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GRANT NORRIS, BS, MBA, is a Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Management Consulting Services Practice based in Philadelphia.
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  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Evan Moor Educational Publishers; Revised ed. edition (January 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557999007
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557999009
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
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I used these pockets to support the Ancient year my family enjoyed as an annual theme in their earlier home education. The theme took in every kind of learning, and these added something special, but I mainly relied on Story of the World, Volume 1: Ancient Times Audiobook CD: From the Earliest Nomads to the Late Roman Empire, Revised Edition (7 CDs). Fortunately they fit beautifully together. The Story of the World title gives a lot more information than the pockets, including stories from each culture, and if you get the Audio CD version, your children can play the tracks to their hearts' content. The matching Story of the World activity book was also a great help to create some active/hands-on/role play learning. These three titles together work really well but don't supply any of the science, so to flesh it out I used Ancient Science: 40 Time-Traveling, World-Exploring, History-Making Activities for Kids, which is also arranged civilization by civilization, so the experiments are super easy to fit in at the right point. The set of science experiments are couched in historical background, are well explained from both the scientific point of view and from the point of view of what each civilization discovered, and most importantly they really work!

So the pockets by themselves are not going to teach the history, but my children LOVED the pocket activities which had them make things that they can handle, that will remind them of what we covered in other ways.
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I've been impressed by the content of the 3 "History Pockets" books we've used in our homeschool (Ancient Civilizations, Ancient Egypt, and Ancient Greece). I think they would be really helpful for visual and tactile learners. Unfortunately, my DD hated all the cutting & pasting involved. She found it to be busywork.

I would recommend the "History Pockets" to students who don't mind all the prep work involved in making the folders/lapbook.

Edited to update: my 2nd child turns out to love the "History Pockets" books. So it really goes to show that it depends on the particular student.
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By Lora N. on October 11, 2004
If you are looking for an easy way to add hands-on projects to your study of ancient civilizations in the primary grades, this is it. The blackline masters are very professionally done so the child's end product is high quality. All you need are basic school supplies including scissors, glue stick, crayons, and construction paper (and a few other things). You do need to photocopy the projects, so start up for homeschoolers might be a little more involved.

The projects touch on highlights of the culture being studied and create memorable products that facilitate discussion. My first grade daughter's interest in history came to life when we added History Pockets to our homeschool studies. She still enjoys taking out the stick puppets from various cultures and having them talk to each other a year later. It's been a great way to show relatives what she's studying and review it for herself in the process. Each culture has a written booklet of info. which creates a nice summary. They also include 4 vocabulary words per culture done in an appealing way. Then there are several other projects, most of which vary for each culture. For example, you make a Parthenon shape book for Ancient Greece.

There is too much coloring, in my opinion. We handled this by limiting what she would color per page and by using fewer colors. The projects still look good even if only certain aspects are colored or if some aren't colored at all.

I plan to use History Pockets with my younger children and look forward to trying History Pockets on other subjects.

Classroom teacher (former classroom teacher, myself): These projects are pretty simple and many could be done at a center with an example to look at.
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I agree with previous reviewers that this material should be used as a supplement only. It by no means comprises an entire history course, although there's a lot here.
And if your child(ren) are doing a lot of other hands-on history, it can certainly start to feel like busywork. But overall, I find these projects to be a meaningful, helpful addition to our Story of the World readings. If your child doesn't like colouring, skip it, or let him/her paint with watercolours instead. Another idea is to let him/her colour while you read from the "spine" text.
We are already using the Nursery Rhymes pockets with my son, who's 3.5, and my 6.5-year-old dd seems to like having these, more "grown-up" pockets to work on. yet the projects are not so far beyond the younger one that he doesn't occasionally like to jump right in and work on one himself.

My only caveat: I would STRONGLY recommend getting the eBook form of this resource. Keep it on your hard drive, and print off only the pages you need. I bought it in hard copy, and it's a real pain keeping the pages straight, photocopying the ones you need more of, and so on. That's the only reason I've given it 4 stars instead of 5 - the inconvenience. I learned from this and bought the Nursery Rhymes one in eBook and I love the freedom of never losing the book, misplacing the sheets, or having to fiddle with the copy function on my printer!
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