Story of the World Vol. 4 Activity Book (Paperback)

Story of the World Vol. 4 Activity Book (Paperback)

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Item #: 031207
ISBN: 9781945841927
Grades: 1-8

Product Description:

The revised activity book includes the following updates: 42 updated coloring pages, updated & expanded literature reading recommendations, updated & improved timeline figures, updated & improved maps, puzzles, & games, improved art, and better typesetting. Note: The revised edition is still compatible with the original text.
Category Description for Story of the World Volume 4: Modern Age:

Enthusiastic users of Susan Wise Bauer's Story of the World will be excited to rediscover the modern era, "From Victoria's Empire to the End of the USSR." This text contains 42 chapters discussing some of the major people, places and events in world history, from 1850 to 2000. Some highlights include: the Crimean war, the American Civil War, the Second Reich, the Japan's Meiji restoration, the Suez canal, the Boers, Western expansion in the U.S., the Boxer Rebellion in China, the Mexican Revolution, the rise of Joseph Stalin, Hitler's rise to power, the Holocaust, the Atom bomb, the partitioning of Palestine, the Cold War, the Vietnam War, Chernobyl, the end of Communism, and much more. Once again, Susan Wise Bauer has put together a very exciting and multi-faceted history study that everyone will love! The text is available in either paperback or hardcover. The activity book is a bound paperback. - Jess

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
Grade End
Activity Book, Illustrated
Series Title
The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child Ser.
General Adult
Charlie Park (Editor) ; Susan Wise Bauer (Editor)
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Peace Hill Press
4.4 (lbs.)
11.0" x 8.5" x 1.62"
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love the book lists included in the SOTW activity books!
Meredeth A on Sep 14, 2022
We've used this curriculum since Vol. 1.
Ron H on Aug 2, 2022
love the book lists included in the SOTW activity books!
Meredeth A on Sep 14, 2022
Needed for a learning center class.
Riannon M on Aug 10, 2022
We've used this curriculum since Vol. 1.
Ron H on Aug 2, 2022
school has it on the list to buy
Cynthia B on Jul 26, 2022
Love this for the kids - activities to make history come to life
Shannon M on Apr 19, 2022
We’ve been homeschooling for 10 years and have enjoyed using all of Susan Wise Bauer’s Story of the World volumes with our kiddos, ages 6 years through 14 years. Highly recommend them for ease of use and complete, chronological, world history.
Jen V on Sep 1, 2021
It makes learning history fun.
Jocelyn C on Aug 11, 2021
Great history curriculum for elementary aged kids
User on Jul 28, 2021
We purchased this book to make history come more alive next year. The maps and activities and resources are invaluable.
Garrison T on Jun 15, 2021
We love this series!! Needed this Volume!
Heather C on Mar 11, 2021
This is part of My Fathers World grade 7 (1850 to Modern Times) and it was cheaper to purchase from here. We have used the first three volumes in prior years and have truly enjoyed the story like delivery of historical facts. We love that it covers the history of many different places through a certain time in history.
Elayne G on Mar 7, 2021
To correlate with SOTW textbook.
Pamela M on Feb 26, 2021
We have used Volumes 1-3 and wanting to finish the whole curriculum. Son loves the coloring pages and the map work. We don't typically do any of other activities in the book but map work and color sheet. I will go to youtube ( we love Homeschool Pop) and find videos or tour of the actual place which helps make it real..
User on Feb 22, 2021
We like this series and have really enjoyed the activities - it makes history come alive!
Alexis J on Aug 30, 2020
I chose this as it is used in MFW curriculum, 1850-Modern Times.
Stephanie R on Aug 14, 2020
Homeschool Gr 12 History requirement. We love The Story of The World books and chose to use the Activity Book for the History requirement this year.
Regina M on Aug 7, 2020
Freedom Project Academy required book
Evelyn L on Jul 25, 2020
We have used the other 3 volumes and enjoyed them.
Mercedes C on Jul 12, 2020
Recommended by Well-Trained Mind, and we have used this series before. It works well for my son.
Katherine G on Jul 1, 2020
So many fun activities - defiantly worth the cost
Jessy G on May 31, 2020
To study some American History prior to Classical Conversations Cycle 3 starts.
Ashleigh M on May 5, 2020
We have used the Story of the World curriculum for the past two years and have loved it. My boys all enjoy listening to the chapters as well as participating in the activities.
Allison C on Apr 15, 2020
We have always used this curriculum for history!
Kristina L on Sep 22, 2019
We really like this series! My daughter likes to work independently and will use this activity book with the reading text to increase the fun in learning!
Elizabeth F on Aug 23, 2019
previous experience with this program
Lindsey B on Aug 21, 2019
Love how complete this curriculum is. It's easy to use with little planning.
Rachel C on Aug 21, 2019
Love Story of the World
Rachel H on Jul 6, 2019
I purchased the activity book this time as it has more than just coloring pages. Actually there are no coloring pages, which is a plus for me. I am particularly interested in the map work and outlining activities, which will supplement our writing curriculum. This will help my son apply his writing skills to another subject without the burden of planning the assignments myself.
Kristen D on Mar 1, 2019
Great supplemental reading selections, recipes, coloring pages that we use for notebooking
Erin P on Jan 26, 2019
I love the overview that these books offer. The activity book just solidifies the lessons with fun activities.
Judy S on Dec 5, 2018
I bought History of the World 4, so wanted the Activity Book to go with it. I like this series.
Lori C on Aug 15, 2018
I don't always use all of the activities but I like to use the questions and list of additional reading materials.
Angela W on Jul 7, 2018
Using the series already and LOVE it!
Donae S on Feb 27, 2018
We need creative and positive reinforcement of the things we are learning together.
Elizabeth K on Jan 6, 2018
we've used the first book and enjoyed it.
Paula H on Dec 11, 2017
Needed as a companion to the book.
Angelica T on Oct 22, 2017
I’m hoping this will have maps and background information that will help my daughter to solidify the information in her brain.
Kelly J on Oct 5, 2017
history loop we use
Santino S on Aug 18, 2017
Freedom Project Academy
Jennifer K on Aug 12, 2017
It is what I need.
chris k on Jun 30, 2017
Love that I can use this with several grade levels.
Adam L on May 11, 2017
I have tried several other history programs, and I prefer this because it's not overwhelming. The activities and maps are very good and by just covering the basics my son isn't overwhelmed and ends up remembering a substantial amount of what is covered. More importantly, he enjoys the program. We combine it with Bookshark's timeline book and figures.
Gwendellyn C on May 5, 2017
History made interesting.
Rachel G on Apr 11, 2017
the map work and supplemental literature list are worth the book!
michelle m on Mar 14, 2017
homeschool curriculum - my kids love it!
Kendra A on Dec 1, 2016
We have used other volumes of the Activity Books and found them fun, useful, and reinforcing.
Mary M on Nov 17, 2016
We have been using this in our homeschool and it was the final activity book needed to finish off the 4 years. It has been very helpful.
Susan S on Oct 15, 2016
My kids love the Story of the World and I love the activity book that comes with it! You could work on one section for a month or more with all of the resources in each chapter. There are games, activities, crafts, food, books and more to enhance your lesson. LOVE IT!!
Wendy L on Sep 27, 2016
This is an excellent compliment to the "text". It really helps in the learning and makes is interetsing tool.
Rachel S on Aug 16, 2016
susan r on Aug 2, 2016
Needed for a learning center class.
Riannon M on Aug 10, 2022
school has it on the list to buy
Cynthia B on Jul 26, 2022
Does this activity book include coloring pages like the other levels did?
Cassandra on Jun 24, 2019
BEST ANSWER: There are reproducible activity pages in this book some of which are coloring activities. However, the target age range for this book is higher than some of the others so there are fewer coloring-based activities.
Are the pages reproducible?
User on Jul 13, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The student pages are reproducible, with nothing printed on the backs. I know someone who dismantled the book and put it in a binder to make it easier, but we were able to put the book in the copier without much problem with edging. The copyright statement allows reproduction for use within a family.
Is this book binded or is it loose pages?
User on Jun 8, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It is binded and for the activity pages which are located in the backof the book are easy tear outs. The pages are not loose. We love the activity books for story of the world. I highly recommend this, my kids have gotten a lot out of the book and activity book.
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Must read
Excellent, I would recommend it for a classical education of a wise future generation.
February 10, 2017
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
I'm enjoying Story of the World 4 Activity Book
It helps me cover lots of detail of the chapter that we are covering by using most of every section for each Chapter: Encyclopedia reading, Review/Comprehension Questions, outlines, maps, and timeline. The directions for use and for teaching in a co-op are clear and straightforward.
December 1, 2016
over 6 years ago

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