What on Earth Publishing is delighted to announce that the Illinois200 Bicentennial Committee is funding the purchase and distribution of 10,000 copies of The Illinois Chronicles, a new approach to learning about State history K-12.
All 5,000 schools in the State will receive two copies of the book, which is officially published on February 12th 2018 as the official story of the State for the Illinois Bicentennial. The distribution will take place at the beginning of March next year.
What on Earth Publishing has also teamed up with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to create an Educator’s Pack that will be available alongside the Illinois Chronicles. This pack contains over 60 activity ideas for a cross-curricular, project-based approach to teaching State history K-12. Hardcopies of the Educator’s Pack will be available priced at $6.99. A PDF version for use by teachers will be available from December 18th free of charge from ISBE’s Bicentennial website and the What on Earth Activities Zone.
Christopher Lloyd, CEO of What on Earth Publishing, said the combination of expertise at ISBE and the What on Earth creative approach to learning about history through timelines, makes an especially powerful combination.
“The Bicentennial means all Illinoisians can take a moment to pause and consider the extraordinary highs and lows of the last 200 years, in a common thread that binds people of all backgrounds. The beauty of having a book such as this, with an Educator’s Pack, is that moments in State history can be used as hooks onto which all kinds of learning can hang, from learning about superbugs through the story of Moldy Mary to looking at the engineering principles behind the Ferris Wheel, first exhibited at the World’s Columbian Exhibition in 1893, held in Chicago,” he said.
Mary Reynolds, Executive Director, Innovation & Secondary Transformation at ISBE, said the learning opportunities within the Illinois Chronicles and idea pack can carry on well beyond the celebration year.
“For example, consider using the article “Miraculous Moldy Melon” to begin an exploration of fungus and the development of antibiotics. Not only can this article lead to an inquiry into the scientific principles leading to the discovery of penicillin, but the historical implications can also be explored – how the course of World War II may have been altered without this contribution. We encourage all teacher to think outside the box and use the eight idea topics and sixty activity ideas as launching points for inspired activities within the classroom!” she said.
The Illinois Chronicles will be officially launched on February 12th next year priced at $14.95. School will be able to purchase additional copies at a specially reduced rate of $10 each in class sets containing 30 copies. A free hardcopy of the Educator’s Pack and free shipping is included in the price.
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