Story of the World Vol. 3 Activity Book (Paperback)

Story of the World Vol. 3 Activity Book (Paperback)

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ISBN: 9781945841477
Grades: 1-8

In 42 chapters, the third volume of Story of the World takes another good-sized bite out of world history. Topics covered in Volume 3 include Japanese warlords, colonies in the "New World", the spread of slavery, the "Sun King" of France, English control in India, imperialist China, The Revolutionary War, Captain Cook's explorations, Age of Industrialism in Europe, Napoleon, French Revolution, Lewis & Clark, Mexican independence, Africa and colonialism, the Opium Wars, the Gold Rush, and much, much more. The activity book is only available in paperback, and **revised** student activity pages are reproducible for families only - not co-ops or schools. - Jess

Elementary Homeschool History perfect for the younger child to understand.

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, lacking in the "fascination" department. I found textbooks very dry as a youngster, but in my case, it led me to do a lot of library reading on my own. Susan Wise Bauer attempts to remedy this boredom by presenting a chronological history to elementary students using a classical approach and an engaging narrative.

The Story of the World consists of a text and a curriculum guide each for four eras of history.

The readings in the text provide a base of knowledge for the time period covered, and is augmented by the use of the guide, which contains review questions, suggestions for supplemental readings, recommended literature selections, map activities, coloring pages, as well as an abundance of projects that span history, art, and science that are sure to excite the student.

Homeschool History in a story-like format, great for short attention spans

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 short attention spans. History is presented in a story-like format that young readers or listeners will appreciate. 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. So, while they wont learn the name of every ruler of a civilization, they will absorb highlights from an era along with particularly notable people and events. Parents often comment on exactly how much their children "pick up" from Story of the World, often impressing adults and other children with their historical knowledge! Mythical stories as well as historical fiction-type passages about young children from different cultures are woven into the narrative to stimulate further interest.

When a chapter has been read, you and the students would then turn to the curriculum manual/actvitiy guide. At the beginning of each chapter in the guide, page references are given for 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 one. A few sample narrations are also supplied. The students narrative is then written and can be illustrated with his/her favorite part of the lesson. You may wish to collect these and place them into a loose-leaf binder, to create the students own world history. After these activities have been completed, you may wish to explore the lesson further, using the list of additional history readings and corresponding literature suggestions. Author, publisher, copyright date, and a sentence summary of each book are provided to help you locate these resources.

A hands on approach to history

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. The consumable student pages provided for these "pencil and paper" activities are found at the end of the activity book. These consumable pages may be reproduced by individual families only - not by schools or co-ops. 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. Some activities are denoted with a "C" to highlight its use as a good co-op or classroom activity. When youve covered the chapter content as much as is desired, move on.

Story of the World test packets and audio CDs

Other supplementals include test packets and audio CDs. Test packets offer some structured review for chapters covered, and the audio CDs allow you to listen to the content of the texts on the road or wherever a CD player is available. The chapters come alive as they are read by Jim Weiss, a professional storyteller. Tracks run from three to five minutes each to make it easier to track your progress or find a specific section.

Basic Packages include soft cover text, activity book and tests. Complete packages include these items plus the audiobook CDs. You can also get a set of the 4 audiobook CDs, all 4 hard-cover texts and all 4 soft-cover texts.

While the breadth of activities and readings may seem overwhelming, keep in mind that not every suggested book needs to be read, and not every single project needs to be completed. (But Mom, cant 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, and Im sure even older kids would love to get in on some activities too! - Jess

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Grade Start
Grade End
Trade Paper
Activity Book, Illustrated
Series Title
The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child Ser.
4 to 11
Patty Ann Martirosian (Illustrator) ; Sharon Wilson (Illustrator) ; Sheila Graves (Illustrator)
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Well-Trained Mind Press
3.6 (lbs.)
11.0" x 8.5" x 1.38"
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The map work alone makes this worth the price of the activity book. It's our geography curriculum.
Anne C on Aug 2, 2022
We have done Story of the World for 1st and 2nd grade. While I almost never have time for the suggested activities, my children (ages 3 and up!) just love doing the maps and coloring pages. This book is worth the cost just for the review questions, page reference numbers for the history encyclopedias, and the maps and coloring books.
Danielle W on Dec 27, 2021
The map work alone makes this worth the price of the activity book. It's our geography curriculum.
Anne C on Aug 2, 2022
continuing series, helpful for with book
Jennifer A on May 3, 2022
We have done Story of the World for 1st and 2nd grade. While I almost never have time for the suggested activities, my children (ages 3 and up!) just love doing the maps and coloring pages. This book is worth the cost just for the review questions, page reference numbers for the history encyclopedias, and the maps and coloring books.
Danielle W on Dec 27, 2021
Required for my child's hybrid school curriculum.
Riannon M on Aug 5, 2021
We love this series as a cohesive flyover of world history for all ages; our children are engaged at 1st grade, 5th grade, and 7th. The amount of detail is not overwhelming, but you can easily delve deeper at any point to provide older students with more rigorous study.
Jason C on Apr 18, 2021
I feel we can pick and choose from these activities to help us retain what were are learning from the audio CD.
Elaina S on Feb 19, 2021
we have used book 1 and 2. I love the reading list, the comprehension questions and my daughter loves the coloring pages. We tried notgrass our star spangled story, and it doesn't compare!
Anne J on Sep 30, 2020
We like this series and have really enjoyed the activities - it makes history come alive!
Alexis J on Aug 30, 2020
The maps accompany the lessons extremely well and enhance learning. All ages enjoy and benefit from the maps.
Darcy R on Aug 13, 2020
I'm using this curriculum in our homeschool this year.
kelley s on Jul 31, 2020
Required for FreedomProject Academy. We love it.
Jennifer N on Jul 25, 2020
We have done Volume 1 and 2, kids love it. I do not do everything listed for each chapter in the activity book. I often times will find a short video online, or look up one of the books listed on line to do after reading.
User on Jul 22, 2020
We love this series and these activity books are so fun!
User on Jun 5, 2020
is great along side th text book
Brittany M on May 1, 2020
There are really great ideas to help expand on the stories.
Michael B on Apr 25, 2020
Like this series!!
Judy S on Apr 22, 2020
for a co-op class
Brandy H on Apr 19, 2020
This is the volume we will need next.
Lili H on Jun 24, 2019
we are finishing book 2.
Kristina C on Mar 8, 2019
We love Story of the World!
Sarah H on Feb 22, 2019
Fun, simple history. Gives a great overview
Holly D on Nov 26, 2018
I love how it gives a global perspective- what happened all over the world at the same time.
Stephanie G on Oct 20, 2018
strong history curriculum
Ecaterina C on Aug 30, 2018
To go along with audio cd, for visuals.
Antonio C on Aug 28, 2018
We love SOTW! Well written and keeps my daughter engaged.
Danielle W on Aug 16, 2018
We've already gone through the first two volumes and loved them so we're continuing with the third.
Rebecca G on Aug 10, 2018
The activities, books, maps, and coloring pages are amazing!
Sarah T on Aug 4, 2018
recommended by a friend and our co-op
Megan D on Jul 25, 2018
Homeschool Co-op Curriculum
Mark P on Jul 7, 2018
The series was recommended to us and we love it and are continuing with it.
Rebecca G on May 4, 2018
This is a curriculum that we are currently using.
Arturo G on Mar 13, 2018
great pricing
Billie Jo S on Mar 6, 2018
My kids really enjoy this history series.
Kimberly C on Sep 8, 2017
Story of the World has been a fantastic way to lay a firm foundation in history for my kids. We love studying through the time periods.
Julie D on Jul 2, 2017
I really like all the details that are added with the Activity pages, especaily when teaching multiple ages.
Andrea M on Jun 28, 2017
We love Story of The World!
Jessie B on Jun 23, 2017
It is part of the "Well Trained Mind" curriculum for third grade.
Daniel K on Jun 19, 2017
I love this history series
Michelle W on Jun 15, 2017
This is required curriculum, but I would choose it anyway. SOTW is well written and engages the children. I would have enjoyed learning history in school if it were written this way! The activity book has great projects to supplement the lessons.
Emily H on Jun 8, 2017
My children enjoy the Story of the World series. The Activity book is a must for us as we enjoy Unit Studies. This activity book recommends rich literature, additional historical reading, all while learning geography and doing fun activities.
Hillary R on Jun 2, 2017
we love this series
User on May 22, 2017
My children and I have read volumes 1 and 2 and we love them. I especially love that my children are learning history in order of how it happened.
Maria H on Apr 28, 2017
We don't always use the activities, but my kids love the coloring pages and I find the book recommendations priceless. I could do my own leg work to get coloring pages and find library books, but for the price it is worth it for me to spend energy on other things.
Margaret T on Apr 13, 2017
History made interesting. Used Vol. 1 & 2.
Rachel G on Apr 11, 2017
We have used volumes 1 & 2, so I am picking up 3 in order to start planning for next year.
User on Feb 8, 2017
I have used SOTW 1 and 2 and my family enjoys the reading and activities that go along with the book. I also enjoy that it can be used for several ages/grades only needing to purchase additional activity books (or make copies)
DeAnna D on Feb 5, 2017
homeschool 8 and 13 year olds love it!
Kendra A on Dec 1, 2016
I have used and loved this curriculum for over 20 years!
Dawn J on Nov 18, 2016
Anna M F on Nov 16, 2016
thorough engaging chronological and insightful history books that make history enjoyable and interesting as it should be
Hope E on Sep 22, 2016
continuing series, helpful for with book
Jennifer A on May 3, 2022
Required for my child's hybrid school curriculum.
Riannon M on Aug 5, 2021
Can you please verify that this text does NOT contain religious content?
A shopper on Sep 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: While the author will not leave out any historical text that might pertain to Christianity, she does not seem to have a bias. It seems more informative, because she references any religion that was practiced during the time in history that it being studied and how it shaped history.
can this be used for 7th grade?
A shopper on Feb 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I probably wouldn't use it for that grade. While, in my opinion, a lot of the activities and extra curricular source investigation in the first half of the book could be beneficial, in the second half (student pages) it's full of simplistic map and coloring pages, which I think a 12 year old might feel silly doing.
What reading level are these activities on?
A shopper on Oct 7, 2015
BEST ANSWER: My son is 10, but reads at a higher level. I think this is a fabulous book...he seems really engaged. Hope this helps! We purchased the Rainbow Curriculum Set for both my 10 and 7 year olds and we are LOVING it!!! We will do this from now on, as opposed to buying super expensive curriculum. Definitely worth the money!
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Rated 4 out of 5
We have enjoyed level 1 and 2 so wanted to continue. I only use the activity book for map work and review questions and coloring sheet. Some times I will find one on the books listed on YouTube for us to watch but never have done any of crafts.
August 22, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Excellent! Love it!
September 12, 2018
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great Product will look here for future needs.
Great Price and arrived in the time promised and condition stated.
August 13, 2018
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
must read
Excellent, I would recommend it for a classical education of a wise future generation.
February 10, 2017
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Love the activities!
We especially love the cooking activities! Our Japanese tea party was great!
October 30, 2016
over 6 years ago

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