Lean-to Shelter

Lean-to Shelter

If you don't have access to a backyard full of branches, you can use any sort of stick or pole such as broom or rake handles, ski poles, or garden stakes. You could build your lean-to up against the wall of a building. If you decide to do this, you may want some other stabilizing sticks in order to hold it up. If you want to build your lean-to inside, build it against a bed, couch, or other object that...
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A Monumental History

A Monumental History

From Reconstruction

Monuments designed to honor places, events, or people stand in public places across the United States. Some, such as the Lincoln Memorial and the Statue of Liberty, are classic icons. Others, such as the 2,000-pound African Killer Bee located in Hidalgo, Texas, are less than traditional. Monuments are often controversial. What is honorable to one person may be offensive to another. Also, the meanings of monuments change as the culture around them evolves. What do...

Does Racial Inequality Exist in Your School?

Does Racial Inequality Exist in Your School?

From Changing Laws

It can sometimes be hard to recognize racial inequality when it doesn’t directly affect you. Take a look at the statistics relating to your own school and see if anything surprised you.



From Singing for Equality

Music of the Civil Rights Era arose from several different styles of music, most notably gospel, folk, blues, and jazz. What did these different styles offer? How did they combine to form music that was completely new?

Planning a Boycott

Planning a Boycott

From Boycotts, Strikes, and Marches

Segregated buses and trains were only one of the ways whites discriminated against African Americans in the Jim Crow South. A boycott is the act of refusing to buy, use, or participate in something as a form of protest. Why didn’t the African American community use boycotts more often in their fight against segregation?



The New York Times Book Review
". . . a fascinating gem of a book." ­

James McPherson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom
"An interesting and creative book that should give pleasure as well as knowledge to many children."

Cobblestone Magazine
"Great Civil War Projects You Can Build Yourself does something unique."

Children's Literature Review
"An engaging means for children to learn about the Civil War."

School Library Journal
"Includes little-known facts that will interest children unfamiliar with the conflict and Civil War buffs alike . . . A useful resource for any Civil War curriculum."

Detailed Book Description

From periscopes to homemade paper, uniforms to telegraphs, Great Civil War Projects You Can Build Yourself explores the Civil War era through hands-on building projects and activities using common household and craft store items. Detailed step-by-step instructions, diagrams, and templates for creating 25 Civil War projects, combined with historical background, facts and anecdotes, and biographies and trivia, give kids a hands-on way to experience the fascinating history of one of the most important eras in American history.

Available In:
Hardcover, $21.95
Paperback, $15.95
Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Maps | Glossary | Resources | Index
Specs: 8 x 10 size | black and white interior | 128 pages
Subject: Social Studies
Content Focus: U.S. History


Timeline & Important People


On the Battlefield
Bands and Music
Flags of the Civil War
Ironclad Ships
Lean-To Shelter
Steamboats and Hospital Ships
Soldiers’ Food
Telegraphs and Morse Code
Signal Flags

On the Homefront
Berry Ink and Homemade Paper
Civil War Quilts
Civil War Dolls
Civilian Food
Civil War Fashion
Popular Music
The Underground Railroad