Story of the World Vol. 1 2nd Edition Activity Book (Paperback)

Story of the World Vol. 1 2nd Edition Activity Book (Paperback) Item #: 010993
Grades: 1-5
Retail: $36.95
Rainbow Price: $23.95

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Subtitled "From the Earliest Nomads to the Last Roman Emperor," this volume covers early writing and farming, ancient Egyptians, Sumerians, the Hebrew people, Babylonians, Assyrians, ancient India, ancient China, ancient Africa, Phoenicians, Ancient Greeks, Persia, the Roman empire, the collapse of the Roman empire, early Christianity, Attila the Hun and other barbarians. Volume One was revised in 2006 and now features more illustrations, maps, several timelines and additional parent/teacher notes. The text is available in both paperback and hardcover, and the Curriculum Guide/Activity Book is a bound paperback.

ISBN: 0971412952
Publisher: Paperback
Pub. Date: 275
Format: July 1, 2003
Pages: 11.2 x 8.5 x 0.9 inches

Customer Reviews

Kelly L. from NY wrote the following on 10/05/2006:
The SOTW history program delivers! My dd LOVES history and, because of Story Of The World, wants to be an archaeologist when she grows up. SOTW is a wonderful history program to use and would be SO EASY to use with multiple students at once. Because it reads like a story, it keeps kids interested every step of the way. Even my 2 yo will climb up on the couch and listen to the story. The activity book is wonderful for my 1st grader. She enjoys the coloring and other activities. This is also a curriculum guide which is a must as it has lists of additional books to pick up from the library. The library books are a huge help in cementing what you've learned. The additional activities listed in the guide are a lot of fun, too. No prep time is required by you unless you want to get the supplemental books from the library. This curriculum would be SO EASY to use with multiple students at once. No one can believe how much my dd knows about Ancient Egypt ... she stumped adults with her trivia questions! The SOTW text and curriculum/activity book are my favorite purchases of the year! I feel this is the best history program out there.

Cathy W. from Camas, WA wrote the following on 08/29/2007:
This is the most incredible history program I have seen. It makes me wish I was in 1st grade again. I have 3 boys ages 2, 4, and 6 - one is auditory, one is visual and one is a hands-on learner. I use the book and activity notebook for all three of them at once. Today we did the archaeological dig. Donned with shovels, screens, and buckets, they all fell in love with history and school (they were in awe of the fact that mom actually told them to dig in the dirt and it was school work). They all learned more than I hoped for - not that many 2 year olds can successfully pronounce the word archaeologist and know what it means. I love that you can do as little or as much as you want with these books without feeling like you are going to miss something you will need to know for later on. I decided to choose one project per week and decided those ahead of time. I pulled all the supplies needed for the entire year and boxed it up. It is so clear what we will need that this completely stream-lined my year, making it a joy. Every week I cannot wait until Activity Day and that excitement gets my boys excited about school. I am getting more than my money's worth on this one!

Teresa D. from Round Rock, Texas wrote the following on 10/25/2007:
I absolutely love this activity book! I think it is brilliant for my daughter to color a picture of exactly what I am reading about, keeping her hands busy and her mind from wandering while I read each day's text. The grandparents are in awe of her simple mapwork, and I am pleased that it reinforces the reading. We haven't done a single activity yet-- but I don't feel like we're missing anything either. The activities offered range from very detailed with lots of materials, to more basic arts and crafts and also cooking. The teacher/parents guide is scripted and very encouraging, with various "right" answers. I really appreciate that it shows the topic-matching page numbers for Kingfisher and Usborne suggested resources. Also this is reproducible within families.

Suzannah F. from Northern Virginia wrote the following on 02/27/2008:
We are using the Story of the World Volume 1 Activity book again this year. We thoroughly enjoyed it when my son was in first grade. We did all of the maps and review questions, chose some of the suggested supplemental readings from the library and did the activities that caught our fancy. Now that my son is in fifth grade we are able to enjoy some of the more advanced books and activities while still using the maps and easier book suggestions with my kindergartener. There's something for everyone! While my son puts together a model, my daughter colors and cuts out paper dolls.

Joanna R. from WV wrote the following on 06/02/2008:
My kids, 1st & 2nd grade LOVED this program! Their favorite thing we did in school this year was study the Ancient Greeks! It was fun to be able to study history/geography together with different age groups- especially with one reading well and one just starting to read. I found the activity book very helpful. The kids loved the craft suggestions and books. They loved to hear the narration. The coloring pages/ fun pages were also a great activity, though I found some things like crossword puzzles didn't really appeal to my 1st grader yet. I found that we did history about 2-3 times a week and that was enough to get our book done. I also supplemented with some videos/documentaries and kid-friendly websites, such a a Jim Henson's Muppet Theater of Greek Myths & Legends from Netflix. How awesome was it the night we started watching a PBS documentary about the demise of the Ancient Minoans and my kids knew all about the geography of Crete and Greece. My husband was stunned that they knew the subject so well. And imagine my delight when my 2nd grader asked if I thought Hammurabi or Alexander the Great were the greater influence on the world. I wish I could find more of the literature recommended in my public library, but it's not a very big library. Also, my 1st grader has a very short attention span with a low level of frustration when it comes to concentration. My 2nd gr. son is a quick, self-guided learner. They both loved this series and comprehended it well. We didn't even use the tests though we may as they get older. We also set up some of their projects for grandparents to see as they were very proud of their work and loved to talk about everything they learned. As a history lover myself, I found that it was very good not just at the boring dates and facts, but it showing how one civilization or event or person influenced or paved the way for others, which is such an important part of understanding history. And it is easy to teach. Read the narration, which is divided into short sections, pick which activities and literature you want to do, color the pages, and supplement with a few good resources, and your kids can really understand history, even if it wasn't your favorite subject. Highly recommended!

Maureen M. from Montana wrote the following on 03/10/2009:
I used this program with my 7 year old daughter. She has thoroughly enjoyed it and shares her knowledge of Mesopotamia, Egypt, and the Roman Empire with all our dinner guests. During free time, she often incorporates her new knowledge into her pretend play with her younger brother as they sail down the Nile River (our hallway) or dress up as Spartan warriors. The SOTW activity book is easy to use. Information is laid out for well for ease of use during a lesson. We found the maps and coloring pages to be beneficial in solidifying the lesson in my daughter's mind. Most of the activities did not seem, to me, to be beneficial in proportion to their time and effort. Of the ones we did try, the directions were not very clear. The library in our area is not worth mentioning, so the supplemental book list included was not helpful to me. Susan Wise Bauer calls this text a spine that is meant to be supplemented. We have very easily incorporated Bible and Church history into this course with the use of a children's Bible and "Peril and Peace" of the History Lives series. We are very much looking forward to volume 2.

Teri A. from North Carolina wrote the following on 08/02/2009:
We used Activity Book #1 along with Story of the World Vol. 1. You'll notice the Activity Book is about twice the price of the Story of the World text. But it is loaded with hands-on ideas for bringing the historical material from the textbook alive. You will find narration questions, supplementary literature and history book recommendations for each chapter studied, recipes, games, coloring pages, and the maps that you'll need for studying the geography presented in each lesson. My son loved the archeology dig and cuneiform writing in clay. There are more activities listed in the Activity Book than most people can probably use, but it's nice to have choices. You could certainly use Story of the World alone, but I consider the Activity Book a vital supplement that cuts down on a great deal of the teacher prep.

Katrena R. from Shingle Springs, CA wrote the following on 11/14/2010:
Our family absolutely loved the Story of the World. I have three girls that are each 13 months apart and I loved that I can use it with all three at the same time which makes it well worth the money! Because one of my girls has a learning disability and the Story of the World is actually told like a story I really didn't have to do any extra work so she could understand. Very easy to use! Well worth it. Enjoy!

Kathy A. from Southeast Wisconsin wrote the following on 01/16/2013:
Story of the World Activity Book 1 ”From the Earliest Nomads to the Last Roman Emperor” is authored by Susan Wise Bauer. She is a faculty member of the College of William and Mary, and co-author of "The Well Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home." Story of the World Activity Book 1 is a companion to Bauer’s “Story of the World Volume 1 Ancient Times “From the Earliest Nomads to the Last Roman Emperor.” The resource is divided into forty-two chapters which correspond to those in “Story of the World Volume 1 Ancient Times.” Each chapter is broken down into the following components: Encyclopedia Cross References Review Questions Narration Exercise Additional History Reading Corresponding Literature Selections Coloring Page Map Work Review Cards Activities (The activities are divided into the following categories: Writing, art, craft, historical, music and cooking.) Map Answer Key Student Pages The author has included sections titled “How to Use This Activity Book” and “Pronunciation Guide for Reading Aloud” to guide the user through the resource. This resource is available in the formats of paperback or PDF-download. Based on our experience with this series and the content of the curriculum I would recommend it for Grades 5-8. Overall we have been pleased with Ms. Bauer's approach to world history, and look forward to continuing our study with Story of the World Volume 2 The Middle Ages “From the Fall of Rome to the Rise of the Renaissance.”