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History Pockets: Colonial America, Grades 4-6+ Paperback – January 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Evan Moor (January 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557999066
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557999061
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #530,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Author of Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman and Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman; upcoming titles include Thirty Minutes Over Oregon (nonfiction picture book) and The Chupacabra Ate the Candelabra (fiction picture book). I've had the privilege of being invited to speak at schools and conferences internationally (from Chile to Tanzania). My blog Noblemania shares adventures in publishing (from research victories to promotional gambles).

Bill the Boy Wonder has been covered by outlets including NPR's All Things Considered, Today Show online, New York Times, Forbes, USA Today, MTV; the bombshell it reveals led to a TED Talk.

Boys of Steel is an ALA Notable title that received multiple starred reviews and appeared on the front page of USA Today.

Both are the first standalone biographies on their respective topics, and both are Junior Library Guild Selections.

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4th and 5th graders should love it!
just me
The Fast Facts that are included make recall easier as well.
Leigh Cushing
These are great activities for the classroom.
Meghan Ryan

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mary C. Fratianni on August 12, 2006
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History pockets teachs just the facts. This product is especially good for children with special needs who have comprehension difficulties and cannot handle the traditional textbook. It is also great for the student who gets bored with the traditional history textbook. The hands on approach keeps the child's attention and creates a lasting impact that helps the child remember the significant events in history. Toss the textbook with it's fluff and puff. It's a BIG time waster. Get this product. You will keep your child's attention and they will remember what you have taught them!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Leslie S. on May 6, 2008
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My fifth grader loves colonial American and Revolutionary war history. with all the reading she has been doing on the subject, I found this a nice way to provide some projects for a learning portfolio. For someone homeschooling with a curriculum such as Sonlight that focuses a lot on books, this can add some crafts and color to the program. Don't expect that this book will be all you need to cover the time period, it doesn't replace a curriculum or good library books, but it is a great complement for a history program.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mom of four on September 9, 2007
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This product has been a great edition to our My Father's World History Program. We are also so using the Life in Plymouth Colony Grades 1-3 History Pockets. We also added the North American Explorers History Pockets as well and have really enjoyed it. I would recommend these products to anyone who enjoys hands on visual projects for their kids to work on.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By CrimsonGirl VINE VOICE on December 4, 2010
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One of my children absolutely *LOVES* the "History Pockets" series. Another can't stand them and considers them "busywork". The information is solid and the student who enjoys the activities will likely learn a lot from doing them. Highly recommended IF your child doesn't mind all the cutting, pasting, and coloring required.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By just me on July 12, 2009
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the activities contain good info and provide all needed info to the teacher for prep and presentation. My one reservation is that the activities are almost exclusively cut, paste and color. However, the information provided is interesting and helps kids get a grasp of the reality of history not just the names and dates. I don't really think this reaches up to the 6th grade level though. 4th and 5th graders should love it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bran on August 11, 2012
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We love history pockets and have been using them in our homeschool for five years. We discovered early on that my daughter grew bored with the actual pocket making, but enjoyed the activities. So we dispensed with the busy work and went straight for the fun, educational part. We display the finished projects around the house and then put them in a grade level portfolio or scrapbook at the end of the year. Pocket labels and headers are often made into bookmarks etc. This technique gives us more flexibility in the middle grades when there just isn't the time for busy work. Some projects, such as the sampler, may be too easy for many homeschoolers. We found historic patterns in a cross stitch book and my daughter really enjoyed actually stitching one rather than just coloring one. The Fast Facts sections are helpful review tools (also good bookmarks). If I was teaching a standard classroom, I would find the whole lapbook project too time consuming for any grade above three. However, I do believe that the individual projects make great hands-on supplements to history lessons or complements to historical biographies.
We've purchased Ancient Rome, Ancient Greece, Native Americans, Life in Plymouth Colony, the Lit Pocket `Greek
and Roman Myths', as well as the above title.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charmaine on February 19, 2013
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The projects in this book make learning U.S. History more fun than just using a textbook. Students are engaged and they enjoy the process of creating items for their pockets. I chose this book because students are tested to death these days and they need to enjoy something in school besides recess :) The only drawback is that the projects don't go into much depth, but that's o.k. because I can provide that when needed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Raj on August 10, 2012
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It is a great way to immerse the students in Colonial history. The students will learn to do crafts practiced by colonial people and biographies of memorable people during those days. I made a teacher model using the project book and it has cross-curricular materials that can be done during art and music as well. This book is worth buying and am sure students will enjoy working on this project.
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