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

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

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ISBN: 9781933339139
Grades: 1-6

Volume 2 picks up where Volume 1 left off, and tells the fascinating story of the "Dark Ages," from the fall of Rome through the Renaissance. Like the preceding book, this story of history doesn't limit itself to a dry, white-bread-without-the-crusts retelling of a primarily European history, instead it is a rich, whole-wheat blend of European, Indian, Chinese, Australian, Arabic, Japanese, Jewish, Mongolian, Turkish, African, Russian, Australian and American history during the period. Fascinating topics abound here, including knights, samurai, Vikings, the rise of Islam, the Crusades, Genghis Khan and the Mongols, the Plague, the Mayans, the Incas, Marin Luther, the Reformation, the discovery of the Americas, and much more. A timeline and an index are included at the back. Revised in 2007, this 2nd edition text is available in hc or pb, and activity book is paperback.

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

Primary Subject
Grade Start
Grade End
2nd, Illustrated
Series Title
The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child Ser.
General Adult
Suzanne Bryan (Illustrator) ; Sara Buffington (Illustrator) ; Sheila Graves (Illustrator) ; Lisa Logue (Illustrator) ; Justin Moore (Illustrator)
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Peace Hill Press
3.4 (lbs.)
11.0" x 8.5" x 1.25"
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Book includes maps and many other useful activity sheets.
Jaymee B on Jul 14, 2023
I love the ease of this curriculum and the variety of enrichment activities and literature suggestions.
Megan G on Jun 11, 2023
Book includes maps and many other useful activity sheets.
Jaymee B on Jul 14, 2023
We enjoy the maps, activity ideas, and reading lists provided in the Activity Book.
Ramona J on Jul 1, 2023
I love the ease of this curriculum and the variety of enrichment activities and literature suggestions.
Megan G on Jun 11, 2023
We just finished SOTW 1 and we loved it. Can't wait for volume 2 next year.
Cathy C on May 15, 2023
Our family really enjoys the Story of the World series! We play the audio book at lunch or in the car, and we learn a lot! We also want to add some good study questions, lesson plans, and activities to this curriculum.
Emily P on Aug 18, 2022
This was the curriculum selected by my co-op
Brenda I on Jul 28, 2022
Part of homeschool history curriculum
Emily Y on Jul 19, 2022
I already have the main Book and needed some activity ideas
JANINA L on Jun 22, 2022
We are finishing up Volume 1 - all ages of my kids 5yrs, 7yrs, 8yrs, 10yrs, 11yrs, have enjoyed and been engaged with this curriculum. We are learning *and retaining* what we learned.
Meagan G on Mar 28, 2022
Love the simplicity of this activity book! It's super easy to use with children in multipile grades ~ you choose what activities you want to complete with your children and offers great review questions that you can go over to help children retain the facts.
Flora E on Aug 24, 2021
This makes learning history more memorable.
Jocelyn C on Aug 11, 2021
clrc curriculum material
Emily R on Aug 11, 2021
I like the maps and coloring sheets that go along with each lesson
Kelli H on Jul 29, 2021
We used and enjoyed volume 1
Janice H on Jun 5, 2021
We have the whole volume 1 and my 7, 5, and 3 year olds have it memorized!
ANNA H on May 10, 2021
My son loved the Volume 1 activities, had to follow it up.
User on Mar 24, 2021
Add on to our History curriculum/unit studies
Lee S on Mar 15, 2021
My boys loved the printables for the ancient, so we wanted to try this one as well.
User on Dec 30, 2020
I needed it to supplement the history book I had already purchased.
Maria C on Aug 28, 2020
We ordered this to pair with the rest of the Vol 2 set that we already have. We loved using the activity book last year, I just forgot to put this in my first order for this year.
Gilliss F on Aug 27, 2020
preferred by our homeschool group--on the book list this year for elementary and middle school age kids.
Christine T on Aug 20, 2020
My daughter will be using it with her class.
Jacqueline J on Aug 19, 2020
I'm using this curriculum in our homeschool this year.
kelley s on Jul 31, 2020
Required by FPA (Freedom Project Academy)
Nicole M on Jun 29, 2020
Cheaper here than Amazon!
User on Jun 9, 2020
Finished Volume 1. My daughter enjoys this curriculum and I like that it gives a thumbnail sketch of the history since it is such a huge topic to cover.
Karla S on Sep 30, 2019
I used the activity book while going through the Story of the World Vol.1. My son liked the coloring pages, puzzles, and games. I appreciated having the review questions and narration guides. I'm deciding to use the activity book again as we go through Vol.2 of Story of the World.
Jennifer C on Sep 18, 2019
We used Story of the World Volume 1 last year and my children enjoyed it so we are going forward with volume 2 this year.
Melinda E on Sep 7, 2019
A must-have if you are doing the story of the world books!
Amanda P on Jul 5, 2019
I have the first version and the revised version is so much better!
Katie J on Jul 3, 2019
love it
User on Jun 25, 2019
We love the Story of the World books and adding any activity books only helps.
Ryan W on Jun 21, 2019
recommended by timberdoodle
AMEEQ K on Feb 6, 2019
The activity book is where you get all your review questions, recipes, coloring pages, maps, and project ideas. Must have!
Tiffany K on Aug 27, 2018
My kids love the stories to go along with each lesson, and I love that it has a little bit of map work for each lessons. They like it so much they ask if it's time for Story of the World yet!
User on Aug 16, 2018
Required for our students private school class.
Penny J on Aug 8, 2018
I choose this book on continuation of edition 1 chapter book and activity book. It has great activities and coloring pages making it fun!<br />The author did a great job making history enjoyable for our kids!
Raquel P on Jul 12, 2018
We like the storytelling approach of the text
Tanya R on Jun 22, 2018
We like Story of the World. This product was a good price (compared to Amazon.)
Catherine L on Jun 14, 2018
I was pleased with volume 1 and look forward to digging into volume 2 for second grade.
Elsa E on May 10, 2018
Preparing to move on to volume two! We love the activities in volume 1.
Amanda N on Apr 19, 2018
User on Apr 17, 2018
My son has loved using the Story of the World Vol 1 so we can't wait to start Vol 2. These books have so many fun activities that make learning history easy.
Anne M on Feb 22, 2018
The suggested activities and supplemental reading suggestions are very helpful.
Wesley S on Jan 27, 2018
Love hands on activities that enhance learning.
Nicole T on Sep 12, 2017
I have the main book and needed the activity book to supplement my curriculum
Lindsey B on Sep 1, 2017
Home School
Cristie U on Aug 22, 2017
recommended by other teachers
Julie H on Aug 16, 2017
This is an excellent resource to go along with The Story of the World textbook. It has fun activities and great literary suggestions that go along with the period being studied.
Amber P on Jun 21, 2017
LOVE the thorough simplicity of the SOTW activity books!!!
ELVIN P on Jun 9, 2017
We enjoy the maps, activity ideas, and reading lists provided in the Activity Book.
Ramona J on Jul 1, 2023
We just finished SOTW 1 and we loved it. Can't wait for volume 2 next year.
Cathy C on May 15, 2023
Will this line up with the 1st edition text?
User on Jan 21, 2019
4.5 / 5.0
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Rated 2 out of 5
It's good for older elementary
I got this book because it is required for my 2nd grader. I think it is alright. It reinforces lessons learned in the book but my daughter is young. I also use FIAR at and she really enjoys that part of school more because it uses picture books for the lessons. If it was not required reading I would not purchase this again for someone so young. Maybe fourth grade to sixth grade level would work better.
October 13, 2020
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Lots of activities and projects for many levels.
September 13, 2020
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Very happy with my bargain book purchase and will definitely be ordering again in the future
October 4, 2019
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Love this book
The book is full of activities, crafts and other hands-on projects. I know I won’t be able to cover all 40+ chapters in a year but at least I know that each chapter topic is so well done and covered that my children will have a good grasp of history.
July 30, 2018
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Excellent, I would recommend it for a classical education of a wise future generation.
February 10, 2017
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Nice Activity Book
I wouldn't purchase the textbook without the activity book. It's what makes the curriculum work. This one is quite heavy. I use stick on tabs to keep my place in the various sections.
September 14, 2016
over 7 years ago

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