Grade 1: Exploring Ancient World History / Having Fun with World Geography and Science…

 

IDEAS AND SUGGESTIONS

The Grade One ideas and suggestions give lots of opportunity for exploration and hands-on learning while also beginning to look at the world in a more detailed way as children learn about ancient cultures, weather, plants and animal classification and much more.

Be sure to have a look at the section at the end which lists all sorts of books for reading aloud and offer a wonderful way to connect, a variety of ideas to discuss and a range of art!

Items with a price can typically be ordered through us and can be looked at in closer detail on our Home Education webpage. Items without a price are suggestions that can often be found on the internet, in libraries or in bookstores / online stores.

Discovery Toys and Usborne Books at Home are direct sales companies. Their products can also be ordered by emailing Erin, who is a consultant at info@familiescomefirst.ca

Grade One suggestions give lots of opportunity for exploration and hands-on learning while also beginning to look at the world in a more detailed way as children learn about ancient cultures, weather, plants and animal classification and much more. There are a few chapter books in the Read-Aloud section.

 

Language Arts

Learning Language Arts Through Literature (Integrated reading, Literature, Spelling, Phonics and Handwriting program)

OR

EnglishSmart 1 Workbook 15.95

Let’s Build Sentences (Dowling Magnets) $32.95

ClicknKids (Spelling, Phonics and Reading Computer Program) (also suggested in the Senior Kindergarten List)

Handwriting Without Tears Grade 1

My Printing Book 9.95

1st Grade Printing Teacher’s Guide 10.95

 

Usborne Reading Program

The Usborne Reading Program is comprised of a large selection of books from the early stages of reading through to more sophisticated books for confident readers. The books have engaging text accompanied by fantastic and varied illustrations. The First Reading Level Two and Three selections below are a great opportunity to learn about traditional tales from various countries while developing and building on reading and vocabulary skills.

First Reading Level Two

The Daydreamer $7.95

The Stonecutter $7.95 (traditional tale from Japan)

Stone Soup $7.95 (traditional European folktale)

The Little Giraffe $7.95

The Magic Melon $7.95 (lively retelling of an old Chinese tale)

Roly-Poly Rice Ball $7.95 (lively retelling of a traditional Japanese tale)

Dragon and the Phoenix  $7.95 (retelling of a Chinese folktale)

The Chilly Little Penguin $7.95

The Tortoise and the Eagle $7.95 (classic Aesop’s table)

Brer Rabbit Down the Well $7.95

Brer Rabbit and the Blackberry Bush $7.95

Clever Rabbit and the Wolves $7.95 (Native American folktale)

How Bear Lost His Tail $7.95 (Native American folktale)

Reading Level Three

The Enormous Turnip $7.95

The Little Red Hen $7.95

The Gingerbread Man $7.95

The Three Little Pigs $7.95

Chicken Licken $7.95

The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg $7.95

The Castle That Jack Built $7.95

The Musicians of Bremen $7.95

The Boy Who Cried Wolf $7.95

The King’s Pudding $7.95 (a traditional tale from Indonesia)

The Peach Boy $7.95 (a folktale from Japan)

Mathematics

Jump Math for Grade One

Jump Workbook 1.1 $11.00

Jump Workbook 1.2 $11.00

Jump 3 Teacher’s Guide (optional but recommended by company) $90.00

OR

Life of Fred Math

Apples Book – 17.95

Butterflies Book – 17.95

Cats Book – 17.95

  

with

Usborne Sticker Maths:

Adding – 8.95

Taking Away - 8.95

Times Tables - 8.95

OR

Complete MathSmart 1 Workbook 15.99

Materials for Grade One math...useful for all options

Usborne Junior Dictionary of Maths – 15.95

Base 10 Magnet Set - (Dowling Magnets) $8.95 or 2 for $14.95 (-recommended)

Money! Money! - Discovery Toys

Magnet Fraction Cakes - $19.95

Foam Fun Magnet Counters - $16.95

(for hands-on practice with addition, subtraction and early multiplication and division, counting, sorting and patterning.)

Science

Great Science Adventures (Common Sense Press)

Developed by Dinah Zike, M.Ed and Susan Simpson (Creator of Learning Language Arts Through Literature).  This is a hands-on science program that includes activities for ages throughout the elementary years. The benefit to this is that it can be used with children of different ages and you can begin with any book/program you wish. Because there are activities for primary, junior and intermediate students, it is not grade specific. This is an interactive and very cost-effective program!

Each book/program contains 24 lessons so if you are  doing the program regularly, you can likely complete two or more books in a year. Alternatively, you can use just one or two books and spend any extra time expanding on the information with other resources or activities.

Choose from:

Great Earth Science Studies

Discovering Earth’s Landforms and Surface Features $25.95

Discovering the Ocean $25.95

Discovering the World of Space $25.95

Great Life Science Studies

Discovering the Human Body and Senses $25.95

The World of Insects and Arachnids $25.95

The World of Plants $25.95

The World of Vertebrates $25.95

Great Physical Science Studies

Discovering Atoms, Molecules and Matter 25.95

The World of Light and Sound 25.95

The World of Tools and Technology 25.95

Apologia

The Young Explorer’s Series 

Apologia’s K-6 Creation-based science curriculum combines “conversationally-written instruction, hands-on activities and interactive notebooking with an inquisitiveness into God’s Creation to turn your young learner into a young explorer.”

There are several options which can be seen on our “Home Education:Apologia page, but for Grade 1 the following is recommended.

Exploring Creation with Astronomy $39.00

Astronomy Notebooking Journal $24.00

Astronomy Junior Notebooking Journal $24.00

OR

Usborne Internet - Linked Children’s Encyclopedia

Hardback version – 35.95

Paperback (reduced format but same information) – 17.95

A beautiful, engaging first reference book which includes clearly organized science sections such as: Our World, Animals and Plants, How Your Body Works, Science, How Things Work and Space.

Each double page covers a topic which can be further delved into using the suggested internet links. This book can be used as a base or “springboard” and by omitting or discussing differently a very few pages (approximately 6), can be used quite comfortably with a Creation viewpoint.

This encyclopedia is also recommended as a family reference book regardless of which curriculum or style of learning you choose.

If using it as a main base the following is a list of books and activities to deepen the learning and have fun with the topics:

Our World Section  (Pages 7 – 52)

Resources to go with these pages of Internet-Linked Children’s Encyclopedia)

Planet Earth (Usborne Beginners: Level 2) $6.95

Sun, Moon and Stars (Usborne Beginners: Level 2) $6.95

Volcanoes (Usborne Beginners: Level 1) $6.95

Weather (Usborne Beginners: Level 1) $6.95

Snowstorm (Family Pastimes Co-operative Game) $16.00

Earthquake (Family Pastimes Co-operative Game) $16.00

Island Fish Co. (Family Pastimes Co-operative Game) $16.00

Rubbish and Recycling $6.95 (Usborne Beginners Level 2)

Beautiful Place - an ecology game (Family Pastimes) $16.00

Animals and Plants section (Pages 53-98) - specific sections on Wild Animals, Birds, Fish, Bugs, Butterflies, Trees and Flowers…

Resources to go with these pages of Internet-Linked Children’s Encyclopedia:

- specific sections on Wild Animals, Birds, Fish, Bugs, Butterflies, Trees and Flowers

Pocket Nature with Internet Links $12.95

Reptiles (Usborne Beginners) $6.95

Crinkleroot’s Guide to Knowing the Trees

Jim Arnosky (this is an EXCELLENT book with fun illustrations that can often be found at or ordered in to libraries or purchased from popular online bookstores. It’s worth finding!

Berries, Bugs and Bullfrogs - Family Pastimes Co-operative Games

Crinkleroot’s Teaching Leaves - Jim Arnosky

A brand new series of Nature, Science and Art Lessons... a new topic for each moth jam-packed with fun, facts and information! Beautiful and available from www.jimarnosky.com, $3 per four page issue. These are neat little units.

Available topics are: All About Bears, All About Ducks, All About Bats, All About Migration, All About Turtles, All About Beavers, All About Armadillos.

How Your Body Works Section (Pages 99 – 112)

Resources to go with these pages of Internet-Linked Usborne Children’s Encyclopedia:

Your Body (Usborne Beginners: Level 2) $6.95

Why do we Eat? (Usborne Beginners: Level 2) $6.95

See Inside Your Body (Usborne “See Inside”) $17.95

See Inside Your Head (Usborne See Inside”) $17.95

History / Culture

Usborne Internet-Linked Children’s Encyclopedia (History Section-Pages 113 -180)

Here is an opportunity to use this book again as it has a great History/Culture section too! As with the Science sections, each double page covers a topic which can be further delved into using the suggested internet links.

Pages can be used as “springboard” to learning history and this is also recommended as a family reference book regardless of which curriculum or style of learning you choose. If using it as a main base the following is a list of books and activities to deepen the learning and have fun with the topics:

Who Built the Pyramids? (with internet links) Usborne Starting Point History Series $6.95

See Inside Ancient Egypt (with over 50 flaps to lift) $16.95

Ancient Egypt Jigsaw Book $19.95

Greek Myths for Young Children - Mini $10.95, Large version with jacket $24.95

Greek Myths Jigsaw Book $19.95

Who Were the Romans? (with internet links) Usborne

Starting Point History Series) $6.95

See Inside Ancient Rome(with over 50 flaps to lift) $16.95

Ancient Romans Jigsaw Book $19.95

Who Were the Vikings? (Usborne Starting Point History) $6.95

Vikings (Usborne Beginners Level 2) $6.95

Celts (Usborne Beginners Level 2) $6.95

What Were Castles For? (with internet links) Usborne Starting Point History $6.95

The Great Castle Search (Usborne) $9.95

See Inside Castles (with 50 flaps to lift) $16.95

Who Were the First North Americans? (with internet links)

Usborne Starting Point History $6.95

China (Usborne Beginners Level 2) $6.95

Pirates (Usborne Beginners Level 2) $6.95

Aztecs (Usborne Beginners Level 2) $6.95

London (Usborne Beginners Level 2) $6.95

Elizabeth I (Usborne Beginners Level 2) $6.95

Home Builders - Family Pastimes Co-operative Games $16.00

Geography

Usborne Internet linked Children’s Encyclopedia

Hardback -35.95

Paperback (reduced format, same information) – 17.95

Yet another opportunity to use this wonderful resource… The pages are full of maps, flags of the world, etc.

Stories From Around the World (Usborne) $24.95 & $10.95

Animal Sticker Atlas $9.95

Seas and Oceans Sticker Atlas $9.95

Jigsaw Atlas of North American $19.95

World Jigsaw Atlas $19.95

Art and Craft and Dramatic Play Ideas

365 Things to Make and Do $29.95

Egyptian Things to Make and Do $10.95

Roman Things to Make and Do $10.95

Knights and Castles Things to Make and Do $10.95

Animal Things to Make and Do $10.95

Big Book of Things to Do $25.95

First Book of Art $19.95

Music

Gustov Mole: Musical Families Game

Children’s Songbook $9.95

Very Easy Recorder Tunes $10.95

Very Easy Piano Tunes $10.95

Very Easy Guitar Tunes $10.95

Puzzling Skills

Adventures in Puzzle World $27.95

Puzzle Pyramid $8.95

Enthusiastically Recommended Read-Aloud and Resource List!

The following are some well-loved books that explore and teach everything from rhymes, manners, values, science, nature, culture, jobs and community to fun and faith! Take an opportunity to enjoy the different details and illustrations and to read some of the information on the front and back flaps about authors and illustrators as well sometimes some deeper information about the book.

There are also a few websites that will give further ideas and free activities in relation to some of the books.

Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White (read-aloud chapter book)

Little House in the Big Woods – Laura Ingalls Wilder (read-aloud chapter book)

Owl Moon - Jane Yolen

The Keeping Quilt - Patricia Polacco

Catch That Goat – Polly Alakija

Mama Panya’s Pancakes: A Village Tale from Kenya – Mary and Rich Chamberlin, Illustr. Julia Cairns

The Perfect Pancake – Virginia Kahl

Three Billy Goats Gruff – Illust. Marcia Brown

Margaret and Margarita - Lynn Reiser

The Other Side - Jacqueline Woodson

The Apple Pie that Papa Baked - Lauren Thompson

The Big Snow - Berta & Elma Hader

Winter’s Eyes - Douglas Florian

The Empty Pot - Demi

The Hundred Dresses - Eleanor Estes

When the Library Lights Go Out - Megan McDonald

Almost to Freedom - Vaunda Nelson

The Great Kapok Tree - Lynne Cherry

Kites - Demi

Isabella’s Garden K/Grade 1 - Glenda Millard

Peter’s Chair - Ezra Jack Keats

Pet Show - Ezra Jack Keats

A Letter to Amy - Ezra Jack Keats

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel - Virginia Lee Burton

Katy and the Big Snow - Virginia Lee Burton

The Little House - Virginia Lee Burton

Frog and Toad are Friends – Arnold Lobel

Frog and Toad Together – Arnold Lobel

Days with Frog and Toad – Arnold Lobel

Mouse Tales – Arnold Lobel

Maybelle the Cable Car - Virginia Lee Burton

You Are Special - Max Lucado

Your Special Gift - Max Lucado

All You Ever Need - Max Lucado

Just the Way You Are - Max Lucado

If Only I Had a Green Nose - Max Lucado

The Dragonfly Door - John Adams

The Lorax - Dr. Seuss

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