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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The Statistics of Slaughter

The Statistics of Slaughter

From The Civil War

Paint the Oregon Trail

Paint the Oregon Trail

From The Oregon Trail

In the nineteenth century, many artists used the American West as a canvas for artistic expression—George Catlin, Frederick Remington, and Charles Marion Russell are some of the most well known. Art of the American West presented the artist's perspective of specific events and or locations. Whether the subject was a cowboy, Native American, or a landscape, the paintings often conveyed deep emotion.

Cook a Hoe Cake

Cook a Hoe Cake

From The Underground Railroad

The simple cornmeal pancake has long roots in America. It was George Washington's favorite breakfast. The dish gets its name from a flat pan called a hoe griddle. Enslaved people did not have this type of griddle. Instead, they baked their corn cakes on garden hoes in fires near the fields where they worked. Try your hand at cooking this staple of a slave's diet.

Explore Different Types of Government

Explore Different Types of Government

From The U.S. Constitution

Every form of government has key features and characteristics that define it. For example, in a democracy, the citizens vote on laws and policies, but in a totalitarian country, the ruling party makes all decisions about public and private life. In this activity, you will explore how different forms of government would impact your classroom or family.



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