Medieval History Portfolio Junior

Medieval History Portfolio Junior

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Item #: 042509
ISBN: 9780976291879
Grades: K-5

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Publisher Description:

The junior version of the Medieval History Portfolio "classic" is perfect for children in grades K - 3. The Junior Portfolio contains fewer notebooking pages than the "classic" version, and therefore requires much less writing. Notebooking activities focus on observation, comprehension, penmanship, copywork, memory work, beginning writing skills, and plenty of games and puzzles for reinforcement and review.

The Junior Portfolio is divided into two sections, with the first section containing notebooking pages printed on cardstock paper, and the second section containing the parent guide with all of the instructions and multi-level cut-and-paste activities necessary to complete the book.

NOTE: All of the Junior Portfolios contain the same chapter titles in the same order as the Classic volumes, allowing older children using the Classic volumes and younger children using the Juniors to work side by side.

Use with the corresponding Full Color Maps, for the ultimate in convenience.

Category Description for Junior Portfolios:

While the "Classic" History Portfolios are intended for 3rd grade and up, Junior Portfolios offer even younger children the opportunity to complete their own portfolios, too. Designed as a gentle introduction to both history and notebooking and very similar to the original History Portfolios, these contain more age-appropriate writing spaces as well as suggested material for three ability levels. A Parent Guide and Materials are included right in the book (back portion), but can be removed to allow the student to "own" his portfolio. History selections are coordinated with the Story of the World, but could be used with other history materials. Both Junior and "classic" History Portfolios are now bound in 3-ring binders for extra flexibility.




Category Description for History Portfolios:

There are so many unit studies and curriculums that culminate in the creation of a dedicated notebook which contains all of the work and information the child has learned about the topic. If you are looking for something better adapted to this process than the ol' binder and notebook paper combo, you will definitely want to check these out. Based on the same concept as a blank timeline, this series offers you actual history portfolios which hold many blank maps, spaces, and lined paragraphs for you to fill out for each time period. The books are divided chronologically over that time range, for example, the medieval book provides separate sections for the Christians, the West Roman Empire, the Celtic Tribes, the Germanic Tribes, the Building of Kingdoms (Frankish, England, France, and Germany), the East Roman Empire/Byzantium, and the World. Each section contains blank maps and empty spaces for copywork, drawings, reports, narrations, lists and more. A detailed table of contents at the beginning shows you what features are included for each time period, making it easier to plan with your history program (you may want to note that the appendix material and resource suggestions previously found in the History Portfolios are now found in the Teacher Guides for each time period). The end of the book provides a unique timeline, which is intended to be taken out of the book, attached sheet-to-sheet, and used to record events and important people that are studied. This series provides a worthy foundation for personalized, thorough history portfolios.

If you've been a little overwhelmed with the blank spaces in the History Portfolios - or just want some idea of what to include, these guides provide the answer. Each spiral-bound Teacher's Guide provides detailed suggestions for each and every image and text box in its corresponding Portfolio. Appendix and resource material (previously found in the Classic Portfolios) is now also included in the Teacher's Guides. Even though the Portfolios provide general suggestions, these Teacher's Guides eliminate the need to preplan every page. The material can be used "as is" by coloring, cutting, and pasting or it can become a springboard and source of ideas. All images are original - rendered from photographs and artifacts - and can be reproduced for family use. With the use of these Teacher's Guides, the History Portfolios can function as the framework for a complete course of study. Please note that Teacher's Guides are only needed for these "Classic" portfolios; if you are using a Junior History Portfolio for the younger set, you will not need a separate Teacher's Guide.

While the "Classic" History Portfolios are intended for 3rd grade and up, Junior Portfolios offer even younger children the opportunity to complete their own portfolios, too. Designed as a gentle introduction to both history and notebooking and very similar to the original History Portfolios, these contain more age-appropriate writing spaces as well as suggested material for three ability levels. A Parent Guide and Materials are included right in the book (back portion), but can be removed to allow the student to "own" his portfolio. History selections are coordinated with the Story of the World, but could be used with other history materials. Both Junior and "classic" History Portfolios are now bound in 3-ring binders for extra flexibility.

Full-color reference map sets are also available to help students complete the mapping activities in their portfolios. Created because maps for a certain time period or civilization may be difficult to find, these maps directly correlate with the black-and-white maps in the portfolios, and make the mapping activities much easier. While we sell the pieces separately, the History Portfolio's creator has also made some kits available, which contain everything you could want for a full-fledged history notebooking experience. Classic kits are currently available for Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance periods and Junior kits are available for Ancient and Medieval periods. Kits include portfolio, map set, colored pencils, and ten sheets of 65 lb. multicolored card stock paper. Classic Sets also include the Teacher's Guide. - Melissa/Janice




Primary Subject
History/Geography
Grade Start
K
Grade End
5
ISBN
9780976291879
Format
Softcover Book
Brand Name
History Portfolio
Weight
2.25 (lbs.)
Dimensions
9.0" x 13.0" x 1.75"
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I was really hoping to like this Unfortunately we started off with notebooks from 2 different printings Which is not a usual mistake but was a challenge for us This is supposed to be aligned with the Story of the World In the parent pages it does refer to which chapters and sections to read The frustrating part is that the notebooks are not made chronologically as the Story of the World is written It is made thematically A section for Celts Medieval Europe etc Which means we were skipping around in our text to match the pages in the notebookAnother negative is that the maps in the notebook do not match the purchased maps The labels are different and the scale is not the same I found this to be very frustrating in working with my first and second graders trying to use one or more maps for simple coloring of regions and riversThe activities in the notebook are great and we enjoyed building the different pages I liked the different ability levels offered and the lapbooking optionsOver all I was frustrated with this product as much as I really did want to love it I suppose you could go through the parent pages at the beginning of the year and note in the story of the world when there is a page in the notebook to match and have a completed notebook at the end either way you are going to skip around either in the text or in the notebookI don't think I will buy the next one I think it would be much less frustrating to use activity pages and ideas from the Story of the World activity guide
April 10, 2011


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