First Americans (History of US 1) 3rd ed REV

First Americans (History of US 1) 3rd ed REV

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ISBN: 9780195327151
Grades: 5-12

Product Description:

The arrival and life of the American Indians.

Category Description for Biblioplan for Families:

The name BiblioPlan is synonymous with classical chronological world history but through years of tweaking and improving, what is available now is a full-bodied, full-color curriculum rather than a mere lesson-plan framework (its original format). Comprehensive and thorough while providing ease of use and minimum teacher prep, BiblioPlan allows students of all ages to work on the same time periods at the same time at their own level. There is flexibility. You can still use just the framework (Family Guide) or you can add some or all of the components. You can take a general approach and incorporate multiple ages at once or you can use material that targets particular grade levels. Older children can help younger children and children of all ages will be making memories as they work together. Biblioplan puts you in the driver's seat with full controls.

BiblioPlan Family Guides

provide the structural framework for the program - a full year's worth of history and literature readings. There are four Guides, one for each of the four classical (chronological) time periods Ancient, Medieval, Early America & World, and Modern America & World. This is the core of the whole program (and once WAS the whole program). Designed by a group of homeschooling moms for themselves, these Guides provide 34 weekly spreadsheets; each a comprehensive lesson plan. With a goal of integrating quality historical literature with biblical and secular history, these moms put together an easy-to-follow plan covering the historical topic (Classtime), a Psalm study, References and Resources for textual information about the topic, Literature Selections of the Week (for grades K-2, 3+, 5+ and 8+), a Family Read Aloud suggestion, Writing Ideas, Optional Fiction & Resources, and suggested Activities. Introductory information in each Guide includes the usual "how to find books" and "how to use the plan" information as well as the book lists for both the scheduled and the optional literature. Prior to each historical era, there are several additional pages of reference material, annotated book lists for the Readers, the Family Read-Alouds, and the Optional Resources/Fiction.

If it sounds like the Family Guides might be all you need you would be correct. They're comprehensive and thorough; well-constructed plans. You could complete four years (plus four more if you wanted) of interesting history, absorbing literature, and engaging activity possibilities using just these Guides. If you go this route, you will need to use the frequently-referenced "spine resources." These include Story of the World, Mystery of History, The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, The Usborne Encyclopedia of World History, or History of US.

However, there is an alternative route. If you like to have perfectly coordinated, quality material at your fingertips rather than scrambling for it then you can incorporate one or more of the following BiblioPlan components to use alongside the Family Guide.

BiblioPlan Companion, Remember the Days, Consider the Years

  • Remember the Days - textbooks written specifically for Grades K-6 are available for Ancient, Medieval, Early Modern, and Modern.
  • Consider the Years - textbook written specifically for Grades 7-12 is available for Ancient. It is a reworking of the older Companions and part of the 2nd edition material now available for Ancient.
  • Companions are currently available for Medieval (two-book set), Early Modern (two-book set), and Modern.

With options for each time period, these are full-color historical textbooks that provide textual information (world history, U.S. history, church history, and geography) in a narrative prose style interspersed with all sorts of intriguing factual and cultural anecdotes. They are color-coordinated so you know instantly if you're reading history text (black & white) or about people and special events or biblical quotes (various colored backgrounds). These are books which beg to be pored over. As an example, in random pages from the Medieval Companion, there is a section on Muslim food laws and their rituals for newborns, a description of a tughra (Ottoman sultans signature) with gorgeous, artistic examples and a Turkish paper decorating technique ebru. In the Giants of the Faith section is a biographical sketch of Saint George and the Dragon which continues onto the next page and includes a large, glorious artwork reproduction of the same.

There is a pattern to the information provided for each chapter (each time period book has 34 chapters - one for each week): Geography Focus, History Focus, Fascinating Facts, Mystifying Myths, Interesting Individuals, Fascinating Foods, Church History Focus, Critical Concepts, and Giants of the Faith. Just in case there's any doubt, Remember the Days, Consider the Years, and the Companions as well as all the BiblioPlan materials have a consistent biblical and Christian worldview. These books provide all the necessary textual information for Classtime and greatly reduce, or even eliminate, the need for any outside historical reference books or spines. That being said, some may still choose to use the recommended spine readings in order to provide even more historical perspective and textual information.

BiblioPlan Cool History

provides weekly assignment sheets at four different grade level groupings:

  • Littles (K-2)
  • Middles (2-6)
  • Upper Middles (6-8)
  • Advanced (8-12)

It's pretty easy to surmise that the goal of these is to allow a family to challengingly study the same time period and the same topics but at their own distinct levels. There are subtle grade-appropriate variations in the levels but these pages include reading assignments and questions taken from the Remember the Days, Consider the Years, and Companion readings.

  • The Littles book has suggested reading assignments and questions from Remember the Days, a fun activity and Globe Fun (introductory map activities). Templates for a year-long project, a Giants of the Faith Book are provided along with coordination of coloring pages.
  • The Middles book has questions from the readings and Giants of the Faith suggestions and adds Challenge Questions plus an Optional Bonus Question or Activity.
  • Upper Middles also has an Optional Bonus Question or Activity and includes periodic (about every six weeks) exams.
  • Advanced assignment sheets have assorted questions (fill in the blank, short answers, short essays) all taken from Consider the Years or the Companions as well as research essays (outside of Companions).

If you're concerned about answers to all these questions they do exist but they aren't in the Cool History books. An Answer Key pdf is sent from our office via email after your order has been processed.

BiblioPlan Hands On Maps

provides one or two full-color maps each week that correspond to the week's lesson content. Instructions for the maps are printed directly on the map. While students may need to gather a little helpful information from a world map and/or Remember the Days, Consider the Years, or the Companions, students will be able to complete the maps at their level more-or-less on their own. The same set of maps is included in both books

  • The Middles maps set has suggestions for K-2, 3+, and 5+ students. These maps includes some prompts and partical information that makes them easier to complete.
  • The Advanced maps set includes a geography scope and sequence as well as a Challenge activity for each of the maps. Six exams for this level are included in the Answer Key pdf.

The Answer Key pdf is sent from our office via email after your order has been processed.

BiblioPlan Timelines & Figures

are well-crafted supplements with one distinct advantage over many other timelines - they're in color! The spiral-bound books can be used "as is" or the pages removed and the timeline mounted on a wall or the pages three-hole punched and the timeline placed into a binder which would allow your student to create an entire timeline in one place. Lots of flexibility here. The timeline consists of one or more colored strips (color varies with the time period) plus dated notes on particular events. The student cuts out the graphics and pictures (located in the back of the book) and inserts them in the appropriate place.

  • The Ancient Timeline includes a single timeline.
  • The Medieval, Renaissance and Reformation Timeline includes two timelines one for church history and one for "regular" history.
  • The Early America and the World Timeline and the Modern America and the World Timeline each feature facing pages; one for the Americas and one for the World.

As mentioned earlier, the Timeline Figures are mostly in color (some 19th and 20th century figures are prints of original black and white photos) and, frankly, very eye-catching. Figures include portraits, artifacts, geographical features, monuments and buildings, photos or drawings of events, and much more.

BiblioPlan Craft Book

provides over one hundred crafts that correlate with the Family Guides. These are the crafts referenced in the Cool History assignment sheets (three to five per week with at least one food item). The books are impressive - a well-illustrated, well-explained variety of crafts and projects. A few require materials from other sources but most include directions; all include full-color pictures. Here's a random selection from one book: Porcelain Painting (buy a kit), Hold a Japanese Tea Ceremony (get details from internet), Make a Kharbhooja Sharbat Drink (directions), Make a Flying Dragon Head (directions), Make a Chinese Dragon (directions), Make a Yurt (directions), Make a Chinese Cricket Cage (directions). Patterns, where needed, are provided in the back of the book. This book is fully integrated with the BiblioPlan program but could also be used as a supplement to another world history study.

The BiblioPlan Coloring Books

provide coloring sheets to accompany the lessons. These are referenced in both the Family Guides and the Cool History assignment sheets. Utilizing the talents of present and former homeschooled students, multiple artists have produced a variety of styles and details in the drawings making them suitable for younger and older students. There is at least two and often three pages per week. Reproducible for families.

The BiblioPlan Family Discussion Guide

is for families who want some help in broadening their history studies into thoughtful family discussions. These Guides provide discussion starters that will help you guide your students into a better understanding of the connections between secular history and their Christian faith. One of the advantages of the Discussion Guide is that they allow you to lead discussions without having to study everything in the Companion yourself.

BiblioPlan Cool History Classic

is a republished version of an older edition of the Cool History books. In this version (no grade level grouping designations), questions are based on the textual content of Susan Wise Bauer's Story of the World rather than on the BiblioPlan Companions.

So, if your whole family is ready to dig into world history and you want flexibility, an excellent road map, comprehensive textual information, and colorful, engaging reinforcement and enrichment possibilities, then look no further than the new, reconstructed BiblioPlan. ~ Janice


Primary Subject
History/Geography
Grade Start
5
Grade End
12
ISBN
9780195327151
Binding
Perfect
Pages
183
Edition
3rd, Revised, Illustrated
Language
English
Series Title
A History of US Ser.
Ages
9 to 12
Audience
Juvenile
Format
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Oxford University Press
Weight
0.85 (lbs.)
Dimensions
9.25" x 7.5" x 0.5"
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Jessica R on Aug 12, 2022
needed a good history book for middle school student. we have not tried this one but have heard good things about it.
Trisha B on Jul 14, 2018
recommended by homeschool facebook page
Jessica R on Aug 12, 2022
teacher requirement
Christina M on Aug 3, 2019
needed a good history book for middle school student. we have not tried this one but have heard good things about it.
Trisha B on Jul 14, 2018
It is a required book for Build Your Library 5
Michael L on Aug 22, 2017
teacher requirement
Christina M on Aug 3, 2019
It is a required book for Build Your Library 5
Michael L on Aug 22, 2017
Are books 1-6 a full year course for high school?
A shopper on Aug 4, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Really no. The 10 books are best used in middle grades. Perhaps if you did all 10 books plus the assessments you could count it as grade 9 for a credit.
Could this be used as a spine and stretched out over the course of a year for multiple ages (grades 3, 4, and 5)?
Ashley on Sep 25, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Im using the books for a 3rd and 6th grader. I am stretching the 10 books out over 2 years of US history. I did the first book in the first 6 weeks and we are on book 2. I don't think 1 book would be enough for a whole year unless you are supplementing with something else. Some chapters are only 2 or 3 pages
Does this book have built-in checkpoints/quizzes at the end of the chapter?
A shopper on Jul 17, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No, it doesn't. It is a reading text. There is a separate assessments book for the entire series and there are teacher and/or study guides for some of the volumes in some grade levels.

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My son used this in 5th grade The author knows her audience yet doesn't talk down to a child In this series the flow of history over the ages is enthralling Each chapter is just the right length to present and focus on the best tidbits of a time period The chapters are not too long but we were both fascinated by the scope Often my son would grab our globe to check out places we were learning aboutWe used the student book and the teacher's guide I didn't do prep for this because he ended up wanting to read the chapters out loud to me -- they were that good I didn't do formal testing At the same time this book was thought provoking for him and he'd bring up issues from the book and discuss them at length To me that in itself was evidence of his having grasped the material I have an 11 year old (a former foster child) who truly enjoys history thanks to this book
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