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Books in Hands-On History series

  • Hands-On History Mesopotamia: All about ancient Assyria and Babylonia, with 15 step-by-step projects and more than 300 exciting pictures

    Lorna Oakes

    Hardcover (Armadillo, April 16, 2013)
    Step back in time to explore the Land Between the Two Rivers, one of the most ancient of all civilizations. Fascinating, facts and how-to projects allow you to re-create the past - build a model chariot, make a musical lyre and sculpt a cuneiform tablet!
  • Hands-On History! Aztec & Maya: Rediscover the lost world of ancient Central America, with 450 exciting pictures and 15 step-by-step projects

    Fiona Macdonald

    Hardcover (Armadillo, March 7, 2014)
    Step back in time to Central America before the Spanish conquest and discover fascinating facts about the Olmecs, Maya, Toltecs and Aztecs. Easy-to-make projects help bring the past to life - build a Maya house or a pyramid temple, eat Aztec-style tortill
  • Colonial Kids: An Activity Guide to Life in the New World

    Laurie Carlson

    Paperback (Chicago Review Press, Aug. 1, 1997)
    Young adventurers can learn about the settling of America while enjoying activities like stitching a sampler, pitching horseshoes, making an almanac, churning butter, and more.
  • Hands-On History! Ancient Japan: Step Back to the Time of Shoguns and Samurai, with 15 Step-by-Step Projects and Over 330 Exciting Pictures

    Fiona Macdonald

    Hardcover (Armadillo, Jan. 7, 2014)
    Discover the amazing Japanese civilization and learn about a culture that has existed for thousands of years. Facts and features combine with 15 practical projects that enable you to re-create the past - wear a dramatic theatrical mask, fly a carp streamer, decorate an elaborate Japanese screen, and make a magnificent helmet fit for a samurai warrior.
  • Hands-on History: American History Activities – Teacher Resource Provides Fun Games and Simulations that Support Hands-On Learning

    Garth Sundem, Kristi Pikiewicz

    Paperback (Shell Education, May 13, 2005)
    Making learning fun and interactive builds excitment for your social studies students. This book includes game-formatted activities for the study of important events in American history such as Colonial America, The American Revolution, American Indian Experience, The Civil War, the Oregon Trail, Immigration, and the Civil Rights Movement. These hands-on activities are aligned to state and national standards and supports college and career readiness skills. The hands-on lessons foster engagement, teamwork, creativity, and critical thinking. In addition to history-based lessons, this resource includes grading rubrics and ideas for assessment. The games in Hands-on History Activities will help you take an active approach to teaching while inspiring your students to make their own explorations of history. About Shell Education Rachelle Cracchiolo started the company with a friend and fellow teacher. Both were eager to share their ideas and passion for education with other classroom leaders. What began as a hobby, selling lesson plans to local stores, became a part-time job after a full day of teaching, and eventually blossomed into Teacher Created Materials. The story continued in 2004 with the launch of Shell Education and the introduction of professional resources and classroom application books designed to support Teacher Created Materials curriculum resources. Today, Teacher Created Materials and Shell Education are two of the most recognized names in educational publishing around the world.
  • More Than Moccasins: A Kid's Activity Guide to Traditional North American Indian Life

    Laurie Carlson

    Paperback (Chicago Review Press, May 1, 1994)
    Kids discover traditions and skills from the people who first settled this continent, including gardening, making useful pottery, and communicating through Navajo codes.
  • Classical Kids: An Activity Guide to Life in Ancient Greece and Rome

    Laurie Carlson

    Paperback (Chicago Review Press, July 1, 1998)
    Travel back in time to see what life was like in ancient Greece and Rome while having fun with hands-on activities such as making a star gazer; chiseling a clay tablet; weaving Roman sandals; making a Greek mosaic; creating Roman jewelry; throwing Greek pottery; casting a vote in a Roman-style election; and much more. Learn how these civilizations contributed to our present-day world by participating in art, math, cooking, science, and geography activities. Interesting facts and trivia are included throughout. Helpful illustrations explain project steps.
  • Westward Ho!: An Activity Guide to the Wild West

    Laurie Carlson

    Paperback (Chicago Review Press, Aug. 1, 1996)
    Capturing the unique character and history of the West, this activity book provides a number of memorable journeys, including joining Lewis and Clark on an expedition, journeying into the woods with fur traders, or riding a wagon train to the Oregon. Young explorers will experience the excitement of the West with activities such as sewing a sunbonnet, panning for gold, cooking flapjacks, singing cowboy songs, and more. Helpful illustrations that detail and explain the steps of each project are also included.
  • Old Testament Days: An Activity Guide

    Nancy I. Sanders

    Paperback (Chicago Review Press, Aug. 1, 1999)
    More than 80 projects drawn from archaeological evidence and Bible descriptions make Old Testament days come alive in this activity guide for children ages 5 to 12. Children can enjoy a desert picnic of dried figs, goat’s milk cheese, and lentil stew, or make a loose tunic like the one young Isaac wore on his family’s trek to the Promised Land nearly 4,000 years ago. They can make a painted throwing stick or a wooden paddle doll like the ones Moses might have played with in the Pharoah’s palace, and build toy instruments like those the Israelites used to celebrate their return to Jerusalem in approximately 538 B.C. Games, recipes, crafts, and just enough historical background provide plenty of educational fun for home or school.
  • Pacific Northwest Art: Coloring Pages for Kids and Kids at Heart

    Hands-On Art History

    Paperback (Hands-On Art History, Dec. 15, 2017)
    Calling all colorists!For centuries, the native peoples of the northwest coast of North America have developed a unique artistic style. Their work often celebrates the animals around them, such as ravens, whales, and bears, but also creatures of legend and mythology like the thunderbird. Children and adults will enjoy coloring these unparalleled designs to gain a deeper appreciation for Native American culture.
  • Mary Bowser and the Civil War Spy Ring: A Spy on History Book

    Enigma Alberti, Tony Cliff

    Paperback (Workman Publishing Company, April 2, 2019)
    Your Mission: Find Mary’s secret diary using spycraft stools to uncover hidden codes! It’s a true story of bravery: Mary Bowser was an African American spy for the Union who worked as a maid in the mansion of Confederate Jefferson Davis. From hair-raising close calls when she almost gets caught to how she uses her photographic memory to “steal” top secret documents. Mary’s story reads like a gripping novel.It’s a mystery to solve: There are clues embedded in the story’s text and illustrations, and Spycraft materials—including a replica Civil War cipher wheel—come in an envelope at the beginning of the book. Use both to discover what happened to Mary Bowser’s secret diary.
  • Hands-On History! Ancient India: Discover the Rich Heritage of the Indus Valley and the Mughal Empire, with 15 Step-by-Step Projects and 340 Pictures

    Daud Ali

    Hardcover (Armadillo, Jan. 7, 2014)
    Step back in time to explore India’s dramatic history and learn how emperors, priests and ordinary people lived, what they ate and wore, and the magnificent palaces and awe-inspiring temples. Practical projects help children understand the past - make a Hindu garland of flowers, learn how to tie a sari, and cook a delicious chickpea curry.