World Book – Third Grade

Social Studies

  • ¬†Holidays and folk customs
  • Native Americans
  • Explorers and pioneers
  • Appreciation of different cultures, races, religions
  • History and development of local community
  • Community helpers
  • Consumers and producers
  • Sources of food and clothing
  • Shelters of animals and people
  • History and development of transportation
  • History and development of communication
  • Citizenship and social responsibility
  • Basic human needs and wants
  • Local geography and topography
  • U. S. geography and regions
  • The continents
  • Flat maps and globes

Science

  • ¬†Animal helpers
  • Dinosaurs
  • Life cycle
  • Plants and animals of the desert
  • Plants and animals of the sea
  • Common birds, trees, flowers
  • Forest plants
  • Conservation of plants and animals
  • Weather and climate
  • Earth’s changing surface
  • Magnets and electricity
  • Compass
  • Gravity
  • Light and color
  • Energy and its sources
  • Force and work
  • Machines
  • Moon and stars
  • Earth satellites
  • Scientific method and scientific inquiry

Language Arts

  • Silent reading
  • Reading prose and poetry aloud
  • Oral presentations: reporting experiences orally with accuracy
  • Alphabetizing through the third letter of a word
  • Dictionary skills
  • Developing word-attack methods
  • Synonyms, antonyms, homonyms
  • Spelling
  • Beginning cursive writing
  • Concept of paragraph
  • Using period, comma, question mark, apostrophe, quotation marks
  • Writing short, original stories and poems
  • Postwriting skills: editing and proofreading
  • Increasing indexing skills

Health and Safety

  • Care of eyes and ears
  • Dental health
  • Proper balance of activities
  • Healthful leisure activities
  • Prevention and control of diseases
  • Parts of the body
  • Nutrition
  • Health with relation to food, shelter, clothing
  • School and community health services
  • Home safety hazards
  • Safety in the community
  • Simple first aid

Mathematics

  • Reading and writing numbers to 5 places
  • Beginning Roman numerals
  • Rounding numbers
  • Positive and negative numbers in daily life
  • Simple fractions and equivalents
  • Properties of one
  • Numeration systems
  • Addition and subtraction facts to 25
  • Multiplication and division facts to 100
  • Perimeter, area, volume
  • Geometric constructions
  • Similar and congruent figures
  • Properties of solid figures
  • Customary and metric measurement
  • Time to 1- and 5-minute measures
  • Estimation of outcomes
  • Problems-solving analysis
  • Word problems
  • Charts and graphs

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World Book – Second Grade

Social Studies

* Holidays and festivals
* Patriotic celebrations
* Communities in other lands: past and present
* Family and family history
* Families around the world
* Neighborhoods
* Community services and helpers
* Shelters, stores, and food
* Citizenship and social responsibility
* Interdependence of people
* Basic geography: oceans, continents
* Map skills

Science

* Useful and harmful animals
* Life cycle
* Birds and insects in winter
* Animal babies
* Animal defense of themselves and their young
* Plant and animal food
* Dinosaurs and other extinct animals
* Food chain
* Plant reproduction and growth
* Habitats and homes
* Weather and its effects on earth
* Effects of the seasons on the lives of people, animals, and plants
* Climate
* Water cycle
* Air and atmosphere
* Magnets and forces
* Gravity
* Earth and sky
* Sun, moon, planets
* Simple constellations
* Exploring space
* Scientific method and scientific inquiry

 

Language Arts

* Reading silently for purpose
* Dramatizations and interpretative or oral reading
* Use and meaning of quotation marks in reading
* Story development: beginning, middle, end
* Simple book reviews
* Listening skills
* Organizing ideas and impressions
* Alphabetizing through second letter of a word
* Using dictionary guide words
* Vocabulary development
* Homonyms, synonyms, antonyms
* Methods of word attack
* Ways to study spelling
* Simple punctuation and capitalization
* Refining manuscript handwriting
* Writing independently in manuscript form
* Brief and simple letters and journals
* Narration, description, letters, poetry
* Increasing skill in handling books: table of contents, and index

 

Health and Safety

* Personal cleanliness
* Dental hygiene
* Basic food groups
* Communicable diseases
* Preventive measures against disease
* Neighborhood safety

Mathematics

* Counting, reading, writing to 1,000
* Counting by 2’s, 3’s, 4’s, 5’s, and 10’s
* Ordinal numbers to 10
* Zero as a place holder
* Using sets and number facts
* Addition and subtraction facts to 20
* Basic multiplication and division facts
* Multiplication and division facts as inverse operations
* Multiplication properties of 0 and 1
* Place value through 100’s
* Fractions in daily life
* Decimal numeration system
* Basic concept of ratio
* Geometry puzzles and activities
* Estimation
* Common customary and metric measures of time, weight, length, volume, shape, temperature
* Telling time and using the calendar
* Handling money (coins)
* Problem solving
* Charts and graphs

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World Book – First Grade

Social Studies

* Holidays, traditions, and customs
* Our American Heritage
* Different cultures at different times
* Family, school, neighborhood, community
* Farm and zoo
* Neighborhood helpers
* Jobs and careers
* Social skills and responsibilities
* Basic geography terms
* Making and reading a simple neighborhood map

Science

* Grouping and classification
* Living and nonliving things
* Animals
* Pets
* Farm animals
* Zoo and circus animals
* Woodland animals
* Common birds
* Plant and animal habitats
* Seeds, bulbs, plants, flowers
* Weather and seasons
* Day and night
* Solids, liquids, gases
* Air and water
* Magnets
* Fire and temperature
* Sun, moon, stars, planets
* Simple machines
* Beginning experimentation
* Scientific method and scientific inquiry

Language Arts

* Reading
– Phonetic analysis
– Structural analysis
– Establishing sight vocabulary
* Reading informally: names, labels, signs
* Simple pantomimes and dramatic play
* Creating stories and poems
* Telling favorite stories
* Organizing ideas and impressions
* Enunciation and pronunciation
* Presenting information orally, in sequence and with clarity
* Book reports and critiques
* Discussion skills: taking part in group discussion
* Beginning dictionary skills: alphabetizing
* Beginning spelling
* Beginning grammar: nouns, verbs, adjectives
* Introduction to punctuation and capitalization
* Manuscript handwriting
* Handling books
* Using table of contents
* Development of a class newspaper

Health and Safety

* Personal hygiene
* Dental health
* Good eating habits
* Exercise and rest
* Diseases
* Common cold
* Dressing for weather and activity
* Safety rules to and from school

Mathematics

* Counting and writing to 100
* Counting by 2’s to 40
* Simple number patterns
* Beginning ordinal numbers
* Using 10 as a basic unit
* Simple properties of zero
* Simple properties of sets
* Beginning addition and subtraction facts
* Number-line use
* Place value and numeration
* Concepts of quantity and size
* Concepts of equality and inequality
* Concepts of ordinal and cardinal numbers
* Using 1/2 and 1/4 appropriately
* Estimation
* Geometric patterns and figures
* Basic customary and metric measurement
* Recognizing time: clock and calendar
* Value of penny, nickel, dime, quarter
* Solving simple word problems
* Basic probability and chance
* Basic chart and graph concepts

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World Book – Kindergarten

I don’t have any Kindergarteners this year, but I may touch on some of these topics with my students this year anyway. Click here to find out how we’re doing school this year.

Social Studies

  • Meanings of holidays, traditions, and customs
  • Understanding and appreciating other cultures
  • Individual’s role in family, home, school, and community
  • Relationship of the individual to the group
  • Work and jobs
  • Safety rules and symbols
  • Basic human needs
  • Self-respect and self-awareness
  • Awareness of others
  • Location of home and school
  • Diagram of home and school

Science

  • Observation of everyday, familiar things
  • Common animals and plants
  • Interrelationships of animals and plants
  • Classification of living things
  • Farm animals
  • Care of pets
  • Like and unlike plants
  • Indoor plants
  • The sun: our principal source of energy
  • Weather and seasons
  • Temperature
  • Light
  • Colors
  • Senses
  • Earth, moon, stars, planets
  • Simple measurement
  • Beginning experimentation

Language Arts

  • Phonics
  • Choral reading
  • Listening to literature, music, poetry
  • Nursery rhymes, fairy tales, fables
  • Social listening
  • Constructing visual images while listening
  • Oral communication skills
  • Role play
  • Following and giving directions
  • Paraphrasing and summarizing
  • Organizing ideas
  • Experience stories
  • Relating events and experiences using complete sentences
  • Listening for correct speech habits and word usage
  • Beginning writing process
  • Manuscript handwriting

Health and Safety

  • Personal hygiene
  • Good eating habits
  • Good grooming
  • Care of teeth
  • Major body parts
  • Physical fitness
  • Safety to and from school

Mathematics

  • Simple counting to 20
  • One-to-one relationship
  • Concepts of more, less than, same
  • Sequence of events
  • Correspondence of quantities
  • Ordinal-cardinal relationship
  • Number-numeral relationship
  • Recognition of basic sets
  • Meaning of addition and subtraction
  • Introduction to number line
  • Estimation
  • Elementary geometry (shapes)
  • Calendar and clock
  • Denominations of money
  • Basic problem-solving strategies
  • Basic chart and graph concepts

Our School This Year

I’m finding myself in an interesting situation this year. While I will continue homeschooling, I cannot do it as I’ve done in the past. I am able to insist on more independence because they have all officially reached school age (my youngest is 6 and going into first grade). However, I also require more time to focus on my business.

To that end, we will be starting with Math each day, two at a time, then studying unit studies through project learning. While our methods will be a little more strict than this, the kids will choose their own topics and the length and depth of their study. I’m asking them to start with topics of interest from the World Book Typical Course of Study (which is why I’m posting it here), and hopefully I’ll be posting some related unit studies (not a new idea), many of which I hope to be original.

Our project method will be mostly based on this book from Hewitt Homeschooling. While I will be developing my own learning objectives instead of using theirs, I find their method of unit studies to be a great balance between relaxed schooling and the more ordered approach I so desperately crave. (I’m a weird sort and I crave order and spontaneity at the same time).

Please feel free to leave comments and questions as we go along and I’ll try to answer them as they develop. We’ll also be following our local school district calendar for school days, so we should be done pretty early this year – yay!

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