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  • Series: Hands-On History Activities
  • Perfect Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Shell Education; 1 edition (May 13, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1425803709
  • ISBN-13: 978-1425803704
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 8.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Wisteria on March 14, 2010
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The activities described in this book do require some preparation time and effort on the teacher's part, but it is worth the work.
There are eight topics covered in creative ways that actually work in a classroom setting.

Colonial America
The American Revolution
Jeffersonian Period
Tecumseh and the American Indian Experience
The Civil War
Expansion and the Oregon Trail
Immigration, Industry, and the American Dream
The Civil Rights Movement

The activities are targeted toward classes of 25 students, though I could see success with as few as five students.

I have used the activity "Jeffersonian Period" with my class. It addressed five issues that Jefferson's administration faced.
1. Should every person have the right to vote?
2. Should settlers be allowed to farm in American Indian territory?
3. Should the Supreme Court be able to decide what is and isn't constitutional?
4. Should the president act outside the Constitution to agree to the Louisiana Purchase?
5. Should the president ban all trade with Great Britain and France to make those two countries stop stealing our ships?

The activity helps students learn how five famous people from that era felt about each issue.

We used "Tecumseh and the American Indian Experience" and loved it. Not every mini-project worked the way the author intended, but my students were still able to grasp the concepts being demonstrated. Tecumseh appeared in our history text, so naturally he also appeared on my chapter test. Not one scholar missed those questions. I was pleased.

"Expansion and the Oregon Trail" is a choose your own adventure game in which teams compete to get to Oregon.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By M. Music on July 10, 2009
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This is a wonderful book for hand-on activities. I have used the American Revolution battle field simulation (9th graders loved it), the mystery party (student's loved this one so much that they spoiled it for the following semesters students), and built Jamestown (this one didn't go over as well). They are all fun and some interesting discussions came about, but the activities are better for middle school students versus 9th grade, although, the ESL kids were able to make good connections.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By camille on May 4, 2013
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I've read some of the reviews and think some teachers could save themselves a lot of trouble by understanding the grade levels these activities are meant for before buying the book. I've seen these simulations work wonderfully with junior high kids. I've also done them with my 5th graders, but they needed a little bit more direction during the debriefing/discussion portions of the lessons.

Be prepared to do some prep work, but it's worth it!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Deanna on January 7, 2013
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I was looking for a book that had more individual activities to reinforce major events. This book reinforces major events through role playing in groups. The activities look interesting. It just isn't what I was looking for.
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