Ring and Pin Game

Ring and Pin Game

Native Americans played many games. The games varied by tribe, and many were based on physical skills. The point of many of the games was to help improve hunting skills. Foot races improved speed, hideand- seek games were good practice for being silent, and archery games sharpened a hunter's aim. Are you surprised that Native Americans of long ago played the same types of games that you still play today?
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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?



Children's Literature Review
"This is one of the best books for children about Colonial America. History teachers should own this book . . ."

Family Fun
". . . an educational yet fun approach to history."

Kerry Dexter, Blogger News Network
"There's a lot of fun to be had with Great Colonial America Projects You Can Build Yourself, for both children and adults. There's history turned into story and sharing, so that even if, maybe especially if, history was never your best subject, you and your kids will come away with stories of your own to share."

Jack Larkin, Chief Historian and Museum Scholar, Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, Massachusetts
"An abundant and valuable resource for engaging students in understanding early American life."

Connie Lapallo, author Dark Enough to See the Stars in a Jamestown Sky
"A friendly tone draws young readers in . . . a treat for those mothers with young children who want to bring the colonial period to life for them."

Paula Locklair, Old Salem Museums and Gardens, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
"This delightful book is a wonderful and new way for children to become intrigued with colonial American history. This book should be a hit with families, teachers, and history museums!"

Detailed Book Description

Great Colonial America Projects You Can Build Yourself introduces readers ages 9-12 to colonial America through hands-on building projects. From dyeing and spinning yarn to weaving cloth, from creating tin plates and lanterns to learning wattle and daub construction. Great Colonial America Projects You Can Build Yourself gives readers a chance to experience how colonial Americans lived, cooked, entertained themselves, and interacted with their neighbors.

Available In:
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


Colonial America Timeline and an Overview of the Thirteen Colonies

Chapter 1
How It All Began
The New World
The Mayflower Voyage
The Colonies
Indentured Servants and Slavery
European Influence and Conflict
Colonial Law and Order

Chapter 2
The First Americans
Native American Trade
Native American Games and Toys

Chapter 3
Life in a Colonial Home
Colonial Homebuilding
The Colonial Bedroom
Colonial Lighting
Picture This!
Keeping House

Chapter 4
Colonial Clothes
Making Clothing
Colonial Accessories

Chapter 5
Colonial Farms
Colonial Crops
Farm Animals and Game

Chapter 6
Life and Work in a Colonial Town
Colonial Trades
Colonial Craftspeople
Colonial Medicine
Weather Watchers
Crime and Punishment, Colonial Style

Chapter 7
Colonial Communication
Colonial Letters
Colonial Codes
Colonial Printers

Chapter 8
Colonial Kids
Colonial Fun
Colonial Education