Story of the World Volume 3 Complete Package

Story of the World Volume 3 Complete Package


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Grades: 1-5

In 42 chapters, the third volume of Story of the World takes another good-sized bite out of world history. Topics covered in Volume 3 include Japanese warlords, colonies in the "New World", the spread of slavery, the "Sun King" of France, English control in India, imperialist China, The Revolutionary War, Captain Cook's explorations, Age of Industrialism in Europe, Napoleon, French Revolution, Lewis & Clark, Mexican independence, Africa and colonialism, the Opium Wars, the Gold Rush, and much, much more. The activity book is only available in paperback, and **revised** student activity pages are reproducible for families only - not co-ops or schools. - 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

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We've enjoyed SOTW for the last two books in the series and look forward to finishing out the cycle. Its nice having the tests available for the older kids (4th+) and the cds for car rides between activities.
Don A on Aug 10, 2022
I love this for in the car. I have 4 children I homeschool ages 11-5, they all listen in the car and sometimes request it at bedtime. Excellent multilevel History curriculum.
Jessica T on May 31, 2021
We've enjoyed SOTW for the last two books in the series and look forward to finishing out the cycle. Its nice having the tests available for the older kids (4th+) and the cds for car rides between activities.
Don A on Aug 10, 2022
I love the price for the complete Volume as we have found we really enjoy to audio version!
Joanna B on Jul 8, 2022
I love this for in the car. I have 4 children I homeschool ages 11-5, they all listen in the car and sometimes request it at bedtime. Excellent multilevel History curriculum.
Jessica T on May 31, 2021
We love the Story of the World! We've used it for two years now and it works so well for all my kids.
Rebecca L on May 20, 2021
Great overview of history with activities for all ages.
Janica J on May 7, 2021
My children love this!
christine F on Apr 7, 2021
Came highly recommended, can use for family-style teaching of history.
Maren C on Aug 19, 2020
We love Story of the World! My daughter learns so much in a low pressure format!
Rebecca E on Aug 16, 2020
I started homeschooling my 1st and 5th graders with Volume 1 and they both loved the program so much that we finished Volume 2 as well. I love being able to teach them both with the same program. We are all looking forward to Volume 3.
LINDSAY W on Jul 31, 2020
We love Story of the world. It all you really need are the wordbook at the story book to have a complete History plan for a whole year. My kids are ages three and six and they put the first two books (which we have already completed) on their summer reading lists and then hounded me until we read them. You know that you have a good curriculum when your kids not only remember what they've learned, but want to use it during their free time.
Sarah B on Jul 7, 2020
we love the first one and decided to get all of them
Bev H on Apr 25, 2020
We enjoy adding art in with our history and the activity book lets us do that. We have a lot of fun. We have done #2, so its on to level #3.
Sara S on Apr 12, 2020
We LOVE Story of the World!! I'm learning more about history every time I read it to my 10 year old! He loves learning about History as a story versus a dry text book!
Megan A on Apr 8, 2020
My daughter LOVES learning from Story of the World.
shawn s on Jan 21, 2020
Homeschooling option
Sarah G on Aug 24, 2019
We've used Vols. 1&2 and enjoyed them!
Joelle on Aug 5, 2019
I have been using this book for many years . It is well written and gives a great overall idea of what is going on in history all over the world. I am looking forward to the book on tape and the study guides.
User on Jul 21, 2018
LOVE this curriculum!!
Alicia M on Sep 25, 2017
Required text for class
Nancy Y on Aug 29, 2017
Homeschool History grade 6 student - to complete what we didn't finish last year.
Kathleen W on Aug 26, 2017
Love SWB
Rebecca H on Jun 29, 2017
It is the next book in the series for our world history class.
Vickie B on Jun 17, 2017
needed it for co-op this coming year
Candace G on Jun 14, 2017
Love story of the world and you had a great price on the complete set.
Terri M on May 5, 2017
Almost didn't buy this set because of how Islam was handled in the 2nd set, but this 3rd set has been great. I have a very auditory learner. We use the CDs almost everyday.
Joy W on Mar 20, 2017
Good history set. Makes things simple so we can listen in the car or read it.
Jennifer P on Jan 26, 2017
I have been using the series since volume 1 and like to give my child a true historical perspective. I am going to try the audio book this year.
Wendy R on Sep 5, 2016
I was never a "History fan" in school, but I might have been if I had this series in front of me. My children ASK to listen to the history CDs , rather than the radio when we are out driving (and they retain the info)
Kelly G on Aug 27, 2016
Following curriculum order. We have used this timeline method of studying history for all our children. Plus easy to use with multiple children ages, grades and special needs.
Annette O on Aug 1, 2016
Highly recommended by local homeschool association.
Anda L on Jun 30, 2016
I love the price for the complete Volume as we have found we really enjoy to audio version!
Joanna B on Jul 8, 2022
We love the Story of the World! We've used it for two years now and it works so well for all my kids.
Rebecca L on May 20, 2021
does the test booklet have the answers in them?
User on Jun 28, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the tests tear out of the book and the answer key is in the back of the book.
Does this include the student worksheets?
A shopper on Apr 9, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the big activity book has all the worksheets and map pages. The pages are perforated and easy to tear out. They are reproducible for use within your family.
is the book that comes in the Story of the World Volume 3 Complete Package a hard cover book or soft cover book?
A shopper on May 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It comes with a softcover book.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Nice see , happy with this program !
September 9, 2022
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Rated 5 out of 5
I would recommend!
My kids of all ages love to listen to the audio. They have fun with the worksheets and activities.
September 7, 2022
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Well written history curriculum. We are enjoying the recorded book and the activity workbook.
August 23, 2018
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