Voyage to Discovery: An Activity Guide to the Age of Exploration

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This resource book invites educators and students on a journey into the worlds of yesterday, today and tomorrow, where they encounter Stone Age nomads, Vikings, conquistadors, pirates and space travellers. They hear tales of sea monsters and explore life in the Middle Ages, the cultures of native tribes of North America, the traditions of the Mayans and the Aztecs, and the voyages of Columbus and later explorers. And they learn about shipbuilding, navigation, shipwrecks, slavery and colonisation. Arranged chronologically, this book focuses not only on the facts and fictions surrounding early exploration, but also extends learning beyond the realm of reading simple historical accounts of a specific era. Beginning with chapters on the spirit of exploration and the meaning of history, it offers thought-provoking discussions, resource lists of outstanding children's books and a variety of learning activities, selected for use in preschool, primary, and intermediate grades. Subsequent chapters, following the same format, trace the history of world exploration from ancient explorations to the current exploration of outer space. Games, songs, creative dramatics, writing projects, crafts, group discussions and other activities bring historical events to life and allow students to experience what life was like in other times. Each activity is coded for the appropriate grade level (PreK-6), and a number of them are in the form of reproducible sheets that teachers can copy for immediate use. They can be adapted to fit a range of age goups and a variety of purposes, from story-hours for young children to activity and reading programmes for older children. The book lists should be helpful with library book displays and as a resource for teachers. The flexibility and quantity of material included should make this book an ideal resource for both classroom and library settings. Fostering investigation, research skills, discussion, co-operative learning and independent, critical thinking it should instil youngsters with a sense of history and the spirit of exploration.