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Building a Teen Center: An Integrated Algebra Project by Mary Ann Christina. A Key Curriculum Publication with blackline activity masters for grades 6-10. This is a concept to completion project in which students work in teams to conceive of, design, and build a model of a recreational center for teenagers. As students learn algebraic concepts, they will apply them as they build their teen center project. As the project grows, so will student enthusiasm for learning the concepts and skills they need to complete it. The project may be done completely or in part, spread throughout the year or concentrated into a few weeks. It is compatible with any algebra, geometry, or integrated curriculum, and is especially compatible with block scheduling. 178 pages. Key-3102. $17.96-D
City: A Story of Roman Planning
and Construction by David Macaulay. Houghton Mifflin, trade paper. This
explains and illustrates in black and white drawings how the Romans planned and
constructed their cities in places where there had not been cities previously. They
planned them to hold a certain predetermined maximum population, with the idea that when
the population began to outgrow the city, a new city would be built. This book uses the
example of an imaginary city typical of those founded between 300 B.C. and A.D. 150 and
shows how it was planned and constructed. It was designed to provide an adequate water
supply, and sewage and transportation systems for its planned maximum population. Cities
that outgrew these systems also tended to destroy the farmland on which they
depended for their food. The author believes we would be wise to plan our cities in such a
way today. A small bit of text is supplemented by the drawings that show in detail the
steps in building the city -- from the surveying, designing , drawing to gathering
materials, marking off streets, building roads and bridges, to constructing the actual
buildings and systems. One double-page spread shows a variety of workman using their
various tools, which are all labeled. You will see interiors, exteriors, and
cross-sections of the various structures as they are built. It is very thorough, and will
really appeal to little ones who are fascinated when they see construction in progress.
112 pages with glossary. Cat. # 0395-340222. $8.06-D
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Mill by David Macaulay. Houghton Mifflin, trade paper. This book shows how the textile mills of New England transformed the job of making cloth and produced the American Industrial Revolution in 1800's. Macaulay gives us the historical context of the development of the mills in America. Here is the author's preface to this book:
The mills of Wicksbridge are imaginary, but their planning, construction, and operation are typical of those developed throughout New England during the nineteenth century.
Each New England mill is an architectural statement of the financial resources and ambitions of it s owners. The permanence and often remarkable state of preservation of these mills are a tribute to the ingenuity and hard work of their builders. The number and density of communities that grew up around the mills still recall the lure of financial independence and personal prosperity that these structures once symbolized. In their physical domination of the surrounding landscape, however, many mills continue to remind us that no opportunity comes without a price. (p. 3, Mill, David Macauley, Houghton Mifflin, 1983.©1983, David Macauley. )
This book illustrates the planning and building of the mills, the technology that made them work, the making of dams to harness the power of the water, and the actual operation of the mill when finished, with each step in the process illustrated. In the Epilogue, the author traces the history of the town of Wicksbridge (which, remember is imaginary) from the Civil War to the middle of the 20th century, so that we can see how the obsolescence of the mills affected the towns.. There is a glossary at the book's end. 128 pages. Cat. # 0395-520193. $8.96-D
Underground by David Macauley. Houghton Mifflin, trade paper. Ever wonder just what's under the streets in your city? Or why all those city workers are digging up the road and slowing down traffic? This book will not only explain it, but also show you what's under there. The author's fabulous black and white very detailed illustrations show a typical city water and sewer system, storm drain system, electrical system, steam distribution system, gas distribution system, telephone system, and underground transportation system. So it appears that most of what we depend upon in living our daily lives is under the streets. And you'll even see the inside of a manhole. 109 pages plus glossary and final illustration. Cat. #0395340659. $8.96-D
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