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Simply written instructions are tailored for independent learners; at the beginning of each unit, an overview, list of lessons, and list of additional books needed are provided. Lessons may be read aloud, or alone. Four to six activities are provided at the end of each lesson, which parents may choose assignments from; each takes approximately 45-90 minutes, and students are not expected to complete all of them. Activities often cover thinking biblically, vocabulary, creative writing, or activities in Maps of America the Beautiful Timeline of America the Beautiful, We the People Student Workbook, or the (sold-separately) Lesson Review books. One special family activity is assigned per week, including arts and crafts, recipes, and multi-age projects.
We the People is a rich collection of letters, documents, speeches, songs, poems, stories, memoirs, and articles written as American history unfolded. Documents are not in chronological order; they are indexed by title, author, and chronological order, however. Features the thoughts and words of Lewis and Clark, the Wright Brothers, Benjamin Franklin, and others.
Maps of America the Beautifulasks students to identify and mark locations on maps that examine history (World War II, Lewis & Clark) and places of cultural importance (landmarks across the US, the National Mall), as well as simple geography (the islands of Hawaii).
Timeline of America the Beautiful is designed to be used with the texts; they often provide an assignment to be completed in this book. Simply turn to the assigned year, and find the blank with the correct lesson number noted. Students copy the assigned statement in the blank, and may color in the illustration if desired.
The answer key provides line-listed answers for the America the Beautiful Student Workbook, Timeline of America the Beautiful, America the Beautiful Lesson Review, and the vocabulary questions at the end of the textbook chapters. Answers are organized by book, and then lesson number.
This kit includes:
- America the Beautiful Book 1, 439 pages, hardcover; black and white and color illustrations and photographs are included.
- America the Beautiful Book 2; Continuing from Book 1, it contains pages 439-1007. hardcover; black and white and color illustrations and photographs are included.
- We the People, 220 pages, hardcover.
- Maps of America the Beautiful; non-reproducible.
- Timeline of America the Beautiful
- America the Beautiful Answer Key, Stapled binding, paperback.
Vendor: Notgrass Company
Publication Date: 2011
Availability: In Stock
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P.S. This curriculum also offers two workbooks that are sold separately. The Lesson Review provides daily review questions and weekly tests to help the student retain the information. The Student Workbook includes fill-in-the-blank activities, drawing, and other handwork sheets.
Cali Teachermum 10yrs +5 Stars Out Of 5Enjoyable & Lots of subjects 'done-in-one'September 3, 2015Cali Teachermum 10yrs +Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Not only did my "History is Boring" son LOVE this but we have done 3 years of Notgrass History now, and he is still loving it! The activities are great and super flexible. Not all appeal to us but that's ok we pick and choose with no reorganizing required. Work can be virtually independent or very interactive with the parent depending on how you want to do things - no planning necessary. Also, thanks to Notgrass we knocked out History, Bible, Literature, Writing, Vocabulary/Spelling, Geography, Culture and Social Studies and even had Art or Home Economics activity each week - all in one set! No work on my part, no planning required, it's all just there! Optional Workbook pages are fun and varied and Review pages are straightforward question and answers so take your pick and both have unit tests included for the bean counters. Buy their literature set and always be sure to get the best version of the books or borrow from the library either way all are readily available. Reading selections are good and interesting reads (even if my son thinks one or two were rather "girly") Nothing about this material is complicated either! Just follow the textbook... pick and choose how many/which activities you use (handy separate lesson assignment checklist is available at no cost to make day to day tracking easier) then add review &/or workbook when you want, and voila... easy as pie! Honestly the best written, best looking, best organized and by far easiest to use curriculum I have ever had the pleasure to employ.
Melissa Stanek5 Stars Out Of 5Fun History!!September 2, 2015Melissa StanekQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5This History is a great start to learning US History. I am so thankful for the combination of Bible, History, and Lit it provides. My children have done most of the work on there own. They have enjoyed the different workbooks, Maps, lesson reviews, and the Student workbook. We have continued to use Notgrass in High School as well.
Pokadots5 Stars Out Of 5Never be bored with this historyAugust 3, 2015PokadotsQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This history was great! you can teach multiple grades. Every day was a diffetent aspect from the culture to people to nature. My kids never got bored.
Gator89Gainesville, FLAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5America The Beautiful Curriculum SetJuly 31, 2015Gator89Gainesville, FLAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I purchased the America The Beautiful curriculum set last year for my daughter who was in 7th grade. When the books arrived we decided to take our time and not rush through the materials. We only used the first textbook (part 1) 1000 to 1877 last year. This year we will use the second textbook (part 2) 1800s to present day for 8th grade. My daughter enjoyed the first textbook very much. I am expecting her to enjoy this year's history lessons as much as last year's history lessons. We felt that trying to complete both large textbooks in one year would have been overwhelming, especially if we tried to cover the topics in any depth. I supplimented lessons with DVDs and other library books in addition to the text books. We were able to visit a few of the historical sites mentioned in the first book. My daughter really enjoyed seeing the historical sites she had read about. I highly recommend the Notgrass history curriculum for homeschooling families!
Tish5 Stars Out Of 5love NotgrassJuly 29, 2015TishQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5We loved America the beautiful. We enjoyed it a lot. We are currently doing World History by Notgrass. We will do Notgrass for all of highschool.
Q: 1 or 2 years? Is the full curriculum package intended to cover 1 or 2 years of middle school history?
This is designed to cover one-year of American history, geography, and literature.
Q: How necessary are all the 'extras' in the package?
All of the items in the curriculum package are essential to the program. Optional items, which help measure your students understanding of the curriculum, are the Student Workbook (WW668952), designed for 5th- and 6th-graders, and the Lesson Review book (WW668537), designed for 7th- and 8th-graders.
Q: Which of the items need to be purchased for an additional student? I'm sure some of these book can be used by both students. ...which ones cannot? Thanks!
For use with additional students you will need extra copies of the Timeline (WW668846) and Maps (WW668627). You might also want to purchase either the Student Workbook (WW668952) or Lesson Review Book (WW668537), which are not included in the kit, for each student.
Q: can younger kids use this My daughter will be in 4th grade next year. She reads at an advanced level and enjoys history. Could this curriculum be used with a fourth grader or would it be to advanced?
This curriculum is designed for Middle School, Grades 5-8 (Ages 10-14). We recommend viewing the sample pages available for the kit and the individual items to see if this curriculum would work with your daughter.
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