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I teamed up with my sister Louise Hopping, a veteran middle school social studies teacher, to create and thoroughly test these American history games. All the games include easy–to–copy and assemble boards, cards, rules, and other components. There's also a two-sided poster with a colorful Courageous Colony game board and historical photo game. For grades 4 to 8.
Students keep asking to play these games:
- Passport to America Immigration Guessing Game
- Famous Quotation Bingo Game
- State Capitals Map Search Game
- West Quest A Timeline Game
- Hear Ye! A News Story Relay Race (American Revolution)
- North or South? A Civil War Fact Mastery Game
- Courageous Colony board game (early Virginia), including a poster-sized, full-color game board
- Muckrackers Board Game (Progressive Era), also including a poster-sized game board
Louise and I wrote this second activity–packed American history book by starting with primary sources—narratives, eyewitness accounts, photos, statistics, maps—and weaving them into 15 creative, ready-to-go activities, including plays, readings, a TV broadcast, movie story boards, graphing activities, and more.
A few of our favorite activities:
- Freedom in a Box News Broadcast (a script for small or large groups based on a slavery narrative by Henry "Box" Brown)
- Coming to America Dramatic Reading (true immigrant stories woven into a powerfully emotional stage reading)
- Boston Tea Party Story Boarding Activity (kids plot a comic book or movie story board of this event based on eyewitness accounts)
- Factories on Trial Industrial Revolution Plays (three plays for small or large groups, using actual transcripts from child labor hearings)
- Connect the Depot Dots Map and Data Study (transcontinental railroad)
- Million Mile March (using data to map and calculate slavery escape routes)
This jam-packed, cross-curricular activity book explores inventors and inventions of the past and present, inventive thinking skills, and how inventions are made and marketed. I was thrilled when the book received a rave review from Scope, the social studies teacher magazine. For grades 4 to 8.
Kids love extremes! The top and bottom of the Earth are about as extreme as our world gets. These engaging activities cover history, geography, science, language arts, and math. For grades 3 to 6.
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Read the sad, moving tale of a peace-loving leader who lost his land, many of his people, and his life-long fight to keep the peace. (FREEBIE history puzzles.)
The true science adventures of Diane France, forensic anthropologist. NSTA Selector's Choice, AAAS/SB&F Subaru finalist, starred reviews!
Adriana Ocampo found her path to science adventure through space-traveling robots and crashing asteroids! (FREEBIE science quizzes and a FREE ebook by Adriana.)
The Body as Evidence (Autopsies) and Crime Scene Investigation!
Venus and Serena, Peyton Manning, Michelle Kwan, and others for ages 6-9. (FREEBIE sports quizzes.)
Outdoor fun for 6 to 8 year olds.
Tornadoes! and Hurricanes! are my two best-selling books with 1.6 million sold
A must-have card game set for English language (ESL/EFL) and language arts teachers and tutors. (FREEBIE ESL materials.)
My top selling game book! (FREEBIE math puzzles.)
Lively games and activities about grammar, vocabulary, and dictionary skills. (FREEBIE word puzzles.)
Great American History Games, 15 Primary Source Activities (plays, games, readings, and more) and more!
Race from Earth to Mars, an orbiting target, by fixing malfunctions and answering intriguing science questions. Endorsed by astronaut Jack Lousma.