Tools of the Ancient Romans: A Kid's Guide to the History & Science of Life in Ancient Rome

Tools of the Ancient Romans: A Kid's Guide to the History & Science of Life in Ancient Rome

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by Rachel Dickinson
     
 

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Tools of the Ancient Greeks: A Kid’s Guide to the History and Science of Life in Ancient Greece explores the scientific discoveries, athletic innovations, engineering marvels, and innovative ideas created more than two thousand years ago. Through biographical sidebars, interesting facts, fascinating anecdotes, and fifteen hands-on activities,

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Tools of the Ancient Greeks: A Kid’s Guide to the History and Science of Life in Ancient Greece explores the scientific discoveries, athletic innovations, engineering marvels, and innovative ideas created more than two thousand years ago. Through biographical sidebars, interesting facts, fascinating anecdotes, and fifteen hands-on activities, readers will learn how Greek innovations and ideas have shaped world history and our own world view. Tools of the Ancient Greeks 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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School Library Journal
"A lively and entertaining survey of a millennium of Roman history."

Metrokids Pennsylvania
"Interesting text and activities."

Library Media Connection
"Teachers will have students explore Roman civilization and learn about the culture and how it affects us today in a fascinating and engaging way. Recommended."

School Librarian's Workshop
"Lively and well rounded history."

Homeschooling Parent
"You can't go wrong with this teaching tool--it is simply fabulous!"

Curriculum Connections
"Will keep students engaged."

Gifted Education News
"A wonderful example of how to clearly organize information about history, technology and science to appeal to the curiosity and learning capabilities of gifted students... excellent resources for an inquiry learning format."

Metrokids Pennsylvania
Interesting text and activities.
Calliope
15 great hands-on activities, including making a toga and a clay vessel, with background historical information, pertinent sidebars and contemporary quotes.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-Despite its narrowly focused title, this is actually a lively and entertaining survey of a millennium of Roman history. Dickinson gives due attention to architecture and engineering triumphs, to be sure, and includes full chapters on technology, the army, and forms of entertainment. But the larger part of the narrative conveys Rome's growth from city-state to regional power to multiethnic empire along with the shift from a fairly small independent "people" to a conquering but still republican government to, finally, imperial rule with only the appearance of representative government. The hands-on craft activities scattered throughout include making an abacus, a laurel wreath, a mosaic, and much more. Informative sidebars and illustrations are profuse and attractive. For the most part, Dickinson handles the simplification required for a book for younger readers with aplomb. However, history teachers may cringe to read that the Roman Catholic Church was established under Constantine or that the Pantheon was built by Augustus (rather than, quite famously, by Marcus Agrippa during the reign of Augustus). The snappy tone, mostly a great plus, also occasionally falls flat, as when Dickinson tells readers that the mystery religions are so called because "we don't know much about them." Still, the book has a marvelous central narrative, direct, lean, and propulsive, with inviting coverage as well of the arts, daily life, and such popular topics as chariot races, gladiators, Pompeii, and even Spartacus. A worthy addition to any library where students are open to the past.-Coop Renner, Hillside Elementary, El Paso, TX Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780974934457
Publisher:
Nomad Press
Publication date:
01/01/2006
Series:
Tools of Discovery series
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
853,401
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author


Rachel Dickinson has published hundreds of articles on travel, nature, and science in numerous newspapers and magazines. Her work has appeared in publications as varied as The Christian Science Monitor, USA Weekend, Islands Magazine, Audubon, National Geographic Traveler, AARP, Living Bird Magazine, and Dolphin Log. Her book The Witch's Handbook: A Field Guide to Magic was published in 2002. She is a member of the American Society of Journalists.

Shawn Braley is an award-winning illustrator. He attended the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art, Inc. He specializes in cartoon and editorial illustration. Braley is also a world traveler, musician, cat owner, and comic art collector.

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