Explore Norse Myths! With 25 Great Projects

Explore Norse Myths! With 25 Great Projects

The stories of Norse myths and legends are a terrific introduction to Viking culture, history, science, and traditions, which thrived in Scandinavia from the eighth to the eleventh centuries. But who were the Norse, who left their homelands in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden to trade, raid, and explore around the world? In Explore Norse Myths! With 25 Great Projects, young readers discover the remarkable people and mythical creatures of old.

Learning about Norse myths not only means unearthing the origin of Viking beliefs but also exploring their ships, tools, and other technology that flourished for nearly 450 years. Along the way, kids will read how Norse myths helped explain the natural world from thunder to the seasons, from creation to death. They may be surprised at how much Norse myths continue to influence modern culture.

Through a mixture of fun facts, trivia, jokes, comics, and hand-on activities kids will dig up Scandinavia’s past and sail the seas along with the gods and giants in Explore Norse Myths!

Price (suggested retail)

  • Softcover, $14.95
  • Hardcover, $19.95
  • eBook, $9.95

Grade Level 3–4

Ages 7–10

GRL W

Subjects

  • Ancient Civilizations
  • Geography
  • World History
  • STEM - STEAM

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The stories of Norse myths and legends are a terrific introduction to Viking culture, history, science, and traditions, which thrived in Scandinavia from the eighth to the eleventh centuries. But who were the Norse, who left their homelands in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden to trade, raid, and explore around the world? In Explore Norse Myths! With 25 Great Projects, young readers discover the remarkable people and mythical creatures of old.

Learning about Norse myths not only means unearthing the origin of Viking beliefs but also exploring their ships, tools, and other technology that flourished for nearly 450 years. Along the way, kids will read how Norse myths helped explain the natural world from thunder to the seasons, from creation to death. They may be surprised at how much Norse myths continue to influence modern culture.

Through a mixture of fun facts, trivia, jokes, comics, and hand-on activities kids will dig up Scandinavia’s past and sail the seas along with the gods and giants in Explore Norse Myths!


Publishers Weekly
“Yasuda gives readers a quick, lively overview of Norse myths, the influence of Scandinavian culture, technological advances made by Vikings and other Nordic peoples, and more. Throughout, she intermixes history and myth—a description of Odin’s discovery of magical runes appears in a section about the influence of Norse legends (including the use of the runes for King Harald Blatand’s initials as the Bluetooth symbol). In addition to the 25 interspersed activities (which include making a woodcut of the nine worlds of Norse legend and a “mistletoe” wreath from green paper), numerous jokes, profiles of Norse deities, trivia- and vocabulary-packed sidebars, QR codes with links to online content, and Stone’s cartooning all contribute to the book’s interactive and visual appeal.”

Puget Sound Council for the Review of Children’s Media
Recommended — Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
“This book laid out in six chapters covers a lot of Nordic ground. While the title suggests that it is about myths, the book also delves into history of Nordic culture, explorers and more. And as the subtitle suggests, the book also includes a variety of activities — twenty-five in all. The activities range from science (Constellation Night Light) to art (Design a Viking Helmet). . . All-in-all this book exceeds expectations. Educators will find plenty here to tie in with popular Norse myth kid-lit. Kids will just enjoy the magazine-like format and interesting text.”

Booklist 
“Fascinating myths, witty jokes, eye-catching art, games, science projects, and a coherent narrative history fill the pages of this informative volume, which presents multifaceted facts about the Nordic people based in Scandinavia before the twelfth century . . . . The projects are engaging, and all rely on commonly available materials, such as egg cartons, empty juice boxes, or jars with lids . . . . This engaging entry in the Explore Your World series is a great choice for the classroom and an entertaining introduction to world history”

Marla Conn,  Educational Consultant
“Explore Norse Myths! is a true cross-curricular title where knowledge is interdependent and connected! This crossover in subject area enables students to achieve higher-level critical thinking and collaborative skills. Love it!”

Praise for other titles by Anita Yasuda:

Explore Native American Cultures!
School Library Journal
“. . . A wide range of ages will be able to take something away from this entertaining and useful title.”

Explore Natural Resources!
National Science Teachers Association
“Does your approach to teaching natural resources consist of talking to students, showing a video, and maybe inviting a guest speaker? If you are ready for something more engaging, Explore Natural Resources! With 25 Great Projects is a required science resource . . . The greatest strength of this book may be that it is visually appealing. Every page is attractive and comprised of pictures, vocabulary, and text that will not only inform but entertain the eye. Teachers should consider teaching one chapter per week, which will allow them to have enough time to supervise the elementary aged students. This is the perfect activity book to instruct and demonstrate the immediate interconnectedness humans have with natural resources and the world.”

Explore the Wild West!
2012 Gold Moonbeam Award

School Library Journal
“Entertaining and informative. This is a useful and engaging introductory overview of the Wild West.”

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Make Bracteates

Norse craftsmen hammered images onto thin metal discs called bracteates. Archaeologists have found bracteates with images from Norse myths. In this activity, you are going to make your own.

Click here to download a print-friendly PDF

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Bryan Stone

Bryan Stone is a freelance cartoonist and illustrator who lives in West Fairlee, Vermont with his wife and daughter. Bryan is an alum of The Center for Cartoon Studies. He has illustrated nearly 20 books for Nomad Press and done illustration work for clients such as Dartmouth College, Docomo USA, and many more. His comics work has appeared in numerous anthologies and newspapers.



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Grade Level: 3–4
Ages: 7–10
GRL: W
Subjects: Ancient Civilizations, Geography, World History, STEM - STEAM,
Specs: 8 x 10 , 4-color interior , 96 pages,
Includes: Table of Contents, Timeline, Charts, Maps, Glossary, Resources, Index,

Reviews

Publishers Weekly
“Yasuda gives readers a quick, lively overview of Norse myths, the influence of Scandinavian culture, technological advances made by Vikings and other Nordic peoples, and more. Throughout, she intermixes history and myth—a description of Odin’s discovery of magical runes appears in a section about the influence of Norse legends (including the use of the runes for King Harald Blatand’s initials as the Bluetooth symbol). In addition to the 25 interspersed activities (which include making a woodcut of the nine worlds of Norse legend and a “mistletoe” wreath from green paper), numerous jokes, profiles of Norse deities, trivia- and vocabulary-packed sidebars, QR codes with links to online content, and Stone’s cartooning all contribute to the book’s interactive and visual appeal.”

Puget Sound Council for the Review of Children’s Media
Recommended — Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
“This book laid out in six chapters covers a lot of Nordic ground. While the title suggests that it is about myths, the book also delves into history of Nordic culture, explorers and more. And as the subtitle suggests, the book also includes a variety of activities — twenty-five in all. The activities range from science (Constellation Night Light) to art (Design a Viking Helmet). . . All-in-all this book exceeds expectations. Educators will find plenty here to tie in with popular Norse myth kid-lit. Kids will just enjoy the magazine-like format and interesting text.”

Booklist 
“Fascinating myths, witty jokes, eye-catching art, games, science projects, and a coherent narrative history fill the pages of this informative volume, which presents multifaceted facts about the Nordic people based in Scandinavia before the twelfth century . . . . The projects are engaging, and all rely on commonly available materials, such as egg cartons, empty juice boxes, or jars with lids . . . . This engaging entry in the Explore Your World series is a great choice for the classroom and an entertaining introduction to world history”

Marla Conn,  Educational Consultant
“Explore Norse Myths! is a true cross-curricular title where knowledge is interdependent and connected! This crossover in subject area enables students to achieve higher-level critical thinking and collaborative skills. Love it!”

Praise for other titles by Anita Yasuda:

Explore Native American Cultures!
School Library Journal
“. . . A wide range of ages will be able to take something away from this entertaining and useful title.”

Explore Natural Resources!
National Science Teachers Association
“Does your approach to teaching natural resources consist of talking to students, showing a video, and maybe inviting a guest speaker? If you are ready for something more engaging, Explore Natural Resources! With 25 Great Projects is a required science resource . . . The greatest strength of this book may be that it is visually appealing. Every page is attractive and comprised of pictures, vocabulary, and text that will not only inform but entertain the eye. Teachers should consider teaching one chapter per week, which will allow them to have enough time to supervise the elementary aged students. This is the perfect activity book to instruct and demonstrate the immediate interconnectedness humans have with natural resources and the world.”

Explore the Wild West!
2012 Gold Moonbeam Award

School Library Journal
“Entertaining and informative. This is a useful and engaging introductory overview of the Wild West.”


Projects

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Make Bracteates

Norse craftsmen hammered images onto thin metal discs called bracteates. Archaeologists have found bracteates with images from Norse myths. In this activity, you are going to make your own.


Click here to download a print-friendly PDF

Author-Illustrator

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For More Information
bryan-stone.com

Bryan Stone

Bryan Stone is a freelance cartoonist and illustrator who lives in West Fairlee, Vermont with his wife and daughter. Bryan is an alum of The Center for Cartoon Studies. He has illustrated nearly 20 books for Nomad Press and done illustration work for clients such as Dartmouth College, Docomo USA, and many more. His comics work has appeared in numerous anthologies and newspapers.