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Ultimate field trip 4 : a week in the 1800s
Goodman, Susan E., 1952-
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2000.
Physical Description:
50 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 21 x 26 cm
Describes the experiences of a group of middle school students who spend a week at Kings Landing Historical Settlement, learning what life was like for young people in the nineteenth century.
Reading Level:
830 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.4 1.0 39895.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 5.2 3 Quiz: 27302 Guided reading level: S.
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E337.5 .G66 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
E337.5 .G66 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
E337.5 .G66 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
E337.5 .G66 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
E337.5 .G66 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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How would life be different if you lived in the 18OOs? No T-shirts or jeans -- you'd wear bonnets and petticoats or button-up trousers with suspenders. No cars or buses -- you'd walk to your one-room schoolhouse, or ride in a horsedrawn buggy. No TV or video games -- instead, you'd spend your evenings playing checkers or doing needlework by candlelight.

A group of kids stepped back into the 1800s by going to Kings Landing Historical Settlement. For one week, they occupied a nineteenth-century village, living in a time before electricity, before cars -- even before indoor plumbing! The girls milked cows, churned butter, and spun wool. The boys drove teams of oxen, harvested corn, and fanned the forge at the blacksmith's shop. By journeying back through time, the kids learned valuable lessons about the past -- and their own lives in the present.

Susan E. Goodman and Michael J. Doolittle bring history alive in the fourth book of their Ultimate Field Trip series. Through vivid text and photographs, they record an exciting modern adventure in nineteenth-century America.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-6. The fourth in the Ultimate Field Trip series, this volume follows a group of students who visit Kings Landing Historical Settlement in Canada to live for a week as nineteenth-century children. Apart from hours spent in school, the students find themselves separated into two groups by different work expectations, The girls tend animals, wash clothes, and prepare food. The boys farm and visit the blacksmith shop, the sawmill, and the print shop, where young men of the period might have worked as apprentices. The children's responses to their "time-travel" experience are vividly articulated and considered. Well written and beautifully photographed, this book offers a vicarious experience that teachers may want to share with their classes. --Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-In this series entry, middle schoolers spend a week at the Kings Landing Historical Settlement in Canada where they are immersed in the clothing, language, and attitudes of the 1800s. Gone are zippers, nail polish, T-shirts, etc. Participants must sit up straight and use words like "splendid" instead of "cool." Family life, school days, and men's and women's work are all accurately and capably discussed. In the final chapter, "Back to the Future," the children compare the positives and negatives of the 19th and 20th centuries. There is no sugarcoating here-that life was hard in the past is clearly displayed through the photographs and comments of the students. By the end of the trip, they are homesick for the world they know. Candid color photographs fill the pages. Some are boxed, and readers are asked, "What Is This Thing?" Answers are given, upside down, under the 19th-century item. Evelyn Toynton's Growing up in America: 1830-1860 (Millbrook, 1995) complements this title. This field trip is perfect for anyone interested in life in days past, and upon completing it, young people will have a greater appreciation for what is generally taken for granted.-Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.