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  • Item #: 015033
    ISBN: 9780794540319
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  • Item #: 010992
    ISBN: 9781933339009
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    In the quest to cover a little of everything from a particular time period AND present it at a level that a younger child can understand, most elementary history texts are, well, probably just a bit lacking in the exciting and shall we say “interesting” department. At least, I found it as such when I was much younger, although it led me to do a lot of self-reading to complete the picture in the areas that interested me. Susan Wise Bauer attempts to remedy this difficulty in presenting a chronological history to the younger set using a classical approach to history. The Story of the World is structured around a text and a curriculum guide/activity book that serve as a springboard for your futher history explorations. The readings in the text provide a background of the time period covered, augmented by the use of the guide, which contains review questions, suggestions for supplemental readings, appropriate literature selections, and also map activities, coloring pages, as well as an abundance of projects that span history, art, and science that are sure to excite the student.

    The text itself serves as the starting point and backbone of each unit. Each chapter covers a particular time period, and is placed in chronological order. For example, in Volume One: Ancient Times, Chapter One begins with “The Earliest People” followed by chapters detailing periods of Egyptian, Sumarian, Jewish, Babylonian, Assyrian, Indian, Chinese, African, Egyptian, Phoenician, Greek, Persian, Native American, Roman, Christian, Celt, and Barbarian history. The book goes in strictly chronological order, so one time period of a civilization will be covered, and then a different civilization may be covered, returning to another era of the first civilization later, to encompass a significant historical event of that civilization. Each chapter is further split into smaller, more bite-sized amounts that lend themselves well to a younger attention span. The chapters are presented at a level they will understand, but at the same time, find fairly absorbing. History is presented in more of a story-type format that they will appreciate, and the author emphasizes that the book is not intended to give a complete overview of the time period, but rather to give the student a chronological order of major events and an appreciation and understanding of different cultures while presenting it in a way that will foster an enthusiasm and enjoyment of the subject matter. For example, while not every ruler of a civilization may be named, along with major accomplishments, an overview of the period highlighting important events and rulers, along with details of how the people in the civilizations lived comprise the short chapters. Mythical stories as well as historical fiction-type passages about young children from different cultures are woven into the narrative to stimulate further interest. These almost story-type chapters are meant to be read aloud to younger children, or those with reading difficulty, while good readers and older children can read or take turns reading the chapters aloud.

    When a chapter has been completely read, you and the students then turn to the curriculum manual/actvitiy guide. At the beginning of each chapter in the guide, corresponding page references are given from four recommended supplements Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, The Kingfisher Illustrated History of the World, The Usborne Book of World History, and the Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World History. These selections further flesh out the history lessons, particularly for those periods or civilizations where less supplemental reading is available. When all the chapter reading has been accomplished, the next order of business are the reading comprehension-type review questions for each chapter section. Following the questions, the student is asked to summarize the chapter in a few sentences. The author again stresses that important facts be included in this narrative, but not necessarily every single one. A few sample narrations are also supplied for each section. The student’s narrative is then written, illustrated with his/her favorite part of the lesson. The narratives can be collected and put into a loose-leaf binder, to create the student’s own world history. After these activities have been completed, a list of readings chosen to supplement and complement the history lesson are supplied, as well as a following list of corresponding literature suggestions to further flesh out the lesson, with books telling stories from that era. Author, publisher, copyright date, and a sentence summary of each book are given for ease in locating the book.

    Now for some real hands-on work! The activities commence with “Map Work,” where a map of the appropriate area is supplied, and the student identifies and marks pertinent areas, routes, and features. The geography section is normally followed by a coloring page, highlighting some aspect of the history lesson, or some other word activity. Finally, the chapter closes with a selection of projects to do to really “get into” the featured civilization or time period. These may be arts, crafts, writing, or science projects, or just fun supplemental activities. Most require only common household supplies and art supplies such as paints & paintbrushes, boxes, newspaper and waxed paper, self-drying clay, etc. Several projects are provided for each chapter, covering a wide range of activities. These could include anything from building your own hut to making your own cunieform tablets, mummifying a chicken, brick-making, baking an African or Greek feast, purple dye, an erupting volcano, an olympic wreath, a Native American sand painting, a Roman chariot, making paper, and LOTS more. When you’ve covered the chapter content as much as is desired, move on.

    While the breadth of activities and readings may seem overwhelming or time-consuming, keep in mind that not every suggested book needs to be read, and not every single project needs to be completed. (But Mom, can’t we embalm the chicken today?) Spend as much time in an era as suits the students, pacing yourself to cover everything that is of interest. The structure of the curriculum makes it especially easy and enjoyable to use with several children in this age range, although I’m sure the older kids would love to get into it too!

    Volume One was revised in 2006 and now features more illustrations, maps, several timelines and additional parent/teacher notes. The text is paperback, and the Curriculum Guide/Activity Book is a bound paperback. - Jess

  • Item #: 044361
    ISBN: 9781465443434
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    DK always does a fantastic job with visually stunning encyclopedias, and nothing quite stirs the imagination more than a full-color encyclopedia on space. This encyclopedia explores all aspects of space as we know it. The first section asks the question "What is space?" and explores space, stargazing and observatories, our galaxy, other galaxies, and nearby stars. Section two is all about the exploration of space: astronaut training, space vehicles, the moon, space stations, working and living in space, and explorations further afield. The third section details all of the major bodies in our own solar system, including the sun and some of the moons. Section four gives readers a look at comets, meteors and asteroid belts. The next section deals with mysteries that may or may not ever be answered (or may not even be issues, depending on your worldview): UFOs, life on other planets, the Big Bang(!?), black holes, other earths, and birth and death of stars. The last section has ideas and information on enjoying and learning about space on your own, followed by a reference section that contains a glossary and index. The plethora of photographs, enhanced telescope/probe images, and artist's impressions bring space down to an attainable level, and the bite-sized text is perfect for young users. As a note, the book does promote some evolutionary theories. 128 pgs, hc. – Zach

  • Item #: 029837
    ISBN: 9780448412535
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    This field guide is quite an education in stargazing. It can be very difficult to pick out the constellations, or to find certain stars, if you have an untrained eye - so open this book and start that training. In the introduction, readers get background on who named the constellations, what stars are, why constellations move, and some tips to make your stargazing more fruitful. The rest of the book is divided into five sections to show the constellations which can be seen year-round, in winter, spring, summer, and autumn. In each of these sections, the stories behind the names are told, the best time of year to view them is revealed, and step-by-step directions for finding them are included. The page opposite all of this is a picture of the sky with glow-in-the-dark stars showing the position of the constellation. The book contains eight glow-in-the-dark maps of the northern and southern hemispheres in all four seasons. In all, there are 19 glow-in-the-dark maps of the stars and constellations. A useful tool for training your eye to see more than just a sky full of dots. ~ Zach

  • Item #: 060001
    ISBN: 9780385371902
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  • Item #: 026489
    ISBN: 9781931397650
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    Learning new things is easier for young students when tied in to a common theme. That's why unit studies are so popular and successful. So what about Galloping the Globe? It's a unit study centered around geography. It encourages a detailed look at a selection of countries from the six populated continents as well as the North and South Poles and Christmas around the world. Using the countries being studied geographically as the basic platform, the authors have included ideas and references, projects and activities for integrating Bible, people/history, science, literature, vocabulary, internet sources, maps & flags, cooking, music/art, games, puzzles, and crafts into the curriculum. An aspect to this unit study which is similar to the Trail Guide to… series is the student notebook approach, where the child will actually produce a notebook full of art projects, reports, biographies, geographic dictionary pages, and much more. This is intended to be something they can show to other people, reinforcing and reviewing what they have learned as they explain various facts to friends and family. This is a fairly flexible course, with a full study of every topic listed taking between two and three years to complete. You can also pick and choose projects to simply make this a year long course. While geography is the main focus of this unit study, it does a good job of including the resources needed to study the other subjects, too. Answers are included and the consumable work pages are reproducible (and are also now found on the included CD-ROM in PDF format, which makes it even easier to use with multiple children). There are several recommended resources which are used multiple times throughout the course. If you are interested in purchasing these, please see below. Items without prices are those that we do not currently carry. The resource list has been recently revised to accommodate for items that were going out of print, and several new resources have been added. This is the newest version, revised in 2010 with a CD-ROM of printable forms, activity sheets, maps and flags. CD is Win/Mac compatible; requires Adobe Reader (a free download). 266 pgs, pb. ~ Zach

  • Item #: 047639
    ISBN: 9781465450876
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  • Item #: 040677
    ISBN: 9780890514689
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    The study of Ancient Egypt is a treat for young and old alike. Where else in history do you find gigantic pyramids, perfectly preserved mummies, cat goddesses, and linen kilts? I know I can't resist a good book about Ancient Egypt, and when I came across this one, I was intrigued both by the content and also by the fact that it's published by Master Books, a Christian publisher most well-known for their creation science materials. I knew I was really in for a treat! Not only is this book absolutely gorgeous, but most importantly for believers, it strives to give a more accurate chronology by using the historical records that all writers on Ancient Egypt use, plus the Hebrew Bible. This gives us a more complete picture of the ancient world as a whole and how the Egyptian culture (which did not exist in isolation) interacted with other cultures. This book takes readers on a tour of Ancient Egypt chronologically, from the first dynasty to the last dynasties. The first 27 chapters each focus on a dynasty (or a portion of one) and examine the archaeology and other records of the time period to suggest possible dates for important events. The last two chapters bring everything together, focusing on the issue of dating and providing a biblically-based set of dates for Egyptian history. You'll not only get a very complete look at the entire Egyptian civilization, but you'll also find references to biblical accounts as well as discussion on assigning dates using a variety of references. Throughout, the reader is treated to full-color captioned photos of the architecture, artifacts, and art of the times. Each chapter begins with a basic timeline on the dynasty being examined, with traditional dates vs. the authors' suggested revised dates, kings reigning during that time, events in Egyptian history, and corresponding events in biblical history. As a bonus, a DVD is included which features David Down, one of the authors, visiting and discussing the pyramids and the temples. The 86-minute DVD presents similar information as in the book, but with video of the sites and terrific commentary for all those audio learners. Although the whole package is a little bit pricey, this is an awesome resource that will doubtlessly enhance your studies in a whole new way! 221 pgs, hc.

  • Item #: 023399
    ISBN: 9780525421634
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    When I first read My Side of the Mountain as a young girl, I was fascinated with the possibility that someone – especially a young person – could live off the land, foraging for wild food. This basic survival guide, authored by Jean Craighead George and her son, Twig, provides the curious reader with more information on outdoor survival, framed by excerpts from the novel. This is not only a great tie-in to the book, but also serves as an excellent first survival guide, or even a jumping-off point for an outdoor survival unit study. Short chapters cover: camping, types of shelters, building a fire, finding water, possible protein sources (fishing, fresh roadkill, even bugs), outdoor cooking, edible plants, poisonous plants, tying knots, tracking animals, bird songs, falconry, hiking and trailblazing, navigating, outdoor safety and recipes to try. The brief and easy-to-read text is accompanied by green, sketch-like illustrations and occasional diagrams. While you'll find more limited content here than in other survival guides in this section, this one is well-written and very accessible for younger readers and is likely to pique their interest in learning even more, or trying some of the activities and recipes. 138 pages, pb. – Jess

  • Item #: 010653
    ISBN: 9780147510426
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      This novel presents the inspiring and true story of the efforts of one young man to help his family and community survive a life-threatening famine. Hungry and with limited resources, a desperate man living in Malawi, Africa takes bold and decisive action to bring water and hope to an impoverished African village. The book includes a few simple black-and-white drawings and eight color photographs. Children today need to read more books about ordinary people who have truly made a positive difference in the world; this book certainly fits that mold. A required resource for Grade 4, Semester 2 Lightning Literature. 294 pgs, pb. ~ Mike

  • Item #: 003484
    ISBN: 9781619303157
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  • Item #: 000623
    ISBN: 9780618997138
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    This entertaining picture book teaches young readers about the "forms and functions" of specific body parts in different animals. A two-page spread begins with a question, such as "What can you do with a nose like this?" or "What do you do with eyes like these?" with unidentified close-ups of the same body parts from five different animals. The following two-page spread answers the question, revealing full-length illustrations of the five animals accompanied by explanations of the body part's function. For example, when answering the question "What can you do with a nose like this?" the book explains how a platypus uses its nose to dig in the mud, a hyena finds its next meal with its nose, an elephant uses its nose to give itself a bath, a mole digs underground with its nose, and an alligator breathes through its nose while hiding in the water. This Caldecott Honor Book features appealing collage-type illustrations of the animals, and the last four pages contain additional details about each animal accompanied by thumbnail illustrations of the animals. By Steve Jenkins & Robin Page. 32 pgs, pb. ~ Lisa
  • Item #: WP8ENN
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  • Item #: WP2ENN
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  • Item #: 073331
    ISBN: 9780794541163
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  • Item #: 073330
    ISBN: 9780794541170
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  • Item #: 071837
    ISBN: 9781481489744
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  • Item #: 069723
    ISBN: 9780385391634
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  • Item #: 069721
    ISBN: 9781465443465
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    DK offers another in the line of First Encyclopedias to encourage young learners. Divided by the geologic time periods, this book presents dinosaurs in chronological order – Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous. The book is rounded out with sections on other forms of life, fossils, and the end of the dinosaurs. Every page is filled with illustrations and bite-sized pieces of information. At the bottom of each two-page spread, there is a question and answer about one of the creatures found on those pages. Each section of pages has color-coding at the bottom, and special sections throughout the book encourage readers to look more closely at the pages – “picture detective” encourages you to find specific things on the page and “weird or what” gives some type of interesting fact. The back of the book includes activities and a glossary. Another great dinosaur resource from DK! 136 pgs, hc. ~ Donna 

  • Item #: 069671
    ISBN: 9780794539528
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  • Item #: 069670
    ISBN: 9780794535582
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  • Item #: 069669
    ISBN: 9780794538019
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  • Item #: 069668
    ISBN: 9780794537890
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  • Item #: 069667
    ISBN: 9780794535599
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