The Renaissance Explorers: With History Projects for Kids

Who were the Renaissance explorers? How did they change the world?

 

Being a Renaissance explorer was both exciting and rewarding. But it sure wasn’t easy! Explorers in the Age of Exploration faced many challenges and dangers as their ships sailed into new and unfamiliar lands. Some explorers caught diseases, while others battled with native peoples over control of the territory. Without the efforts of the Renaissance explorers, the world as we know it might have been very different!

 

In The Renaissance Explorers with History Projects for Kids, readers ages 10 through 13 find out more about what it meant to be an explorer and follow the biographies of five famous Renaissance explorers, including Niccolò de Conti, Bartolomeu Dias, Vasco da Gama, Pêro da Covilhã, and Ferdinand Magellan, from their childhoods until their exhilarating days of scouting new-to-them lands. Using the engineering design process, kids develop critical and creative thinking skills with 10 hands-on STEAM activities. Fun facts, primary source illustrations, and links to online resources spark an interest in the Renaissance that goes beyond the boundaries of Europe. Even without a time machine, learners can experience the Renaissance!

 

The Renaissance Explorers is one of a set of four books in the Renaissance for Kids series. Other titles in the series are The Renaissance Inventors, The Renaissance Artists, and The Renaissance Thinkers.

 

Try these STEAM projects from the world of the Renaissance!

 

Make a compass that works

Build a beacon like the ones used by Bartolomeu Dias

Design a travel board game

Price (suggested retail)

  • Softcover, $14.95
  • Hardcover, $19.95
  • eBook, $9.99

Grade Level 5–8

Ages 10–13

Subjects

  • World History

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Includes

  • Table of Contents
  • Timeline

ISBN 13

  • Softcover, 9781619306912
  • Hardcover, 9781619306899

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Who were the Renaissance explorers? How did they change the world?

 

Being a Renaissance explorer was both exciting and rewarding. But it sure wasn’t easy! Explorers in the Age of Exploration faced many challenges and dangers as their ships sailed into new and unfamiliar lands. Some explorers caught diseases, while others battled with native peoples over control of the territory. Without the efforts of the Renaissance explorers, the world as we know it might have been very different!

 

In The Renaissance Explorers with History Projects for Kids, readers ages 10 through 13 find out more about what it meant to be an explorer and follow the biographies of five famous Renaissance explorers, including Niccolò de Conti, Bartolomeu Dias, Vasco da Gama, Pêro da Covilhã, and Ferdinand Magellan, from their childhoods until their exhilarating days of scouting new-to-them lands. Using the engineering design process, kids develop critical and creative thinking skills with 10 hands-on STEAM activities. Fun facts, primary source illustrations, and links to online resources spark an interest in the Renaissance that goes beyond the boundaries of Europe. Even without a time machine, learners can experience the Renaissance!

 

The Renaissance Explorers is one of a set of four books in the Renaissance for Kids series. Other titles in the series are The Renaissance Inventors, The Renaissance Artists, and The Renaissance Thinkers.

 

Try these STEAM projects from the world of the Renaissance!

 

Make a compass that works

Build a beacon like the ones used by Bartolomeu Dias

Design a travel board game


Reviews

Praise for Amazing Leonardo Inventions You Can Build Yourself

 

The New York Times Book Review

“Anderson regales us with tales of Leonardo’s brilliant, often mischievous nature, and the nearly unfathomable range of his inventions.”

 

School Library Journal

“A welcome addition to schools.”

 

Old Schoolhouse Magazine

“Will keep the kids occupied with constructive activities and is sure to spur on their own creative inventions.”

 

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“More than an activity book, this nifty volume explores Leonardo’s life, times and endless imagination.”

 

KLIATT

“A pleasurable read . . . encourages the young reader to appreciate the unconventional pathfinder.”

 

Publishers Weekly

“Bring[s] an immediacy to da Vinci’s life and work.”

 

Science News

“This educational guide gives children age 9 and up hands-on experience, using materials found readily around the house, with creating their own version of some of Leonardo’s inventions.”

 

Calliope Magazine

Amazing Leonardo Inventions You Can Build Yourself by Maxine Anderson is a terrific resource, with its detailed step-by-step instructions, diagrams and templates for creating projects that Leonardo designed. The accompanying text introduces the reader, in a personal way, to one of the world’s greatest inventors.”

 

Curriculum Connections

“Anderson offers an ingenious introduction [to Leonardo] that crosses the curriculum.”

 

Science Books and Films

“The book is perfect for capturing a middle schooler’s attention! Highly Recommended.”

 

Chosen as one of “Our Favorite Things” for the 2006 holidays by Family Fun Magazine

“Decoding Da Vinci’s sometimes ingenious, sometimes outlandish discoveries proves to be great fun in Amazing Leonardo da Vinci Inventions You Can Build Yourself.”

 

Children’s Digest

“Experience the ingenuity of Leonardo da Vinci firsthand.”

 

Children’s Literature

“This is a book of fun and creativity.”

 

The Times Record, Brunswick, ME

“Finally, a da Vinci book even kids will get into.”



Author-Illustrator

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Alicia Klepeis

Alicia Klepeis is a children’s author of both nonfiction and fiction. Her titles include The World’s Strangest Foods, Bizarre Things We’ve Called Medicine, and Understanding Turkey Today. She has also written more than 100 articles in magazines such as National Geographic Kids and FACES. She lives with her family in Hamilton, New York.



More Details

Grade Level: 5–8
Ages: 10–13
Subjects: World History,
Specs: 8 x 10 ,
Includes: Table of Contents, Timeline,

Reviews

Praise for Amazing Leonardo Inventions You Can Build Yourself

 

The New York Times Book Review

“Anderson regales us with tales of Leonardo’s brilliant, often mischievous nature, and the nearly unfathomable range of his inventions.”

 

School Library Journal

“A welcome addition to schools.”

 

Old Schoolhouse Magazine

“Will keep the kids occupied with constructive activities and is sure to spur on their own creative inventions.”

 

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“More than an activity book, this nifty volume explores Leonardo’s life, times and endless imagination.”

 

KLIATT

“A pleasurable read . . . encourages the young reader to appreciate the unconventional pathfinder.”

 

Publishers Weekly

“Bring[s] an immediacy to da Vinci’s life and work.”

 

Science News

“This educational guide gives children age 9 and up hands-on experience, using materials found readily around the house, with creating their own version of some of Leonardo’s inventions.”

 

Calliope Magazine

Amazing Leonardo Inventions You Can Build Yourself by Maxine Anderson is a terrific resource, with its detailed step-by-step instructions, diagrams and templates for creating projects that Leonardo designed. The accompanying text introduces the reader, in a personal way, to one of the world’s greatest inventors.”

 

Curriculum Connections

“Anderson offers an ingenious introduction [to Leonardo] that crosses the curriculum.”

 

Science Books and Films

“The book is perfect for capturing a middle schooler’s attention! Highly Recommended.”

 

Chosen as one of “Our Favorite Things” for the 2006 holidays by Family Fun Magazine

“Decoding Da Vinci’s sometimes ingenious, sometimes outlandish discoveries proves to be great fun in Amazing Leonardo da Vinci Inventions You Can Build Yourself.”

 

Children’s Digest

“Experience the ingenuity of Leonardo da Vinci firsthand.”

 

Children’s Literature

“This is a book of fun and creativity.”

 

The Times Record, Brunswick, ME

“Finally, a da Vinci book even kids will get into.”


Projects


Author-Illustrator

author image

Alicia Klepeis

Alicia Klepeis is a children’s author of both nonfiction and fiction. Her titles include The World’s Strangest Foods, Bizarre Things We’ve Called Medicine, and Understanding Turkey Today. She has also written more than 100 articles in magazines such as National Geographic Kids and FACES. She lives with her family in Hamilton, New York.