Age 9 to 11

Overview

Blast into the solar system and explore the depths of ocean. Follow American history from the first colonies, to westward expansion, to the lives of the immigrants. Learn about the 50 states and research the history of your own state. Explore the amazing human body. Read about the lives of inventors and try your hand at your own invention.

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. Click here to jump down to the complete list of science kits.

Beginning at this level, we want students to begin taking more responsibility for formulating their own ideas and directing their day. For this reason, our 9-11 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 9-11 level uses these and many more activities to thoroughly cover the state and national standards in science, social studies, and language arts. Add math for a complete and comprehensive homeschool curriculum.

The Age 9-11 curriculum constitutes one year of academic instruction.

Prerequisites

  • Able to read and comprehend novels at a late 5th or 6th grade reading level
  • Able to write multiple paragraphs on a topic
  • Usually used by children in fourth or fifth grade

What's New and Different for Age 9-11

Beginning at this level, we want students to begin taking more responsibility for formulating their own ideas and directing their day. For this reason, our 9-11 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.

Like previous levels of Moving Beyond the Page, the Age 9-11 curriculum covers the standards in 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.

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: Relationships
Unit 1. The Fifty States
Unit 1. Poetry
Unit 2. Energy
Unit 2. The View from Saturday
Unit 3. Your State
Unit 3. American Tall Tales and Legends
Concept 2: Diversity and Interdependence
Unit 1. The Living Seas
Unit 1. The Cay
Unit 2. Immigration
Unit 2. A House of Tailors
Unit 3. Biomes
Unit 3. My Side of the Mountain
Concept 3: Discovery and Survival
Unit 1. Colonization and Revolution
Unit 1. The Witch of Blackbird Pond
Unit 2. Technology and Invention
Unit 2. The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Unit 3. Westward Expansion
Unit 3. The Ballad of Lucy Whipple
Concept 4: Systems
Unit 1. Space
Unit 1. A Wrinkle in Time
Unit 2. State Government and Economics
Unit 2. Lincoln
Unit 3. The Human Body
Unit 3. Independent Study

In the Age 9-11 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 early 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 9-11 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 9-11 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. If you have a hands-on learner, you have found a curriculum designed with them in mind.

9-11 - Timeline of American History

Students use this timeline to record important events covered in the Age 9-11 units.

Dream Catcher Craft Kit

This kit contains the materials needed for students to make their own dream catcher. The dream catcher craft is an activity in the American Tall Tales and Legends unit.

Energy Science Kit

This kit contains materials needed for activities in the Energy unit.

  • 3 flashlights that are the same,
  • 3 glasses or cups,
  • 3/16" wooden dowel rods,
  • 4 clear cups,
  • citric acid,
  • clay,
  • coal,
  • color wheel card or card stock paper,
  • dark cloth,
  • digital scale,
  • flashlight, and
  • 21 more items...
Original Sculpey - Terra Cotta(1.75lb)

America's original oven-bake clay! Sculpey is soft and pliable; works and feels like ceramic clay but will not dry out when exposed to air. Perfect for everything from molded items to free form jewelry pieces; figurines; ornaments and scrapbooking embellishments. Shape; bake and once cool can be sanded; drilled; carved; glued; inked; painted with water based acrylics or Sculpey Brand Glaze.

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.

ScienceWiz Energy Kit

Get moving with kinetic energy! Store potential energy on your head! Play the energy conversion game! The supercapictor car you'll build with this kit can zoom the length of a school hallway and bounce off walls! Discover what energy is, how we make it now and what choices await us in the future. Learn about global warming and build a solar car and join the race to save the planet! Using the step-by-step instructions and highly visual 3D illustrations to guide you, this kit contains over 22 activities, including the following: - build a solar car. - launch a super capacitor car. - make an electric car. - spin a flywheel generator. - build a battery to light an LED. - do a kinetic chain reaction.

Smart Lab: Squishy Human Body

With this hands-on kit and tour guide, kids enter the twisted world of the human body! Complete with removable squishy vital organs as well as representative skeletal, vascular and muscular systems, kids explore the complex inner workings of the human body and literally see how they all go together!

Technology and Invention Science Kit

This kit contains materials needed for activities in the Technology and Invention unit.

  • Inventions booklet,
  • 2 pieces of wood,
  • 2 wire hangers,
  • 6-volt light bulb,
  • 9-volt battery,
  • brass fasteners,
  • connecting wires,
  • dowel rods,
  • gear set,
  • long board,
  • marbles, and
  • 15 more items...
The Scrambled States of America Card Game

Quick! Find a state that ends with the letter A. Now find one that borders Tennessee. Have fun learning about the United States in this madcap game of observation and quick reflexes. Collect cards by matching states to a Scramble card. Whoever scrambles to match and collect the most state cards wins. Players learn the names, capitals, nicknames, shapes and positions of the states through a myriad of visual teasers, language riddles and geography challenges. After playing, you'll see that there's more to the 50 States than meets the eye!

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 9-11 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 9-11 Curriculum Samples

Concept 1: Relationships

Unit 1 - Poetry [LA]

Lesson 5 - Figurative Language and Voice

Unit 1 - The Fifty States [SS]

Unit 2 - The View from Saturday [LA]

Lesson 4 - Report Writing

Unit 3 - Your State [SS]

Lesson 3 - State History

Concept 2: Diversity and Interdependence

Unit 1 - The Cay [LA]

Lesson 1 - Story Context

Unit 1 - The Living Seas [S]

Lesson 1 - Fresh Water
Lesson 5 - Waves and Currents