Travel the globe on a thrilling ancient adventure
Explore the story of the world from early civilizations through the fall of Rome
Homeschool with confidence: The Instructor’s Guide includes a 36-Week, 4-Day schedule with lesson plans,?teaching tips and much more!
Learn how people lived in ancient Egypt, Greece, Europe, Africa, India & China
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, you will receive free online access for 1 year to the electronic version of this guide.
History & Geography_Intro to World History – Year 1 of 2
As you sketch an overview of history, you get to:
Recline at a scrumptious Roman feast with a nobleman and his family
Discover why we know much more about Ancient Egypt than we do about other civilizations such as Crete
Encounter mighty war elephants of India with Alexander the Great and his weary troops
Start your child’s journey with a fun survey of peoples of the world. See how different people groups live, build homes, talk, eat and dress.?
The entertaining, highly illustrated Time Traveler book provides an in-depth look at everyday life long ago. Give your children a real sense of what it was like to live in Ancient Egypt and Ancient Rome.
As you move through these books, you also use your timeline to map history, explore the Great Wall of China,?do fun hands-on activities and more.
The?OPTIONAL?Hands-On History: World History I Kit??can be added to this package under the?Customize Tab?above and is?scheduled in the Instructor’s Guide for your convenience.
Reading aloud to your children builds their vocabulary, listening skills and imagination. It forms bonds between you and them. When possible, we have linked Level 1 Read-Alouds with the content you’re studying. The many wonderful books that aren’t directly connected to your history still help your children’s cognitive development and gives them a passion to learn. Prepare to:
Meet the characters of heartwarming classics such as Charlotte’s Web and Gooney Bird Greene
Solve a dangerous mystery with seven young boys in ancient Rome
Laugh with Henry Huggins and Mr. Popper’s Penguins in their zany adventures
BookShark’s?Level 1 Readers will help your child progress by fostering their love of reading. They get a whole stack of gripping books they can successfully read on their own. For help determining your child’s reading level please take our Quick Reading Assessment. Use the Customize Tab to select a different reading level.
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.
The itemized list below is for the standard (default) version of this package and does not reflect changes made in any option menus above.
The Usborne Time Traveler (BH01)
Tut’s Mummy Lost & Found (BH02)
Peoples of the World (BH05)
Archaeologists Dig For Clues (BH08)
The Great Wall of China (BH10)
Timeline Figures – 1 (BHB1)
The Usborne Book of World History (CH02)
History B Instructor’s Guide │Ages 6-8 (BHB)
Game On in Ancient Greece (AH09)
On the Run in Ancient China (BA25)
You Wouldn’t Want to Be a Sumerian Slave! (BA26)
The Silk Route: 7,000 Miles of History (BA27)
Mountain Born (BA10)
Charlotte’s Web (BA01)
Henry Huggins (BA02)
The Year of Miss Agnes (BA05)
Mr. Popper’s Penguins (BA08)
Understood Betsy (BA11)
Favorite Poems of Childhood (BA12)
Detectives in Togas (BA14)
Little Pear (BA15)
Owls in the Family (BA16)
It Could Always Be Worse (BA18)
Gooney Bird Greene (BA03)
Homer Price (BA06)
Silver Street Farm (BA24)
Level 1 Readers
Put Me in the Zoo (1R02)
One Fish, Two Fish… (1R04)
The Cat in the Hat (1R06)
Green Eggs and Ham (1R10)
A Big Ball of String (1R12)
The Best Trick (1R13)
The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto (1R14)
I Can Read It! Book 1 (1R161)
I Can Read It! Book 2 (1R162)
I Can Read It! Book 3 (1R163)
I Can Read It! Word Lists (1R164)
Level 1 Readers Schedule & Notes (B-1R)
Markable Map (MAP1)
D-Ring 3-inch Binder with Tabs (BK50)
Markable Map Markers (MAP2)
The Timeline Book (RR120)
Is BookShark a History or a Reading program?
BookShark is both! We are a literature based program that teaches History through reading and listening. In Levels A-C, 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 D, however, the focus shifts from strengthening reading ability to building reading comprehension. From Level D 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!
Which Readers Level should I choose?
We offer multiple Reader levels for our Level A-C packages to accommodate advanced and struggling learners. Choosing a Readers level that is appropriate for your child will help ensure that there are no gaps in their knowledge.
If you are unsure which Readers level would be best for your child, please have them take our Quick Reading Assessment. It is very important to match the Readers level to your child’s reading ability, and the assessment will help you find the most comfortable fit for them. We encourage you to be sure that they are reading fluidly, not just decoding the words. Our goal is to help you instill a love of reading and learning in your child. If they are working too hard to decode the words, they may not enjoy the stories and the reading may become frustrating.
Do the Readers integrate with the History reading?
We offer multiple Reader levels for our Level A-C programs, so the Readers are not tied with the History reading for this package. In Levels A-C, the focus of our program is on developing and strengthening reading ability. The Readers are integrated with the History program beginning in Level D.
What books are included in the Level 1 Readers?
Level 1 Readers are equivalent to a 1st Grade reading level and include the following:
Put Me in the Zoo
One Fish, Two Fish…
The Cat in the Hat
Green Eggs and Ham
A Big Ball of String
The Best Trick
The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto
I Can Read It! Book 1
I Can Read It! Book 2
I Can Read It! Book 3
I Can Read It! Word Lists
What books are included in the Level 2 Readers?
Level 2 Readers are equivalent to a 2nd Grade reading level and include the following:
Frog and Toad are Friends
Frog and Toad Together
Owl at Home
Hill of Fire
Pompeii: Buried Alive!
Titanic: Lost and Found
The Big Balloon Race
Nate the Great
The Fire Cat
Frog and Toad All Year
The Sword in the Tree
Clara and the Bookwagon
The Long Way to a New Land
The Long Way Westward
Third Grade Detectives #1 and #2
Riding the Pony Express
What books are included in the Level 3 Readers?
Level 3 Readers are equivalent to a 3rd Grade reading level and include the following:
The Chalk Box Kid
The Paint Brush Kid
Third Grade Detectives #4
Third Grade Detectives #10
Jake Drake: Bully Buster
The House on Walenska Street
The Last Little Cat
Lumber Camp Library
Can I choose Level 4 Readers with my Level B package?
We do not recommend it. Our Level 4 Readers are the highest level we have for our A-C packages. If your student reads the Level 4 Readers in Level B, they will have no new Readers for the Level C package.
If your student is reading at Level 4 (4th Grade level), we recommend that you customize your Level B package with Level 3 Readers. Our Level 3 Readers are equivalent to a 3rd Grade reading level and while they may not be quite as challenging as the books on our advanced list, we think your child will still enjoy them!
Can I use this package for 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. Please remember, however, that Reading is a skill based subject and it is important to pick a Reader level that matches with each child’s ability.
If your students have different skill levels for Reading, please consider purchasing an additional Language Arts with Readers package:
Language Arts 1
Language Arts 2
Language Arts 3
Language Arts 4
If you do not want to use BookShark’s Language Arts, you may also add the additional readers individually:
Level 2 Readers
Level 3 Readers
Level 4 Readers
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 5-7 | Level A Reading with History
Ages 7-9 | Level C Reading with History
Ages 8-11 | Level D Reading with History
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 G (for ages 11-13) is a nice thematic match to our Level B package since both cover the first part of World History.
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 an All-Subject or Reading with History Package, but you only need to buy it once.
For more information on BookShark, please see our FAQs page.