Just Add Water: Making the City of Chicago

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From the Europeans who were first attracted to the area to Daniel Burnham’s solutions to overcrowding and transportation problems, this book walks through the history of Chicago. With 15 “Investigations” that explore creeks, prairies, forts, fires, and the world's fair, the book helps children develop interpretive skills through a range of social studies. It answers questions such as How was the first community in Chicago started? What caused Chicago to boom? and What is meant by “a century of progress”?, ...
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Overview

From the Europeans who were first attracted to the area to Daniel Burnham’s solutions to overcrowding and transportation problems, this book walks through the history of Chicago. With 15 “Investigations” that explore creeks, prairies, forts, fires, and the world's fair, the book helps children develop interpretive skills through a range of social studies. It answers questions such as How was the first community in Chicago started? What caused Chicago to boom? and What is meant by “a century of progress”?, prompting deeper research into the stories and landmarks kids hear and see in the Windy City. Written in alignment with state-mandated, local-history curriculum requirements for school-age children, the book is ideal for young Chicagoland residents who want to know more about their city.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781893121645
  • Publisher: Lake Claremont Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2012
  • Pages: 120
  • Sales rank: 975,374
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Renee Kreczmer is a social studies teacher for the Chicago Public School District and has assisted in its social studies curriculum development. She has attended educational workshops with the Chicago Architecture Foundation and Chicago History Museum and has completed coursework in Chicago history at Roosevelt University. For 15 years, she has been developing materials and methods for teaching the mandated Chicago curriculum to her third-grade students. She lives in Chicago.

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Table of Contents

Foreword v

Preface vii

Introduction: What did it take to make Chicago? x

Investigation 1 Is this a good location to build a community? 1

Investigation 2 How did this little creek and this animal attract Europeans to Chicago? 10

Investigation 3 What can Chicago thank for its beginning? 22

Investigation 4 What is the purpose of a fort? 29

Investigation 5 What happened here? What causes led to it? 38

Investigation 6 What caused Chicago to BOOM? 48

Investigation 7 What happened on March 4, 1837? 61

Investigation 8 Missing: Chicago's Downtown. Where did it go? 68

Investigation 9 What effect did the Great Fire have on the spirit of Chicagoans? 81

Investigation 10 What problems did immigrants face in their new homes? 90

Investigation 11 How was this town supposed to solve immigrant and labor problems? 101

Investigation 12 What event did Chicago celebrate? 113

Investigation 13 How did Chicago's government finally stop the city's tiniest but deadliest killers? 125

Investigation 14 How did Daniel Burnham solve overcrowding, business, and transportation problems? 139

Investigation 15 What is A Century of Progress? 148

Conclusion: What did it take to make Chicago? 160

Are You a Chicago Star? 162

Index 163

Images Credits 167

Bibliography 173

Acknowledgments 179

About the Author 181

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  • Posted July 21, 2012

    History Made Fun

    Although this book is about the history of Chicago and the area around it for the grader no less. Every parent and teacher should be reading this. Not only can you teach your child(ren) about the history of a great American City but it will give you ideas on ways to teach a single child or a whole class the history of your own city, town or state and you may even learn some too! I hope teachers will bring this book to the attention of their principles. Please get in touch with Ms Kreczmer and Thank her for her wonderful book. It may inspire your child in a whole different way!

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