Make Your Own Soap Boat

Make Your Own Soap Boat

The colonists' trip to America took two or three months by sea on large ships. The ships could be about 100 feet long. These ships had to carry enough supplies for the long journey. Some of those supplies were food and water, clothing, guns and gun powder, tools and candles. The colonists brought the things they would need for their new lives with them. In this activity you can make your own ship and see if it floats or sinks.
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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 Evaluation and Review (CLEAR)
"This would make a wonderful companion book for teachers focusing on this period in history and looking for interesting facts and kid friendly activities like making a log cabin using pretzel rods and icing, yum. Words specific to the period are defined throughout the book and there are ‘cool facts' that are just that, they don't disappoint."

Nashville Parent Book Reviews
"Learn about America's colonists, how they learned to survive, and key figures and events that helped shape the country we know today. Several projects and activities weave through each chapter, making this title more fun your young readers."

Susan Aten, elementary school teacher, The Hillside School, Macungie, Pennsylvania
"Ms. Fisher uses humor and hands-on activities to bring history alive. Before I present a historical unit, I usually have to search out maps, photographs, drawings, vocabulary, and activities to enhance the base material. Ms. Fisher did the work for me in her fascinating children's book on Colonial America."

Chief Robert Red Hawk Ruth, Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania
“Education and understanding our common history is so important. Explore Colonial America! is a great way for children to learn in a fun and easy way. I recommend this book highly.”

Brennan Pursell, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History, DeSales University
“What a pleasure! This hands-on, fun-filled text makes the history of the thirteen colonies come alive for young people. ”

Sandy Chambers, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Kutztown University
“Will engage children and motivate them to keep reading.”

Detailed Book Description

In Explore Colonial America!, kids ages 6-9 learn about America's earliest days as European settlements, and how the colonists managed to survive, build thriving colonies, and eventually challenge England for independence. How did the colonists build homes, feed and clothe themselves, and get along with the Native Americans who were already here?

Available In:
Paperback, $12.95
Includes: Table of Contents | Maps | Glossary | Resources | Index
Specs: 8 x 10 size | black and white interior | 96 pages
Subject: Social Studies
Content Focus: U.S. History


Let’s Explore Colonial America!

Chapter 1
Homes—Yours or Mine?

Chapter 2
Food—Anybody Got a Net?

Chapter 3
Native People

Chapter 4
Clothing and Wigs

Chapter 5
School and Games—Let’s Learn and Play!

Chapter 6
Famous People—What’s Your Name?

Chapter 7
Conflict with England—You’re Not the Boss of Me!