- Age Range: 5 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
- Series: Hands-On History
- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Chicago Review Press; 1st edition (August 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1556522711
- ISBN-13: 978-1556522710
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #654,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Westward Ho!: An Activity Guide to the Wild West (Hands-On History) Paperback – August 1, 1996
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From School Library Journal
Grade 3-6-This unique book brings to life the days of the Old West. Crafts, recipes, songs, and games teamed with an engaging text will have young readers convinced that they're just having fun. The book is organized by the major waves of western movement, from the early explorers in 1804 to the trail drives of the 1880s. Carlson's clear and concise writing includes amusing stories and bits of trivia that will keep kids interested. Each chapter is packed with projects that will give them a taste of daily life. Students might construct field books like those used by Lewis and Clark, or they might make root beer like the settlers. Each activity includes easy-to-follow instructions and informative line drawings. A book that will be heavily used by teachers in the classroom and by children at home.
Paula A. Kiely, Milwaukee Public Library,
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Gr. 4^-6. Carlson gives a brief history of the North American westward movement as a framework for introducing more than 50 appropriate activities, which are presented chronologically and thematically and include projects involving exploration, fur trading, the gold rush, homesteading, and cowboys. Activities range from the very simple (making notepaper decorated with an Appaloosa motif) to the complex (hooking a rag rug); most have very clear directions. A few ideas (panning for gold) will be impractical for most readers; some (Lewis and Clark's journal and field book, a trapper's journal, and a young girl's travel diary) are repetitive; but most (especially the recipes for portable soup and root beer and the explanations of measuring land for townships and homesteads) will be of interest. Black line drawings and frequent sidebars help break up the text and further clarify the instructions. Although not a first choice, this will be useful for American history studies. Kay Weisman
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Top Customer Reviews
The whole book is divided into sections like "Trail Blazers", "Trappin' and Tradin'", and "Wagon's Roll", which make navigating all the projects really simple. Each page has a different project or activity, but it also explains the history behind it. For example: Page 42, a continuation of the "Gold Rush" section, explains how different minerals settle in a stream and how that process makes it possible to pan for gold. It then gives you directions (and a picture) for building a "Stream in a bottle" so the class can test this new information.
Whether you want to learn to square dance, try dowsing for water, or make a trapper's journal this book has not just the projects but the short and sweet lessons to go with them. It even has recipes for foods like sourdough and mock oysters!
Try it out, you'll find a lot you can use
It is a wonderful back-to-basics book for the very modern children we are raising.