Ancient History Curriculum Books & Materials

Ancient history curriculum books

These are the books I've scheduled into Guest Hollow's Ancient History Curriculum. Click here to return to the main Ancient History Curriculum page.

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Craft Craft or activity book

Christian Christian resource

Question: Why use picture books? My kids are too old for that.

Answer: I'm an adult and I'm not too old for picture books, lol. Seriously, picture books add a lot of fun to studies and build retention because they are visual. It's one thing to read about something. It's quite another to see it. Why wade through a boring textbook when you can quickly learn the same concept using a beautifully illustrated picture book? Never underestimate the power of picture books! We love them and made use of them even when the kids were "big".

Do I really need all those books?

Need to pare things down? Don't want to be overwhelmed with or don't have time for tons of books? The spine books offer enough history as it is (in my opinion). Look at the list of supplementary books and pick a few favorites. You'll be set for the year.

Having said that, we really enjoyed using a lot of different books. It made our history time so much more fun and built retention. Make use of your local library to cut down costs. Check out yard sales and trade books with friends. God WILL provide what you need.

Feel free to substitute any other books or videos you have on hand or that you can obtain from your library. We purchased the books that were scheduled over a long period of time and checked the rest out from the library! Please note that videos are listed in the schedule, not in the list below, as they are accessed online via YouTube and other similar websites.

Books and other resources we used were each given a rating by my son, "Otter". 1 is the worst rating, 5 is the best. He did not rate all of the items we used. You can also click on most of the titles to see what other reviewers think via Amazon. PREVIEW the books! What is O.K. for one family may not be for another!

 

First, pick one of these spines. You will want to choose either Mystery of History or The Story of the World as your spine text to tie everything together. You can also do both, if you are ambitious!

 

Mystery of History Volume 1

ChristianMystery of History Vol 1

Used in weeks 1-36

I scheduled this as the main spine so we could learn about history from a Biblical and chronological perspective.
Each lesson takes about 10 minutes and there are activity ideas for three different ages/levels. Maps and timeline suggestions are also included.
The text is interesting, but it is sometimes more "dry" and sophisticated than the Story of the World.

*Note: I am not doing most of the activities in this book. I've found others to do that we like better. Activities from the book are NOT listed in the schedule. You have to buy the book and fill in the table yourself. :-)

Otter's review:
(He really enjoyed the Biblical aspect.) He requested we use the entire series for history in the future.

NOTE: You will want to choose either Mystery of History or The Story of the World as your spine text to tie everything together. You can also do both, if you are ambitious!

Story of the World

The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child: Volume 1: Ancient Times: From the Earliest Nomads to the Last Roman Emperor

Used in weeks 1-36

I used Story of the World with my older children in the past and they enjoyed it. It helps flesh out the MOH lessons with more of a narrative feel. I've moved some of the chapters around in the schedule to correspond with the MOH lessons.

I have the older version, so some of the scheduled pages (or chapters) may be different from the revised version. It should be easy to figure out though, if that is the case.

Otter's review: 5 stars. He did end up preferring the style of Mystery of History much better.

 


Now, choose the extra books you'd like to use.
Books and resources: Type of book Weeks used
Story of the World activity book

The Story of the World. Activity Book 1: Ancient Times

I'm using this for some of the maps and some of the activity ideas, as well as the review questions and narration ideas for each chapter.

I have the older version, so some of the scheduled pages (or chapters) may be different from the revised version. I only schedule in pages...if you want to schedule in the activities, but the book and fill in the tables with your choices.

 

Activity book Weeks 1-36
Usborne World History

The Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World History

I don't recommend you buy this book for this schedule. I'm only entering it in because we happen to have it and I want Otter to see the pictures when we cover specific things. If you already have it, then go ahead and use it.

Also, some of the pages are scheduled to correspond with SOTW so if you aren't using that...it may not be worth bothering with.

*Warning - this books has a hefty section on evolution and old earth history (like the first 100 pages!).

Otter's rating: 4 stars

*Note: We ended up not really cracking this book open much at all. Feel free to skip it.

 

Supplement: visual history Weeks 1-36
Usborne World History

The Usborne Book of World History

This is another really optional book. I have the old version and am not sure if the new one is any different from the one I have so if it is, the scheduled pages may be off.

I'm using this book because my other son LOVED it and read it so many times. I have it on hand, so Otter gets to read it too.

*O.K., well this book wasn't a hit with Otter, so I dropped it. I left it in the schedule though.

Warning: There is some illustrated nudity in this book.

Otter's rating: 2 stars
Bear's rating: 5 stars

Kids can be so different!

Supplement: visual history Weeks 1-36
Genesis

Genesis: Finding Our Roots

There is a lot to think about with this book. If you use it, you may want to schedule more time for it than I did. I also don't recommend it for young children. It's for kids who are in the dialectic stage or beyond.

We'll be skipping most of the suggested activities and "extra" bunny trails it mentions.

*After reading through the first portion of this book, I decided to STOP reading it. Both my husband and I didn't feel 100% comfortable with some of the information in the way it was presented because it's based on conjecture and not fact. This is a fascinating and thought provoking book for me as an adult, but I'm going to not continue reading it to Otter.

Otter's rating (for the portion we read): 5 stars

Christian
Bible & History
Weeks 1-3
Adam and his kin

Adam and His Kin: The Lost History of Their Lives and Times

This books takes a look at the stories of Adam, Noah and others from the beginning of the Bible in a narrative form. You may not want to use it with younger children who may have a hard time separating fact from fiction.

*I've also discontinued reading this book to Otter. It is very interesting for me to read myself, but I don't feel it's appropriate for Otter at this time as it's based on conjecture and not fact.

Otter's rating (for the portion we read): 5 stars

Christian
Bible & History
Weeks 1-4
Playmobil Noah's Ark

Playmobil Noah's Ark

Otter's rating : 5 stars

I bought this for Otter to play with during this study. When he grew out of it, I set it aside as an "heirloom" toy. I pull it out when we have little ones visit and will use it with my grandchildren. It was worth every penny.

Christian

Imaginative play

Week 1-forever, lol

Noah's Ark

 

Noah's Ark

I love the detailed illustrations in this book by Peter Spier. There is almost no text, but it's a wonderful book to browse.

 

Christian
Picture Book
Week 2
Ice Age

Life in the Great Ice Age

We never did get our hands on this book. It's a Christian book that tells about a family during the Ice Age.

 

Christian
Christian historical fiction
Week 1
Famous

Famous Figures of Ancient Times: Movable Paper Figures to Cut, Color, and Assemble

Click here for an alternate, official source for this book. You can look at the free samples too!

This is a wonderful book that features jointed models of figures from ancient history on cardstock that you cut out and assemble. You have the option of choosing models that are already colored, or ones that are outlined in black you can color/paint yourself. Otter put the figures together during our read-aloud time and acted out small bits of his history lesson with them. We stored them in plastic page protectors in his history notebook and they served as concrete reminders of the things he learned.

Otter's rating: 3 stars
Mom's note: While Otter sometimes didn't "feel like" making a figure, doing so always helped him remember each historical figure. Sometimes mom knows best.

 

Craft

Activity book

Weeks 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 11, 15, 20, 22, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 35
Archeologists dig for clues

Archaeologists Dig for Clues

This easy picture books is a nice introduction to archaeology.

Otter's rating: 5 stars

Picture book Week 1
Dry Bones

Dry Bones and Other Fossils

This creationist book teaches kids about fossils.

Otter's rating: 5 stars

Christian
Creation based science
Weeks 1-2
Dinosaur Myster

The Great Dinosaur Mystery and the Bible

This is another creationist book that deals with the subject of dinosaurs.

Otter's rating: 4 stars

Christian
Creation based science and history
Weeks 1-2
Motel of the Mysteries

Motel of the Mysteries

This is a great book to read while learning about archeology. It's about the 41st century discovery of a 20th century motel....Some of the observations are really funny and show how researchers use their own beliefs and values to interpret things. The entire book is a parody.

I've scheduled it as a reader, but if your student doesn't have an advanced vocabulary or is very literal (Aspergers, etc.), you may want to read it out loud and explain the terminology and humor as you go along or just skip it.

We ended up not using it, even though we have it in our home library. Otter will read it when he's older.

 

Read aloud or reader for older kids

 

Week 2
History Pockets Ancient Egypt

History Pockets: Ancient Egypt: Grades 4-6+

You can see inside the book via this link. It's also cheaper to buy at Rainbow Resource.

Instead of scheduling in lapbooks, I decided to use History Pockets instead. Both of my "big kids" really enjoyed them when they were younger. I like the high quality graphics and the variety of paper activities.

These are non-consumable books with tear-out pages designed to photocopy. I do a lot of the cutting to eliminate "busy work" and don't require any of the elements to be colored. Otter likes to color them while I do read-alouds. We've also used paints in the past, to make decorating the pages and items more fun.

History Pockets make a really nice scrapbook of things you've learned and are fun to thumb through years later. I still have all of Otter's History Pocket projects, even though he's much older now!

Otter's rating: 4 stars

Craft
Activity book
Weeks 2-8
Pharoah's Boat

Pharaoh's Boat

There is a lot of text in this picture book, so I don't recommend it as a reader for young children (though they may be interested in the pictures).
Learn how an ancient boat was built the first time and then built again when found in modern times.

While he was reading it, Otter declared it to be "boring" but he did pause several times to tell me some facts he found interesting.

Otter's rating: 2 stars


Reader

Week 2
draw

Ralph Masiello's Ancient Egypt Drawing Book

Preview at Christianbook.com

If you have a student who enjoys drawing, this book should be a hit. We had a lot of fun with it and Otter was really happy with how his drawings turned out. He often asked if we could work from the book, even when it wasn't scheduled.

Otter's rating: 5 stars

 

Art and culture Weeks 2-9
Gilgamesh

Gilgamesh the King

Our library didn't have this book, so we read the Gilgamesh story in Story of the World. We did, however, check out the other two books in the series.

Picture book Week 3
Ishtar

The Revenge of Ishtar

These books take about 10 minutes to read out loud and are a nice addition for learning the Gilgamesh story(s). The pages are lavishly illustrated. Some of the illustrations may be kind of "scary" for younger children.

Otter's rating: 3 stars

 

Picture book Week 3
Last quest

The Last Quest of Gilgamesh

This books has some interesting parallels to the Biblical accounts of the flood as well as bits from the Garden of Eden story (snake/eternal life)

Otter's rating: 4 stars

 

Picture book Week 3
Sumarian slave

You Wouldn't Want to Be a Sumerian Slave!: A Life of Hard Labor You'd Rather Avoid

This series of books can sometimes be a little crude, but they inform with plenty of humor (and sometimes grossness) that kids love.

Otter's rating: 2 stars
(Ha! Well so much for Otter loving it!)

 

Reader Week 3
Assyrian

You Wouldn't Want to Be an Assyrian Soldier!: An Ancient Army You'd Rather Not Join

*There are a couple mentions of "girlfriends" as well as a idol worship and telling the future by a priest of the sun god Shamash. There is also mention of getting out of hard work.

 

 

Reader Week 3
Bill and Pete go down the Nile

Bill and Pete Go Down the Nile

This silly story is great for younger children. It's about a crocodile and his bird friend in modern day Egypt. Younger students will easily pick up some words associated with ancient Egypt in the course of the story.

Otter's rating: 5 stars

 

Picture book Week 3
The Golden Bull

The Golden Bull

Free, short discussion guide

Novels that cover this time period and location are hard to come by. This is an adventurous story about a pair of siblings in Ur.

*Warning: There are numerous mentions of the beliefs of the times like the moon-god, etc. They are present, but they don't fully dominate the story. I often skipped the "hymns" as I didn't think Otter needed to hear detailed praises to "gods". Also, there is mention of beer drinking and there is some drunkenness (although it's portrayed in a negative light).

This books is "easy" enough to be a reader.

Otter's rating: 5 stars

 

Read-aloud (or reader) Week 4-6
Mrs. Frizzle's Adventures in Ancient Egypt

Ms. Frizzle's Adventures: Ancient Egypt

Reading level: 3.1

This book has very simple text and lots of bright, colorful pictures.

 

Picture book


Week 4
Mummies made in egypt

Mummies Made in Egypt

Reading level: 4.7

We've always enjoyed books by Aliki. This one has lots of illustrations, many which were adapted from paintings and sculptures found in Egyptian tombs. The text is an easy read that will likely take only one sitting.

Otter's rating: 4 stars

 

Reader

 

Week 4
Diary of an Egyptian Quest

Interactive book

 

Week 4
Magic and the Mummy

The Magic and the Mummy (Egyptian Tales)

Google preview

This is a fairly short "easy" chapter book that weaves some of the ancient Egyptian's beliefs into a narrative. The illustrations are fairly humorous and fun.

*Warning: The hero of the story disobeys her father, deceives him and lies to her brother. She does these things in order to save a live cat she is supposed to mummify (situational ethics). I used this book to prompt a discussion about: Is it ever OK to do wrong things in order to do something right?
There are also mentions of things having to do with mummification that are kind of gross.

Otter's rating: 5 stars(which he later changed to 3 stars after about a month or so)

 

Reader
(Easy reader - early chapter book)

 

Week 4
Lift the Lid on Mummies

I had this kit from previous years when my "big" kids were studying ancient history. It comes with a booklet, a mummy to wrap up, canopic jars, internal organs, amulets, etc.

Otter's rating: 1 star
Bear's rating (remembering when he used it years ago): 4 stars

It just goes to show you how kids can be so different! I thought the kit was fun, lol.

Hands-on kit and booklet Week 4
Adventures in Ancient Egypt

Reader

(Picture book with cartoon illustrations)

 

Week 5
Joseph

Joseph
This is a beautiful picture book by Brian Wildsmith.

Otter's rating: 4 stars

Christian

Picture book to be used as a reader

 

Week 5
You wouldn't want to be...

You Wouldn't Want to Be a Pyramid Builder: A Hazardous Job You'd Rather Not Have

 

 

Reader

 

Week 5
Cross Section

Egypt in Spectacular Cross-section

We didn't read the text in this book, but rather poured over the super detailed pictures.

Reading level 5.2

Otter's rating: 3 stars - His comment: "I liked the pictures."

Look at the pictures Week 5
A Place in the Sun

A Place in the Sun

This adventure story is about Senmut, a boy in ancient Egypt. After his father is bitten by a Cobra, Senmut attempts to carve a statue of the healer goddess Sekhmet with the hopes it will cure his father. While working, he thoughtlessly tosses a tool and accidentally kills a sacred dove. Senmut is sent to the mines for his crime. Will he survive his harsh sentence? Will he ever see his father alive again?

I scheduled this book as a reader, although I actually did it as a read-aloud due to the Egyptian spirituality that is woven throughout the story. I wanted to be on hand to edit out or explain/discuss portions because I didn't feel comfortable with a lot of it. It's a worthwhile story though, because it gives a realistic picture of ancient Egyptian beliefs, how lives were ruled by these beliefs and makes this ancient culture more accessible to young readers.

Otter's rating: 5 stars

Reader (or read-aloud) Week 6
Tikki Tikki Tembo

Tikki Tikki Tembo

We read this book after reading the chapter in Story of the World about ancient China. Otter LOVED it. Warning: you may want to pull your hair out the 50th time you hear your child say Tikki Tikki Tembo's full name out loud, lol... I had to listen to that for about 3 days straight.

Otters rating: 5 stars

Reader Week 6
Interactive Adventure

Ancient Egypt: An Interactive History Adventure (You Choose Books: Historical Eras)

Preview at Google Books

  Week 6
Usborne Time Traveler

Usborne Time Traveler

This has been a favorite of all 3 of my children. We're using part of the book now and part later when we study medieval times. You can no longer purchase this book brand new, but it's worth finding a used copy for your home library. It's such a fun book to browse.

Otter's rating: 5 stars

History Weeks 7, 29
Exodus

Exodus
This is a beautiful picture book by Brian Wildsmith.

Reading level 5.6

Otter's rating: 3 stars

Christian

Picture book to be used as a reader

 

Week 7
fun with hyroglyphics

Fun with Hieroglyphs

Kids love stuff like this. You should try to get at least one kit for the year to spice things up!

Kit Week 7
papyrus kit

Papyrus Kit

Any papyrus kit will do!

Otter's rating: 4 stars

 

Kit Week 7
Tirzah

Tirzah

"Fleeing with Moses from captivity in Egypt, twelve-year-old Tirzah learns a song of hope as she tries to survive to reach the promised land."Quote from Amazon

There are a few minor sections that may be upsetting to younger or sensitive children. There is also some very light "romance" but it's tastefully presented in the context of the culture.

Otter's rating: 5 stars
Mom's rating: 3 stars

 

Christian
Read-aloud
Weeks 7-8
Egypt Diary

Egyptian Diary: The Journal of Nakht

Otter enjoyed this series of books!

Reading level: 5.3

Reader or read-aloud

 

Week 7-8
Hittite Warrior

"In ca. 1200 B.C., Uriah the Hittite leaves his conquered homeland and, following his father's instruction, seeks refuge with an old family friend, eventually finding himself in a great battle between the Canaanite forces of Sisera and the Hebrew forces of Barak."

*Warning: I don't recommend you read this book to younger students. It has violence and some possibly disturbing passages about child sacrifice.

Otherwise, it's a fast paced story that Otter always begged me to "read just one more chapter, pleeeeeeeease!!"

Otter's rating: 5 stars

Christian Read - aloud Week 8-11
5000 Year Old Puzzle

The 5,000-Year-Old Puzzle: Solving a Mystery of Ancient Egypt

Reading level 5.9

"It is 1924, two years after the discovery of King Tut’s tomb. Readers are invited to join a young boy, Will Hunt, as he and his family become part of an archaeological team led by world-famous Egyptologist Dr. George Reisner. Based on actual records of Reisner’s history-making dig, Giza 7000X, this strikingly original picture book uses journal entries, funny postcards, and quirky cartoons to pull readers into an ancient unsolved mystery. Luminous paintings of the pyramids, informative sidebars and inventive collages, including authentic documents and archival photographs, help provide information and clues. When a secret tomb is uncovered, readers, along with Will, put together clues to discover: Whose tomb is this? Why was it hidden? And how can a mummy be missing from a sealed tomb?

This illuminating book invites readers to participate in the process of archaeology as it provides a rare glimpse into the true stories that exist behind the objects in museums." Quote from book description

Picture book to be used as a reader

Week 8

Reader

 

Week 8

The Trojan Horse: The Fall of Troy (Graphic Myths & Legends

This is a graphic novel that will appeal to reluctant readers. Otter LOVES this type of book. Even your regular readers will probably enjoy a visual retelling of the Trojan Horse story.

Reader Week 9
Ancient China

Adventures in Ancient China

This is an enjoyable book in cartoon format. Otter enjoyed this series of books.

Reader Week 10
Black Ships Before Troy

Warning: This book has a section that describes the inappropriate behavior between Helen and Paris of Troy (not s*x, but you still may want to discuss it).

Also the version I read, which was illustrated by Alan Lee, had some female nudity (illustrated).

Otter's rating: 4 stars
Mom's rating 2-3 stars

Read-aloud Week 11-12
Ox, House, Stick: The History of Our Alphabet

Ox, House, Stick: The History of Our Alphabet

This is the perfect reader to go along with the chapter in MOH and SOTW about the Phoenicians. It also mentions the Greeks and Romans.
It's a colorful, interesting and easy read.

 

Reader or read-aloud Week 12
Adara

Adara

""The soldier heaved me over his shoulder as if I were a spring lamb.
"I am not Israelite!" I screamed.
I beat his back, hurting my hands. "Let me go."
"Adara has always longed to do the things that well-brought-up girls of her time are not supposed to do. She wants to learn to read and write -- like men. And she wants the freedom to travel -- like men -- outside the boundaries of her sheltered life. One day she awakens to a blast of trumpets as the Israelites and Arameans battle just outside the safety of her village walls. Curious, Adara sneaks out to see the battle. Little does she know that this will be her last day of freedom for a very long time. Sold into slavery, Adara becomes a servant to General Namaan and his family and begins a remarkable journey of self-discovery, healing, and redemption -- a journey that, in the end, faces her with the hardest decision of her life . . ." Quote from book description

Read-aloud Weeks 13-15
Greek

Greek Alphabet Code Cracker

 

Otter's rating: 1 star 1 starbecause it's Greek
5 stars for how it teaches

He decided he doesn't like learning Greek. He prefers sticking with Latin. He told me the book itself is a good teaching method though.

 

Workbook Weeks 13-20
D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths

D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths

Reading level 5.9

I remember reading this book as a child and loving the illustrations. Knowing about Greek myths is essential (in my opinion) to understand a lot of modern cultural references as well as some of the origins of specific beliefs.

Highly recommended!

Otter's rating: 5 stars

Reader or Read-aloud Weeks 13, 14, 15, 16,

The Odyssey

 

The Odyssey

This is a graphic novel! Beautiful!

Warning: Preview for scantily clad people and a goddess trying to seduce a mortal (nothing too overt).

"Fresh from his triumphs in the Trojan War, Odysseus, King of Ithaca, wants nothing more than to return home to his family. Instead, he offends the sea god, Poseidon, who dooms him to years of shipwreck and wandering. Battling man-eating monsters, violent storms, and the supernatural seductions of sirens and sorceresses, Odysseus will need all his strength and cunning—and a little help from Mount Olympus—to make his way home and seize his kingdom from the schemers who seek to wed his queen and usurp his throne. Award-winning graphic artist Gareth Hinds masterfully reinterprets a story of heroism, adventure, and high action that has been told and retold for more than 2,500 years—though never quite like this." Quote from book description

Reader Week 13
Greece

You Wouldn't Want to Be a Slave in Ancient Greece!

Reading level 4.9

Reader

 

Week 13
Literature Pockets

Literature Pockets, Greek & Roman Myths, Grades 4-6

View it online via this link.

Buy it for less at Rainbow Resource!

Instead of scheduling in a variety of lapbooks for this year's study, I chose to use History and Literature Pockets instead to do basically the same job. Our "big kids" used them in the past and really enjoyed them.

One tip: don't feel like your kids have to color everything in. They'll learn a lot just constructing the various items. Also, some kids may be more motivated to do HP if you've already done the cutting.

*Note: This History Pockets was scheduled during a part of our year when we were busy with other subjects. We ended up not doing most of the items.

Otter's rating: 3 stars

Craft

Activity book

Weeks 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23
History Pockets Ancient Greece

Buy a copy

We used about half of this book. It was scheduled during a time of year when we were busy with other things. History "extras" got put on a back burner.

Otter's rating: 4 stars

Craft

Activity book

Weeks 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 24, 25, 26, 27
You wouldn't want to be a greek athlete

You Wouldn't Want to Be a Greek Athlete: Races You'd Rather Not Run

Reading level 5.5

Reader

 

Week 14
God King
Christian Read - aloud Week 15-17
Greek News

Otter's rating: 5 stars

Reader or Read-aloud Week 15
Adventures

Otter's rating: 4 stars

Reader Week 16
Mesopotamia

DK Eyewitness Books: Mesopotamia

DK Eyewitness books are chock full of photos and illustrations!

 

Just to browse & look through Week 17
Scratch and Sketch

Ancient Egypt Scratch and Sketch: An Art Activity Book for Inquisitive Archaeologists and Artists of All Ages

This is a great book to pull out during read-aloud time. The pages on the left have a short paragraph of text introducing various things having to do with ancient Egypt like: hieroglyphics, obelisks, scarabs, the step pyramid at Saqqara, mummies, Anubis, symbols, Ramses II and more. The pages on the right are shimmering swirled colors covered by a thin coating of black. Use the stylus the comes with the book to scratch out your own designs related the text pages.

*The paragraphs are excellent sources for writing, if you are doing IEW!

Otter's rating: 5 stars (This was a HUGE hit.)

 

Art Not in schedule. Use it during read-aloud time.

Mara

 

Mara, Daughter of the Nile

I didn't scheduled this book in because I knew Otter wouldn't like it. My "big kids" liked it though when we used it years ago. If you use it, be warned that there is some light romance and some issues of character you may want to be on hand to discuss.

Read-aloud

Not scheduled in. Use during the study of Egyptians, if desired.

OPTIONAL

Cat of Bubastes

 

The Cat of Bubastes: A Tale of Ancient Egypt (Adventure)

Free online and also here

This book might be considered boring by younger kids especially. The language is "outdated". I haven't scheduled this book in either because I don't think it will appeal much to Otter.

Free book online - Read-aloud

Not scheduled in. Use during the study of Egyptians, if desired.

OPTIONAL

Who was King Tut?

Otter really liked the "Who Was" series, so I've listed this here as an optional book, even though it's not in the schedule.

Reader

Not scheduled in. Use during week 8, if desired.

OPTIONAL

Ghosts of the Nile

Ghosts of the Nile

This is a very colorful book with super busy pages that are a visual treat. It would be awkward to read out loud but would make a fun book to browse. There is mention of magic but it's in the context of the characters going back in time.

Reader

Not scheduled in. Use during the study of the Egyptians, if desired.

OPTIONAL

 

Otter's rating: 3 stars - He said it was fun at first, but it was really hard to put together (hence the lower rating)

Hands-on kit Week 17
Aesop's Fables

The Classic Treasury of Aesop's Fables

Any version of Aesop's Fables will do.

Reader Week 20
What's Your Angle?

I love this set of books. We used them in math and history!

Math and History

Use as a reader or read-aloud

 

Week 22
The Illiad for Boys and Girls

The Iliad for Boys and Girls (Yesterday's Classics)

Read this book for FREE at Google Books

Old fashioned, but good for someone on a budget who doesn't mind the old language.

Fiction

FREE Online

Not in the schedule. Read while studying ancient Greece. OPTIONAL
Herodotus

Otter's rating: 5 stars (He said TEN stars)

History - as a read-aloud Week 24
The First Marathon

The First Marathon: The Legend of Pheidippides

This story, illustrated with woodcut style pictures, will help your younger readers remember Pheidippides. The notes in the back give a much more detailed story than the text, including information about modern marathons and how they came about. You may want to read the end of the book out loud, but the rest of the book should be used as a reader except by the youngest of students.

 

Reader Week 24

Lively Latin Big Book 1

We used this program for Latin, so I scheduled the history lessons and pages in it. If you aren't planning to use Lively Latin 1 this year, just ignore.

Otter's rating: 5 stars (but sometimes 3 for the fun factor)

Latin Curriculum Weeks 24-32
Theras and His Town

Theras and His Town

Otter's rating: 5 stars

"Young Theras, born an Athenian, is taken to Sparta by a relative when his father is lost at war. He is forced to live like a Spartan, a brutal life with no pity for those who are not physically perfect and totally obedient to Spartan control. After enduring rigorous training and repeated cruel incidents, he escapes with a Perioikoi boy and heads for his beloved Athens. Here is the story of a hard and dangerous journey with Snedeker's amazing historical accuracy. Caroline Dale Snedeker, twice a Newbery Honor winner, captures the authentic flavor of ancient Greek culture in a story of adventure and excitement that fully illustrates the differences between the Athenian and Spartan cultures." Quote from book description

Reader or Read-Aloud Weeks 25-27
Esther
Read-aloud or reader Week 25
Wise Guy
Read-aloud or reader Week 26
Ancient Rome

Otter's rating: 5 stars

Buy it for less at Rainbow Resource!

Craft

Activity book

Weeks 28-35
Alexander the Great

Demi's books are so much fun to look at!

Picture book Week 29
You wouldn't want to be in Alexander the Great's army
You Wouldn't Want to Be in Alexander the Great's Army!: Miles You'd Rather Not March Reader Week 29
The Story of the Greeks

The Story of the Greeks (Yesterday's Classics)

Read this book for FREE at Google Books

Old fashioned, but good for someone on a budget who doesn't mind the old language.

History

FREE Online

Not in the schedule. Read while studying ancient Greece.

OPTIONAL

Archimedes and the door of science

Archimedes and the Door of Science

Preview at Google Books

Otter's rating: 5 stars

This books is also scheduled in our Movers, Shakers, and Stargazers science curriculum (coming soon). If you plan on using that curriculum, you may wish to save this book for it, or vise-versa.

History and science

 

Weeks 29-30
The romans

The Romans: Gods, Emperors, and Dormice

Click here to get a look inside the book. *Warning: on the page of gods, infidelity is hinted at. Be on hand to explain. It's a good opportunity for a discussion on faithfulness and God's standards for "love".

I love the intricate, cartoon illustrations in this book.

"Meet Dormeo: gladiator, dormouse, berry-nibbler, and guide to ancient Rome. He’s about to lead a tour — from the temperamental gods and goddesses of Mount Olympus to the wolf-raised Romulus and Remus, from the birth of the Roman Republic to the death of Julius Caesar. On the way are fascinating glimpses of life as a Roman citizen, from families to festivals, gladiators to guards, as well as a look at some of Rome’s best-known emperors (good and not so good). Vibrant, engaging, and packed with Marcia Williams’s trademark warmth and humor, this graphic storybook is a young reader’s ideal introduction to the rise and fall of the Roman Empire." Quote from the book description

  Week 29
Fun With Roman Numerals

Fun With Roman Numerals

This is a colorful and fun introduction to Roman numerals.

Otter's rating: 5 stars

Math and history Week 30
Great wall of china
Reader Week 30
Ancient China
If I Were a Kid in Ancient China: Children of the Ancient World Reader  
The Story of the Romans

The Story of the Romans (Yesterday's Classics)

Read this book for FREE at Google Books

This book is good if you are on a budget and don't mind the old-fashioned language.

History

FREE Online

Not in the schedule.

 

The Children's Plutarch

The Children's Plutarch: Tales of the Romans (Yesterday's Classics)

 

Read this book for FREE at Google Books

This book is good if you are on a budget and don't mind the old-fashioned language.

History

FREE Online

Not in the schedule.
The Librarian Who Measured the Earth

The Librarian Who Measured the Earth

Reading level: 5.7

Otter's rating: 2 stars

Aww, poo on Otter's rating for this book! I really liked it. Just ignore his rating, LOL.

Math and History

 

Week 31
Roman soldier

You Wouldn't Want to Be a Roman Soldier!: Barbarians You'd Rather Not Meet

 

Reader

 

Week 31
Augustus Caesar's World

Augustus Caesar's World

Preview at Christianbook.com

I recommend this as a read aloud for younger students. It's packed with information, but my "big kids" really enjoyed it when we used it in the past.

Otter's rating: 5 stars

History - Recommended as a read-aloud

 

Weeks 32-36
Galen

I really love the style of illustration in this book. It's a typical Marissa Moss book!

Reader

 

Week 32

Julius Caesar

 

Who Was Julius Caesar?

 

Reader Week 32

Gladiators

 

 

Reader Week 32

Cleopatra

Other options:

Cleopatra

Cleopatra Rules!

Cleopatra

Cleopatra

Cleopatra (Lifelines)

This is my favorite book about Cleopatra for this age group. Right away the jeweled cover invites you to take a peek inside. The illustrations are terrific and the story is engaging. Through Nefret's diary you learn all sorts of details about Cleopatra and the world she lived in. At the end of the story there are additional illustrated facts like a timeline, Cleopatra's family tree and details about the places and people mentioned in the story. The format is more like a picture book than a novel. Every single page is heavily illustrated and the pictures do just as much to tell the story as the words do (but there is still plenty to read).

*Warning: the basic facts of Cleopatra's life are mentioned including Marc Antony's adultery and Cleopatra's pregnancy before she was married.

You can also choose either of the two books to the left or any other book about Cleopatra.

Reader or read-aloud(s)

 

Week 33
You Wouldn't want to be a Roman gladiator

You Wouldn't Want to Be a Roman Gladiator!

Reading level 6.4

Reader

 

Week 34
City

Otter's rating: 5 stars

History

 

 

Week 35
Coins

Replica Coins from the Bible - New Testament

And Coins of the Old Testament

Otter's rating: 5 stars

Just for fun! Not in the schedule.

 

The Very First Christians

The Very First Christians

Preview this book here.

Otter's rating: 4 stars

Christian Reader or read-aloud Week 36

 

 

 

 

 

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