Get a full grade program in one simple order.
Included in this package:
- Instructor’s Guides
- History & Geography
- Language Arts
- Required Resources
Here’s an in depth look at what you’ll receive and learn.
Includes a 36-Week, 4-Day schedule designed to save one day a week for co-ops, music lessons, sports, field trips or other extra-curricular activities. Includes colorful map answer keys, discussion questions and answers as well as background notes to help you get the most from the time you spend with your child.
History & Geography │Intro to American History, Year 1 of 2
Journey through American history from before the Spanish conquistadors through the 1850s. Embrace the innovative spirit that characterized early American history. Meet Incans, Aztecs and Mayans, sail with Columbus, journey with Lewis and Clark, and invent with Benjamin Franklin!
Read 11 Read-Aloud books filled with pioneer adventure, colonial suspense and heartwarming courage. Spend many wonderful hours reading together this year. A sample of the titles include:
- Walk the World's Rim, where you meet Europeans in Texas long before the Pilgrims landed.
- The Sign of the Beaver, a Newbery Honor tale about a white boy rescued by an Indian chief.
- The Witch of Blackbird Pond, a Newbery Medal book about family, justice, and courage. (And despite the title, there is no witch nor witchcraft in this story.)
Level 3 Readers tie directly into the History content of the Package. These masterfully written, adventure-filled stories help cement the transition from "learning to read" to "reading to learn."
For children who are voracious readers or are on the older end of the 8-11 year age range, choose the Advanced package. You'll get all the Regular Readers plus eight more gripping books.
This complete Language Arts program with daily lesson plans helps your children develop excellent written communication skills.
The following OPTIONAL supplement Wordly Wise 3000, Book 3 & Teacher's Key is scheduled in the guide for your convenience but not required. (Not included in the Full-Grade package unless selected.)
Spelling You See takes the approach that students spell correctly when words are imprinted on the visual memory. The design of the program allows students to develop spelling skills naturally, at their own pace, with the direction and encouragement of the instructor.
See the General Spelling Readiness Guidelines for more information on placing your student in the correct level.
Handwriting Without Tears │ Cursive Handwriting
No matter what your child's motor skill level, they enjoy daily success using our favorite program, Handwriting Without Tears. Includes student workbook, 3/8" ruled practice paper and four adhesive strips to stick to desks to give students visual clues for letter formation. You may also choose a different level of Handwriting Without Tears.
Science │ Biology, Taxonomy, and Human Anatomy
Science 3 gives students an up-close look at the observable world and the forces behind what we can see. Students focus on Physics (energy, gravity, sound, electricity, and machines) and Biology (life, cells, plants and photosynthesis, plant growth, protists, frogs, butterflies, ecosystems, food cycle, water cycle, air cycle, the human body and animals). A humor-filled instructional DVD guides their progress through 60 hands-on experiments.
Science experiments are coordinated with the TOPS: Green Thumbs books and are based on the growth of living things and are very accurately planned out for a 5-day schedule. Since BookShark curriculum is a 4-day schedule you will need to make the necessary adjustments. The TOPS books are scheduled from Week 18 to Week 26.
The following OPTIONAL supplements Lyrical Life Science, Volume 1 and Volume 2 are scheduled in the Included Intructor's Guide for your convenience but is not required. (Supplements NOT included in the Full-Grade package)
The Math-U-See Gamma Universal Set comes with this full-grade package. You may also choose from other math programs such as Teaching Textbooks, Saxon, Singapore using the customize tab. To find out if your student is ready for Gamma take the Gamma Readiness Assessment.
A few essential resources make your learning extra rich this year. Includes The Timeline Book, Markable Map & Markers and a 3” Binder with Tabs to organize your Instructor’s Guides.
Daily Time Requirements: Child: 3.5 - 4.5 hrs; Parent: 2 - 3 hrs
- History 3 Instructor's Guide, 3-Week Sample
- Science 3 Instructor's Guide, 3-Week Sample
- Language Arts 3 Instructor's Guide, 3-Week Sample
- Online - History 3 Instructor's Guide
- Online - Science 3 Instructor's Guide
- Online - Language Arts 3 Instructor's Guide
To see samples of all Instructor's Guides, click here.
Scope & Sequence
Handwriting Without Tears
- Teaching Textbooks 3 - Table of contents
- Teaching Textbooks 3 - CD-ROM Sample
- Teaching Textbooks 3 - Placement Test
- Saxon Math 3 - Student Workbook Sample
- Saxon Math 3 Sample Lesson pg.68
- Saxon Math 3 Sample Lesson pg.69
- Saxon Math 3 Sample Lesson pg.70
- Saxon Math 3 Sample Lesson pg.71
Is BookShark a History or a Reading program?
BookShark is both! We are a literature based program that teaches History through reading and listening. At Level K-2, the focus of our program is on developing and strengthening reading ability. This is why we offer multiple Reader levels for the early packages. Beginning in Level 3, however, the focus shifts from strengthening reading ability to building reading comprehension. From Level 3 up, we integrate the Reading, Read-Alouds, and Language Arts assignments with the History readings. Instead of learning to read, your children will be reading to learn!
What is the difference between Level 3 Regular Readers and Level 3 Advanced Readers?
The Level 3 Advanced Readers includes the Level 3 Regular Readers plus eight more books and a reading schedule adjusted to fit the extra material. The Advanced Readers are not written at a higher reading level, but they do require that the student read more pages per assignment than the Regular Level 3 Reader package. Here is a list of the additional books in the Level 3 Advanced Readers:
Do the Readers integrate with the History reading?
Yes, they do! For Level 3 and up, all of our Readers were chosen because of how well they represent the topics and times you'll be studying in History readings. The Readers in this package also integrate with Language Arts assignments. This approach gives your student an opportunity to soak up subject matter in three different ways: by listening, by writing, and (of course) by reading!
Can I use this package for both of my children?
Yes, you can use the Full Grade package with two or more students!
If your children are within three years of age, we recommend that you put them in the same BookShark Full-Grade Package. Your children will be able to share most of the resources in the Full Grade package, including Read-Alouds, Science, and History books. They can also share the Timeline Book and Timeline Figures, but you will need duplicates of some of the worksheets. You may also need additional Math resources. Please look at the “Consumables” tab to see a full list of the consumable materials in this package.
Please remember that Reading & Language Arts and Math are skill based subjects. Even though your students are in the same age range, they may not have the same skill levels. Use the assessments on our Resources page to help you pick the correct Reading and Math option for each of your children.
Once you know the correct Reader and Math levels, customize the Full Grade package to fit one of your student’s needs. Then, supplement the package with an additional Reading & Language Arts and a Math program that fits your other students.
Not sure if this is the right fit? Please review the options below to find a package that will work for both of your children:
- Ages 6-8 | Level 1 Full Grade Package
- Ages 7-9 | Level 2 Full Grade Package
- Ages 9-12 | Level 3 Full Grade Package
- Ages 10-13 | Level 5 Full Grade Package
If there is more than a three year age difference between your children, we recommend that you purchase a separate package for each student.
Can my students share the Science Supplies Kit?
Yes! If your students are willing to work together as lab partners, they can share the resources in the Science Supplies Kit 3. You may want a second copy if you prefer that each student perform every experiment, or if you have more than two scientists sharing the Science package.
Which Math program/level will be best for my child?
Math, like reading, is a skill-based subject. It is important to pick a program and a level that fits with your child’s learning style and ability. Please take a look at our Resources page for a comparison of our different math options. We also have placement tests to help you figure out the appropriate starting point for your child.
Can I purchase the package without Math?
Our Full-Grade Packages are built to include everything you need for your school year: History, Reading, Language Arts, Science, and Math. We love our packages so much that we discount them 20% off retail price. You can purchase the elements of the Full Grade package without purchasing math, but you will not receive our 20% off package discount.
If you are certain none of our math options will work for you, please add the following products to your cart individually:
What are the “Required Resources” and why are they required?
The Required Resources includes a big binder with 36 week tabs for your Instructor’s Guides, The Timeline Book, a reusable Markable Map, and a set of wet-erase markers. These resources will be reused in almost every level of our History program and can be shared by multiple students. You will be given the option to purchase these items every time you buy a Full Grade package, but you only need to buy it once.