PSLA Teaching and Learning – Literature Review
“A growing set of non fiction books for students in grades 3-6. Seventeen titles are now available with more planned. Each title provides clear background information on the topic with clearly explained key terms and a timeline of developments. Includes index, glossary, metric conversions, and lists of related YouTube videos for viewing. Each of the 25 projects listed includes a supplies list, step by step instructions, and notes if adult supervision is necessary.
THOUGHTS: Great ideas for science fair or independent or group or group projects for students.”
Praise for Explore Ancient Chinese Myths by Anita Yasuda
"Explore Ancient Chinese Myths is a great addition to the Explore Your World series, especially the neat projects—25 of them, including making a bronze bowl, handmade paper, and even a Mulan poster. Don’t miss this one!"
School Library Connection, March 2018
"This resource is packed with a little bit of everything regarding ancient China. The bulk of the book is thorough and descriptive informational text about China’s land, people, traditions, and religions. The importance of storytelling in Chinese culture is woven throughout, and readers will be introduced to numerous Chinese myths, legends, and fables."
Praise for Canals and Dams! by Anita Yasuda
School Library Connection
“This book would make a good addition to any library’s STEM collection and will serve as a great resource for both students and teachers. Glossary. Timeline. Recommended”
Praise for Explore Greek Myths! by Anita Yasuda
DIG Magazine October 2017
Explore Greek Myths! with 25 Great Projects by Anita Yasuda takes readers on a fact-filled journey through ancient Greek religious beliefs. Crafts, such as making a model of the Parthenon, constructing a labyrinth, experimenting with earthquakes, and fashioning a lyre—all accompanied by informative text and sidebars—offer a great introduction to this topic.
Detailed Book Description
Why were there more than 3,000 steps built at Machu Picchu? Why did the Aztecs roam Mexico for nearly 200 years before finding a place to settle? How did the Maya study the movements of the stars and the planets?
Ancient Civilizations: Aztecs, Maya, Incas! With 25 Social Studies Projects for Kids takes kids ages 7 through 10 on a guided tour to experience the history, culture, economics, and daily life of the Aztecs, Maya, and Incas. Discover the Maya city of Tikal with its steep pyramids. Journey down the 26-mile Inca trail to reach the ruins of Machu Pichu. Explore the Aztec temple called Templo Mayor, where people once climbed the steps up the temple to be sacrificed to the Aztec gods. The daily lives from thousands of years ago are brought to life through fun illustrations, fascinating facts, essential questions, and hands-on projects such as constructing model bridges and pyramids, planting floating gardens, and translating hieroglyphics.
Ancient Civilizations: Aztecs, Maya, Incas! is part of a set of four Explore Ancient Civilization books that bring to life the vibrant cultures of the distant past. The other titles in this series are Ancient Civilizations: Egyptians!, Ancient Civilizations: Romans!, Ancient Civilizations: Greeks!.
Try these hands-on social studies projects!
- Play an Aztec Telpochcalli relay game
- Plant a floating garden
- Make an edible map
- Choreograph a dance story
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Let’s Explore the Americas!
Make a Feathered Journal
Carve a Stela
Make an Edible Map
Play Find Me a Home
Homes and Great Cities
Make Adobe Bricks
Build an Aztec Home
Machu Picchu Snakes and Ladders
Make an Aztec Canoe
Food and Markets
Design a Cup
Aztec Hot Chocolate
Clothing and Cloth
Create an Inca Tunic
Make an Aztec Shield
Make a Small Weaving
Children and Learning
Aztec Telpochcalli Relay Game
Make a Maya Clay Pot
Tell a Story
Gods and Temples
Discover Festival Music
Make Mosaic Mask
A Maya Stone Temple
Play Pok Ta Pok: Ancient Maya Ball Game
Technology and Engineering
Make an Aztec Floating Garden
Make a Codex