Invisible Ink

Invisible Ink

One way to send secret messages during the Revolutionary War was to use invisible ink.
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The Statistics of Slaughter

The Statistics of Slaughter

From The Civil War

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Reviews

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“This very readable account of Washington's life is paired with appealing projects from the colonial period.”

Children's Literature
"One of 27 books in the ‘Build It Yourself' series, this edition focuses on the life of George Washington. Beginning with a time-line of his life and a map of the colonies in the 18th century. Each chapter highlights the many accomplishments of George's fascinating life complete with personal details that will interest young readers. The appealing layout includes well researched material, boxed highlights of interesting facts, ‘words to know' and cartoon-like drawings. The amount and variation of text is right on for novice history students. Throughout the workbook-like format, projects add interest for those students needing a hands-on approach. Projects include making a pretend sword from cardboard, a cup and ball toy, a quill pen and a letter seal. Most projects use readily available materials with detailed instructions. There's a focus on vocabulary throughout with a follow-up glossary at the end of the book. An index is included, as well. It is a fun approach to history with wide appeal for a variety of learners."

Booklist
"From the ‘Build It Yourself' series, this large-format paperback includes a very readable account of Washington's personal life, his military career, and his years as president plus 25 projects related to the colonial period... the book offers a number of appealing activities, such as making swords from cardboard, paint, and aluminum foil; cooking hoecakes; and constructing a wig from a paper bag and cotton balls. The cartoon-style black-and-white illustrations are engaging. A time line, glossary, and lists of books and websites are appended."

Ann Phillips Bay, Vice President for Education, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens
"This accurate and engaging biography provides an excellent introduction to George Washington and his times for young readers. It also contains an assortment of relevant projects that kids can do with inexpensive, easy-to-find materials. I plan to buy a copy for every child I know!"

SWON Libraries
"A good format for reluctant readers. The facts are well-chosen and interesting, and balance Washington's mistakes with his accomplishments. The objects selected for the craft projects are introduced with additional facts about their history and use. A well-written book, and an excellent resource."

School Library Journal
"The life of George Washington lends itself remarkably well to a variety of kid-friendly crafts that don't require old-fashioned materials or 18th-century skills. Children will get a kick out of some of the projects, like using a tea bag to make a map look old. Others will mystify them, especially as the crafts get more difficult and require more set-up . . . The projects separate biographical chapters that are thorough and clear. Sidebars with vocabulary words, quotes, interesting facts about the man and his time, and ‘What if?' questions regarding pivotal moments in Washington's life add to the text. These sidebars, as well as amusing cartoon illustrations, make the subject light and approachable. While the text clearly paints a picture of Washington as a great man and national hero, the author also points out the mistakes he made and how he learned from them, teaching kids an important lesson about failures. While there are many biographies of Washington for this age group, and many books of colonial crafts, this one is unique in its dual purpose and emphasis on accessibility, both in terms of the text and relative ease of the activities. While the design of the book lends itself to the possibility of kids enjoying it on their own, it will be most effective in a classroom."

Detailed Book Description

George Washington: 25 Great Projects You Can Build Yourself offers a fascinating look into the life and times of our nation's first president. Readers ages 9 and up can explore Washington's years as a young Virginia gentleman, his military battles, and his political contributions to a fledgling nation. 25 hands-on activities help kids learn about this legendary figure in American history. George Washington: 25 Great Projects You Can Build Yourself includes biographical sidebars, illustrations, historical facts that allow kids to explore George Washington in a fun, hands-on way.

Available In:
Hardcover, $21.95
9781934670644
Paperback, $15.95
9781934670637
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

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction
George Washington

Chapter 1
A Young Gentleman

Chapter 2
Surveyor and Landowner

Chapter 3
A Young Colonel

Chapter 4
At Home in Virginia

Chapter 5
Commander in Chief

Chapter 6
Birth of a Nation

Chapter 7
Washington’s Presidency

Chapter 8
Washington’s Farewell

Glossary
Resources
Index