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Cobblestone American History and Current Events for Kids and Children November/December 2018

COBBLESTONE is the award-winning and respected leader in the study of American history for young people. COBBLESTONE tells America’s story through a unique mix of captivating articles, lively graphics, historical photographs, primary sources, and maps. Each themed-issue examines historical events in detail making them exciting and relevant to today. A must-have for every history classroom and media center. Grades 5-9.

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Cricket Media, Inc.
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9 Issues


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getting started

John Muir is one of America’s most famous environmentalists. He loved being outside, among trees and in the mountains. He turned that passion into his life’s work. He believed that being in nature refreshed and restored people. He believed that wilderness places were important. He also believed that people had to get involved in saving such places from destruction. He spent the first half of his life exploring and appreciating nature. He spent the second half of his life working to protect it. Muir began by raising awareness about Yosemite Valley and the magnificent giant sequoia trees found in the Sierra Nevada. He wasn’t the first person to visit Yosemite and appreciate its wonders. He wasn’t the first person who wanted to protect nature and who worked toward that end. But…

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young john muir

Would you like to climb among the ruins of an old castle? As a child, John Muir did. He spent many hours exploring a 1,000-year-old castle near his childhood home in Dunbar, Scotland. John was born on April 21, 1838, to Daniel and Ann Gilrye Muir. He was their third child and first boy. The family lived upstairs over the store that Daniel owned. As a child, John learned to love birds and flowers. John’s mother was gentle-hearted and loved flowers, and his grandfather took him on walks. But John’s father was stern and often harshly punished him. John was forced to memorize the Bible. Before he was 11 years old, he could recite the entire New Testament and most of the Old Testament. The Muir family grew to include two more…

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a beautiful valley

Yosemite Valley provided the perfect place of safety for the native people that first lived there thousands of years ago. Carved by glaciers, the valley’s sheer walls of granite reach a staggering 4,000 feet high. They hid a rich supply of plants, fish, and other animals. Thus, the Ahwahneechees lived safely in the secret valley until the early 19th century. Until that time, few nonnative people had journeyed into the Sierra Nevada. Fur trappers first explored the mountains in the 1830s. Settlers bound for California found the first mountain passes in the early 1840s. Then, the gold rush of 1849 brought many thousands of nonnative people to California. Gold miners made their way into the Sierra Nevada. They built claims on the land and disrupted the lives of the Ahwahneechees. Contact between…

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yosemite’s wonders

Many people find it difficult to pick one single feature that makes Yosemite National Park special. The park contains magnificent granite cliffs, domes, and spires. El Capitan is one of the largest granite monoliths in the world. It rises more than 3,000 feet above the valley floor. Half Dome may be the world’s most photographed rock. Climbers from around the world come to scramble up its 8,842-foot-high great cliffs. The park is home to some of the world’s tallest and most breathtaking waterfalls. Bridalveil Fall is the first waterfall visitors see upon entering Yosemite Valley. All combined, the Upper, Middle, and Lower Yosemite Falls represent the world’s tallest water fall drop at 2,425 feet. Ribbon Falls boasts the world’s tallest continuous drop, 1,612 feet. The park also has 3,200 lakes and 800…

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10 ways to channel your inner muir

Do you want to be like John Muir? You know, the man who turned his own “aha” moment into a career of conserving and preserving nature’s beauty and majesty. We thought you might, so here are 10 easy ways to get started. 1. Fall in love with nature. Take nature walks, go on camping trips, and visit the nation’s national parks. 2. Lose the “house habit,” as Muir called it. Get out of your house, go outdoors, and stay there. Muir called being in the wilderness being “inside.” 3. Get dirty. Be prepared to get wet, cold, hot, and dirty. That’s what rain jackets, mittens, cool drinks of water, and baths are for. 4. Wear a floppy hat. It will keep the sun off your face and keep your head warm. 5. Climb mountains. Muir…

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calling all citizens of earth!

John Muir signed some of his journals “John Muir, Earth, Planet, Universe.” Think of yourself as more than just a citizen of your local community. What might that mean? How would you get other people to think of themselves as citizens of Earth, too? What would your message be? Muir was particularly fond of mountains and trees. Is there one aspect of nature that you love? Rivers? Lakes? Wildflowers? Birds? Maybe it’s mountains, too! Make a poster that captures your message and that can be used to inspire others.…