Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Book Review Tuesday: The Industrial Revolution for Kids

The Industrial Revolution for Kids by Cheryl Mullenbach

From the publisher:

This educational activity book introduces young readers to the Industrial Revolution through the people, places, and inventions of the time, from the incredibly wealthy Rockefellers and Carnegies and the dingy and dangerous factories of the day to the creation of new forms of transportation and communication. By recounting this fascinating period in American history through the eyes of everyday workers, kids, sports figures, and social activists whose names never appeared in history books—including Hannah Montague, who revolutionized the clothing industry with her highly popular detachable collars and cuffs and Clementine Lamadrid, who either helped save starving New Yorkers or scammed the public into contributing to her one-cent coffee stands—this book helps tell the human stories of the Industrial Revolution. 

Twenty-one engaging and fun cross-curricular activities bring the times and technologies to life and allow for readers to make an assembly line sandwich, analyze the interchangeable parts of a common household fixture, weave a placemat, tell a story through photographs, and much more. Additional resources featured include books to read, places to visit, and websites to explore.

My Review:

I always enjoy this series of books and this is no exception. I love how they have stories from people that lived during this time period as well as pictures to give students an idea of what it was like back then. My students just love looking at pictures and seeing how things have changed.

Some of the activities that are included can easily be done in a classroom. Some of them include learning about Morse Code, designing a tenement space, model of an elevator, tracking manufactured items, inflate a dollar, do detective work, weave a placemat, and design a product for the World's Fair.

Listening to Talking Walls is an activity where children examine the exterior of older building to see if they can determine the history of the building.  My school in a historical part of the city and I totally see me kids getting into this activity. 

This book covers the good, the bad and the ugly that are the Industrial Revolution. The only thing I would have liked to have seen was how the Industrial Revolution started and evolved in Europe...

You can get this book at the following retailers:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Book Review Tuesday: Economics Through Infographics

Economics Through Infographics by Karen Latchana Kenney

Illustrated by Steven Stankiewicz

From the Publisher:

Trying to process economic information can leave you at a loss. You need to understand the connections in global markets (where was your cell phone made?), the crazy variety of currencies (from dollars to kronor), and the high stakes of spending (wants versus needs). 

How can all these statistics and concepts make more sense? Infographics! The charts, maps, and illustrations in this book tell a visual story to help you better understand key concepts about economics. Crack open this book to explore mind-boggling questions such as: 

• How do people buy and sell things without money? 
• What makes it hard to find a job? 
• How do people use their resources to turn big ideas into big business? 

The answers will be worth a lot to you!

My Review:

This is definitely a book that I would like to add to my teacher library as it covers several of the topics that I have to cover for both my 5th and 6th graders.

  • fur trade and how the fur was traded for good like clothes, blankets and sugar.
  • gives and example of 2 types of economies and how they worked differently
  • why we need to exchange money when making purchases in other countries
  • supply and demand
  • how the assembly line increased production
  • exports and imports
  • how jobs have changed over time according to the country's needs
  • global economy and how prices are different all over the world
  • minimum wage

The examples in the book are made with products that your students will be familiar with, therefore making it relevant to them. The graphics by Steven Stankiewicz are very colorful and will hold the attention of my students.

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Thanks go out to Lerner Publications via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.