • Publication date: 1/7/2013
  • Series: Explore Your World
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 1,426,634
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Anita Yasuda is a qualified Montessori and early childhood education teacher and the author of more than 20 books, including the Being Green series, Explore the Solar System!, Explore Water!, Greetings from Buffalo, and Hello Kitty: Cute, Creative & Collectible. She lives in Huntington Beach, California.

Jennifer K. Keller is an illustrator with an MFA from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She lives in San Jose, California.
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