History Pockets - Ancient Civilizations

History Pockets - Ancient Civilizations

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Item #: 019095
ISBN: 9781557999009
Grades: 1-3

Category Description for History Odyssey:

Imagine a classically-based history course where your child reads great history books and period-related literature, keeps a running timeline of the period studied, writes outlines and summaries of important people and events, completes history-related map work, and does all of this without extensive planning on mom's part. Although it may sound too good to be true, luckily for you it's not! Author Kathleen Desmarais has done an awesome job of combining an excellent variety of resources and activities and presenting it all in a very straight-forward, professional way that takes the stress of lesson planning off of you and puts the accountability and expectations squarely on your history student.

History Odyssey is basically a series of study guides, with one guide covering one era of history (Ancients, Middle Ages, Early Modern, or Modern) in one year. There are three levels to the program, so if you completed the whole series, you would cycle through world history three times - once in elementary, once in middle school, and once in high school education. The first level is intended for grades 1-4, the second level for grades 5-8, and the third level for grades 9-12. There will be twelve guides when the series is complete; currently, there are still several guides in production. The guides are loose-leaf and 3-hole punched, designed to be placed in a binder. You'll probably want a thick one; students will be adding a lot of material!

Although the same eras in history are covered in each level, the expectations on the student become more sophisticated, following the classical education progression. In Level 1 (the grammar stage), students are encouraged to approach history as a great story as they read (or are read to) and complete map work, History Pockets activities, copywork, and coloring pages. This level will require more attention from the parent than the two upper levels. Depending on the reading ability of the child, some reading selections may need to be read aloud or read together. There will also be copies to make and supplies to gather for each lesson. Level 2 (the logic stage) introduces the timeline, outlining as a writing skill, research, and independent writing assignments. Students are expected to read all assignments on their own, and critical thinking and analysis are emphasized through the assignments. Parental involvement should be reduced at this level, as parents should be only checking the quality of each day's work and making sure that it has all been done. By Level 3 (the rhetoric stage), students will be reading much more demanding history selections (including classic literature) and will be writing plenty of expository, descriptive, narrative and persuasive essays. Research, timeline work, and map work are continued from Level 2 but are more in-depth at this level. For each level, history, geography, and writing are strongly represented. Although the writing practice is extensive, you will probably want to be using a separate course in English and writing.

Now that you're familiar with the basics of the course, let's look at the lessons. Lessons are presented to the student in a checklist-type format. All assignments, including reading, timeline, writing, and others are listed for each lesson with a box to check when the task is complete. In Level 1, lessons are structured a bit differently, in that there is some parent preparation (highlighted in gray), a "main lesson" of assignments, and then several "additional activities" listed. Lessons typically include a mix of readings from resource books, map work, timeline work (in the upper two levels), and writing assignments/copywork to be added to the student's master binder. Exceptions may be lessons which ask the student to begin reading a required book. In this case, a recommended time frame is given in which the book should be read, and follow-up writing assignments may be listed. Occasionally websites may be listed to check out more information, but these are not absolutely necessary to the course if you are not able to visit them. Following the lessons, you'll find worksheets referred to in the lessons, outline maps used in map activities, and several appendices. Although the guide is not reproducible, the author does give permission to copy the maps and worksheets for your family's use only.

There are several important aspects of this course. First of all, with the exception of Level 1, there is little parent preparation. A "Letter to Parents" at the beginning of the guide explains the course, while the "How to Use This Guide" lists required resources and other necessary supplies, describes the organization of the student's binder, and briefly discusses several aspects of the program. For the upper two levels, parents will be primarily making sure the necessary books and resources are on hand and ensuring that each lesson's work has been done and is complete. This leads to my next point, which is that at the end of this course, the student will not have "completed a workbook," but will have compiled their own meaty notebook with all their work from the course. Instruction is given at the very beginning of the course on how to organize the student's notebook, and from that point on, the student will be putting all of their work into the binder. The binder will be not only a tremendous keepsake but a collection of all work done in the course. Finally, the timeline is a very important tool used in Levels 2 and 3 of History Odyssey. This can be made by you, or you may choose to purchase Pandia Press's very attractive Classical History Timeline, which is described below. Events and people studied are added to the timeline throughout the course, and when they're finished with the guide, the timeline can be folded up and included in the student's binder.

One bonus to the course is that they use well-known resources and literature that you may already own! Level 1 heavily uses Story of the World books, A Child's History of the World and History Pockets. My sample of Middle Ages Level 2 lists the Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, The Story of Mankind, Usborne Internet-Linked Viking World, The Door in the Wall, Tales from Shakespeare, Beowulf: A New Telling, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Castle (by David Macaulay), The Canterbury Tales, and many more. Check out the lists of resources beneath each History Odyssey Guide below - I'm sure you'll see many familiar titles! Additional recommended (but not required) titles are listed in the appendix of each guide, organized by region studied. You should be able to locate most of these at your library.

According to the author, the study guides were created based on three principles – “that history is fun when it is presented as a story, that history is best studied through the reading of great books, and that history is best taught through a world view with an opportunity to learn about different cultures.” In accomplishing that, it also appears that kids will come away with a very cohesive grasp of history, the sense of accomplishment from creating their own book of information about the time period, and well-honed research, writing, and organizational skills too! Although I’ve seen “the notebook approach” used in unit studies, I love how in this case, it makes the student an active researcher and analyst as they compile their notebook and write their own history. I also love the way the guides speak directly to the student. Being able to manage their own assignments and keep track of their work is an invaluable skill – and terrific college preparation at any age! - Jess

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Using along with History Quest - Early Years
Elizabeth E on Apr 15, 2022
We love History Pockets and Literature Pockets. They're really easy to use, full of information, engaging projects, and store neatly in their portfolios.
Carah T on Sep 28, 2021
Using along with History Quest - Early Years
Elizabeth E on Apr 15, 2022
Fun way to learn
Rosanne B on Oct 29, 2021
We love History Pockets and Literature Pockets. They're really easy to use, full of information, engaging projects, and store neatly in their portfolios.
Carah T on Sep 28, 2021
school curriculum
Haley S on Jul 18, 2021
I love all the History Pockets. We used in 3rd grade. My son loved them.
Aaron D on May 29, 2021
Add to our history activities
Megan G on Apr 16, 2021
Ancient Civilizations Unit, Gameschooling, play based learning
Kara K on Nov 2, 2020
To go with History Odyssey Curriculum.
Chelsey N on Oct 10, 2020
Hands on ancient history for elementary.
AMY B on Jul 1, 2020
Looking forward to using these for my second grader's history lessons. Should be a nice break from our more general workbook format.
Anna H on May 31, 2020
This looks amazing online and covers half of the outline for the year
Emmiiillllyyyyy on Aug 5, 2019
coloring for history seems like fun for a little kid
Siri Sunderta K on Jul 18, 2019
A hands-on approach to social studies for first grade is always welcome and sought after in my household. Visual connections can be made with these activities and they can be used as references afterwards to remember quickly what happened helping to bring this subject into the long term memory.
Jessica D on Apr 19, 2019
My 10 year old would love this
Stephanie P on Apr 15, 2019
To go along with SOTW vol 1.
Samantha S on Apr 6, 2019
I was looking for something that is more on the level of our youngest child to help him get a foundation in History, and this is perfect for that!
Alison B on Jan 16, 2019
to explore ancient history beyond the books
Lenlie Q on Sep 18, 2018
These are a fun addition to our ancient civilization studies.
Nadeen C on Aug 26, 2018
It goes with History Odyssey level 1
Michelle H on Aug 17, 2018
Hands on way to teach Ancient History to young children.
Shawna B on Aug 8, 2018
Required for History Odyssey - Ancients Level 1
Gena O on Jul 21, 2018
This goes great with SOTW Volume 1
Kristi on Jun 11, 2018
Part of the History Odyssey curriculum
Jaclyn C on Apr 23, 2018
recommended by our teacher
hannah t on Dec 26, 2017
"Needed it for my history curriculum"
Mijanou S. on Oct 30, 2017
This book went along very well with Story of the World volume 1 as a form of lap booking. It was easy and fun for my kids. It reinforced our history lessons from story of the world.
Amy F on Mar 21, 2017
I used them in the past and really loved the history pocket books.
Kathleen C on Sep 15, 2016
Using Real Odyssey Ancient Civilizations curriculum. This book is required as a part of the lessons.
Heather L on Aug 28, 2016
Part of the Great Books Academy curriculum.
Margaret B on Jul 12, 2016
I think my child will enjoy it.
Patricia B on May 10, 2016
This hand-on history book will be perfect for my active co-op class.
Anna W on Mar 23, 2016
They are simple, yet give you a great spring board to dig deeper into subject area.
Catherine P on Feb 15, 2016
Fun way to learn
Rosanne B on Oct 29, 2021
school curriculum
Haley S on Jul 18, 2021
Is this meant as a student workbook or a teacher guide?
A shopper on Jul 30, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It is kind of both. It is really meant for each lesson to be photocopied and you create a "pocket" out of construction paper.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Fun and Educational!
We loved this resource!
February 27, 2021
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
also useful for older grades
Many projects are best suited for grades 1-3, but the ziggurat pop-up, three-dimensional pyramid, Chinese lanterns, Aztec calendar, civilization postcards, and passport work well for older students. The civilization fact sheets are better than those written for older grades (Egypt, Greece, and Rome), too.
September 30, 2018
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Good information, engaging activities
Easy to use teacher guide with student activity pages. Entire book is perforated for easy copying. All of the activities are fun and simple - no prep time needed other than the copying. I'm using this with two boys that are not your sit-and-color-type kids and they are really enjoying it.
July 31, 2018
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
We love History Pockets! Last year we used Ancient Civilizations in our co-op class This year we've done Native Americans and have begun working on Life in Plymouth Colony My 8-year old daughter BEGS to do history all the time The material is presented in an easy-to-use manner making it easy to teach multiple grades when needed We also found it easy to expand the units by picking up books and videos from the library Other than the photocopying (and optional library trips) there's not much preparation time needed As far as curriculum goes this is inexpensive and worth much more than it actually costs! My daughter loves the hands-on projects maps and such and the vocabulary/dictionary projects for each book are really useful in helping the kids remember the key points and new words they've learned in that unit I would recommend this series to anyone! (Also check out their ScienceWorks series -- similar to the History Pockets but covering science topics -- they're great too!)
June 4, 2007
Rated 5 out of 5
We used the "Moving West" History Pockets this year for my 8 & 10 year olds It was by far their favorite subject they would ask for it everyday Very easy to use and interesting I read additional info from other books while they worked on their projects Great for all learning styles I will definitely use them again next year
May 4, 2007
Rated 5 out of 5
I cannot say enough about History Pockets! This was such a fun way to study the history of ancient civilizations for my 8 year old son Included in our book were the subjects: What is History Ancient Mesopotamia Egypt Greece Rome China and the Aztec World Each subject is divided into a "pocket" (basically a folder) which is made from a piece of folded construction paper In each pocket you place the completed works of your studies Each subject contains a teacher's overview which describes the activities presented in each pocket Also included is a Teacher Fact Sheet with background information which can be used as a reference for activities in each pocket Each pocket contains a label children can color and 'Words to Know' which includes some basic vocabulary relevent to each particular civilization Pockets also include a student booklet which gives basic information about each civilization and explains the vocabulary in the 'Words to Know' section Each civilization pocket includes activities such as coloring a picture of people in their native dress (which you can laminate and use as a puppet) making a post card from the ancient civilization (where children can relate what they've learned) and additional activites such as Life along the Nile (Egypt) Make a Parthenon Shape Book (Greece) Dancing Dragon for the Chinese New Year and making the Aztec Calendar The book ends with students making a 'Passport to the Ancient Civilizations' where they can make a picture and describe what they liked most about each history pocket Simple elegant and easy to use that is why I LOVE History Pockets Just about everything you need is included in this booklet and all you need to do is make enough photocopies for everyone! The Ancient Civilizations History Pockets is for grades 1-3 and I believe it would easily work well for all grades My preschooler has especially enjoyed coloring the people and using them as puppets The only items we really had to provide were construction paper glue and crayons The best thing about History Pockets is that it is simple information for lower grades but in actuality it more than served its purpose by picquing the interest of my 8 year old to further investigate these civilizations with books and videos from our local library It's art history social studies reading writing vocabulary and math (because you can learn to count to 10 in Chinese)! We cannot wait to start our Native American History Pockets!
November 22, 2006

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