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

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

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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
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3rd, Activity Book, Illustrated
General Adult
Jeff West (Illustrator)
Susan Wise Bauer
Softcover Book
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Peace Hill Press
2.4 (lbs.)
11.0" x 8.5" x 1.0"
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I have the books and wanted the activities.
January K on Jan 21, 2021
It will pair up nicely with our program: Classical Conversations
Stacey I on Dec 6, 2020
I have the books and wanted the activities.
January K on Jan 21, 2021
A wonderful introduction to ancient history.<br />We go can choose to go in depth with any topic as interest warrants.<br />There are good book recommendations as well!
Daisy S on Jan 3, 2021
It will pair up nicely with our program: Classical Conversations
Stacey I on Dec 6, 2020
We will be using the book for history so I wanted the activities to go with it.
Faith C on Nov 11, 2020
Excited to add this to our SOTW book and audio! My girls do notebooking with the stories for now but I wanted to add this to flesh it out a little more.
Heidi on Nov 11, 2020
Friend highly recommended for History lessons with my 4 different grade levels here at home.
Meagan G on Sep 11, 2020
To go along with our MFW CtG year! We are also doing SOTW and want to have additional student pages
Michelle E on Aug 31, 2020
To supplement my history curriculum.
Lisa D on Aug 24, 2020
Recommended in The Well Trained Mind.
Olivia J on Aug 22, 2020
we enjoy this series
Angelique M on Aug 21, 2020
It was recommended to me.
Celeste M on Aug 16, 2020
Recommended by St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
Michelle A on Aug 13, 2020
I liked the story format and how it is historically accurate.
Joanna L on Aug 10, 2020
recommended by homeschooling parent
Grisel M on Aug 8, 2020
I've used it before and was very happy.
Christina N on Aug 2, 2020
Already had the book, needed the activity book
Jillian S on Jul 27, 2020
This is a fantastic series that we have used in the past. We are now using it again 10 years later with our younger children.
Karen H on Jul 23, 2020
This Activity book perfectly accompanies the Story of the World text. Each chapter offers numerous activities to reinforce the learning. A must buy.
Tracy R on Jul 16, 2020
School's chosen curriculum
Joe W on Jul 12, 2020
This is recommended by The Well-Trained Mind.
Anne C on Jul 6, 2020
To go with Story of the World book
Janice H on Jun 12, 2020
I chose this book because I've heard good reviews from personal friends about this series. We are trying out the activity books to see if they are something we would like to continue with through our homeschool journey.
Stacy P on May 6, 2020
I wanted an interactive history study that my daughter could experience.
Matthew A on Apr 18, 2020
Will complement the Story of the World and has literature reading suggestions.
Richard R on Mar 28, 2020
We have been looking for a history spine and I am hoping this one will be a good fit
Daurice W on Oct 20, 2019
Great ways to engage the child in the material learned
Hillary E on Oct 8, 2019
Recommended by a friend.
Helen T on Sep 26, 2019
FPA required 1st Grade book list
Swan D on Aug 12, 2019
I need the extra workbook for one of the twins
Brooke C on Aug 3, 2019
Recommended as a good history series.
Wendy on Sep 27, 2018
We are using this in conjunction with Classical Conversations. The activities and crafts look like so much fun. Each chapter contains a broad range of things to do that will appeal to the different learning styles. Can't wait to get started!
Jacquelynn M on Aug 31, 2018
Nola S on Aug 26, 2018
Love the Story of the World Series!
Rae W on Aug 18, 2018
Because I have the text and needed the activities.
Deonna J on Aug 17, 2018
required by homeschool coop
Kristy B on Aug 17, 2018
Required for our students private school class.
Penny J on Aug 8, 2018
We are listening to story of the world this year for history, I am so hands on for other subjects I needed something easy and doable for history.
Eric D on Aug 1, 2018
User on May 21, 2018
A friend recommended this series for teaching history. The audio version was especially recommended, but I like reading aloud, so I thought we'd start with the books first.
Elizabeth B on Apr 24, 2018
A great history curriculum.
Luvena H on Mar 13, 2018
kids loving the cd
Rina J on Mar 8, 2018
To solidify what is being learned through listening to the audio cds.
Lana H on Feb 26, 2018
timber doodle
Sally H on Jan 4, 2018
Highly recommended
Steven D on Dec 11, 2017
All of the reviews said this was good curriculum for multiple grades
Erika M on Oct 30, 2017
I had heard good things from those who used this curriculum and wanted to assistance with reviewing the material.
Desiree N on Oct 16, 2017
good reviews
Beth C on Sep 17, 2017
To supplement my granddaughter's education
Diane H on Sep 14, 2017
I love Story of the World & wanted to have worksheets to go along with it.
Rachel H on Aug 13, 2017
Very highly recommended by several other families.
Ann H on May 28, 2017
A wonderful introduction to ancient history.<br />We go can choose to go in depth with any topic as interest warrants.<br />There are good book recommendations as well!
Daisy S on Jan 3, 2021
We will be using the book for history so I wanted the activities to go with it.
Faith C on Nov 11, 2020
What is the difference between the Activity book and the Student Pages?
A shopper on Feb 27, 2020
BEST ANSWER: The student pages is only the pages students would write on to go along with the stories (for example: coloring pages, maps, printable game sheets, etc.). The activity book includes black line masters of these pages, but also has a full section of suggested questions for each stories and tons of extra activity ideas which you would prepare by yourself (some require a bit of planning while others can be quite spontaneous). I’d recommend a paperback copy of the activity book and a digital download for the student pages, especially if you plan to use Story of the World for more than one child. Though my kids’ favorite part is still the stories themselves.
Is this curriculum sufficient and suitable for high school world history? If not, can anyone recommend a Christian based world history curriculum? Thank you.
A shopper on Jun 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Susan Wise Bauer has written an upper level (grades 7-12) book for the same time period - History of the Ancient World -

There is a companion study guide to this book -

These are definitely sufficient and suitable for a high school Ancient World History course.

There are similar books for other time periods: Medieval World - World Study Guide - World -
I'd like to get the SOTW books to read with all my children (ages 8,7, 4 and 3). Of course the older kids will understand it better than the younger ones, but I'm okay with that. My question is, will one activity book suffice for the family, or would we need one activity book for each child involved?
A shopper on May 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Our family uses one activity book for our 3 kids (ages 6, 7 & 9) and our friend's two children (ages 4 & 7). The one book serves us just fine for ideas and crafts, etc without violating copyright laws, etc. I don't think more than one book is necessary for one home educating family. If using the pages for personal use in one family it's permissible to use a copier to xerox maps, coloring pages, etc. We love Story of the World! I also really recommend the audio CDs. It's easy to pop those in when we're driving around and then the understanding and application is pretty effortless afterwards. And Jim Weiss is the narrator and he is a wonderful reader.
What is the difference between the revised edition and the older edition? I have the older one and would like to know if I really need to upgrade. Thanks for your time.
Janel B on Nov 5, 2015
Story of the World Vol. 1 2nd Edition Activity Book (Paperback)
Story of the World Vol. 1 2nd Edition Activity Book (Paperback)
Story of the World Vol. 1 2nd Edition: Ancient Times (Paperback)
Story of the World Vol. 1 2nd Edition: Ancient Times (Paperback)
I am using the Story of the World series to teach Ancient History at a homeschool co-op. Some of my students have the original and some have the revised books. Since some of the families had already owned the book, I have tried to make adjustments when needed so that the families did not have to buy a new edition. So far, most of the content is the same with an infrequent difference in a map between the editions. I don't see it necessary to upgrade. Have a great night.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Love these books. Have used for many years!
September 30, 2020
8 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Awesome Supplement to Story of the World to create a full year of history!
This resource has coloring pages and some activities for each chapter, maps, timeline suggestions, craft suggestions, recipes and reading list suggestion to complement each chapter. Many of the books in the reading lists were found in my local library. This activity book truly fills out a year long of history. It’s close to open and go. May want to look ahead a little for supplies for crafts, recipes, and any other books you would want.
April 28, 2020
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great activity book.
This is a great companion to the book or audiobook. Fun work sheets with easy teacher instruction and curriculum guide. A must have!
September 10, 2018
over 2 years ago
Rated 3 out of 5
Save a step and buy the digital version!
Ages 4 and 5, my girls are loving the Story of the World. We don't use all the activity pages included, but we like the map activities and I LOVE the research that has gone into this project. The best part of the Activity book is actually the wealth of additional recommended resources that can be referenced if your kids want to further explore a subject.
June 20, 2018
over 2 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
My boys love this!
I would recommend this product. It states that all pages are reproducible for family needs, so if you have a copier you'll find it handy. The coloring pages gives them something to keep their bodies busy and focused so they can listen to the story. Having their own set of markers, crayons, gel pens, etc. has been helpful in staying focused and minimizing side discussions (fights). I love that the maps require marking on them and my boys seem to have a good grasp on the geography because of it. Some of the activities are fun ideas with minimal to no planning. My boys loved the archeology dig in the sandbox. Other activities, like mummifying a chicken... we skipped that one. I used this with five of my boys, ages 13-4. We are now purchasing the activity book for the Middle Ages and continuing our journey. The only thing I wish we had done was to make a timeline on blank paper on our wall of all these stories as we read them.
December 16, 2017
Rated 4 out of 5
Go deeper into SOTW
There are a variety of additional projects, from art to crafts to cooking, as well as many, many books that you can find on your own to enhance the learning. My experience was that most of the additional books were not at my library, even though I live in a large metropolitan area with a great system. However, the descriptions did help me search for comparable books on the subject. We enjoyed most of the projects that we did, and there will certainly be far more options than you can feasibly do in a single school year, giving you variety in the type of projects you choose for each chapter. Definitely worth the purchase, though it does feel wasteful that at least 25% of our student sheets went untouched.
September 29, 2017
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Love it
This is a wonderful way for my daughter to learn history! We use this book at our local Homeschool co-op.
September 13, 2017
over 3 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 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Perfect for young ones!
I could not be happier with this activity book. My kids, 2nd grade & Kindergarten, both love the activities in this book. What I love, is that I can do one activity a day for the five day school week and that gets us through one chapter a week. But the best part is that the activities are so hands on and fun, that it really reinforces the content from the chapter and the kids are remembering it!!!!
August 19, 2016
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Love it!! Excellent even for kiddos as young as 6.
July 28, 2016
over 4 years ago

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