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Homework Help: Middle Ages

Homework Help: Middle Ages

The Totally Gross History of Medieval Europe

The Middle Ages, or Medieval period, lasted from the 5th to the 15th century. This period is well known for the Bubonic Plague, feudalism (a social structure of knights, nobles & peasants), and castles.

Today, the Bubonic Plague kills about 120 people a year. In the 14th Century, during the Middle Ages, it swept through Europe, Asia and African and killed an estimated 50 million people. 50. Million. The population of Indianapolis is about 865,000. 50 million people is Indianapolis about 60 times. That is A LOT of people. Back then, people did not know about bacteria and how simple hand washing can keep disease from spreading.

In The Totally Gross History of Medieval Europe you can learn about what it would have been like to be alive during this time period. The books and resources below will give you a good look at even more details about life in a castle or on a farm during this time.


Websites, Activities & Printables:

World History in Context LogoWorld History in Context: The Middle Ages is a database you can use in any IndyPL Library Branch or at home. Login using your library card number. World History in Context will show you biographies, magazines, videos and more about the Middle Ages.​

 

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NoveList K-8: Stories about the Middle Ages is a database you can use in any IndyPL Library Branch or at home. Login using your library card number. Novelist will show you fiction chapter books and picture books you can read set in the time of the Middle Ages. Click on “Check the Library Catalog” to see if IndyPL has the book.


Books:

Use your indyPL Library Card to check out books at any of our locations, or check out e-books and e-audiobooks from home right to your device. Click on a book jacket below to request a book or download it. Need help? Call or ask a Library staff member at any of our locations, text a librarian at 317 333-6877, or leave a comment.

DK Knights and CastlesEyewitness KnightA Medieval FeastWho Wants to be a Princess?If You Were a Kid in a Medieval CastleKnights Secrets of Medieval WarriorsMedieval LegoMinecraft Medieval FortressThe Adventures of Sir Lancelot the GreatThe Hawk of the Castle a Story of Medieval FalconryYou Wouldn't Want to be in a Medieval DungeonMedieval LifeArts and Crafts Knights and CastlesCrispin The Cross of LeadGood Masters Sweet LadiesGreat Medieval ProjectsKing ARthur Tales from the Round TableFast Tracker Knights and CastlesThe Midwife's ApprenticeRanger's Apprentice The Ruins of GorlanSir Gawain and the Green Knight
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Homework Help: Explorers

Homework Help: Explorers

Ultimate Explorers

Do you think you have what it takes to be a trailblazer? In the Ultimate Explorer Guide, follow along as modern day explorers unearth ancient mummies, encounter wild animals and use the latest technologies in space travel. This book features explorers of all kinds: paleontologists, biologists, photographers, artists, conservationists, and more.

An explorer is someone who investigates the unknown or unfamiliar in order to learn about it. The unknown can be geographic (a place) or it can be an experience or idea. Because they go where others haven’t, geographic explorers are often associated with certain personality traits like bravery, confidence and curiosity. Their adventures make great stories!

There are many well known explorers from history, especially from the period know as the age of exploration when the earth was not fully explored or mapped yet. This was the time of Columbus, de Soto, Magellan and many more. In the following centuries humans added the exploration of space. The first space explorers are well known too – Armstrong, Glenn, Shepard & Aldrin.

Use the resources on this page to learn about the explorers of the past as well as those today who continue to discover new frontiers on earth and beyond. You can also learn about the tools and technologies explorers have used to help them navigate to new and unexplored places.

The device on the right is called an octant. It is an Artifact at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. “An octant is a navigational tool that is similar to a sextant. It was used mostly to determine latitude at sea. It measures angles by observing the sun or stars and the horizon in reflecting mirrors. It is called an octant because the maximum angle it can measure is one-eighth of a circle, or 45°. This octant was made around 1800.”


Websites, Activities & Printables:

World History in Context LogoWorld History in Context: Age of Exploration is a database you can use in any IndyPL Library Branch or at home. Login using your IndyPL library card number. World History in Context will show you biographies, magazines, videos and more about explorers.

 

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Biography in Context: Explorers is another database you can use in any IndyPL Library Branch or at home. Login using your IndyPL library card number. Biography in Context will show you biographies, magazines, videos and more about world explorers. Pick a name from their list to learn more about that explorer.​


Books:

Use your indyPL Library Card to check out books at any of our locations, or check out e-books and e-audiobooks from home right to your device. Click on a book jacket below to request a book or download it. Need help? Call or ask a Library staff member at any of our locations, text a librarian at 317 333-6877, or leave a comment.

Lives of the Explorers Book JacketThe Quest for Z Book JacketI Columbus Book JacketWho Was First Book JacketEyewitness Explorer Book JacketAlexander the Great Book JacketAmerican Archaeology Uncovers Vikings Book JacketColumbus Book JacketDown the Colorado Book JacketExploration and Discovery Book JacketExplore the Most Dangerous Journeys of All TimeExplore with Lewis and Clark Book JacketWomen Explorers Book JacketExplorers Book JacketInto the West Book JacketMarco Polo Book JacketSylvia Earle Ocean Explorer Book JacketThe Plant Hunters Book JacketZheng He the Great Chinese Explorer Book JacketByrd and Igloo Book JacketA World of Her Own Book JacketConquistadors Book Jacket
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Countries of the World

Countries of the World

What's On Your PlateIf you need to do a report about one of the countries of the world or just want to learn about what life is like somewhere else, the websites and books on this page will help you get started. You will be able to find maps, flags, national anthems, food, clothing, games and more. To find library books about a particular country, use the online catalog for kids. Type the name of the country in the search box and click “search.”

There are also country books about themes like  “games” or “festivals” that will have information about individual countries. In books like these, individual countries will have a chapter or a section. Or, you might have to look up a country’s name in the index at the back of the book to find out which page to go to.


Websites, Activities & Printables:

CultureGramsKids

CultureGrams Kids Edition is a database you can use in any IndyPL Library Branch or at home. Login using your IndyPL library card number. Choose a country to find up-to-date information for reports including:

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  • climate
  • geography
  • economy
  • history
  • population
  • government
  • holidays
  • religion
  • recipes

Books:

Use your indyPL Library Card to check out books at any of our locations, or check out e-books and e-audiobooks from home right to your device. Click on a book jacket below to request a book or download it. Need help? Call or ask a Library staff member at any of our locations, text a librarian at 317 333-6877, or leave a comment.

Mountains of the WorldA World of Cookies for SantaAround the World in a BathtubYou and Me TogetherOne World Kids CookbookThe Real Wonders of the WorldThe Illustrated Timeline of the History of the WorldSchool Days Around the WorldSacred StoriesNational Geographic Kids World AtlasHomes Around the WorldFamilies Around the WorldEyewitness Wonders of the WorldEveryone PraysCool World CookingClothesCity AtlasChildren Just Like MeBuild It World LandmarksBirthdays Around the WorldThe World's Greatest Paintings and SculpturesWhat's for Lunch?A Ticket Around the WorldFlags of the WorldTalking to GodWhat We WearLittle TreasuresChildren of the World
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Refugees: Their Stories

Refugees: Their Stories

The Journey

An immigrant is a person who leaves his or her home country to work, study or live in a new country. Sometimes people are immigrants to get an education that is not available in their home country. Sometimes people immigrate to do a particular job or to live in a country whose customs and laws are different than their home country.

A special kind of immigrant is a refugee. Their reasons for leaving their home country are different. A refugee is a person who is fleeing his or her home country to escape danger, like a war, or to escape persecution. Persecution is being hurt based on your race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular group or having a particular political opinion. The United States welcomes many immigrants each year to live and work and study, as well as giving refuge to people who have fled their home country for their own safety.

The Journey is a story that will help you understand what it is like to have to leave everything you know behind to start over somewhere new.  Below are more books written by, or about, refugees. By reading these books you can live for just a little while, in their experience. I did not grow up afraid. I did not have to worry about living in a war zone, being hurt or being persecuted. I also didn’t want to think about having to move and change schools, let alone thinking about starting a whole new life somewhere and having to learn a new language and new customs and meet all new people. I don’t know what that’s like because I never had to do it. These stories help me see the challenges that refugees face starting a new life – kids facing anxiety and fear and danger with courage. Sometimes you meet new friends in person. Sometimes you meet them in books. Here are some kids I think you will be proud to know.


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Books:

Use your indyPL Library Card to check out books at any of our locations, or check out e-books and e-audiobooks from home right to your device. Click on a book jacket below to request a book or download it. Need help? Call or ask a Library staff member at any of our locations, text a librarian at 317 333-6877, or leave a comment.

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Ancient Cultures

Ancient Cultures

Ancient Worlds

In Ancient Worlds, discover the ancient ways of old civilizations in Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Find out about their everyday life including what they ate, how they dressed, what they believed and what they thought was valuable. Listed below are several other books and website that will help you learn about the ancient world. You may be familiar with ancient Egypt because you have heard of King Tut or the pyramids. You may be familiar with Ancient Greece because you have heard the myths or heard about Ancient Rome and its Coliseum. What do you know, though, about Ancient India or Ancient Africa? There were cultures living all over the world in  ancient times making early contributions to math, science and literature as well as engineering. The seven wonders of the ancient world are amazing evidence of their ingenuity and creativity.

At The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis you can see and sometimes touch ancient artifacts. Here are some Ancient Egyptian Artifacts from The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis:

Canopic Jar – “During embalming, the process used to create a mummy, specific internal organs were removed from the body in order to preserve them for the afterlife. Considered to be the most important organs, the lungs, liver, stomach and intestines were carefully stored in special containers called canopic jars.”

Mummified Falcon – “In Ancient Egypt, “many animals, including falcons and cats, were associated with powerful gods and considered sacred. Once mummfied, they were buried as offerings at temples and shrines dedicated to their associated deities. Falcons were believed to be an animal form taken by the sun god Horus, referred to as the Falcon God.”

Anubis Miniature Statue – “Anubis was the undertaker of the Ancient Egyptian mythological world….his job was to prepare the dead for their journey to eternal life, conduct their funerals, and accompany them to their tombs.”

See more Ancient Artifacts at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis


Websites, Activities & Printables

World History in Context LogoWorld History in Context: Ancient History is a database you can use in any IndyPL Library Branch or at home. Login using your library card number. World History in Context will show you magazines, videos and more about ancient civilizations.


Books:

Use your indyPL Library Card to check out books at any of our locations. Click on a book jacket below to request the book. You will be notified when it is available for you to pick up. Need help? Call or ask a Library staff member at any of our locations, text a librarian at 317 333-6877, or leave a comment.

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