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Christopher Columbus is one of the most famous people in world history, yet few know the full story of the amazing, resourceful, and tragic Italian explorer. Christopher Columbus and the Age of Exploration for Kids portrays the “Admiral of the Ocean Seas” neither as hero nor heel but as a flawed and complex man whose significance is undeniably monumental. Kids will gain a fuller picture of the seafarers life, his impact, and the dangers and thrills of exploration as they learn about all four of Columbuss voyages to the New World, not just his first, as well as the year that Columbus spent stranded on the island of Jamaica without hope of rescue. Students, parents, and teachers will appreciate the in-depth discussions of the indigenous peoples of the New World and of the consequences of Columbuss voyages—the exchange of diseases, ideas, crops, and populations between the New World and the Old. Fun hands-on activities illuminate both the nautical concepts introduced and the times in which Columbus lived. Kids can:

  • Tie nautical knots
  • Conduct a blanket (silent) trade
  • Make a compass
  • Simulate a hurricane
  • Take nautical measurements
  • And much more

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Taking a comprehensive, nuanced, and inclusive approach to Christopher Columbus, this illuminating biography with activities for young readers places him in the context of the explorations that came before, during, and after his lifetime. It portrays the “Admiral of the Ocean Seas” neither as hero nor heel, but as a flawed and complex man whose significance is undeniably monumental. Providing kids, parents, and teachers with a fuller picture of the seafaring life and the dangers and thrills of exploration, author Ronald Reis details all four of Columbuss voyages to the New World, not just his first, and describes the year that Columbus spent stranded on the island of Jamaica without hope of rescue. A full chapter is devoted to painting a more complete and complex portrait of the indigenous peoples of the New World and another to the consequences of Columbuss voyages—the exchange of diseases, ideas, crops, and populations between the New World and the Old. Engaging cross-curricular activities, such as taking nautical measurements, simulating a hurricane, making an ancient globe, and conducting silent trade, elucidate nautical concepts introduced and the times in which Columbus lived.

About the Author

Ronald A. Reis is the technology department chair at Los Angeles Valley College. He has a bachelors degree in applied technology and a masters degree in the social sciences and has taught at the middle school, high school, and community college level. He is the author of several young adult nonfiction books, including African Americans and the Civil War, Buffalo Bill Cody, and The World Trade Organization. Buffalo Bill Cody won the 2011 Spur Award for the best juvenile nonfiction biography about the West, from the Western Writers of America. He lives in Calabasas, California. Ronald A. Reis is the author of numerous biographies for young adults, including the Spur Award-winning Buffalo Bill Cody.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781613746745
Subtitle:
With 21 Activities
Author:
Reis, Ronald A
Author:
Reis, Ronald A.
Publisher:
Chicago Review Press
Subject:
Activity Books
Subject:
Child Care and Parenting-General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
For Kids series
Publication Date:
20131001
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
from 4
Language:
English
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
8.5 x 11 in
Age Level:
from 9

Related Subjects

Children's » Action and Adventure » Adventure Stories
Children's » Biographies » General
Children's » History » World History
Children's » Nonfiction » World History » General
Health and Self-Help » Child Care and Parenting » General

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Taking a comprehensive, nuanced, and inclusive approach to Christopher Columbus, this illuminating biography with activities for young readers places him in the context of the explorations that came before, during, and after his lifetime. It portrays the “Admiral of the Ocean Seas” neither as hero nor heel, but as a flawed and complex man whose significance is undeniably monumental. Providing kids, parents, and teachers with a fuller picture of the seafaring life and the dangers and thrills of exploration, author Ronald Reis details all four of Columbuss voyages to the New World, not just his first, and describes the year that Columbus spent stranded on the island of Jamaica without hope of rescue. A full chapter is devoted to painting a more complete and complex portrait of the indigenous peoples of the New World and another to the consequences of Columbuss voyages—the exchange of diseases, ideas, crops, and populations between the New World and the Old. Engaging cross-curricular activities, such as taking nautical measurements, simulating a hurricane, making an ancient globe, and conducting silent trade, elucidate nautical concepts introduced and the times in which Columbus lived.

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