School Library Journal
“This informative, entertaining activity book takes readers on a fascinating voyage of their own . . . Numerous inserts, ‘Did You Know?' sidebars, maps, black-and-white representations of explorers, and sketches of events add additional facts and interest to the presentation. Nearly every page includes a brief list of words to know. Each chapter concludes with ‘Make Your Own' activities that bring life to the history with instructions for the construction of a logbook, clay activities, recipes, games, etc. Some may require the assistance of an adult but are not complicated or time-consuming. An appealing and useful resource.”
Children's Literature Review
“This combination history and activity book from the ‘Build it Yourself' series will enliven home school and classroom history units.”
Eclectic Homeschool Online (EHO)
“Explorers of the New World is one in a series of books that encourage students to interact with the subject being learned. There are 22 hands-on projects, but that's not all. The author presents factual information in a breezy, conversational style, emphasizing relevant vocabulary by bolding new words in the context of the text, and then defining them in a set-off box (‘Words to Know') on the same or a facing page. There are also ‘Did You Know' boxes at frequent intervals, containing snippets of interesting trivia . . . Explorers of the New World is well suited to the homeschool as well as classroom use. The activity instructions are clearly written, with illustrations that help you to follow the directions.”
Marla Conn, Educational Consultant
"This title is informative, and relevant in teaching about explorers of the New World and the age of exploration."
Detailed Book Description
Explorers of the New World: Discover the Golden Age of Exploration offers a fascinating look at the explorers and their voyages during the Age of Exploration and Discovery. Readers ages 9–12 can delve into the expeditions of Vasco da Gama, Christopher Columbus, Ferdinand Magellan, John Cabot, Hernán Cortés, and more. Using common household items and minimal supervision, kids enjoy 22 hands-on activities to help them learn about these legendary explorers and their voyages. Discover how the adventures of a few people 500 years ago changed world history.
Projects include creating and using a compass, learning to tie a sailor's knot, and baking and eating sea biscuits. Along with detailed, step-by-step instructions for each project, Explorers of the New World includes biographical sidebars, engaging illustrations, interesting facts, and vocabulary words that allow kids to experience this era in a fun, interactive way.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Exploring in the Age of Discovery
Searching for a Water Route to Asia
Voyage to the New World, Christopher Columbus
Searching for the Northwest Passage, John Cabot
Circling the Globe, Ferdinand Magellan
The Spanish Conquistadors