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

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

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.

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
3.25 (lbs.)
11.0" x 8.5" x 1.25"
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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
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
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
This is a great activity book that the kids love! They love learning history through the activities that are presented.
Stephanie M on May 8, 2017
I've used it successfully with my 2 older sons
Melanie B on Apr 29, 2017
It goes with my curriculum.
Jessica U on Apr 6, 2017
We have used the Activity Book for our Vol 1 SOTW curriculum and the kids, and mom, enjoy it. No point in changing something that is working.
Arturo G on Mar 6, 2017
To go along with the audiobooks.
James C on Feb 25, 2017
SOTW came highly recommended by my children's instructors.
Jacqueline W on Feb 8, 2017
We enjoyed the easy style of Volume 1 and are choosing the continue. The review questions and maps are especially helpful when we are trying to move at an accelerated pace.
Jessica A on Jan 31, 2017
SOTW is a great curriculum and the activities help the children interact and more deeply learn about the audio/ text history they've learned.
Cheryl L on Dec 22, 2016
Recommended by "The Well-Trained Mind"
Donetta W on Dec 19, 2016
Recommended by Well-Trained Mind curriculum. The first volume of the series was very good.
Marsha E W on Dec 4, 2016
My 6 year old eats up history and its the one area we are furthest ahead in. Preparing for the future to save some shipping expenses. :-)
Stephanie L on Dec 4, 2016
My children (ages 12,10, 7 really enjoy coloring from this activity book while I read the related text aloud. They are much better listeners if they can color at the same time! Its fun to have related pictures :)
Sara S on Nov 21, 2016
Continuing a course of study that has worked well for us
User on Nov 20, 2016
The narration makes learning history fun and exciting for the kids.
Jeanette S on Oct 11, 2016
I enjoy using the additional reading suggestions as well as the crafts and/or cooking that helps bring what we've read alive.
Kristie B on Oct 11, 2016
Love Vol. 1
Haley S on Oct 6, 2016
It is very interactive. Great history program for all ages.
Christina D on Sep 6, 2016
We have enjoyed Susan Wise other books for history, and I needed some help on the activities and test.
Dennis D on Aug 26, 2016
best overall pricing
Mark E on Aug 25, 2016
Used volume one, have the audio. Teaches correct history in a timeline so kids can make sense of it all
Haley K on Aug 18, 2016
We enjoyed SOTW Volume 1 so are continuing on with the series!
Sarah O on Aug 18, 2016
We LOVE Story of the World - used Vol. 1 last year and my kids, ages 5 and 8, were engaged and loved it!
Stephanie W on Aug 16, 2016
I love the book that goes with SOTW Volume1, so we're going to do 2 now.
Heather D on Aug 15, 2016
My children enjoyed volume 1 last year. They said history was their favorite subject because of these books.
Mercedes C on Aug 14, 2016
This is a great supplemental resource for the spine text. Great activity suggestions and extras. We used volume 1 last year and it was wonderful!
Beth P on Aug 4, 2016
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
A must-have if you are doing the story of the world books!
Amanda P on Jul 5, 2019
Will this line up with the 1st edition text?
User on Jan 21, 2019
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Very happy with my bargain book purchase and will definitely be ordering again in the future
October 4, 2019
7 months ago
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
1 year ago
Excellent, I would recommend it for a classical education of a wise future generation.
February 10, 2017
over 3 years ago
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 3 years ago

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