The Activity Book offers parents and teachers a complete history, geography, and literature program when used with The Story of the World Vol. 4: The Modern Age, Text.
Build a model of the Crystal Palace, make Ned Kelly’s armor, construct a timeline of the Modern Age, and more.
Don’t just read about history — experience it!
The Activity Book contains two parts.
The first section includes: A Pronunciation Guide, Review Questions with answers, Narration Exercises, Additional History Reading lists, Instructions for the activities in the Student Pages, various Projects, information for the Map assignments, Encyclopedia Cross-references, and Corresponding Literature Suggestions.
The second section includes: The removable Student Pages which are given to the student to complete. These pages include: maps, puzzles, games, and, in Volumes 1-3, review cards and coloring pages. In Volume 4, timeline figures and outlines replace the review cards and coloring pages.
But if you think your student might want to finish their collection of coloring pages that span history, you can buy our supplemental pack of Coloring Pages for Volume 4 and color on!
Do you have more than one student? If you purchase the Activity Book, you have permission to copy the Student Pages as often as you need for use within your own family. But if you want to save yourself the trouble of lugging it to Kinko’s, you can simply purchase an additional set of Student Pages for Volume 4.
How to Use this Activity Book
1) Have the student Read one section from The Story of the World. Each chapter features two sections.
2) Review Questions: These test the student’s comprehension. The student should answer these questions orally without looking at the book. Encourage him to answer in complete sentences when possible. This is training in reading comprehension (and it will help you evaluate whether the child is listening with attention and whether he’s really understanding what he’s reading). Answers given are approximate; accept any reasonable answer. You can also make up your own questions. If you have an older student and prefer that they answer these questions in writing, you can purchase our Written Comprehension Responses where these Review Questions are already typed for you, including plenty of lined space for your student’s response.
3) Complete the Outline: This is beginning practice in writing an outline. We provide a portion of the outline; the student should fill in the remainder. The student should make use of the book while completing this exercise. Suggested answers are given in the parents’ section of the book in italics. We have included a Student Page to be used with each section, giving each outline’s main points. Write From the Outline: These exercises begin halfway through the book, after the student has had plenty of practice in completing outlines. This is practice not only in remembering what’s been read, but also in writing from an outline. We suggest that the student attempt this exercise without looking back at the book, unless he or she gets stuck. The Writing Outline is intended to give the student practice in writing from an outline, without forcing the student to also come up with the outline in the first place.
4) Additional Reading and Activities: This Activity Book provides titles of books that you can find at your library for additional history reading. When you reach a topic that has a wealth of interesting books and activities connected to it, stop and enjoy yourself; don’t feel undue pressure to move on. The recommended titles range in difficulty from fourth-grade read alouds (with a few titles for younger students) to eighth-grade independent reading. When appropriate, ask the child to draw pictures, to narrate, or to complete brief outlines about the additional reading as well. Put these pictures and narrations into a three-ring History Notebook. This should begin to resemble the child’s own one-volume history of the world. Don’t ask the child to narrate every book or she’ll grow frustrated; use this as occasional reinforcement for a topic she finds particularly interesting. Because students from a wide range of grades will be using this Activity Book, we have tried to provide a range of activities, appropriate for different levels. Some are more appropriate for younger students; others will require more in-depth thought. We encourage you to select the projects most appropriate for you and your students.
5) Maps: Almost every section has an accompanying map activity. Instruct the student using the provided information. The corresponding blank map is in the Student Pages section; an answer key-showing the correct, completed map is in the back of the first section.
6) Encyclopedia Cross-references: The appropriate pages in The Kingfisher Illustrated History of the World, The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia (revised), The Usborne Book of World History, and The Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World History are listed for you.
7) Recommended Literature Lists: Choose appropriate titles from the list and read these with your child. Classical philosophy discourages the use of “reading textbooks” which contain little snippets of a number of different works. These textbooks tend to turn reading into a chore—an assignment that has to be finished—rather than a wonderful way to learn more about the world. Instead of following a “reading program,” consider using the “real books” from these literature lists. Following each title is a range of grades showing the appropriate reading level.
8) Timeline Figures: In the back of the Student Pages section are figures for a year-long timeline activity. More details on how to set up the timeline are on Student Page 180. You’ll also find coloring instructions for the timeline’s flags on pages ix–xi.
9) Optional: You can administer written tests (available separately) if you desire a more formal evaluation or wish to develop your child’s test-taking ability.
The Story of the World series is intended for children in grades 1–4, but is often used by older students: Volume One is written primarily for grades 1–4; Volume Two for grades 2–5; Volume Three for grade 3–6; Volume Four for grades 4–8. The maps and many of the activities in this book are also appropriate for children in grades 4–8. To use The Story of the World as the center of a multilevel history program, have your older child independently do the following: Read The Story of the World; follow this with the appropriate pages from the Kingfisher History Encyclopedia; place all important dates on a timeline; do additional reading on his or her own level. Optional: Your student can answer the Review Questions in writing instead of orally. Have your student write out their answers to the Review Questions on loose-leaf paper, you can type up the Review Questions yourself and include space for their answers, OR you can purchase our Written Comprehension Responses where they are already typed for you with plenty of lined space provided for your student’s response!