Need some ideas for your 5th grade history and/or geography homeschool curriculum? Here are a few resources and that I put together to create a complete 5th grade history/geography homeschool curriculum. I’ve also reviewed these products and have examples. So have a look and see which of these you would like to add to your homeschool.
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5th Grade History Curriculum
Story of the World by Susan Wise Bauer
Volume 1 and 2: Ancient Times and the Middle Ages
Last year, I taught the boys ancient history without a curriculum. This year, I decided to try Story of the World after reading the many recommendations it got from other homeschooling blogs. I ordered both volumes: 1 and 2 to see what if anything I missed when I covered ancient times last year. I was surprised that the book covered a lot that I did teach but they also had a lot I didn’t.
Because volume 1 was more of a review, we quickly got through the lessons so that we could also fit in volume 2 for this same year. I have to say that the boys really enjoyed it. I only wished we had started using it in 4th grade.
What I Liked
The text covers each time period in forty-two manageable chapters. The student activity book provides a ton of hands-on activities from creating medieval artwork and costumes to sticker booklets and recipes. Every chapter also covers world geography through its mapping activity. The teacher’s edition contains review questions, suggested narration prompts, and suggested reading for each chapter. I don’t put a lot of emphasis on history tests and quizzes but they are available if you prefer.Let others know about these 6 Resources for a Complete 5th Grade History/Geography Homeschool by clicking hereClick To Tweet
Using a Timeline
As part of our 5th grade history curriculum, I added a timeline requirement. For this portion, I recommend History Through the Ages “Record of Time” by Homeschool In The Woods.
I also suggest getting History Through the Ages Collection of Historical Timeline Figures CD. The binder is great for children because the pages are made from card stock making them a little tougher to withstand accidental tears. We’ve had them for a while now and so far no rips. The CD contains almost every possible historical figure and event. You simply click on the figure/event that you want, copy, paste and print out.
Because we will repeat these historical times later in high school I did not want the boys to glue their figures and events into their timeline binder. What I did instead was glue them onto Post-Its Full Adhesives.
Once dried, I re-cut the figure again and then have the boys place them in their timelines. So, if we have to make room for another figure or event, we can simply peel them off and move them over a bit.
Also, if you subscribe to Homeschool in the Wood’s website, you get a new figure/event for free in their monthly newsletter.
Notebooking Pages for World History
For some of the more significant figures in history, I have the boys copy a quick biography using NotebookingPages.com‘s notebook pages.
I currently have a lifetime membership with NotebookingPages.com. It is by far one of the best investment I made. As a member, I simply visit their site, enter the figure or event and choose from an assortment of pages that are specially lined for specific ages. Not sure if notebooking is the right choice for your family? Check out their free sampler and give it a try.
I love this DVD. I pair up Story of the World chapters with the DVD chapters. The boys love seeing history unfold even if it’s done by actors. It certainly gives them a better understanding and appreciation of the past.
This subscription was a great add-on to our U.S. geography curriculum for both 4th and 5th grade. Every month Highlights sends two state activity books with maps. Inside each booklet are some fun activities like crosswords and mazes but there are also learning activities that involve map reading and state fact puzzles.
Notebooking Pages for U.S. Geography
I also use Notebooking Pages for our U.S. geography curriculum. Notebooking Pages has an assortment of state pages covering state symbols, famous people, state history, and more. Below are some examples of their pages.
Hands-on Crafts for our 5th Grade History Curriculum
Although the Story of the World provides an array of hands-on activities for each chapter (some of which we do), I also included The Barbarian Book: Warfare by Duct Tape to supplement our Middle Ages studies.
As you can see below, we had fun creating Celtic swords and battle axes out of PVC pipes and duct tape. Not to worry though. They are padded with piping insulation. The size of the weapons given in this book are a bit big for kids so I just adjusted the sizes. No big deal.
I hope you find these reviews of our 5th grade history and geography resources helpful. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below in the comment sections.
Check out more of my 5th Grade Resource and Curriculum Reviews by clicking the links below:
- 14 Awesome Resources You Should Add to Your 5th Grade Homeschool
- 5th Grade English: Homeschool Curriculum Review and Switch
- How to Teach 5th Grade Homeschool Science Without a Curriculum
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