Five in a Row Vol. 1

Five in a Row Vol. 1

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Item #: 019808
ISBN: 9781888659009
Grades: PK-3

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150 pgs covering 19 weeks (and 19 books).

Category Description for Five in a Row:

These literature-based unit study curriculum guides cover social studies and character, language arts, math, science, and art. Literature selections contain positive moral values reflecting Biblical values. Use as a stand-alone curriculum for preschool or supplement with phonics and math for older children. Curriculum is so named because you spend five days in a row (a full week; one day for each subject area) using a particular children's book as the theme. There's plenty of text here as the author provides all the reference material you'll need right in the volumes as background for your studies. Hands-on activities and projects abound and there are plenty to choose from each day, using the literature selections as a springboard. The varying difficulty of the activities makes it easy to use with a range of ages. Very little teacher preparation is required. Once you have the needed literature selection, you can open the book and begin! Each book also includes tips for teaching the curriculum, instructions for creating manipulatives, a topical index, a sample planning sheet with a blank, reproducible lesson plan sheet, literary glossary, story disks, and suggestions for finding the reading books. Volumes 1-3 do not incorporate Biblical content, as this is found in the optional Christian Character & Bible Study Supplement, available separately.

Category Description for Five in a Row Literature Unit Studies:

These literature-based unit study curriculum guides are so named because you spend five days in a row (a full week; one day for each subject area) using a particular children's book as the theme for multiple academic subject areas. Five in a Row (FIAR) Volumes 1-3 cover social studies and character, language arts, math, science, and art through 15-21 children's books. The literature selections, primarily picture books, contain positive moral values reflecting Biblical values. Christian content is not incorporated in Volumes 1-3, but is available separately in a Christian Character & Bible Study Supplement. Five in a Row Vol. 4 is for slightly older students (Grades 2-4) and features fewer books, some of which are stretched to two weeks of lessons. Christian content is included in the Volume 4 guide.

Before Five in a Row takes the same concept, but simplifies it for ages 2-4, with multiple activities provided for each book, but not as structured between days of the week.

Beyond Five in a Row is the next step up (for Grades 3+), and these guides are structured around chapter books. Activities at this level incorporate history, geography, science, language arts and fine arts with Christian Character and Bible content available separately.

Category Description for UNIT STUDIES:

What is a "unit study"? Briefly, it's a thematic or topical approach to teaching as opposed to the traditional by-subject approach. Rather than teach each subject separately, a unit study attempts to integrate many or all subject areas into a unified study - usually centered around a particular subject or event. Obviously History (the study of events) and Science (the study of "things") are well-suited to unit studies, and usually form the "core" around which other subjects are integrated. Subjects like Bible, Geography, Government, English (writing), and Reading/Literature, Music, Home Economics, Life Skills, and Art, are usually easy to integrate around a core topics. Remaining subjects (Math, Phonics, Grammar, Spelling) can be integrated to some extent via related activities. Each, however, has its own "system" (progression of skills, mastery of "rules") which must be followed to some degree. Since one of the additional advantages of a unit study curriculum is the ability to use it with students of varying ages and skill levels, these subjects are generally taught apart from the core curriculum. This may be as simple as assigning pages in a grammar or spelling book, or using a separate "program" for Phonics and Math. Unit studies also tend to be more activity-oriented than the traditional approach, a real boon to kinesthetic learners. Advocates of the unit study approach site studies showing that children learn best when learning is unified rather than fragmented and when learning is more participatory than passive.

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We loved this curriculum many years ago and need it again for our youngest
Lynette C on Aug 12, 2020
This is a fun way to share a love of reading and learning with my daughter, very excited to have this guide.
Ariel S on Aug 5, 2020
We loved this curriculum many years ago and need it again for our youngest
Lynette C on Aug 12, 2020
Resource material for students
Terri L on Aug 12, 2020
This is a fun way to share a love of reading and learning with my daughter, very excited to have this guide.
Ariel S on Aug 5, 2020
I am familiar with FIAR from the preschool book. It is a simple, sweet, beautiful literature based guide that seems less overwhelming than Sonlight or My Father's World.
Karyn S. on Aug 2, 2020
Highly recommended by a veteran homeschooler
Darin S on Jul 23, 2020
I have heard from several homeschoolers that it is a great curriculum so I am giving it a go.
Lauren F on Jul 19, 2020
Recommended by another home school mom
Athena G on Jul 12, 2020
We tried a mini-unit study earlier this year and my kids and I really enjoyed it. This is a great program for little kids that love to be read to (what kid doesn't?!). We are looking forward to using this more.
Michael H on Jun 10, 2020
I have heard such good things about Five in a Row and wanted something special to do with my preschooler.
Kristy B on Jun 3, 2020
Recommended by family member that used it successfully. Fit into my teaching style of 40 years experience.
Dixie G on May 7, 2020
Highly recommended by a successful home school family of 30 years
Michelle F on May 3, 2020
This was recommended by a friend. I am going to homeschool my 4 1/2 yr old grandson during this COVID 19 pandemic, and my 2 yr old grandson also.
Cindy A on Apr 28, 2020
Awesome way to teach. Your kids will remember these books forever. My college kid still won't let me give them away.
Rebecca W on Mar 31, 2020
A friend of ours lend us her copy as we began homeschooling. It is fantastic. So much so, we purchased our own!
Rodrigo F on Mar 30, 2020
recommended by friend
Jeffrey R on Mar 19, 2020
We loved Before 5 in a Row. Looking forward to our kindergarten with them.
Bailey S on Mar 11, 2020
Recommendation from someone in education.
Malinda L on Feb 27, 2020
I am just starting to homeschool.
sarah n on Feb 25, 2020
great reviews and I need to start somewhere in this homeschooling journey!
casey g on Feb 24, 2020
Trying out a Living Books homeschool approach
Guido V on Jan 22, 2020
recommended by friend
Lindsay R on Jan 15, 2020
unit grade studies for a first grade classroom
Heather M on Sep 28, 2019
Friends had recommended it as a great curriculum!
Jessica H on Aug 25, 2019
I love FIAR!
Sarah A on Aug 21, 2019
Daniel I on Aug 16, 2019
recommended by a friend
Shana M on Aug 15, 2019
Recommended by a friend.
Michelle G on Aug 9, 2019
It was highly recommended to me and sounds like the perfect curriculum for my son's kindergarten.
Anna L on Aug 7, 2019
Can't wait to use this with my 2nd grader. Good literature is the best way to teach reading and writing. Should work with other subjects, too!
Heather M on Aug 5, 2019
My friend told me about FIAR, and I am excited to use this helpful tool to take the love of literature we already have as a family, and help my children learn more from each book we read.
E & his wife on Aug 1, 2019
This came highly recommended by a friend.
TANIESHA W on Jul 30, 2019
Because I heard it was amazing
Lauren P on Jul 29, 2019
Recommended by a friend, seems simple and isn't too expensive
Nicole R on Jul 23, 2019
Curriculum needed for teaching in co-op
Tamara L on Jul 20, 2019
Linda N on Jul 15, 2019
Saw this company at a homeschool convention and fell in love with the idea. I can't wait to get started!
Katherine L on Jul 9, 2019
Did Before Five in A Row, and moving up.
Ann O on Jun 17, 2019
SO many good reviews! and it looks easy to expand on!
Heidi A on Jun 9, 2019
Tracy M on May 13, 2019
We received several reviews from other homeschool parents that rave about this!!
Michelle D on Apr 29, 2019
Recommended by a friend.
Melissa S on Apr 18, 2019
Donna C on Feb 26, 2019
Several homeschoolers I know use this book and love it! I want to implement this curriculum with my 4 and 7 year old girls. I downloaded the sample and used it for a week and loved it!
ANdrea C on Feb 13, 2019
Just it! Want my own copies of everything.
Robin L on Feb 8, 2019
Recommended by other homeschool moms!
Melissa L on Jan 28, 2019
I have loved Sonlight over the years but want something different for number five. I have heard great things about Five in a Row and am looking forward to the shift.
Laura S on Jan 3, 2019
Sarah MacKenzie master class - this was one of her top resources. I will try the first volume and then see if I will purchase the rest.
Amanda B on Jan 1, 2019
Recommended by a homeschool mom with multiple children to teach.
Jennifer D on Nov 20, 2018
A homeschool mom recommend it to me.
Amanda M on Oct 16, 2018
I heard Mr. and Mrs. Lambert speak at a teaching them diligently conference and I am very curious and eager to use their teaching method with our girls!
Pam N on Oct 7, 2018
Resource material for students
Terri L on Aug 12, 2020
I am familiar with FIAR from the preschool book. It is a simple, sweet, beautiful literature based guide that seems less overwhelming than Sonlight or My Father's World.
Karyn S. on Aug 2, 2020
Is the Teacher's Guide Vol 1 religious or secular?
A shopper on Jun 28, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The author is a Christian, so it comes from that worldview. However, the content is neutral - Five In A Row sells a separate Christian supplement with the overtly Christian content. But if you are seeking strictly secular content, FIAR does not qualify.
The volumes seem age/level specific. Is that true? Do the volumes of fiar become more advanced? If yes, what reading levels are recommended for each volume?
A shopper on May 22, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Volumes 1, 2, & 3 of Five in a Row are roughly at the same level. The can be used in any order and cover skills in the K-2nd grade range. FIAR Volume 4 is more advanced and covers skills at a 2nd-3rd grade level.
What edition is this?
A shopper on Oct 19, 2017
BEST ANSWER: There is only a single edition of Five in a Row, Volume 1. However, several years ago the books were updated with new covers and spiral binding. We carry the updated cover edition.
Does book one cover a whole school year? Or do we need to buy all 4 books for a complete year?
Megan C on Apr 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Book 1 has nineteen story books that it covers. If you stick to one book a week, it will cover half a school year. So, Books 1 and 2 are designed to last a single school year.
Who did the video review for 5 in a row?
A shopper on Jul 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The video was prepared by a Rainbow customer.
Is the manual all I need?
Kendra P on Feb 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You can check out all these books at the library if you want to save money and that way all you need is the manual. My sister in law does it that way. However, if the library doesn't have the book, you have to be somewhat flexible with what story you do that week. I bought the manual and the book package mainly because it seemed more convenient and I wanted to add to our home library anyway. The books are wonderful! We read them over and over! Part of the reason why I'm happy we bought the package. Hope this helps :)
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Rated 4 out of 5
Not quite as amazing as I hoped for, but helpful and I’m definitely getting use from it. There are many activities that aren’t as fun as I expected.
In a way, it’s educational for me to think about new ways to read any book together.
January 20, 2021
3 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great for my first grader!
I love the approach Five In A Row takes. The books are great and my daughter not only enjoys hearing the stories but is also learning everything from art to math through them.
October 1, 2020
9 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Excellent core for early elementary
I switched to Five In A Row after a few years of using Moving Beyond the Page (MBTP), a curriculum that adheres closely to curriculum standards for each grade level. What I did not enjoy about MBTP was that is was very scripted, and very scheduled - fine for some families, but really not working for us. It also did not always lead into an explanation of a subject with a book first, leaving my son to ask why I was always “talking at him.” I want to talk WITH him! FIAR lets me do that! The lessons for each book are not scheduled or scripted (although there are scheduling suggestions for those that need it). I preview all that we could learn from a book from the manual, then we just start reading! Once my children have gotten drawn into the story, it is so much more natural and easy to explain a related concept. I recall our first day using FIAR after a frustrating past months with MBTP. I read the book to my son, and he sat entranced. Then he leapt off the couch to create a playdoh-sand-mini figure diorama! And paper airplanes! And ask about how things fly! I was thrilled to see the light and love of learning return to our house! I can tell you that the content of FIAR very closely matches and often exceeds all state standards for his age (1st grade), but does it much more enjoyably! My younger PreK 4 child is enjoying the ride too! We talk constantly about the books we have read, ideas we learned, questions they’ve been mulling over, connections they make between the literature and’s exactly what I wanted! And the books are amazing. I’m a voracious reader, and the library is my favorite hangout, but the author of this curriculum had a unique gift in choosing children’s books that will delight you and your children. They are the best of the best! Some tips: get the Notebook Builder bundle from the Five In A Row website - it is chock full of learning supports that can work with any lesson. I also sometimes use the Fold-N-Learn packets also available (for free!) on the Five In A Row website. But even without either of these things, even if you just had a manual and a book, you can start learning and get so much out of it!
April 19, 2020
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Packed full of great treasures
Perfect balance of needing to prepare our studies prior to our rowing of a book and having some ideas for the week of rowing.
Such a great curriculum for drawing social studies, science, math, art, music, and language arts from classic picture books. Our books will be well loved when we are through Volume 1.
My only complaint is the same month I purchased the company came out with a new edition, I wish I had a little warning so I could have chosen to wait for the new edition.
April 13, 2020
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great Curriculum! My kids have learned a lot from the stories that a lot of kids their age wouldn’t be learning yet.
June 4, 2019
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Just as expected!
January 30, 2019
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Fantastic Curriculum
This curriculum (supplement?) is fantastic for those kids who love to read and learn. I even enjoy learning alongside with my 3.5 yr old. I think this is pretty advanced for their recommended age of 4, but if you want to push them a little I think it's a great option. We plan on revisiting these books and curriculum when he's older to reinforce concepts and introduce new ideas (the ones he's too little to understand right now). I wouldn't change a thing though, as we've enjoyed this curriculum more than expected!
November 1, 2018
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
I like the layout and explanation and how easy it is to use !
September 3, 2018
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Enriching our studies, simply and effectively!
We have incorporated Five In A Row with our core subjects to add variety and interest for our elementary students in co-op classes. The students are enjoying the stories and activities. The teachers are able to easily find activities that fit our setting and group. It is also simple to add more if you have other ideas you want to use. Very flexiible and solid education resource.
March 12, 2018
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
I love FIAR curriculum. We have used this for all of our elementary-aged kids so far.
January 3, 2018
over 3 years ago

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