Level 7

( Grade 7 – Age 12-14 )

Build Your Library: Level 7 - Exploring Your WorldGet ready for an exciting voyage around the world! This year your child will travel to all seven continents and learn about the land and cultures of the world. While studying Level 7: Exploring Your World, your child will “visit” every country on the planet and learn about the way the earth was formed and how it has changed over time.  You’ll explore various landscapes, from the tropical rainforests of Brazil and Papua New Guinea to the Sahara Desert and the icy Arctic Circle and you’ll complete a variety of projects, from creating different types of maps to creating international works of art. This year is packed full of great books and open-ended projects!

The literature this year takes you to many destinations, from a road trip across the United States with Salamanca and her grandparents in Walk Two Moons and to distant galaxies far beyond our own in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

You’ll also study the religions of the world and learn about the variety of belief systems, from the more common (Christianity and Islam) to the less known native religions and ancient beliefs. You will also study a variety of myths about the origins of the world with In the Beginning: Creation Stories from Around the World.

The science focus this year is Zoology – in this course, you will learn about the amazing variety to be found in the animal kingdom! Starting with animal classification, you will learn about topics like life cycles and migration, as well as studying each type of animal (mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and invertebrates). You’ll meet scientists who dedicate their lives to the study of animals and learn about conservation efforts around the world.

This hands-on, literature-based study will guide you on an unforgettable journey around the world, right from the comforts of your home. I hope you enjoy studying it as much as I enjoyed putting it together!

The 331 page PDF lesson plans include:

  • a complete schedule (both in weekly grid format as well as a daily list)
  • reading list
  • additional extensive library book list organized  by country for extra reading
  • movies around the world list
  • poetry memorization
  • a set of 10+ narration cards
  • vocabulary words, discussion questions, and dictation passages are taken from the literature selections
  • a list of project ideas
  • research projects
  • 22 activity pages (including map work)
  • a literature-based Zoology course

You can see a sample week here:

L7 – Exploring Your World sample week


Purchase Level 7 – Exploring Your World – $49.95

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You can see the entire booklist below 

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Physical Geography:

Geography: A Visual EncyclopediaBookshop.org (Spine)
Older than DirtBookshop.org
Rising SeasBookshop.org

Human Geography:

The Travel BookBookshop.org (Spine)
People & Places: A Visual EncyclopediaBookshop.org (Spine)
The Wondrous Workings of Planet EarthBookshop.org (Spine)
Manhattan: Mapping the Story of an IslandBookshop.org
Amazonia: Indigenous Tales from BrazilBookshop.org
Kids of KabulBookshop.org
The Elephant WhispererBookshop.org
Whaling Season: A Year in the Life of an Arctic Whale ScientistBookshop.org


Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for KidsBookshop.org
Walk Two MoonsBookshop.org
An Uninterrupted View of the Sky – Bookshop.org
Watership Down: A NovelBookshop.org
Habibi (By Naomi Shihab Nye) – Bookshop.org
The Night DiaryBookshop.org
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the GalaxyBookshop.org
Broken MemoryBookshop.org
The Bone SparrowBookshop.org
My Name is Not EasyBookshop.org


This Same SkyBookshop.org (Spine)


The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own MakingBookshop.org
Brown Girl DreamingBookshop.org
The Well of Sacrifice – Bookshop.org
The Dreamer – Bookshop.org
Across the PondBookshop.org
The Story That Cannot Be ToldBookshop.org
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the TalibanBookshop.org
While I Was AwayBookshop.org
The Westing GameBookshop.org
A Long Walk to WaterBookshop.org
Last Gate of the Emperor – Bookshop.org
When Stars are ScatteredBookshop.org
Kino and the KingBookshop.org
First LightBookshop.org

National Geographic Animal EncyclopediaBookshop.org (Spine)
Tree of Life: The Incredible Biodiversity of Life on EarthBookshop.org
Migration: Incredible Animal JourneysBookshop.org
The Wondrous Workings of Planet EarthBookshop.org (NOTE: This book is used in both Geography and Science – you do not need to purchase it twice.)
Backyard Bears: Conservation, Habitat Changes, and the Rise of Urban WildlifeBookshop.org
Crow SmartsBookshop.org
The Snake ScientistBookshop.org
The Frog ScientistBookshop.org
Science Comics: Coral Reefs Cities of the OceanBookshop.org
The Octopus ScientistBookshop.org
How to Be a Good CreatureBookshop.org


Geography Through Art  (Spine)

World Religions:

The Usborne Encyclopedia of World Religions: Internet-linked (Spine)
In the Beginning: Creation Stories from Around the World  (Spine) – Bookshop.org

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Customer Testimonials:

We are just wrapping up BYL7 with my son. He was a reluctant reader in the past. A few weeks ago he told me that this was the best homeschool year he has ever had (out of 7). He said he has learned SO much this year, and it has opened his eyes to the world. By the second half he was eagerly devouring the books, and asking for more. This was such an amazing year for me and if i ever met Emily i am not sure if i would cry or hug her but i would thank her a million times. I hope that your childs 7th grade is as wonderful as ours was. 💙 ~ Katrina S., Build Your Library Families Facebook group 6/12/2017

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