Explorers of the New World: Discover the Golden Age of Exploration with 22 Projects

Explorers of the New World: Discover the Golden Age of Exploration with 22 Projects

Explorers of the New World: Discover the Golden Age of Exploration offers a fascinating look at the explorers and their voyages during the Age of Exploration and Discovery. Readers ages 9–12 can delve into the expeditions of Vasco da Gama, Christopher Columbus, Ferdinand Magellan, John Cabot, Hernán Cortés, and more. Using common household items and minimal supervision, kids enjoy 22 hands-on activities to help them learn about these legendary explorers and their voyages. Discover how the adventures of a few people 500 years ago changed world history.

Projects include creating and using a compass, learning to tie a sailor’s knot, and baking and eating sea biscuits. Along with detailed, step-by-step instructions for each project, Explorers of the New World includes biographical sidebars, engaging illustrations, interesting facts, and vocabulary words that allow kids to experience this era in a fun, interactive way.

Price (suggested retail)

  • Softcover, $15.95
  • Hardcover, $21.95
  • eBook, $12.95

Grade Level 4–6

Ages 9–12

GRL S

Subjects

  • US History
  • World History

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Explorers of the New World: Discover the Golden Age of Exploration offers a fascinating look at the explorers and their voyages during the Age of Exploration and Discovery. Readers ages 9–12 can delve into the expeditions of Vasco da Gama, Christopher Columbus, Ferdinand Magellan, John Cabot, Hernán Cortés, and more. Using common household items and minimal supervision, kids enjoy 22 hands-on activities to help them learn about these legendary explorers and their voyages. Discover how the adventures of a few people 500 years ago changed world history.

Projects include creating and using a compass, learning to tie a sailor’s knot, and baking and eating sea biscuits. Along with detailed, step-by-step instructions for each project, Explorers of the New World includes biographical sidebars, engaging illustrations, interesting facts, and vocabulary words that allow kids to experience this era in a fun, interactive way.


Children’s Literature Review
“This combination history and activity book from the ‘Build it Yourself’ series will enliven home school and classroom history units . . . Mooney’s narrative is engaging and very readable. Sidebars and text boxes contain difficult words (also highlighted with bold font within the text), interesting facts, or mini-biographies of explorers or native communities. The hands-on activities are well suited for extending learning opportunities outside of the classroom. A resource page listing books and websites provides more information for curious students.”

Eclectic Homeschool Online (EHO)
Explorers of the New World is one in a series of books that encourage students to interact with the subject being learned. There are 22 hands-on projects, but that’s not all. The author presents factual information in a breezy, conversational style, emphasizing relevant vocabulary by bolding new words in the context of the text, and then defining them in a set-off box (‘Words to Know’) on the same or a facing page. There are also ‘Did You Know’ boxes at frequent intervals, containing snippets of interesting trivia . . . Explorers of the New World is well suited to the homeschool as well as classroom use. It would work well as the basis for a co-op class learning about this era of history. The activity instructions are clearly written, with illustrations that help you to follow the directions.”

School Library Journal
“This informative, entertaining activity book takes readers on a fascinating voyage of their own . . . Numerous inserts, ‘Did You Know?’ sidebars, maps, black-and-white representations of explorers, and sketches of events add additional facts and interest to the presentation. Nearly every page includes a brief list of words to know. Each chapter concludes with ‘Make Your Own’ activities that bring life to the history with instructions for the construction of a logbook, clay activities, recipes, games, etc. Some may require the assistance of an adult but are not complicated or time-consuming. An appealing and useful resource.”

Peter C. Mancall Chair, Department of History, Professor of History and Anthropology Director, USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute University of Southern California
“Building things associated with exploration is a fantastic way of making these efforts more, which are so far from the way we think about the world today, comprehensible, and not only for young readers.”

Marla Conn, Educational Consultant
“This title is informative, and relevant in teaching about explorers of the New World and the age of exploration.”

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Make Your Own Compass

Before to the compass, sailors used landmarks and the position of the sun and stars to tell them which direction to sail. They often kept within sight of land, in case it became foggy or cloudy. The invention of the compass allowed sailors to navigate safely away from land. A compass’s magnetized needle aligns itself with the lines of the earth’s magnetic field. When the compass is level, the needle turns until one end points to the North magnetic pole, giving sailors direction no matter what the weather.

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Carla Mooney

Carla Mooney is the author of several books for young readers including Forensics: Uncover the Science and Technology of Crime Scene Investigation, The Industrial Revolution: Investigate How Science and Technology Changed the World and Explore Rivers and Ponds! With 25 Projects. Her work has appeared in many magazines including Highlights, Faces, and Learning Through History. Carla lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


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Tom Casteel

Tom Casteel is an illustrator and cartoonist with a master’s degree from the Center for Cartoon Studies. Tom has illustrated several books for Nomad Press, including Natural Disasters: Investigate Earth’s Most Destructive Forces with 25 Projects. He is working on his first graphic novel.



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Grade Level: 4–6
Ages: 9–12
GRL: S
Subjects: US History, World History,
Specs: 8 x 10 , black and white interior , 128 pages,
Includes: Table of Contents, Timeline, Maps, Glossary, Resources, Index,

Reviews

Children’s Literature Review
“This combination history and activity book from the ‘Build it Yourself’ series will enliven home school and classroom history units . . . Mooney’s narrative is engaging and very readable. Sidebars and text boxes contain difficult words (also highlighted with bold font within the text), interesting facts, or mini-biographies of explorers or native communities. The hands-on activities are well suited for extending learning opportunities outside of the classroom. A resource page listing books and websites provides more information for curious students.”

Eclectic Homeschool Online (EHO)
Explorers of the New World is one in a series of books that encourage students to interact with the subject being learned. There are 22 hands-on projects, but that’s not all. The author presents factual information in a breezy, conversational style, emphasizing relevant vocabulary by bolding new words in the context of the text, and then defining them in a set-off box (‘Words to Know’) on the same or a facing page. There are also ‘Did You Know’ boxes at frequent intervals, containing snippets of interesting trivia . . . Explorers of the New World is well suited to the homeschool as well as classroom use. It would work well as the basis for a co-op class learning about this era of history. The activity instructions are clearly written, with illustrations that help you to follow the directions.”

School Library Journal
“This informative, entertaining activity book takes readers on a fascinating voyage of their own . . . Numerous inserts, ‘Did You Know?’ sidebars, maps, black-and-white representations of explorers, and sketches of events add additional facts and interest to the presentation. Nearly every page includes a brief list of words to know. Each chapter concludes with ‘Make Your Own’ activities that bring life to the history with instructions for the construction of a logbook, clay activities, recipes, games, etc. Some may require the assistance of an adult but are not complicated or time-consuming. An appealing and useful resource.”

Peter C. Mancall Chair, Department of History, Professor of History and Anthropology Director, USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute University of Southern California
“Building things associated with exploration is a fantastic way of making these efforts more, which are so far from the way we think about the world today, comprehensible, and not only for young readers.”

Marla Conn, Educational Consultant
“This title is informative, and relevant in teaching about explorers of the New World and the age of exploration.”


Projects

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Make Your Own Compass

Before to the compass, sailors used landmarks and the position of the sun and stars to tell them which direction to sail. They often kept within sight of land, in case it became foggy or cloudy. The invention of the compass allowed sailors to navigate safely away from land. A compass’s magnetized needle aligns itself with the lines of the earth’s magnetic field. When the compass is level, the needle turns until one end points to the North magnetic pole, giving sailors direction no matter what the weather.


Click here to download a print-friendly PDF

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For More Information
carlamooney.com

Carla Mooney

Carla Mooney is the author of several books for young readers including Forensics: Uncover the Science and Technology of Crime Scene Investigation, The Industrial Revolution: Investigate How Science and Technology Changed the World and Explore Rivers and Ponds! With 25 Projects. Her work has appeared in many magazines including Highlights, Faces, and Learning Through History. Carla lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Tom Casteel

Tom Casteel is an illustrator and cartoonist with a master’s degree from the Center for Cartoon Studies. Tom has illustrated several books for Nomad Press, including Natural Disasters: Investigate Earth’s Most Destructive Forces with 25 Projects. He is working on his first graphic novel.