Space and time. For you children really to understand history, they need a firm sense of where events took place (maps skills necessary) and when they took place (timeline necessary). American History Through Maps is an awesome resource with 31 full-color maps correlated with 27 patterns and events in American history, e.g., voyages of discovery, all wars involving America from the French and Indian War through the wars in Vietnam and the Middle East, colonial America, settlement of the U.S., free and slave states in 1854, and much more. Brightly colored maps draw readers in, while the accompanying text provides context for the map studies. Each unit ends with questions or activities to engage students in the learning process.
“Many . . . pupils may lack sufficient map skills, either because they haven’t practiced them sufficiently, or because they have simply never studied maps before. The map skills activities are designed to use the maps in this text to remediate map skills deficiencies.”
The teacher’s resource manual includes “carefully structured writing lessons. In each instance you are provided with everything you need to carry out a successful writing experience.”
Map skills activities help students understand boundaries, scale, using directions, following directions using the scale, the map key and symbols, and physical maps. Writing activities include writing a story with dialogue and writing about the first Americans, America’s fight for freedom, the American Revolution, the War of 1812, American expansion, Alaska and Hawaii, and World War II.
The Teacher’s Resource Book also includes blank maps of the U.S. for students to identify places or the location of events.