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WESTWARD HO: Activity Guide to the Wild West (Kid's Guide) Paperback – 1 Jan 1996

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Here are dozens of activities, crafts and games drawn from the days when coyotes yipped, buffalo roamed, and heavy wooden-wheeled wagons rolled ever westward, full of folk seeking a new life on the great frontier. Informative and fun, this wonderful introduction to the exploration and settlement of the American West includes: popcorn balls and son-of-a-gun stew; Appaloosa printing and pole sacks; saddle songs and cowboy talk; water dowsing, panning for gold and more.

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Got the pioneer spirit? Kids do--they love pioneer stuff!
I wrote this book because whenever I did a library or school program I asked, "What should I write next?" and children usually said, "We love pioneer something about them." So, I thought about it and decided the West was perfect for a kids' activity book. I've read nearly a hundred books about the West, and ferreted out every bit of interesting fact I could. Then I tried to put it all into a book that had a hands-on approach to history. Kids learn history by mixing up sourdough flapjacks, sipping portable soup (just like Lewis & Clark did), even learning how to lay out a land survey! How about "witching" for a water well? Or oiling paper windows for a prairie soddy? I think this book was the most fun to write. It's my favorite!

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HASH(0x9c9ce3fc) out of 5 stars This is an excellent resource for teachers and parents! 4 May 2000
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I bought this book for teaching ideas for a Westward Movement Unit, and I am so glad I did! The book has a great variety of theme based activities and recipes. It also has fun bits of pioneer trivia. I look forward to using some of Ms. Carlson's ideas in my classroom and to buying some of her other books.
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HASH(0x9c9ce864) out of 5 stars Great Fun! 29 Mar. 2009
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My husband and I are driving three grandchildren (ages 6, 12 and 13)from Michigan to Yellowstone next summer. I wanted a book that would be interesting for them to read along the way plus have activities for them to do and help them look at their trip from Michigan to Wyoming in a different light. This book definitely fulfills all three goals. We'll be making several of the projects before we leave and others during the drive.
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HASH(0x9c9ce810) out of 5 stars Many fun activities 14 Nov. 2008
By L M Kellogg - Published on
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A great book if you are looking for activities that kids of all ages can do. We did quite a few at our local pioneer day and they were a big hit.
It is a wonderful back-to-basics book for the very modern children we are raising.
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HASH(0x9c9cebac) out of 5 stars The Best Westward Expansion Teaching Aid 2 Mar. 2013
By Ella Taylor - Published on
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I'm a teacher and when it comes to westward expansion nothing has been more useful than this book.

The whole book is divided into sections like "Trail Blazers", "Trappin' and Tradin'", and "Wagon's Roll", which make navigating all the projects really simple. Each page has a different project or activity, but it also explains the history behind it. For example: Page 42, a continuation of the "Gold Rush" section, explains how different minerals settle in a stream and how that process makes it possible to pan for gold. It then gives you directions (and a picture) for building a "Stream in a bottle" so the class can test this new information.

Whether you want to learn to square dance, try dowsing for water, or make a trapper's journal this book has not just the projects but the short and sweet lessons to go with them. It even has recipes for foods like sourdough and mock oysters!

Try it out, you'll find a lot you can use
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HASH(0x9c9cea5c) out of 5 stars Hands on Wild West learning 5 Aug. 2005
By Susan A. Schneider - Published on
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The book Westward Ho! contained many activities that I used with my students of multiple ages. The activities were well explained and included background information. The variety of activities was broad and included different levels of difficulity.
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