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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 ...
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Overview


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.

Great Civil War Projects You Can Build Yourself meets common core state standards in language arts for reading informational text and literary nonfiction. Guided Reading Levels and Lexile measurements indicate grade level and text complexity.

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Editorial Reviews

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The New York Times Book Review
“. . . a fascinating gem of a book.” ­

James McPherson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom
“An interesting and creative book that should give pleasure as well as knowledge to many children.”

Cobblestone Magazine
“Great Civil War Projects You Can Build Yourself does something unique.”

Children’s Literature Review
“An engaging means for children to learn about the Civil War.”

School Library Journal
“Includes little-known facts that will interest children unfamiliar with the conflict and Civil War buffs alike . . . A useful resource for any Civil War Curriculum.”

Children's Literature
"The information presented in each chapter is solid and the activities should provide an engaging means for children to learn about the Civil War."
America's Civil War
"A clever way to introduce kids to the Civil War or encourage a youngster's burgeoning interest."
Children's Literature
This book provides a look at the Civil War along with some projects that will allow kids to make models, flags, and replicas which will allow them to engage in what the cover of the book describes as "hands-on history." The book begins with an introduction and overview of the conflict, a time line of events, and information on some of the important figures of the time period. Particular aspects of the war are then spotlighted in each succeeding chapter, such as photography, flags of the Civil War, Civil War quilts, and popular music. Each chapter ends with instructions for an activity or activities that call for the reader to create a replica of an artifact from the time period. For instance, at the conclusion of the chapter on photography, readers are directed to make their own pinhole camera using such materials as cardboard, film, and aluminum foil. Most of the activities involve everyday household or inexpensive materials and do not seem too complicated to perform. The information presented in each chapter is solid and the activities should provide an engaging means for children to learn about the Civil War. 2005, Nomad Press, Ages 9 to 14.
—Mark Love
KLIATT
Providing an intriguing look at Civil War history, this project guide teases the mind and invites the creative hand to draw, cut, glue, and arrange cast-off items into models of period memorabilia. Possible projects for display or use in a pageant include a signal flag cut from a pillowcase, an ironclad ship shaped from a milk carton, and a regimental drum created out of a coffee, oatmeal, or nut cylinder. The focus on positive elements—band music, camp food, telegraphy—deflects student interest from ordnance and violence. A variety of topics—lanterns, periscopes, dolls, lean-tos—appeals to boys and girls. Ancillary materials include patterns for quilt squares and kepi, a glossary of 44 period terms, and a list of current reference works and websites. The index lists specific battles, male and female innovators and leaders, institutions, ships, and philosophies. This work is an idea trove. KLIATT Codes: P—Recommended. 2005, Nomad Press, 140p. illus. bibliog. index., Ages adult.
—Mary Ellen Snodgrass
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-This interesting collection of projects is divided into two sections: "On the Battlefield" and "On the Homefront." Subsections include "Bands and Music" and "Soldiers' Food"; they contain background information and two or three projects. Although this is not a comprehensive history of the war, Anderson includes little-known facts that will interest children unfamiliar with the conflict and Civil War buffs alike. The more than three dozen projects and recipes range from simple to quite difficult. Readers learn how to make a lean-to, a quilt, a working telegraph, and more. Most of the required materials are household items or are easily obtainable at a hardware store. The instructions are complete, but are illustrated with only gray-and-white drawings. Some of the same activities are found in Janis Herbert's The Civil War for Kids (Chicago Review, 1999), which offers a more complete history, but has fewer projects. A useful resource for any Civil War curriculum.-Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936749461
  • Publisher: Nomad Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2012
  • Series: Build It Yourself Series
  • Edition description: Second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 498,214
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: IG1060L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.94 (w) x 10.31 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author


Lauri Berkenkamp is the author of six books for kids. Writing under the pen name Maxine Anderson she has written Amazing Leonardo da Vinci Inventions You Can Build Yourself, which was excerpted in the New York Times Book Review and Christian Science Monitor, chosen as the #7 BookSense Children’s Pick for Summer 2006 and named Book of the Year by the Society for School Librarians International in 2006; Great Civil War Projects You Can Build Yourself, which was excerpted in Boys’ Life magazine and called “a fascinating gem of a book” by the New York Times Book Review; Explore Spring, and Explore Winter, which were chosen as Parents’ Choice Recommended Books for 2007, Discover the Amazon, as well as Discover the Oceans.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2006

    Beyond the Textbook

    We have just finished our unit on the Civil War. The projects in this book are fantastic. The step by step instructions are easy to follow and the background material goes beyond the textbook. My eighth graders used many of them to create a Civil War museum. They then presented their museum to fourth graders using their artifacts to teach a key aspect of the Civil War. Even my most reluctant learners did an exceptional job. I highly recommend this book to any teacher of American history and/or any student who loves to become actively engaged in the learning process.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2005

    What a wonderful book!

    This is no average project book! The background information, along with actual pictures and resource listings, makes this a must have book for any Civil War study. I especially like the ease of the projects and the everyday items used to make them, I am likely to have all the items in my home already or can easily find the ones I don't.

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