Make a Culture Collage

Make a Culture Collage

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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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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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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Can You Guess the Scent?

Can You Guess the Scent?

From The Renaissance Explorers

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

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Reviews

Praise for other title in the series: The Renaissance Artists

Booklist Starred Review
“. . .This appealing package will attract browsers and be a boon to student researchers and their teachers.”

Kirkus Reviews
“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.”

Praise for Amazing Leonardo Inventions You Can Build Yourself

 The New York Times Book Review
“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 scientists and philosophers of the Renaissance?

The Renaissance Thinkers: With History Projects for Kids introduces readers ages 10 through 15 to the biographies of five of the most influential scientists and philosophers of the Renaissance era, including Filippo Brunelleschi, Machiavelli, Copernicus, Thomas More, and Francis Bacon. All of these men made huge leaps in philosophical and scientific thought and introduced concepts to the world that have resonated for centuries!

Hands-on STEAM projects that use the scientific method or engineering design process, fun facts, primary source illustrations, and links to online resources encourage kids to think critically and creatively about the political and social forces at work in their own lives, while deepening their understanding of a crucial time period. Even without a time machine, learners can experience the Renaissance!

The Renaissance Thinkers 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 Explorers.

Try these STEAM projects from the world of the Renaissance!

  • Draw with linear perspective
  • Build a structurally supportive arch
  • Create your own Utopia
Available In:
Hardcover, $22.95
9781619306929
Paperback, $14.95
9781619306943
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
What Is the Renaissance?

Chapter 1
Filippo Brunelleschi The Goldsmith-Architect-Engineer

Chapter 2
Niccolò Machiavelli The Prince of Politics

Chapter 3
Nicolaus Copernicus Revolving Around the Sun

Chapter 4
Thomas More Real Politics and an Imaginary World

Chapter 5
Francis Bacon The Father of Science

Glossary
Resources
Index