Level 5

( Grade 5 – Age 10-12 )

Build Your Library: Level 5 - American History, Part 1You and your child are about to embark on the first half of our American History study, using a variety of diverse non-fiction, like An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People, Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans, and A Different Mirror For Young People: A History of Multicultural America.  You will learn about the many diverse Native American Nations already living on the North American continent before the Europeans arrived, discover why the first European colonists came to America, and watch those early colonies change and grow into the United States.

You will enjoy an array of captivating literature selections together. One of my goals in choosing the literature and readers for Level 5 was to tell the story of America through the eyes and voices of children of diverse backgrounds.  Follow Tristan on a wild adventure into a world of African American folklore in Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia.  You will meet the Tuck family, who accidentally became immortal in Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt, and the enslaved children of Thomas Jefferson, in Jefferson’s Sons by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.

You will study American artists and complete a variety of art projects, memorize poetry written by great American poets such as Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson, along with the Preamble to the Constitution, and other historical works.

Over the course of both Levels 5 and 6, your child will be studying the US Presidents, as well as completing a State Study, learning the geography of the United States of America.

Your science focus this year will be biology, using Real Science Odyssey Biology 2 along with a selection of well-chosen living books

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 286 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 dictation passages tied to the literature readings
  • Weekly writing assignments
  • memory work projects
  • 19 activity pages (including map work)
  • research projects
  • art projects
  • 3 day per week schedule for Real Science Odyssey Biology 2

You can see a sample week here:

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Purchase Level 5 – American History, Part 1 – $49.95

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You can see the entire Level 5 booklist below:

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DK American History: A Visual Encyclopedia – Spine 5/6 – Bookshop.org
An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the US For Young People – Spine 5/6  – Bookshop.org
A Different Mirror For Young People: A History of Multicultural America – Spine 5/6 – Bookshop.org
Words that Built a Nation: Voices of Democracy That Have Shaped America’s History– Spine 5/6 – Bookshop.org
We Were There Too! Young People in US History – Spine 5/6 – Bookshop.org
Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans – Spine 5/6 – Bookshop.org
NatGeo Our Country’s Presidents: A Complete Encyclopedia of the U.S. Presidency – Spine 5/6 – Bookshop.org
Turtle Island: The Story of North America’s First People – Eldon Yellowhorn and Kathy Lowinger – Bookshop.org
What the Eagle Sees: Indigenous Stories of Rebellion and Renewal – Eldon Yellowhorn and Kathy Lowinger – Spine 5/6 – Bookshop.org
A Kid’s Guide to Native American History – Yvonne Wakim Dennis
1607: A New Look at Jamestown – Karen E. Lange – Bookshop.org
1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving – Catherine O’Neill Grace and Margaret M. Bruchac
In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents and Five Black Lives – Kenneth C. Davis – Spine – Bookshop.org
King George: What Was His Problem? – Steve Sheinkin – Bookshop.org
Shhh! We’re Writing the Constitution – Jean Fritz – Bookshop.org
The White House is Burning – Jane Sutcliffe – Bookshop.org
Which Way to the Wild West? – Steve Sheinkin – Spine 5/6 – Bookshop.org


Children of the Longhouse – Joseph Bruchac – Bookshop.org
Trickster: Native American Tales A Graphic Collection – various authors
Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus – Dusti Bowling – Bookshop.org
Blood on the River: Jamestown 1607 – Elisa Carbone – Bookshop.org
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky – Kwame Mbalia – Bookshop.org
Chains – Laurie Halse Anderson – Bookshop.org
Birchbark House – Louise Erdrich – Bookshop.org
Jefferson’s Sons – Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Tuck Everlasting – Natalie Babbitt – Bookshop.org
How I Became a Ghost: A Choctaw Trail of Tears Story– Tim Tingle – Bookshop.org
Tortilla Sun – Jennifer Cervantes – Bookshop.org
Elijah of Buxton – Christopher Paul Curtis – Bookshop.org
Midsummer’s Mayhem – Rajani LaRocca – Bookshop.org


The Earth Under Sky Bear’s Feet: Native American Poems of the Land– Joseph Bruchac – Bookshop.org
Poetry for Young People: Robert FrostBookshop.org
Poetry for Young People: Emily DickinsonBookshop.org
Poetry for Young People: African American Poetry



The Wild Robot – Peter Brown – Bookshop.org
Sees Behind Trees – Michael Dorris – Bookshop.org
A Wolf Called Wander – Rosanne Parry – Bookshop.org
Morning Girl – Michael Dorris – Bookshop.org
Krista Kim-Bap – Angela Ahn – Bookshop.org
El Deafo – Cece Bell – Bookshop.org
A Voice of Her Own: The Story of Phillis Wheatley – Kathryn Lasky – Bookshop.org
The Winter People – Joseph Bruchac – Bookshop.org
Ben and Me: An Astonishing Life of Benjamin Franklin By His Good Mouse Amos – Robert Lawson – Bookshop.org
Black Heroes of the American Revolution – Burke Davis – Bookshop.org
Toliver’s Secret – Esther Wood Brady – Bookshop.org
American Tall Tales – Adrien Soutenburg – Bookshop.org
Stone River Crossing – Tim Tingle – Bookshop.org
Riding Freedom – Pam Munoz Ryan – Bookshop.org
My Side of the Mountain – Jean Craighead George – Bookshop.org
Day of Tears – Julius Lester – Bookshop.org
Lyddie – Katherine Paterson – Bookshop.org
Oregon Trail: Race to Chimney Rock – Jesse Wiley – Bookshop.org
As Long as the Rivers Flow – Larry Loyie – Bookshop.org
Eliza’s Freedom Road – Jerdine Nolen – Bookshop.org


Real Science Odyssey: Biology 2: http://www.pandiapress.com/publications/real-science-odyssey/life-level-one/#level2 (Spine – you will need to purchase the student book, workbook, and teacher guide to complete the course)
Invincible MicrobeBookshop.org
Genetics: From DNA to Designer DogsBookshop.org
Blood and GutsBookshop.org
Evolution: The Story of Life on EarthBookshop.org
Aliens From Earth: When Animals and Plants Invade Other EcosystemsBookshop.org
Tree of Life: The Incredible Biodiversity of Life on EarthBookshop.org

Literary Biology Project: (Weeks 33 – 36: Your student will choose ONE of these to read)

Under the Weather: Stories About Climate Change
The Last WildBookshop.org
The Tarantula in my PurseBookshop.org
A Girl of the LimberlostBookshop.org


Great American Artists for Kids: Hands-On Art Experiences in the Styles of Great American Masters (Bright Ideas for Learning)Bookshop.org

Geography State Study:

NatGeo Kids United States Atlas or 50 States FandexBookshop.org

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