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  • Item #: 006864
    ISBN: 9780310734215
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    Accessible. Informative. Practical. This section-by -section look at the U.S. Constitution is designed to provide background information and unpack the meaning of this document that has defined our country. The remarkable author, fourteen year old Juliette Turner, provides appropriate interpretative data to make the eighteenth century wording relevant to twenty-first century youth. For instance, Article I, Section 8, Clause 18 (the "Necessary and Proper" Clause) is first stated in its exact form. Then it's summarized with its "Bottom Line". Other sections that shed light on the passage include: "What Were They Thinking?", "Why Should I Care?", "Breakin' It Down", "How Can I Make a Difference?", and "What Has It Done For Me Lately?" Sidebar information includes a brief historical footnote about why Thomas Jefferson was against this clause and his illustration of how it could be misused. An interesting aspect of this book is the thought-provoking questions it poses. For instance, after mentioning a recent related Supreme Court case, it then asks the question of whether Jefferson's fears were justified. The overall format of the book contributes to its understandability. Information is broken down into manageable portions, and graphics depicting certain types of information are consistent throughout the book. Thorough and comprehensive coverage, coupled with insightful analysis and practical application, makes this an excellent choice for a well-grounded study of the Constitution. 224 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 024700
    ISBN: 9780310730958
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      This book holds a wealth of presidential info, albeit sometimes tongue-in-cheek (imagine large sunglasses on each president). From the country’s foundation to 2013, each presidency is explained in bite-sized pieces and interesting sections: The Bottom Line; What Was He Thinking?; Why Should I Care?; Breakin’ It Down; Previous Career; First Couple; Presidency; and What Has he Done for me Lately?. Other facts are highlighted in side bars, charts, graphs and full-color illustrations, and a special Presidential Times newspaper overview section. Important themes from each presidency are stressed so you can work through the text and easily compare. How did each president view the constitution? What were themes in his platform speech? I can see this being a handy, go-to, overview reference for your teens as you work through American history. Quite an engaging book that will appeal to even your non-history buffs. I love that this book shows how past actions and decisions affect our present, with the implication that our present will affect the future. By the same publishers as Our Constitution Rocks (#006864), 8” x 10”, 316 pp, sc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 056369
    ISBN: 9781607109358
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    It's the most important document in the history of the United States. The United States Constitution is America's instruction manual. Providing an insightful examination of its history/origins and its adaptations, Constitution is a valuable book – and a lovely one. Oversized (10" x 11.5"), with heavyweight paper, lots of full-color pictures, and a padded cover, it's a joy to wander through its leaves. However, you'll want to do much more than wander. From the title you might expect some history of the writing of the Constitution and thorough coverage of its contents and your expectations would be met masterfully. But there's much more here. As each major provision of the Constitution and its Amendments is covered, the book also traces the challenges, its definitional history (how various aspects have been defined and refined), the public dialogue surrounding it, and its current impact. For instance, take Chapter 4, Growing the Country. Tracing the constitutional implications and debates through the Louisiana Purchase, the Missouri Compromise, wartime land acquisitions (i.e. Texas), the Homestead Act (which encouraged settlement), "foolish" purchases (i.e. Alaska), and the 20th century's NASA Act is accompanied by political cartoons, space photos, old commemorative photos (completing the transcontinental railroad), historical maps, and art pieces. The discussion is lively with intriguing sidebar commentary (for instance, three generals who fought together in the Mexican war later fought against each other in another war with constitutional implications – the Civil War). In general, what emerges is a portrait of a living document – one that has withstood challenges, assaults, and tamperings, and has still been preserved. This sort of living coverage is presented in chapters on amendments, establishing a financial system, the Constitution divided (period of the Civil War), civil rights, electoral college, slavery, legislating morality (i.e. prohibition), and corrections/clarifications (FDR and the Depression, voting age, 2nd amendment challenges). Each chapter is packed with thoughtful analysis and astute historical perspective.

    One endearing feature of this book is the collection of original source document facsimiles that are provided. Cardstock envelopes that are amazingly integral to the book contain the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, The U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Bill of Rights tally (1791), "The Black List" broadside attacking congressmen who voted for the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, Joint resolution proposing the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution, and, lastly, an Admission ticket to the impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson.

    You'll enjoy and appreciate every moment spent amidst the quality coverage of our magnificent document. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 036372
    ISBN: 9780195325690
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  • Item #: 052976
    ISBN: 9781610660259
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    The Constitution is one of our country's most important documents, but that does not mean it is an easy read. The language of 1787 can be hard to interpret for students and adults. U.S. Constitution -- Graphic Adaptation looks like a comic book. It introduces kids to the people involved in the founding of our country. It covers how it was determined that states are represented in Washington D.C., then goes into the Presidency where it skips around from modern times to the past. While I was little confused by this, I think kids who are into comics would appreciate the non-linear approach. The point is to learn how the Constitution came to be, and if a graphic adaptation is what helps your student understand the material, then have a go and try this one. It may be just what your child needs. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 014667
    ISBN: 9780787704551
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    This book full of reproducible pages traces the development of our nation's most important document. It discusses how our nation was built on democracy and discusses how the Constitution was developed over time using several other documents and with many meetings and conventions. It breaks down the Constitution and explains its principles and shares facts about the amendments that have been made. Each circumstance or person that promoted the Constitution and every section of it is explained in detailed and followed by some "Review and Write" questions. These questions require that students summarize, explain or compare what they have just read and write about how they feel about it. Your students may need additional space to effectively write their responses. These might be good as discussion questions as well. Five tests are provided with multiple choice questions and an answer key is provided. A complete reproduction of the Constitution is included along with all amendments. 110 pp. ~ Rachel S.

  • Item #: 005693
    ISBN: 9780768224566
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    The original Constitution presented in one column with an accompanying interpretation in an adjacent column. Review sheets, games and writing activities that will familiarize students with our Constitution and prepare them for a state-required Constitution test.

  • Item #: 010085
    ISBN: 9781885593290
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    Geology for Juniors with 50 hands-on activities to explore the Earth. Design an earthquake- proof building (then test it!); catch pieces of falling stars; create a "working" cave with sugar cubes; petrify a bone; learn about some infamous geological blunders and unsolved mysteries (like losing an entire continent!); construct models to observe the effects of water, erosion, acid rain, volcanoes, earthquakes and falling meteorites. This book helps you discover all of the geological treasures in our everyday lives, too. Whoever designed this book sure knew what they were doing -- graphically and layout-wise, it just screams, "Fun!". As you skim the book, things catch your eye and you find yourself reading more, and more...and becoming excited about doing these activities with your children. Filled with all sorts of intriguing information (Did you know that Niagara Falls is falling?) and easy to do explorations, it's a great science unit for your entire "class"!

  • Item #: 043295
    ISBN: 9781599150109
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    A reprint of the original 1917 edition by H.E. Marshall, this hefty book offers 99 exciting stories from American history, starting with the expeditions of the Vikings and Columbus, and ending with the presidency of Woodrow Wilson. The stories are grouped into seven parts; "Stories of Explorers and Pioneers," "Stories of Virginia," "Stories of New England," "Stories of the Middle and Southern Colonies," "Stories of the French in America," "Stories of the Struggle for Liberty" and "Stories of the United States Under the Constitution." The book is unique in that the first 400 pages or so focus on exploration and the Colonial period, while only the last 200 pages cover the history of the U.S. as its own country. Although there is a lot of content here, the chapters are only several pages in length which make for great supplementary reading or read-alouds. Occasional black-and-white full-page illustrations are included in some chapters. 616 pgs, pb. – Jess

  • Item #: 049133
    ISBN: 9780789495877
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    Some of the field guides we have at our house would never make it on a rock finding trek – they're simply too large to lug around. This rock and mineral guide from DK is just the right size for fitting into your jacket or shirt pocket – 3 ¾"x 5". It may be small, but it isn't short on information! You will find an introduction to rocks and minerals, a section of minerals divided by their coloration, and rocks divided into the 3 categories – igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic. Pages are full of colored photos and facts about the specimen pictured. There is even a reference section at the back of this 160-page book. Never be without a reference again as you hike through the beautiful outdoors. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 002118
    ISBN: 9780064451703
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  • Item #: 019450
    ISBN: 9780912498997
    Retail: $14.95
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    The Bible in the hands of the individual is responsible for the development of civil government first in the American colonies and then through the Constitution of the United States. Thus is the premise of this interesting and intriguing little study. Did you know the first Bible printed in the colonies was in the Algonguin (then called "Indian") language? Neither did I! Starting with this little known fact and tracing basic precepts: mankind is capable of self-government and the Bible is the source of individual liberty, we learn that self-government with union (in other words, American federalism) is the biblical outworking of those two ideas. Interspersed with many quotes from founding fathers, early American church men, and the Bible, each segment concludes with a series of study questions (no answers given, unfortunately). This look at the roots and foundations of our Constitution provides a timely study. 92 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 035478
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    If you can't remember the preamble to the Constitution without singing it you probably have Schoolhouse Rock to thank! "Conjunction Junction," "I'm Just a Bill," "Interjections," "Lolli Lolli Lolli" – all 46 original, animated songs that we know and love are here. In addition, there is another disc with loads more learning songs (that I haven't heard of before) and behind the scenes footage, commentaries, even puzzles and a trivia game! Take this on your next road trip and sing along, or use them in your lessons to help kids remember information in a fun way. If you were a kid who watched Saturday morning cartoons in the 1970s, these will be a walk down memory lane. I had forgotten about many of these until I listened to them again and went, "Oh yeah! I loved that one!" ~Sara

  • Item #: 069440
    ISBN: 9781770789630
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  • Item #: 009506
    ISBN: 9780807000892
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  • Item #: 032759
    ISBN: 9780986352911
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    Like the other texts in this series, the Earth Science employs a mastery approach to learning science students should learn, master, and retain, what they learn. A curriculum that uses this approach covers fewer topics but covers each more deeply. This text also integrates learning by combining skills in the areas of science, math, science history, and English language usage. Every chapter follows the same format objectives are stated, vocabulary terms presented, textual information numbered and divided into digestible amounts, learning checks' at the end of each reading section, and an exercise at the end of each chapter. Chapters in this book cover Earth in Space, Visualizing Earth, Thinking About Earth, Matter & Minerals, Rocks & the Rock Cycle, Plate Tectonics & Mountain Building, Volcanoes & Earthquakes, Weathering/Erosion/Soils, Surface Water & Groundwater, Landforms, Earth History, Oceanography, Atmosphere, Weather, and Climate & Air Pollution. A glossary, mineral chart, and other resources are found at the back of the text. The author believes in questions that require complete sentences as a response, so you won't find any true/false, matching, or multiple choice questions. Colorful illustrations and photos are used to enhance the content of this small format text (6.5" x 9.5").

    The text states three goals for which the student is to strive be good stewards of God's gifts; learn, master, and retain what you learn; learn to keep a lab journal. The student section at the front of the book explains how to keep your lab journal or you can use Student Lab Report Handbook (#47300) for guidelines suggested by this author for keeping a lab journal. This handbook is recommended for use at the high school level. There are eight Experimental Investigations found right in the text and include an overview, basic materials list and step-by-step instructions.

  • Item #: 018793
    ISBN: 9781556528040
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    If there is one supplementary reference you'll want to have on your shelf when studying American history at the upper level, this is it. This incredible resource contains the text of over 70 original documents spanning 300 years of U.S. History. The documents are divided into eight chapters, including Colonial times, the War for Independence, the young Republic, the pre-Civil War years, the Civil War, Reconstruction and expansion, World War I and II, and modern times (1945-2002). I appreciate the uncomplicated nature of the book. The author, realizing that there are entire books written about many of these documents, has kept simple. Each document is briefly introduced, usually along with a small but full-color reproduction of the document. The text of the document, or the portion that is the most poignant, is then provided in a shaded box. Although some spellings have been modernized for ease in reading, the words themselves have been preserved. After the documents, a short "What They Were Saying" section provides responses to the document from newspapers, speeches, politicians and other people from the time the document was written. These fascinating entries provide us just a little bit of a peek into the window of time to understand the context of the document and the effect that it had on Americans. With such "biggies" contained here such as the Mayflower Compact, the Stamp Act, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Louisiana Purchase Treaty, the Dred Scott Decision, the Constitution of the Confederate States, the Emancipation Proclamation, the Reconstruction Act, the Social Security Act, the Civil Rights Act, and the USA Patriot Act, this book will easily find a use with any U.S. history curriculum you may be using. 224 pgs, pb. – Jess

  • Item #: 000664
    ISBN: 9780688101923
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    This book shares the story of our Constitution, from the convention beginning in May of 1781 to the ratification of the original thirteen states and the amendments which followed. The text is written in a story-like manner, with colorful pictures illustrating throughout. Included in the back are a few pages providing other important notes and dates.

  • Item #: 034877
    ISBN: 9781593370558
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    Although this book seems at least as comprehensive as an American Government textbook (if not more!), it certainly has a different flavor. Written for anyone who wants to brush up on the American Government or maybe just learn about a few selected aspects, it approaches the topic in a personable, borderline amusing, easy-to-read-and-comprehend style characteristic of the "Everything" series. The text is medium font and a single column, divided into short sections and interspersed with interesting fact boxes, further separating it from the familiar small-print double column textbook. All that said, it doesn't skimp on the scope of coverage! There are twenty-two chapters, each further divided into six or more sub-topics. The titles of the chapters are The Birth of a Nation, The Constitution, the Bill of Rights, The House of Representatives, The Senate, Inside Congress, Making a Law, The Presidency, Powers of the President, The Vice Presidency, Cabinet and Staff, The Rest of the Federal Bureaucracy, The Federal Judiciary, The Supreme Court, the Federal Budget, Political Parties, Interest Groups, The Media, Presidential Primaries and Elections, State Government, Local Government, and Getting Involved. As you might guess, throughout these chapters readers will learn - as shown in the title - nearly EVERYTHING about the American Government. In fact, the thoroughness and interest level of the text coupled with the appealing format suggests that students may retain much more than they might otherwise. The downside, of course, is that there are no quizzes or tests as there would be in a more standard textbook, but this could easily be remedied with just a little effort from the teacher, if desired. Two appendices include copies of The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution of the United States, and a timeline of relevant events. 305 pgs. - Melissa

  • Item #: 050750
    ISBN: 9781847328069
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    If you want to get a real feel for the early years of our country, this book would be a great place to look. Everything about the book has the look of antiquity: pages with darkened edges, period paintings used as graphics, even reproductions of documents from the time. Text is focused in two-page segments on major topics, with interesting insets about famous people and events. Read about George Washington being chosen to lead the Continental army, the winter at Valley Forge, victory at Yorktown, the Lewis and Clark expedition, and the War of 1812. Document reproductions are contained in pouches that resemble a stained and worn "Old Glory" flag. Reproductions are many and varied; a few examples are the Constitution in handwritten script on parchment-like paper, the resolution passing the first 10 amendments to the Constitution (the Bill of Rights), and a letter to Meriwether Lewis from President Thomas Jefferson. 63 pgs, hc with magnetic closure.

  • Item #: 025524
    ISBN: 9780769660479
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    Weighing in at 352 pages, this has got to be the biggest elementary-level workbook on the solar system that we have ever seen! This engaging workbook is divided up into chapters on our solar system, the planets in our solar system, the sun, our moon, stars, and space travel. The pages are full-color and illustrated, featuring informational text, pencil-and-paper activities, hands-on activities and experiments. Paper activities include word scrambles, riddles, short answer, graphs, comparison and contrast, word searches, crossword puzzles, blank diagrams to label, matching, follow-the-directions, filling in charts, games, research, and much more. Hands-on activities include creating planet landscapes from mud and rocks, demonstrating the difference between night and day, making planet mobiles, exploring the states of matter, investigating weight and mass, and more. A complete answer key is appended. Previously known as the Complete Book of Science, this updated version includes a poster and planet stickers. Use this high-quality workbook as a supplement to your elementary earth science lessons, for unit studies, a summer project, or just for fun for the astronomically-oriented. - Jess

  • Item #: 045934
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    Minerals, rocks, fossils, geologic time, plate tectonics, earthquakes, weathering of rocks & soil formation, Earth's atmosphere, understanding weather, and our solar system.

  • Item #: 065370
    ISBN: 9781851244522
    Retail: $11.00
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       This pocket edition of the 1217 Magna Carta includes both a modern English translation and the original Latin text. The introduction to this book tells the history of the document and how it came to be. This 64-page hardcover book measures about 4 ¼” x 6 3/8,” so fits conveniently in your purse or pocket. This important piece of history has helped shape even our laws today and should be familiar to all.

  • Item #: 051458
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    Government (six units) probes the impact of history on our government, the influence of many governments and federalism. Students study forms of government, the Constitution and Bill of Rights, and branches of government. Citizenship privileges and responsibilities, public opinion and politics, the media, interest groups and lobbying are also explored. Students will also study political parties and the election process.

  • Item #: 000673
    ISBN: 9780698116214
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    Though small in stature, James Madison was a powerful influence in our country's past. His eloquence and political intelligence greatly contributed to the shaping of the Constitution and our nation and led young America through two wars. This 159-page Jean Fritz biography recounts the industrious life of this great president through captivating text and black and white photographs.

  • Item #: 027304
    ISBN: 9781609991029
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  • Item #: 031225
    ISBN: 9780451528810
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    Written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay, The Federalist Papers explain and defend our constitutional government, and make a notable case arguing that the intended structure of our government was the one best suited to humans and their rights. This edition also includes copies of the "Declaration of Independence" and the "Articles of Confederation," an appendix which cross-references the Federalist Papers and the Constitution, and an "Index of Ideas".

  • Item #: ISCILB
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  • Item #: 026622
    ISBN: 9781580892292
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    X has had enough! He's almost the last letter, doesn't appear in many words, and he's sick of all the rules! It's time for a change….a new alphabet. Maybe one where he gets to be earlier in the lineup. And where Q doesn't always have to have U tagging along! As the Alphabet Constitution allows, the letters decide to put it to a vote the very next day. That night, X has dreams about the possibilities of taking on a new role in the alphabet. When he dashes to the courthouse the next day, the vote is tied – with A abstaining. What will X decide?

    Both adults and children will enjoy this engaging story while reviewing some of the unusual phonemes and spelling rules in our language.

  • Item #: 052695
    ISBN: 9780912498027
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    Originally published in 1965, this quality hardcover book lays out an approach to teaching and learning the Christian history of America through the Principle Approach. This approach is founded on the following principles: God's principle of individuality, the Christian principle of self-government, America's heritage of Christian character, "conscience is the most sacred of all property," the Christian form of our government, how the seed of local self-government is planted, and the Christian principle of American political union. This guide is intended as a companion to the book titled, "The Christian History of the Constitution Vol. 1." So, while not a textbook, it encourages the study of American history in-depth and through the lens of biblical philosophy. Appropriate for home, church or school use. 378 pgs.