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Explorers of the New World: Discover the Golden Age of Exploration With 22 Projects (Build It Yourself) Paperback – July 1, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Build It Yourself
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Nomad Press (July 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193631343X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936313433
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #418,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This informative, entertaining activity book takes readers on a fascinating voyage of their own. . . . Numerous inserts, 'Did You Know?' sidebars, maps, black-and-white representations of explorers, and sketches of events add additional facts and interest to the presentation. An appealing and useful resource." —School Library Journal (September 13, 2011)


"Explorers of the New World is well suited to the homeschool as well as classroom use. It would work well as the basis for a co-op class learning about this era of history." —www.EclecticHomeschool.org


"This combination history and activity book from the 'Build it Yourself' series will enliven home school and classroom history units. Mooney's narrative is engaging and very readable. Sidebars and text boxes contain difficult words (also highlighted with bold font within the text), interesting facts, or mini-biographies of explorers or native communities. Plenty of black and white illustrations and maps add visual interest." —www.clcd.com

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Explorers of the New World: Discover the Golden Age of Exploration offers a fascinating look at the explorers and their voyages during the Age of Exploration and Discovery. Readers ages 9–12 can delve into the expeditions of Vasco da Gama, Christopher Columbus, Ferdinand Magellan, John Cabot, Hernán Cortés, and more. Using common household items and minimal supervision, kids enjoy 22 hands-on activities to help them learn about these legendary explorers and their voyages. Discover how the adventures of a few people 500 years ago changed world history.

Projects include creating and using a compass, learning to tie a sailor’s knot, and baking and eating sea biscuits. Along with detailed, step-by-step instructions for each project, Explorers of the New World includes biographical sidebars, engaging illustrations, interesting facts, and vocabulary words that allow kids to experience this era in a fun, interactive way. Explorers of the New World meets common core state standards in language arts for reading informational text and literary nonfiction and is aligned with Next Generation Science Standards. Guided Reading Levels and Lexile measurements indicate grade level and text complexity.

More About the Author

Carla Mooney is the author of several books for young readers, a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. As long as she can remember, she has been in love with reading and writing. Carla lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband, Tom, and three children. When not reading and writing, Carla volunteers as the Pittsburgh Chapter Director for Flashes of Hope, a nonprofit organization that photographs children with cancer and other life-threatening conditions.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Heiss on August 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is a very readable book about New World exploration. I love the vocabulary words in text boxes on the pages, and there is a 5-page glossary. ! Great timeline, index, and bibliography.

Match this up with Marc Aronson's superb "The World Made New." The World Made New: Why the Age of Exploration Happened and How It Changed the World (Timelines of American History)

The projects are very do-able, and kids get great results with -- and this is important! -- not much help from Mom. The projects use regular stuff you already have at home -- rulers and yardsticks, tape, kitchen equipment, hole punches, clay, etc.

Good project on latitude and longitude which can have infinite variations to match your children's interests. How about hanging up a map for a year, giving each kid a box of their own marked pushpins, and having them mark the map with the settings of the books they read in a year, plus write book reports detailing that latitude and longitude?

Warning to Moms: There is an oil-and-water project in the book. This leaks. I recommend you use a SMALL bottle (the tiny size water bottle), make the project, and dispose. Keeping this in your child's closet is a mistake.

You're going to love this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrea J Thumpston on November 25, 2013
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Explorers of the New World combines concise and informative reading with engaging and instructive artistic projects. We checked this out from our library and max out our renewal limit, but we wanted more time with this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David J Waters on February 26, 2014
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This book had good projects and information for the unit we did on Exploration.
I liked the simple biographies and the glossary too.
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