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Age 10 to 12

Age 10-12 Videos

Learn more about the Age 10-12 level, see what makes it unique, and look at many of the projects you will finish over the year.
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Explore how earthquakes, climate, ocean waves, and volcanoes make the world such a dynamic planet. Journey to the microscopic world of cells to learn how building blocks of life function and reproduce. Read incredible stories about men and women in our country’s past who sacrificed to ensure freedom and equal treatment for all. Experiment with chemical and physical changes.

At Moving Beyond the Page we believe that children learn when they are actively engaged in their learning. This is why we include many hands-on and engaging science kits to teach your child the science topics being covered. You cannot find a more hands-on science curriculum available for homeschoolers.

The Age 10-12 level uses these and many more activities to thoroughly cover the state and national standards in science, social studies, and language arts. Add Life of Fred math for a complete and comprehensive homeschool curriculum.

In this level, we want students to begin taking more responsibility for formulating their own ideas and directing their day. For this reason, our 10-12 units are all student directed. The primary lesson plans are written for your child to read and follow. As a parent, you will still be actively involved. We provide parent overviews of each lesson that include descriptions of the activities and answer keys for you. There are still many activities and opportunities for you to work with your child.

The Age 10-12 curriculum constitutes one year of academic instruction.


  • Able to read and comprehend novels at a late 6th or 7th grade reading level
  • Able to write multiple paragraphs on a topic
  • Familiar with the five-paragraph essay
  • Usually used by children in the fifth or sixth grade

What's New and Different for Age 10-12

The Age 10-12 level has the same structure of the Age 9-11 level that preceded it. All units are student directed, so students take responsibility for formulating their own ideas and directing their day. The primary lesson plans are written for your child to read and follow. As a parent, you will still be actively involved. We provide parent overviews of each lesson that include descriptions of the activities and answer keys for you. There are still many activities and opportunities for you to work with your child.

Like previous levels of Moving Beyond the Page, the Age 10-12 curriculum covers science, social studies, and language arts. In language arts, this takes the form of literature units. This enables your child to learn all of his language arts content in an engaging format that centers around interesting stories and characters. We continue to tie in science and social studies, but instead of doing this within each lesson, we do it thematically. When children study the ocean in science, they will be reading a book about a man and a boy that get lost at sea. When they are studying immigration, they will read a story about a girl that immigrates to the United States from Germany.

There are a total of 12 literature units that accompany the Age 10-12 level. They are each designed to accompany one of the 12 science / social studies units that make up the year-long curriculum package. All units are broken down into daily lesson plans. When you begin lesson 1 of a science / social studies unit, you will also begin the first day of the corresponding literature unit. The knowledge gained in each science and social studies unit is reinforced through the corresponding literature unit.

The list below shows how each of the science and social studies units line up with the language arts units.

Science and Social Studies
Language Arts
Concept 1: Environment and Cycles
Unit 1. Weather and Climate
Unit 1. The Wanderer
Unit 2. Geography and Landforms
Unit 2. The People of Sparks
Unit 3. Our Changing Earth
Unit 3. Short Stories
Concept 2: Force and Power
Unit 1. Slavery and the Civil War
Unit 1. Bull Run
Unit 2. Force and Motion
Unit 2. Albert Einstein
Unit 3. World Wars I and II
Unit 3. Number the Stars
Concept 3: Change
Unit 1. Matter
Unit 1. Tuck Everlasting
Unit 2. Civil Rights
Unit 2. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
Unit 3. Chemical Change
Unit 3. The Giver
Concept 4: Systems and Interaction
Unit 1. North and South America
Unit 1. Esperanza Rising
Unit 2. Cells
Unit 2. The Tree That Time Built
Unit 3. Incas, Aztecs, and Mayas
Unit 3. Secret of the Andes

In the Age 10-12 curriculum, your child will explore all subject areas using a hands-on and investigative approach. Oftentimes, homeschoolers are only taught reading, writing, and math during the elementary years, but a truly comprehensive curriculum will expose them to science and social studies as well. These subjects can be the most engaging and exciting for a young child. The curriculum is also filled with quality literature to enjoy with your child.

Beyond Standards

Because all lessons are based on state and national standards, your child will learn all of the necessary skills for his age. Your child will continue to be challenged to read and write at a higher level.

Summary of Skills

The links below will take you to the Summary of Skills for each of the concepts that make up the Age 10-12 curriculum. The Summary of Skills is a list of the state and national standards that are covered within Moving Beyond the Page. This list can be useful for your own planning purposes, but it is also quite helpful when submitting required documentation to fulfill state and local reporting requirements.

Science Kits and Manipulatives

The Age 10-12 curriculum provides a number of hands-on science kits and manipulatives. These kits will provide your child with a hands-on experience that is unparalleled in any homeschool curriculum. With Moving Beyond the Page, hands-on learning is not an afterthought. Not only do we design our curriculum for hands-on learners, we also provide materials to take the hassle out of gathering materials.

Brine Shrimp Eggs

Brine shrimp eggs will be grown during the Cells unit. Store in freezer until ready to use. Do not eat.

Cells Science Kit

This kit contains materials used in the Cells science unit. Brine shrimp eggs are also required and are packaged and sold separately.

  • blank slide and cover,
  • blank slide base and cover,
  • brine shrimp eggs,
  • eye dropper,
  • eyedropper,
  • methylene blue,
  • microscope slides,
  • mushroom slide,
  • paramecium slide,
  • slides and slide covers, and
  • thermometer, and
  • 1 more items...
Chemical Change Science Kit

This kit contains materials used in the Chemical Change science unit.

  • 1 tablespoon iron filings,
  • 1/2 cup sand,
  • 3 paper cups,
  • 5 paper cups,
  • 5 pennies from 1982 or earlier,
  • 5 pennies from 1983 or later,
  • 60 toothpicks,
  • 7 paper cups,
  • brass washers,
  • cotton swabs or paintbrushes,
  • filter paper, and
  • 11 more items...
Dolphin Bead Materials

This materials kit includes the approximately 150 beads and 17 safety pins needed to finish the Dolphin Bead activity in Lesson 3 of The Wanderer Literature Unit.

Force and Motion Science Kit

This kit contains materials used in the Force and Motion science unit.

  • large marble,
  • marble set,
  • measuring tape,
  • small marble,
  • spring scale,
  • stopwatch, and
  • tennis ball.
Fossil Excavation Kit

Kids get be paleontologist, digging for the 5 genuine fossil specimens embedded in each gypsum block. Fossils are identified by photos on the packaging and may include shark teeth, ammonites, brachiopods, crinoid stems and more.

Incas, Aztecs, and Mayas Timeline Cards

These cards are used with the Timeline of Ancient Civilizations during the Incas, Aztecs, and Mayas social studies unit.

Matter Science Kit

This kit includes materials used in the Matter science unit.

  • 2 drinking straws,
  • 2 sets of wired alligator clips,
  • 2 small pencils,
  • 3 sets of alligator clips,
  • 9-volt battery,
  • aluminum strip,
  • balloon,
  • colored pencils,
  • copper strip,
  • glass marble,
  • iron strips, and
  • 11 more items...
Our Changing Earth Science Kit

This science kit contains many of the materials required for activities in the Our Changing Earth science unit.

  • 2 sealable plastic bags,
  • blue food coloring,
  • charcoal briquettes,
  • clay,
  • eye dropper,
  • gravel,
  • Mineral Science Kit,
  • sand,
  • Slinky or Slinky Jr., and
  • soil.
Parts of Speech Cards

These cards are used in the literature unit The Pearl.

Periodic Table of Elements

It doesn't seem possible that every single thing you can see right now is made up of elements from this one simple table... and yet it's true.

Rummy Roots

What do you get when you combine Greek roots tele (far away) and skopeo (to look at)? "Telescope," a device that allows us to "look at things far away"! Fun and fast-paced, this challenging card game is a great way to build vocabulary, word comprehension, and alphabetical skills by exploring the Greek and Latin roots of our English language. Includes 90 cards: 27 Greek, 15 Latin, 42 English, 4 Stump, and 2 Bonus. Ages 8 to adult.

Terra Cotta Air-Dry Clay (2.5 lbs)

Easy-to-use clay to make durable forms with no need for baking in an oven or firing in a kiln.

Timeline of Ancient Civilizations

This timeline is used in both the Age 10-12 level and then again in the 11-13 level as children study ancient cultures from around the world. It will help to give children a visualization of what was happening in different parts of the world at the same time. This timeline will be used with the timeline cards for each of the areas studied.

Weather and Climate Science Kit

This kit contains materials used in the Weather and Climate science unit.

  • 2 Thermometers,
  • Balloon,
  • Clay,
  • Five 3-ounce cups,
  • Human-powered light bulb,
  • Pencil,
  • Push pin,
  • Red and blue food coloring,
  • Ruler or divider,
  • Shallow tray,
  • Shoelace, and
  • 4 more items...

What Else Do I Need?

If your child is not yet writing in cursive, you will probably want to supplement with a cursive handwriting program.

The Age 10-12 Full Year Curriculum Package covers science, social studies, and language arts. When purchased with a math curriculum, you will have a comprehensive curriculum for your child.

Schedule Worksheets

Age 10-12 Curriculum Samples

Concept 1: Environment and Cycles

Unit 1 - The Wanderer [LA]

Unit 2 - Geography and Landforms [SS]

Lesson 2 - Maps of All Kinds

Unit 3 - Our Changing Earth [S]

Lesson 4 - Earthquakes and Moving Plates

Concept 2: Force and Power

Unit 1 - Slavery and the Civil War [SS]

Lesson 1 - Antebellum America

Unit 1 - Bull Run [LA]

Lesson 3 - Joining the Ranks

Unit 3 - Number the Stars [LA]

Lesson 3 - The Button Shop

Unit 3 - World Wars I and II [SS]

Lesson 5 - Mobilizing for War

Concept 3: Change

Unit 1 - Matter [S]

Lesson 2 - Introduction to Metals

Unit 3 - The Giver [LA]