Level 5

( Grade 5 – Age 10-12 )

Build Your Library: Level 5 - American History, Part 1You and your child will begin a journey through American History, using the series A History of Us by Joy Hakim. Discover how the first Americans lived, travel across the Atlantic with Columbus and later the pilgrims on the Mayflower, learn about the Revolutionary War, Lewis and Clark and westward expansion up through the days leading to the Civil War. You will also begin a study of the 50 states, in order of their statehood.

You will enjoy a variety of literature selections together. Journey through Middle Earth with Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit, learn about the many explorers during the height of European exploration in Around the World in A Hundred Years, and solve the mysteries of Peggy’s ancestral home ‘Rest-and-be-Thankful’ in The Sherwood Ring.

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.

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 the important things, like teaching your children.

The 261 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 purchase the required books through our Build Your Library Amazon Bookstore.

You can see a sample week here:

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The First Americans: Prehistory-1600 A History of US Book 1
Making Thirteen Colonies: 1600-1740 A History of US Book 2
From Colonies to Country: 1735-1791 A History of US Book 3
The New Nation: 1789-1850 A History of US Book 4
Liberty for All?: 1820-1860 A History of US Book 5


Children of the Longhouse
Around the World in a Hundred Years: From Henry the Navigator to Magellan
Bridge to Terabithia
Blood on the River: James Town, 1607
The Hobbit or There and Back Again
Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison
My Brother Sam Is Dead
The Sherwood Ring
Fever 1793
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase (The Wolves Chronicles)
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Dover Thrift Editions)


Poetry for Young People: Robert Frost
Poetry for Young People: Emily Dickinson
Poetry for Young People: Walt Whitman


Sees Behind Trees
Pedro’s Journal: A Voyage with Christopher Columbus, Aug 3, 1492-Feb 14, 1493
Owls in the Family
The Double Life of Pocahontas
Tuck Everlasting
The Adventurous Life of Myles Standish and the Amazing-but-True Survival Story of Plymouth Colony: Barbary Pirates, the Mayflower, the First … Much, Much More (Cheryl Harness Histories)
Ben and Me: An Astonishing Life of Benjamin Franklin by His Good Mouse Amos
The Sign of the Beaver
A Week in the Woods
Johnny Tremain
George vs. George: The American Revolution As Seen from Both Sides
My Side of the Mountain
American Tall Tales (Puffin Books)
How We Crossed The West: The Adventures Of Lewis And Clark
Justin Morgan Had a Horse
The Green Book
By the Great Horn Spoon!


Real Science Odyssey: Biology 2: http://www.pandiapress.com/publications/real-science-odyssey/life-level-one/#level2 (Spine)
Invincible Microbe
Genetics: From DNA to Designer Dogs
Blood and Guts
Evolution: The Story of Life on Earth
Aliens From Earth: When Animals and Plants Invade Other Ecosystems
Tree of Life: The Incredible Biodiversity of Life on Earth

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

Under the Weather: Stories About Climate Change
The Last Wild
The Tarantula in my Purse
A Girl of the Limberlost


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

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