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Story Of The World Ancient Times Activity Book 1 3e Paperback – Apr 15 2008

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 319 pages
  • Publisher: Peace Hill Press; 3rd Revised edition edition (April 15 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933339055
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933339054
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 2.5 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Susan Wise Bauer is the best-selling author of the Story of the World series and The Well-Trained Mind, among other works. She lives in Virginia.

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Format: Paperback
The Story of the World: Activity Book One: Ancient Times is an amazing resource. Perfectly matched with The Story of the World text, it is an invaluable resource. This book should be required for every elementary school child.
The book starts with a handy pronunciation guide, which is a great help with the many ancient names encountered. It ends with a huge section of student pages, which include maps of the ancient world, coloring pages (many taken from ancient art/architecture), and review cards. Found in between these 2 sections is the comprehensive teaching guide.
The teaching guide has a wealth of information, for every section. The reading is cross-referenced with Usborne and Kingfisher history encyclopedias. Review questions and sample narrations are provided. Lists of optional, supplemental, age-appropriate reading materials are included, as well. In many sections, there are recipes appropriate to the geographical area and/or time period being studied.
Even with all of the above, Ms. Bauer did not stop. Every chapter has a wealth of hands-on activities and projects, correlated to the subject matter. These activities are designed to be done with materials that most people already have in their homes. There are always several activies included, ranging from the simple to the complex. For example, the chapter on The Old Kingdom in Egypt includes a project to make a Lego step pyramid, and instructions on how to mummify a chicken.
This is by far the most comprehensive and well-written history activity guide that I have ever used. Everything that I needed was included. After using this in kindergarten, my son has a deeper understanding of ancient history than many of the adults that I know. I used several of the projects with my teenage daughter as well, and she thoroughly enjoyed them. I would highly recommend this book for every family with children.
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By A Customer on July 30 2003
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I've been using the Activity Guide for the Story of the World for five weeks now, with a 7yo girl and a 5yo boy.
This is not a stand-alone book, but this book plus the Story of the World (plus access to a library) gives you everything you need for a very complete history curriculum. I think it would be suitable for most children in grades K-3.
Here's what you get in the Story of the World Activity Guide (basically everything!)...
Review Questions - my kids compete to answer these. They are fun, not too hard, and cover all the main points in the chapter. Which makes it very easy to follow up with...
Narration Exercises - OK, we're still trying to get the hang of these. Neither of my guys knows how to summarize, really. But I'm sure we'll get it, and it'll be a valuable skill later on.
***Additional History Reading and Corresponding Literature Suggestions*** - I LOVE these books! So far my library has had almost all of them. They are mostly simple fact books and gorgeous picture books. This is the most valuable part of the guide, for me.
Map Work - I like this. My kids are getting a real sense of the geography of Egypt and the Middle East. It helps to have a globe handy, so we can match the maps with the "real" world.
Coloring Pages - Well, to be honest, I find the pictures really vary in quality, but my kids don't seem to have noticed. And it's nice to have them right there.
Projects - Once I got over the idea that I wanted to do them all, I found myself really enjoying these. We've made cave paintings, and a model of the Nile. We're planning on doing the sand cube step pyramid some time next week and I haven't totally ruled out cuneiform tablets (if I get around to picking up the clay).
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I really liked the "Story of the World" volume and eagerly ordered this activity book to go with it. There are good activity ideas in this volume but the coloring pages and other graphics could have been drawn by a 3 year old. For the price, which is more than I would have paid if I had seen it, I expected a quality product. I guess if you are using it for an older child and don't care about the graphics it is a good resource for someone who just wants quick ideas and doesn't want to research their own. However, I don't think the original volume "Story of the World" would be that great for an older child so you end up with activities for one age group and text for another. If I wouldn't be out shipping both ways I would return this book. I highly recommend that you view it somewhere before purchasing.
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This activity guide has many resources which make it a worthwhile purchase. The book lists for each chapter of Story of the World made it easy for me to go online with my library and reserve books ahead of time which would enrich our lessons. The blackline maps for each chapter helped my kids to identify the geographical regions where the historical events took place. The guide includes numerous suggestions for hands-on projects that help to bring history alive for young children. If one project didn't appeal to me or fit with my schedule, another one would. My 5 year old and 7 year old boys enjoyed making a model of the Nile River and flooding its banks, causing the grass seed we planted to sprout: a fun simulation of the real yearly event. The Roman aqueduct model we made recently was a hit! I appreciated not having to come up with project ideas on my own. My boys began to come up with some project ideas of their own after doing several of the guide projects.
The guide offers a coloring page for each chapter, some of which we used. Others we skipped because my kids preferred to draw their own pictures. Some I skipped, because as a Christian, I didn't particularly want to dwell on depictions of other gods. Some of the coloring pages were well-drawn; others seemed amateurish. I did like having the option of a coloring page.
This activity guide greatly ehanced our enjoyment of the book The Story of the World and our study of the ancients this past year. I highly recommend it!
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