Can You Guess the Scent?

Can You Guess the Scent?

Many of the world’s most popular spices are grown in India. Can you guess what they are without peeking?
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Make Your Own Gordian Knot

Make Your Own Gordian Knot

From The Silk Road

One legend says Alexander conquered Asia by solving the puzzle of the Gordian Knot. According to a prophecy, whoever untied this endless knot would rule the continent. Alexander took the direct approach—he cut the knot open with his sword. Today, a “Gordian knot” means an unsolvable problem. No one knows exactly what the Gordian Knot looked like. But you can make a knot called a Turk’s Head appear “endless” by joining the ends after it’s...

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Make a Culture Collage

Make a Culture Collage

From The Renaissance Thinkers

We use the term Renaissance to define the years in Europe from the 1300s through the 1600s. Is there one word or phrase that defines the era we live in right now? Let’s make a Culture Collage and see if we can find one.

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Try Styrofoam Printing

Try Styrofoam Printing

From The Renaissance Inventors

Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press during the Renaissance. Before this invention, books were made by hand. The text was copied word by word. The printing press made the creation and distribution of books much easier, so more people could have access to books and read them. In this activity, you’ll try your own method of printing.

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The Human Body in Art

The Human Body in Art

From The Renaissance Artists

Leonardo was one of several Renaissance artists who dissected human corpses. Why did they do that? To better understand the form and function of the human body, which they believed was created in the image of God. To them, the human body—inside and out—was a work of wonder.

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“The tone is conversational and provokes curiosity over fact mastery and passive consumption. A conscientious examination of the subject that encourages critical thinking, application, and broad perspective.”

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“Anderson regales us with tales of Leonardo's brilliant, often mischievous nature, and the nearly unfathomable range of his inventions.”

Detailed Book Description

Who were the Renaissance explorers? How did they change the world?

Being a Renaissance explorer was both exciting and rewarding. But it sure wasn’t easy! Explorers in the Age of Exploration faced many challenges and dangers as their ships sailed into new and unfamiliar lands. Some explorers caught diseases, while others battled with native peoples over control of the territory. Without the efforts of the Renaissance explorers, the world as we know it might have been very different!

In The Renaissance Explorers: With History Projects for Kids, readers ages 10 through 15 find out more about what it meant to be an explorer and follow the biographies of five famous Renaissance explorers, including Niccolò de Conti, Bartolomeu Dias, Vasco da Gama, Pêro da Covilhã, and Ferdinand Magellan, from their childhoods until their exhilarating days of scouting new-to-them lands. Using the engineering design process, kids develop critical and creative thinking skills with 10 hands-on STEAM activities. Fun facts, primary source illustrations, and links to online resources spark an interest in the Renaissance that goes beyond the boundaries of Europe. Even without a time machine, learners can experience the Renaissance!

The Renaissance Explorers is one of a set of four books in the Renaissance for Kids series. Other titles in the series are The Renaissance Inventors, The Renaissance Artists, and The Renaissance Thinkers.

Try these STEAM projects from the world of the Renaissance!

  • Make a compass that works
  • Build a beacon like the ones used by Bartolomeu Dias
  • Design a travel board game
Available In:
Hardcover, $22.95
9781619306899
Paperback, $14.95
9781619306912
Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Maps | Glossary | Resources | Index
Specs: 8 x 10 size | 4-color interior | 112 pages
Subject: Social Studies
Content Focus: World History

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction
Exploration During the Renaissance

Chapter 1
Niccolò de Conti Traveled Far, Traveled Wide

Chapter 2
Bartolomeu Dias The First European to Sail Around the Tip of Africa

Chapter 3
Vasco da Gama The First to Sail Directly from Europe to India

Chapter 4
Pêro da Covilhã Embarking on Secret Missions

Chapter 5
Ferdinand Magellan The First European to Cross the Pacific Ocean

Glossary
Resources
Index