Maps of America the Beautiful (2020 Edition)

Maps of America the Beautiful (2020 Edition)

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Item #: 012017
ISBN: 9781609991449
Grades: 5-8

Publisher Description:

A collection of 30 maps drawn especially to accompany this curriculum. Your child will often refer to a map while reading a lesson in America the Beautiful and do activities on the map at the end of the lesson.

Category Description for America the Beautiful (Gr. 5-8):

Note: A new 2020 edition is coming soon. The core of the program remains the same; however, some lessons have been switched for new lessons with a different focus and the length of each lesson is now standardized. The layout of the program has also changed and some of the historical images have been updated with high- quality photos. Part One will cover roughly the same material with a few changes. In Part Two, five lessons from the first few units have been omitted and five new lessons have been added at the end to cover current events since the last printing. There have also been two changes to the literature package: "Indian Child Life" by Charles Eastman has taken the place of "The Sign of the Beaver" and "Katy’s Box" by Mary Evelyn Notgrass McCurdy is used instead of "Katy". Because of the changes, the new books will not be compatible with the old books; however, Notgrass will make the consumable books for the old edition available for purchase as digital downloads.

History is only the beginning of what this well-planned and user-friendly curriculum from the Notgrass family has to offer. The history is there, of course, in two large (about 500 pgs each) hardcover Texts. Part 1 takes the reader from the Native American nations (excellent coverage, by the way) through Reconstruction; Part 2 covers from the late 1800s to the present. The same comfortable readability weve seen in other Notgrass courses is divided into daily lessons (150) and grouped into weekly units (30). If youre emphasizing Americas beauty, it helps to have full-color pictures among the carefully selected artwork, and they do! Each unit is introduced by a short overview and a list of the lessons and books needed. Accompanying activities for each lesson might include "thinking biblically" (scripture copywork or Bible study), vocabulary, map study (weekly), literature (readings from We the People along with other suggested readings), creative writing, timeline work, and a family activity (more about these later). Each lesson also includes optional assignments for the Student Workbook or the Lesson Review book. If this sounds like a lot, keep in mind that this course only really needs a little additional grammar study to be social studies, Bible, and language arts all in one.

The Curriculum Set includes the two texts mentioned above as well as We the People and a comprehensive answer key along with both the Maps and the Timeline books (six books total). The original source reader that accompanies each Notgrass course is one of my favorite parts. We the People provides the same variety books and stories, newspaper articles, documents, poems, journals, memoirs and biographies, speeches, letters, and songs as their other courses, and skimming through it took me for a trip down memory lane and long ago classroom recitations. Its obvious that creative planning went into the family activities provided for each unit and found in the back of each text. Family Commemorative Coins, a Cupcake Factory, an Erie Canal diorama, and a Liberty Bell mosaic give an idea of the breadth of ideas.

Its hard to imagine a thorough study of American history without good map and timeline work. There are no worries here! Maps of America the Beautiful provides both a high quality map and accompanying assignments for each weekly unit. Corresponding to the chronological development of our country, youll find the expected maps (colonies, westward expansion, battles, etc.) but also some more unusual sets Americas Islands, for example. Youll want a quality set of colored pencils (the authors recommend Prismacolor pencils and I second this) red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, black, gray, and brown to complete the map assignments. Timeline of America the Beautiful provides an enjoyable timeline-creating experience. Arranged vertically (what a great idea!) on the page, each page depicts a ten-year slice of American life. Some events are noted already, but others are to be carefully written by the student as part of daily and weekly assignments (lines are provided). As space permits, high-quality line-art pictures are provided which can be colored (another use for those Prismacolors).

Two optional supplements coordinate with the course. The Student Workbook provides an activity page for each lesson. Offering plenty of variety, activities include crosswords, word searches, matching, rebus stories, fill-in-the-blanks, illustrations, multiple-choice and more. The Lesson Review book provides five questions for daily review and for literature selections as well as unit quizzes. Answers to both of these books and the timeline book are found in the Answer Key. ~ Janice




Primary Subject
History/Geography
Grade Start
5
Grade End
8
ISBN
9781609991449
Format
Other
Brand Name
Notgrass Company
Weight
0.55 (lbs.)
Dimensions
11.0" x 8.5" x 0.25"
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Beautiful!
Rebecca D on Apr 17, 2020
We are using it with America the Beautiful history curriculum
Judi J on Sep 8, 2019
Beautiful!
Rebecca D on Apr 17, 2020
Great publisher and great resource. I use this with a US history course in a co-op setting. My students love these maps and easy to complete questions.
geoffrey p on Mar 11, 2020
We are using it with America the Beautiful history curriculum
Judi J on Sep 8, 2019
We love this curriculum and have used it for all of our children.
Julia S on Aug 24, 2019
To go with our book set that we already own.
Katherine R on Aug 22, 2019
I have enjoyed using this program with my older children when they were in middle school. Looking forward to another round!
Sarah S on Aug 18, 2019
We were able to purchase used ATB books, but needed unused Timeline and Maps.
Thom on Jul 5, 2019
it's new & a great price!!
Kimberly O on Jul 1, 2019
I had success with it before.
Stephanie S on Sep 14, 2018
Teacher required book for class.
Pamela G on Aug 21, 2018
I have the whole America the Beautiful curriculum and my kids were fighting over who got to do the maps. I decided to get a map book for each kid. I am just beginning the curriculum but I can already tell I and they are going to like it!!
Sara V on Aug 13, 2018
I needed copies of the maps workbook for my other two children
Jennifer R on Jan 20, 2018
To work in alongside the text
Kerstin J on Dec 29, 2017
One Day Academy curriculum for MS American History
Cary E on Oct 4, 2017
For a homeschool class
Laurel H on Aug 29, 2017
I think the simple map activities will not be as overwhelming as more complex maps.
Angela J on Aug 24, 2017
We used this product last year and loved it! Great tools for learning geography!
Steph C on Aug 16, 2017
to go with the curriculum I bought used
Sarah M on Jul 4, 2017
need for second child
Elizabeth C on Apr 7, 2017
I hear it's good.
Gilbert B on Oct 7, 2016
home schooled 8th and 6th grader
angela s on Aug 31, 2016
To go with our curriculum set
User on Aug 23, 2016
To accompany our curriculum.
Joy B on Aug 18, 2016
Loved We the People so am trying this.....
Doris L V on Jul 26, 2016
I have used this curriculum before (liked it) and needed to reorder the consumable map booklet.
Michal N on Jul 23, 2016
My son and daughter are studying this curriculum at the same time so we needed to order an extra book.
Laurie B on Jul 16, 2016
I love the Nutgrass History books.
Cheryl H on Jun 7, 2016
have curriculum needed book
Angie G on Dec 16, 2015
I have multiple children who will use America the Beautiful and need extra map books
Christina P on Oct 26, 2015
Needed for America the Beautiful
Cheri W on Oct 7, 2015
Great publisher and great resource. I use this with a US history course in a co-op setting. My students love these maps and easy to complete questions.
geoffrey p on Mar 11, 2020
We love this curriculum and have used it for all of our children.
Julia S on Aug 24, 2019
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Rated 5 out of 5
I wish all curriculum maps were laid out like this.
We’ve used a lot of maps over the years and this one is the most easy to use and easy to review once completed. :)
September 10, 2020
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
very useful
I am using it with my 2nd, 4th, and 5th graders (all together) and they love it! Highly recommend
December 1, 2017
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
I read an online review of this workbook which said it was too simple. I have found it's simplicity helpful. It reviews material from the text with instructions to circle or color that particular place. Especially helpful for struggling or special learner who needs something hands-on.
July 17, 2017
Purchased
over 4 years ago


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