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- Reading with History 4 │Ages 9-12
Experience America's history from the 1850s on!
- Complete the epic adventure you started in Third Grade
- Relax as you enjoy fascinating books; just follow the daily lesson plans
- Get to know heroes like Abraham Lincoln, William Wilberforce, Eleanor Roosevelt and the Wright brothers!
- Purchase this package and you'll get free shipping (lower 48)
Breathe life into your study of history
Reading with History 4 gives a breathtaking look at America from the Civil War through the year 2000. Walk alongside families whose lives intersect with major events in our history. The Civil War, Westward Expansion, the Industrial Revolution, WWI, the Great Depression, WWII and modern history come to life as characters grapple with the difficulties around them and overcome in the end.
An overview of Reading with History 4
This American History package was created to engage children, give the real-life context in which history happened, and get them excited about the American spirit of creativity and entrepreneurship.
Find out how Americans' unique perspective--our egalitarianism, our desire for change, and our "can-do" spirit--contributed to inventions such as ready-to-wear clothing, department stores and skyscrapers. Discover why time zones and "fast food" came into existence. Examine how mass immigration, women's suffrage, the labor movement and the Great Depression impacted the social, political, and economic climate of the country. Discuss how racism has influenced life for individuals and the entire nation throughout the years.
Meet courageous men and women who persevered through hardship and put their creativity to good use--the Wright brothers, George Washington Carver, Thomas Edison and others! Discover the story behind the building of the Brooklyn Bridge and the invention of elevators.
Connect with your child as you combine to find answers to intriguing questions: What was life like for normal families during the Civil War? How was it to travel West with a wagon train? How did the Civil Rights movement gain momentum?
Besides the main tour through U.S. history, Reading with History 4 also includes a side trip south to discover the history and cultures of South America.
Included in this comprehensive package:
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
Read, grow and learn together. History books, biographies and enriching "extras" add depth to your study this year. Highlights here include:
- The only biography to win a Newbery Medal
- A CD with great songs of Americana. These are songs your children should know for the sake of cultural literacy, from "Camptown Races" to "America the Beautiful."
- Timeline figures to continue your ever-expanding timeline. This tool helps you see exactly how history unfolds
- An accessible look at World Wars I and II, with plenty of appropriate photographs and detailed maps
Make a real connection with your child as you read these books with your kids! Read about real life for Americans through the centuries and ...
- Meet an all-time favorite heroine: an 11-year-old girl who helps keep peace between Indians and pioneers
- March through the American Civil War with Jethro. Watch him become a man and begin to understand the issues behind the conflict
- Join the delightful story of a poor Jewish family in a crowded section of New York City at the turn of the century
- Hunt buffalo, live in a teepee and ride bareback as you discover what it's like to live as a Crow Indian
Your kids will meet inspiring characters such as Helen Keller, Harriet Tubman and Thomas Edison. A few Readers are for pure fun, but most tie directly to the history content.
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!
Can I use this package if I didn’t do Part 1?
BookShark’s Level 4 Full Grade Package introduces the second half of American history beginning with the 1850’s and ending in the modern era. The first half of the program – Level 3 Intro to American History, part 1 of 2 – is not required for you to use our Level 4 curriculum, though it does help provide some context. It is up to you if you want to skip it or step back.
If you have any concerns about missing content or the difficulty of the Level 4 work, please consider starting with Level 3. Our Level 3 package was designed for students age 8-11. If you decide to skip the Level 3 program, your student(s) will have another chance to cover American history in our Level 100 Full Grade Package.
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 both of my children?
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 7-9 | Reading with History 2
- Ages 8-11 | Reading with History 3
- Ages 10-13 | Reading with History 5
- Ages 11-13 | Reading with History 6
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 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.
Do I need the Children's Encyclopedia of American History?
The Children's Encyclopedia of American History is included in our Level 3 History program and reused in Level 4 History. If you purchased our Level 3 Full Grade Package or Reading with History Package, you do not need to purchase this book again.
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.