Social Studies 5 (Hybrid)
Through a cross curricular and banded standards approach with language arts , students will have a cross-continental itinerary. Students take an ambling trek that starts in China and moves through the rest of Asia, over to the Middle East, down to Africa, sweeps through the South Pacific, including Australia and New Zealand, and finishes in Antarctica. Get to know the people and cultures of places you hear about in the news, but may have never studied in-depth (such as Japan, India, the Philippines and Afghanistan). Reading with History level five includes a 36-Week, 4-Day schedule designed to save one day a week for co-ops, music lessons, sports, field trips or other extra-curricular activities. Includes colorful map answer keys, discussion questions and answers as well as background notes. As you learn about countries with such different economic histories from ours, you'll enjoy Whatever Happened to Penny Candy?, an easy introduction to basic economics. And throughout your year, timeline figures and maps pull all your learning together. The history centerpiece is Journey to the Eastern Hemisphere, a book (new for 2016!) that combines articles and photos about various countries and regions: China, Korea, Japan, Russia, Southeast Asia, Vietnam, India, the Middle East, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Africa, the Pacific Islands, New Zealand, Australia, and Antarctica. The cross curricular activities include: adventures of life overseas, and the study of the classics from our own culture. Get ready to: See cultures with new eyes as you walk with a young Tibetan girl from her homeland all the way to Calcutta. Students will read: The Horse and His Boy, one of C. S. Lewis' marvelous tales of Narnia, Shuffle behind Marjan, a disabled Persian girl, as she risks her life to collect stories for the Sultan's wife, who must tell him a new tale every night--or be killed. Students will get more glimpses into life in the Eastern Hemisphere through their Readers this year. They'll meet characters who inspire courage, curiosity, strength and lots of fun! After you meet one such character in Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, your children will use the included paper to make their own authentic Japanese origami.
* Prerequisites: None
* This course includes an optional learning experience.