Great Colonial America Projects You Can Build Yourself

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Great Colonial America Projects You Can Build Yourself introduces readers ages 9–12 to colonial America through hands-on building projects. From dyeing and spinning yarn to weaving cloth, from creating tin plates and lanterns to learning wattle and daub construction. Great Colonial America Projects You Can Build Yourself gives readers a chance to experience how colonial Americans lived, cooked, entertained themselves, and interacted with their neighbors. Furthermore, this title meets common core state standards ...
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Overview


Great Colonial America Projects You Can Build Yourself introduces readers ages 9–12 to colonial America through hands-on building projects. From dyeing and spinning yarn to weaving cloth, from creating tin plates and lanterns to learning wattle and daub construction. Great Colonial America Projects You Can Build Yourself gives readers a chance to experience how colonial Americans lived, cooked, entertained themselves, and interacted with their neighbors. Furthermore, this title 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

From the Publisher

Children's Literature
"This is one of the best books for children about Colonial America. History teachers should own this book…"

Family Fun
"…an educational yet fun approach to history."

Kerry Dexter, Blogger News Network
"There’s a lot of fun to be had with Great Colonial America Projects You Can Build Yourself, for both children and adults. There’s history turned into story and sharing, so that even if, maybe especially if, history was never your best subject, you and your kids will come away with stories of your own to share."

Jack Larkin, Chief Historian and Museum Scholar, Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, Massachusetts
"An abundant and valuable resource for engaging students in understanding early American life."

Connie Lapallo, author Dark Enough to See the Stars in a Jamestown Sky
" A friendly tone draws young readers in… a treat for those mothers with young children who want to bring the colonial period to life for them."

Paula Locklair, Old Salem Museums and Gardens, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
"This delightful book is a wonderful and new way for children to become intrigued with colonial American history. This book should be a hit with families, teachers, and history museums!"

From the Publisher

"An abundant and valuable resource for engaging students in understanding early American life."  —Jack Larkin, chief historian and museum scholar, Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, Massachusetts

"This book should be a hit with families, teachers, and history museums."  —Paula Locklair, vice president strategic planning, Old Salem Museums and Gardens, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

"This is one of the best books for children about Colonial America. History teachers should own this book."  —Children's Literature

"An educational yet fun approach to history."  —Family Fun

"A treat for those mothers with young children who want to bring the colonial period to life for them."  —Connie Lapallo, author, Dark Enough to See the Stars in a Jamestown Sky

"If you're looking for new ways to spend time with your kids this fall season—really any season—Great Colonial America Projects You Build Yourself is both a good resource and an engaging read."  —bloggernews.net

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780977129409
  • Publisher: Nomad Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2006
  • Series: Build It Yourself Series
  • Pages: 118
  • Sales rank: 440,163
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author


Kris Bordessa's work has appeared in more than 50 national and regional publications, including FamilyFun, Nick Jr. Family Magazine and Parenting. She is the author of Tools of the Ancient Greeks: a Kid's Guide to the History and Science of Life in Ancient Greece and Great Colonial Projects You Can Build Yourself.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2007

    Outstanding

    I purchased this book expecting 'great colonial projects' for my homeschooled kids, and it delivered. A friendly tone draws young readers in, while drawings and graphics make the text visually appealing. However, this author has created a far more powerful resource than that. Ms. Bordessa includes bonus features: a timeline of the Colonial period (divided by both colony and year), background of voyages, maps, a glossary, and text boxes with interesting facts and charts. 'Spotlight on Famous Colonists' provides a biographical reference. 'Colonial Words to Know' are helpfully placed near the passages where they're used and are also highlighted in the text. Facts are in a frame of reference children can identify with. (For example, the colonists traveled 2,700 miles across the ocean at 2 m.p.h., about the speed of a skateboard!) In this way, the projects link to the larger colonial world. Even adults who flip through the book will learning something new. I only wish this book had been available the first ten years I homeschooled my children! But what a treat for those mothers with young children who want to bring the colonial period to life for them. -- Connie Lapallo, Author of DARK ENOUGH TO SEE THE STARS IN A JAMESTOWN SKY

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2006

    A great resource

    This is a really great resource! I wish it had been in print when I was a teacher. Most books on colonial America tend to be a bit dry. This one is visually appealing, lively and would be very useful if your child had to do a report or was just interested in this time period. It covers all the usual things like who the colonists were, what they ate, wore, did for fun and so forth, but it also covers unusual stuff like crime and punishment and fire fighting. In addition, there are directions for dozens of easy projects such as making your Liberty Bell puzzler, marigold dye, dipped candles and a tin lantern. None of the projects take a lot of time and use easy-to-find materials - both big pluses. An index and glossary help add to the book's usefulness. Overall, a definite pick if you're studying American history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2012

    I was amazed at how many engaging activities were in this book w

    I was amazed at how many engaging activities were in this book with many
    facts and historical information to go along with them. My son is
    learning American History this year and I plan to use many of these
    activities in our curriculum. I would highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2007

    A reviewer

    I bought this book the other day to suppliment our homeschooling curriculum. I was SO impressed. It was so much more than I was expecting. I thought it would just be a few projects and crafts that you could do with your kids to give them some impressions of Colonial life. I had no idea it would be so well thought out, with so many great historical facts. I really got the feeling that I had learned SO much more about how the Colonists had lived, in an everyday-type of perspective, after reading this book. My son and I are getting ready to start a Colonial History Unit and I am so excited. We are going to start reading the book together and do the projects as we go. And because there are so many interesting things in this one book, I'm sure it will take us a bit longer than I had originally thought. I can't wait to get started!

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