Level 4

( Grade 4 – Age 9-11 )

Build Your Library: Level 4 - The Modern WorldIt was an age of conflict and invention, colonialism and communism, war and revolution. The Modern World was (and is!) an exciting time to explore. Using Story of the World Volume 4 and the Usborne Encyclopedia of World History your spines, you’ll study the rise and fall of world powers, the race to the space age, and witness the creation of inventions that would change the world forever.

You and your child will enjoy a variety of beautiful read-aloud literature this year. You’ll travel down the rabbit hole with Alice in Alice in Wonderland. Experience the Chinese Taiping Rebellion first hand with Wang Lee in Rebels of the Heavenly Kingdom and follow along with Harry as he discovers that he’s really a famous wizard in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

Your child will develop a love of reading as they read an assortment of fine literature this year. They’ll explore different genres, like historical fiction selections: Rodzina and Number the Stars, non-fiction, like Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.?, realistic fiction like The School Story, and fantasy classics, like James and the Giant Peach. There’s something for everyone’s tastes!

The science focus this year is physics – mechanics like how things work, light and color, and inventors and their inventions. You’ll be using 4 main books throughout the year, which will guide your study of topics like Energy, Friction, Flight, and Magnetism. Your child will complete a variety of projects this year, from designing their own working gadgets to performing experiments to explore the concepts they are studying.

If you’ve been using Build Your Library all along, you’ve been studying art through the stages of history using Discovering Great Artists. This year you’ll finish the book,  concluding your study of art through history. Your child will create masterpieces and learn about art techniques used by the artist that lived during the Modern period. You’ll also study poetry – even writing some of your own, with Knock at a Star: A Child’s Introduction to Poetry.

My lesson plans guide you through the school year effortlessly. Your planning is done for you so that you can spend your time on important things, like teaching your children.

The 339 page PDF lesson plans include:

  • a daily and weekly schedule for 36 weeks of study
  • reading list
  • a set of 8-10 narration cards
  • vocabulary words, discussion questions, and copywork passages tied to the literature readings
  • poetry memorization
  • timeline figures
  • research projects
  • 33 activity pages (including mapwork)
  • science lessons (including 19 science activity pages)
  • art projects

You can see a sample week here:

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The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child, Volume 4: The Modern Age (Spine) – Bookshop.org
The Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World History (Spine –used in Levels 1 – 4)
Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun – Bookshop.org
Fields of Fury: The American Civil War – Bookshop.org
Where Poppies Grow: A World War I Companion – Bookshop.org
Gandhi – Bookshop.org
Escape from Saigon: How a Vietnam War Orphan Became an American Boy – Bookshop.org


Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Bookshop.org
The Twenty-One Balloons – Bookshop.org
Rebels of the Heavenly Kingdom
From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler – Bookshop.org
Nory Ryan’s Song – Bookshop.org
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Book 1) – Bookshop.org
The Singing Tree – Bookshop.org
Angel on the Square – Bookshop.org
When My Name Was KeokoBookshop.org
Redwall (Book 1)Bookshop.org
Because of Winn-Dixie
Shooting KabulBookshop.org


The Capture (Guardians of Ga’hoole, Book 1)Bookshop.org
James and the Giant PeachBookshop.org
Bull RunBookshop.org
Stuart LittleBookshop.org
The Toothpaste MillionaireBookshop.org
Maggie’s DoorBookshop.org
The Wizard of OzBookshop.org
The Water HorseBookshop.org
Number the StarsBookshop.org
Sadako and the Thousand Paper CranesBookshop.org
The BorrowersBookshop.org
Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.?Bookshop.org
The School StoryBookshop.org
Journey to Jo’burg: A South African StoryBookshop.org


Knock at a Star: A Child’s Introduction to Poetry (Spine) – Bookshop.org

Science: (All 5 books are considered spines and used through the entire year)

The New Way Things WorkBookshop.org
Gizmos & Gadgets: Creating Science Contraptions That Work (& Knowing Why)
Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by WomenBookshop.org
What Color is My World?: The Lost History of African-American InventorsBookshop.org
The Usborne Internet-Linked Science Encyclopedia


Discovering Great Artists: Hands-On Art for Children in the Styles of the Great Masters (Bright Ideas for Learning) (Spine) – Bookshop.org
The Arts: A Visual Encyclopedia (Spine for Levels 2 – 4) (NOTE: This will be scheduled in a future update but is not currently scheduled in the lesson plans) – Bookshop.org
Why is Art Full of Naked People? (Spine) – Bookshop.org

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