Journey across the mysterious East!
This year's cross-continental itinerary
Take an ambling trek that starts in China and moves through the rest of Asia, over to the Middle East, down to Africa, sweeps through the South Pacific, including Australia and New Zealand, and finishes in Antarctica. Get to know the people and cultures of places you hear about in the news, but may have never studied in-depth (such as Japan, India, the Philippines and Afghanistan).
Reading with History 5, Includes:
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.
As an added benefit in 2016, you will receive free online access for 1 year to the electronic version of this guide.
History & Geography
As you learn about countries with such different economic histories from ours, you'll enjoy Whatever Happened to Penny Candy?, an easy introduction to basic economics. And throughout your year, timeline figures and maps pull all your learning together.
The history centerpiece is Journey to the Eastern Hemisphere, a book (new for 2016!) that combines articles and photos about various countries and regions: China, Korea, Japan, Russia, Southeast Asia, Vietnam, India, the Middle East, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Africa, the Pacific Islands, New Zealand, Australia, and Antarctica.
Share adventures of life overseas with your children. We have also included a few classics from our own culture. Get ready to:
- See cultures with new eyes as you walk with a young Tibetan girl from her homeland all the way to Calcutta
- Read: The Horse and His Boy, one of C. S. Lewis' marvelous tales of Narnia
- Shuffle behind Marjan, a disabled Persian girl, as she risks her life to collect stories for the Sultan's wife, who must tell him a new tale every night--or be killed
Your children will get more glimpses into life in the Eastern Hemisphere through their Readers this year. They'll meet characters who inspire courage, curiosity, strength and lots of fun!
After you meet one such character in Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, your children will use the included paper to make their own authentic Japanese origami.
A few essential resources make your learning extra rich this year. You'll use The Timeline Book and the Markable Map throughout your BookShark journey.
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!
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 with more than one child?
Yes, you can! If your children are within three years of age, they can share the same BookShark Reading with History package – including Read-Alouds, history books, the Timeline Book, and Timeline Figures.
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 8-11 | Reading with History 3
- Ages 9-12 | Reading with History 4
- Ages 11-13 | Reading with History 6
- Ages 12-14 | Reading with History 7
If there is more than a three year age difference between your children, we recommend that you purchase a separate package for each student. Our Reading with History K Package (for ages 5-7) is a good pairing with our Level 5 package as it provides an introduction World Cultures.
Can I purchase the History program without the Readers?
We do not offer a History package without Readers because learning through reading is fundamental to our program. If you are certain that you do not want the Readers, you can add the History books and Read-Alouds to your cart individually. Please use the list on the "See All BookShark Products" page as a reference.
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.