Wednesday, August 24, 2011

A City Across Time - Adventure Activities

Book Theme:
Concepts: money, technological change, markets, public services, innovation




Activity Ideas


Young Readers:
Dig a hole in the back yard and see if you find anything interesting.
Go to a science museum and look at interesting things other people have dug up. 
Check out Tate Kids and build your own Imaginary City


Older Readers:
Pick on specific age in history and do research on a place in that time period.

Answer these questions:
  • Write the where and when of your place of choosing. (Ancient Egypt? New York this year? Or New York back in the 1800's?)
  • What kinds of buildings are in this city or town? Draw a picture of them.
  • What is the main commerce? (meaning what is the main trades or goods produced)?
  • What is the average population?
  • Describe the main means of transportation. Draw a picture.
  • How do people dress?
  • Describe a typical day in this city or town.
  • How does this city or town compare with where you live today?



Writing Prompts
Pick one of the houses, and write a short (or longer) story about the family living there. Maybe use the one house that seems to contain the same family over many generations. Why do you suppose the man hid the money down in the well on page 29? What eventually happened to that money. Flip through the pages and write descriptions.

Have fun with making up stories about the people in the book.

Older children: Wonder what was on your property before your house was built? Check out a history of your city and write a report on the history of the city you live in.

The Future: Write about what you think will happen in the future in your city or town.


Crafty Ideas:
Create your own city out of boxes and paper.
Enchanted Learning has directions on how to make city builds from paper.

Print a Paper City at Made by Joel. Print, color and fold according to instructions. This cute set has cars, building from around the world, and even people. Fabulous!


Additional Reading:
Anne Millard's A Street Through Time (DK, 1998) takes readers on another journey through urban history, although that volume lacks the underground and archaeological components of Kent's work.


I hope you enjoy my activity ideas. If you try any of them out, let me know how they worked for you in the comments section.

Happy Reading,
Queen Jackie

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