The Romans

The Romans

by Sally Hewitt, Ruth Levy, Cilla Eurich
     
 

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Here is a gentle introduction to geography, history, and cultural subjects for young readers. Why were the pyramids built? What was it like going to school in ancient Greece? Who were the Vikings? What was it like being a soldier in the Roman army? Easy text and full-page photographs accompany fun projects and activities as children learn about history and social

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Here is a gentle introduction to geography, history, and cultural subjects for young readers. Why were the pyramids built? What was it like going to school in ancient Greece? Who were the Vikings? What was it like being a soldier in the Roman army? Easy text and full-page photographs accompany fun projects and activities as children learn about history and social studies. Using readily available materials, kids can make their own cardboard Viking longship, a Grecian theater mask, a paper Roman bracelet, or an Egyptian amulet made from clay At the same time, young readers are introduced to the lifestyles, forms of government, culture, even the gods that were worshipped back in ancient times. Each book includes an index.

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Children's Literature - Patrick Hunter
The book covers aspects of Roman life. It is made up of spreads focusing on one aspect of Roman life. The book starts with an overview of the Romans and where they lived in the world. The book covers government in the Roman Empire, the Roman Army, childhood, homes, entertainment, religion and myths, writing, town setup, and baths. The book also includes a short glossary of terms at the end and even a one page index. The best aspect of this book is that it provides an activity in each two page spread. The activity relates to the topic covered. For example, in the Letters and Numbers spread, the activity is making a wax tablet on which to write; another spread has the activity of creating a mosaic picture. Another good aspect of this book is the discussion on the layout and set-up of Roman towns, which were similar to our current town/city structure. Each topic spread contains photographs or images related to that topic. In some of the related activity suggestions, they show a child with the completed activity. Though the level is listed as Grades 3 and up, it is most appropriate for just Grades 3 to 5. The book is too easy for any grade level above that but is an excellent book for Grades 3 to 5, especially for a starting point for a lesson on the Romans or for reading independently. This nonfiction book is part of the "Starting History" series. Reviewer: Patrick Hunter

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780516080581
Publisher:
Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date:
10/28/1995
Series:
Footsteps in Time Series
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
7.78(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
7 - 8 Years

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