Explore the Wild West!
With 25 Great Projects

Explore the Wild West! invites young readers ages 6–9 to experience the spirit of the Wild West. Kids learn about explorers who mapped the American West, Native Americans, gold miners, cowboy culture, cattle drives, Wild West legends, frontier towns, peacekeepers, lawbreakers, and much more. Through projects ranging from making a settler’s soddie to mining for gold, kids develop a better understanding of the rich history of the Wild West in the 1800s.


ISBN 13: 9781936749713
Price: $12.95
GRL: P
Grade Level: 1-3
Ages: 6-9
Subject: Social Studies
Trim Size: 8 x 10
Color: Black & White
Page Count: 96
Author: Anita Yasuda
Illustrator: Alex Kim
Also Available: E-Books

School Library Journal—“Entertaining and informative. Over­ all, this is a useful and engaging introductory overview of the Wild West.”
 

Booklist—“Part teacher’s manual, part student workbook, this resource invites early elementary kids to learn about the Wild West through hands-on projects and activities . . . No aspect of the Old West is neglected, and particular topics include geography, Native American cultures, miners and boomtowns, cowboys and cattle trails, and pioneer life. Yasuda shows off her Montessori training in conceiving the projects, most of which—setting up a station to pan for gold, for example, and building a sod house—are perfectly suited to student self-direction and appeal especially to kinesthetic and spatial capacities. The book is also extremely teacher-friendly, thanks to clear directions and engaging images, and the materials for the projects are readily available in most classrooms.”

 

Stanley K. Schultz, Emeritus Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison—“A commendably good piece of work.”


Becky Smith, Executive Director, National Oregon/California Trail Center—“Explore the Wild West! is an insightful, fun, and educational book with hands-on interactive history lessons. A great book for children and adults alike.”

 

Marla Conn, Education Consultant—“Studying the Wild West enables students to identify continuities over time in values, institutions, ideals and traditions and how these lead to change within society. Explore the Wild West! is a great resource!”

Make Your Own Gold Miner's Balance Scale Balance scales were common in mining town stores because most miners paid for their goods in gold dust. If there was no scale, a pinch of gold dust was worth a dollar!

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