( Grade 7 – Age 12-14 )
Get 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 Grade 7: Exploring Your World, your child will meet families from around the globe and get a fascinating look at how they live and what they eat; you’ll explore various landscapes, from the tropical rainforests of Brazil and Papua New Guinea to the Sahara Desert and the frozen wasteland of Antarctica 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, across the Pacific Ocean in an ancient balsa raft in Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific in a Raft, 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 even 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.
Your science focus this year is Chemistry, using Elemental Science’s Chemistry for the Logic Stage program.
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!
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Geography of the World (Spine)
Material World: A Global Family Portrait (Spine)
Hungry Planet: What the World Eats (Spine)
Charting the World: Geography and Maps from Cave Paintings to GPS with 21 Activities
In the Land of the Jaguar: South America and Its People
Beyond Bullets: A Photo Journal of Afganistan
52 Days by Camel: My Sahara Adventure
Facing the Lion: Growing Up Maasai on the African Savanna
Quest for the Tree Kangaroo: An Expedition to the Cloud Forest of New Guinea
How to Survive in Antarctica
A Wrinkle in Time
Walk Two Moons
The Well of Sacrifice
Watership Down: A Novel
Habibi (By Naomi Shihab Nye)
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific in a Raft
360 Degrees Longitude: One Family’s Journey Around the World
Favorite Poems Old and New: Selected For Boys and Girls (Spine – also used in Level 8)
The Road to There: Mapmakers and Their Stories
Journey to the River Sea
My Family and Other Animals
Breaking Stalin’s Nose
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
I Rode a Horse of Milk White Jade
The Westing Game
A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
The View from Saturday
Crow Country (By Kate Constable)
Island of the Blue Dolphins
Elemental Science: Chemistry for the Logic Stage (Lesson plans and books can be purchased here: https://elementalscience.com/collections/chemistry-for-the-logic-stage )
Geography Through Art (Spine)
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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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