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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, Hernan Cortes, 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. This age group will see how the adventures of a few people in the 1400s through the 1600s 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.
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About the Author

Carla Mooney is the author of several books for young readers including Forensics: Uncover the Science and Technology of Crime Scene Investigation, The Industrial Revolution: Investigate How Science and Technology Changed the World and Explore Rivers and Ponds! With 25 Projects. Her work has appeared in many magazines including Highlights, Faces, and Learning Through History. Tom Casteel is an illustrator and cartoonist with a master's degree from the Center for Cartoon Studies. Tom has illustrated several books for Nomad Press, including Natural Disasters: Investigate Earth's Most Destructive Forces with 25 Projects. He is working on his first graphic novel.

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Gr 3-7-This informative, entertaining activity book takes readers on a fascinating voyage of their own. Chapter one begins with the search for a water route to Asia that was faster and safer than the Silk Road, and the roles of Prince Henry of Portugal and Bartolomeu Dias. Subsequent chapters continue historical journeys with Christopher Columbus, John Cabot's search for the Northwest Passage, the efforts of Ferdinand Magellan, and several Spanish explorers, including Hernan Cortes, Ponce de Leon, Francisco Pizarro, Hernando de Soto, and Francisco de Coronado. The last chapter continues the search for the Northwest Passage and travel inland in the New World, focusing on significant European explorers-Jacques Cartier, Martin Frobisher, Henry Hudson, and Samuel de Champlain. 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.-Susan Shaver, Hemingford Public Schools, NE (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

""Explorers of the New World" is well suited to the homeschool as well as classroom use. It would work well as the basis for a co-op class learning about this era of history." --www.EclecticHomeschool.org "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. An appealing and useful resource." --"School Library Journal "(September 13, 2011) "This combination history and activity book from the 'Build it Yourself' series will enliven home school and classroom history units. Mooney's narrative is engaging and very readable. Sidebars and text boxes contain difficult words (also highlighted with bold font within the text), interesting facts, or mini-biographies of explorers or native communities. Plenty of black and white illustrations and maps add visual interest." --www.clcd.com

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