Chicago History for Kids: Triumphs and Tragedies of the Windy City Includes 21 Activities

Chicago History for Kids: Triumphs and Tragedies of the Windy City Includes 21 Activities

Chicago History for Kids: Triumphs and Tragedies of the Windy City Includes 21 Activities

Chicago History for Kids: Triumphs and Tragedies of the Windy City Includes 21 Activities


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From the Native Americans who lived in the Chicago area for thousands of years, to the first European explorers Marquette and Jolliet, to the 2005 Chicago White Sox World Series win, parents, teachers, and kids will love this comprehensive and exciting history of how Chicago became the third largest city in the U.S. Chicago’s spectacular and impressive history comes alive through activities such as building a model of the original Ferris Wheel, taking architectural walking tours of the first skyscrapers and Chicago’s oldest landmarks, and making a Chicago-style hotdog. Serving as both a guide to kids and their parents and an engaging tool for teachers, this book details the first Chicagoan Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, the Fort Dearborn Massacre, the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, the building of the world’s first skyscraper, and the hosting of two World’s Fairs. In addition to uncovering Windy City treasures such as the birth of the vibrant jazz era of Louis Armstrong and the work of Chicago poets, novelists, and songwriters, kids will also learn about Chicago’s triumphant and tortured sports history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781556526541
Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/01/2007
Series: Chicago Review Press For Kids Series , #21
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 1,078,960
Product dimensions: 11.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Owen Hurd is a former editor at several Chicago publishers and is now a freelance writer. Gary Johnson is president of the Chicago History Museum.

Table of Contents

Foreword   Gary T. Johnson     vi
Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction     viii
Chicago Before Chicagoans     1
Miniature Glaciers     3
Bean Bag Chunkey     9
The First Chicagoans     11
Construct a Model Longhouse     15
Explorers, Missionaries, Trappers, and Soldiers     17
Build a Replica of Fort Dearborn     24
Walking/Bus Tour: Chicago's Oldest Landmarks     28
From Small Town to Big City     31
Re-create the Chicago River Watershed     41
Walking Tour: Rosehill Cemetery     46
Reduced to Ashes     49
Make a Pinhole Camera     58
Plan a Fire Escape Route     61
Reaching Mew Heights     65
Architectural Walking Tour: The First Skyscrapers     70
Make Homemade Caramel Corn     77
Build a Model of the Original Ferris Wheel     78
The Haves and the Have-Nots     85
Create a Photographic Documentary of Your Home/Neighborhood     88
Trace Your Family History     97
Turning Point     105
Create Your Own Impressionist Painting     118
Gangsters Everywhere     121
Walking Tour: Graceland Cemetery     123
The City Turns a Century     131
Write a Poem About Your Street     143
Economic Growth, Political Upheaval     145
Architectural Walking Tour: Modern Skyscrapers     148
Make a Stained Glass Window     151
Chicago in the Mew Millennium     161
Write Your Own Blues Song     166
Make a Chicago-Style Hot Dog     172
Resources     174
Bibliography     175
Places to Visit     176
Helpful Websites     179
Index     180
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