Explore the Wild West! With 25 Great Projects

Explore the Wild West! With 25 Great Projects

Explore the Wild West! invites young readers ages 6–9 to experience the spirit of the Wild West. Kids learn about explorers who mapped the American West, Native Americans, gold miners, cowboy culture, cattle drives, Wild West legends, frontier towns, peacekeepers, lawbreakers, and much more. Through projects ranging from making a settler’s soddie to mining for gold, kids develop a better understanding of the rich history of the Wild West in the 1800s.

Price (suggested retail)

  • Softcover, $12.95
  • eBook, $9.95

Grade Level 3–4

Ages 7–10

GRL Q

Subjects

  • US History

Author
 

Illustrator
Alex Kim 

Specs

  • 8 x 10
  • black and white interior
  • 96 pages

Includes

  • Table of Contents
  • Timeline
  • Maps
  • Glossary
  • Resources
  • Index

ISBN 13

  • Softcover, 9781936749713

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Explore the Wild West! invites young readers ages 6–9 to experience the spirit of the Wild West. Kids learn about explorers who mapped the American West, Native Americans, gold miners, cowboy culture, cattle drives, Wild West legends, frontier towns, peacekeepers, lawbreakers, and much more. Through projects ranging from making a settler’s soddie to mining for gold, kids develop a better understanding of the rich history of the Wild West in the 1800s.


Reviews

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

Booklist
“Part teacher’s manual, part student workbook, this resource invites early elementary kids to learn about the Wild West through hands-on projects and activities . . . No aspect of the Old West is neglected, and particular topics include geography, Native American cultures, miners and boomtowns, cowboys and cattle trails, and pioneer life. Yasuda shows off her Montessori training in conceiving the projects, most of which—setting up a station to pan for gold, for example, and building a sod house—are perfectly suited to student self-direction and appeal especially to kinesthetic and spatial capacities. The book is also extremely teacher-friendly, thanks to clear directions and engaging images, and the materials for the projects are readily available in most classrooms.”

Stanley K. Schultz, Emeritus Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison
“A commendably good piece of work.”

Becky Smith, Executive Director, National Oregon/California Trail Center
Explore the Wild West! is an insightful, fun, and educational book with hands-on interactive history lessons. A great book for children and adults alike.”

Marla Conn, Education Consultant
Explore the Wild West! is a great resource!”


Look Inside

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Projects

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Kinetoscope

The kinetoscope was a wooden box used to look at images made on a kinetograph. A kinetograph took many quick pictures in a row. People paid a nickel to look through a slit in the box to see the images in motion. You can make your own kinetoscope and motion picture.

NOTE: You will need an adult to help you with this project.

Click here to download a print-friendly PDF


Author-Illustrator

Alex Kim

Alex Kim is a Cartoonist and Illustrator currently living and working Vermont. He earned an MFA from The Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont and a B. Arch from The Cooper Union in New York, NY.



More Details

Grade Level: 3–4
Ages: 7–10
GRL: Q
Subjects: US History,
Specs: 8 x 10 , black and white interior , 96 pages,
Includes: Table of Contents, Timeline, Maps, Glossary, Resources, Index,

Reviews

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

Booklist
“Part teacher’s manual, part student workbook, this resource invites early elementary kids to learn about the Wild West through hands-on projects and activities . . . No aspect of the Old West is neglected, and particular topics include geography, Native American cultures, miners and boomtowns, cowboys and cattle trails, and pioneer life. Yasuda shows off her Montessori training in conceiving the projects, most of which—setting up a station to pan for gold, for example, and building a sod house—are perfectly suited to student self-direction and appeal especially to kinesthetic and spatial capacities. The book is also extremely teacher-friendly, thanks to clear directions and engaging images, and the materials for the projects are readily available in most classrooms.”

Stanley K. Schultz, Emeritus Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison
“A commendably good piece of work.”

Becky Smith, Executive Director, National Oregon/California Trail Center
Explore the Wild West! is an insightful, fun, and educational book with hands-on interactive history lessons. A great book for children and adults alike.”

Marla Conn, Education Consultant
Explore the Wild West! is a great resource!”


Projects

project image

Kinetoscope

The kinetoscope was a wooden box used to look at images made on a kinetograph. A kinetograph took many quick pictures in a row. People paid a nickel to look through a slit in the box to see the images in motion. You can make your own kinetoscope and motion picture.

NOTE: You will need an adult to help you with this project.


Click here to download a print-friendly PDF

Author-Illustrator

Alex Kim

Alex Kim is a Cartoonist and Illustrator currently living and working Vermont. He earned an MFA from The Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont and a B. Arch from The Cooper Union in New York, NY.