Age 8-10 Year at a Glance

The Age 8-10 level of Moving Beyond the Page is structured around four 9-week concepts. Each of these concepts is made up of three language arts units and three science and social studies units. Each unit contains about 10 lessons and a final project.

You will do two lessons each day: one in science and social studies and one in language arts. Start with the first concept. When you finish it move on to the second.

Here is a list of the concepts in the order you will complete them along with the associated books.

Science and Social Studies Units

Language Arts Units

Concept 1: Interdependence

Unit 1: Dirt and Plants
Dirt by Steve Tomecek
Unit 1: Little House in the Big Woods
Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Unit 2: Native Americans
The Cherokee by Danielle Smith-Llera
The Very First Americans by Cara Ashrose
Unit 2: The Sign of the Beaver
The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
Unit 3: Ecosystems and Ecology
[none]
Unit 3: Native American Animal Stories
Native American Animal Stories by Joseph Bruchac

Concept 2: Force and Power

Unit 1: Magnetism and Electricity
Electricity and Magnetism by Adamczyk and Law
Unit 1: Ben and Me
Ben and Me by Robert Lawson
Unit 2: The Power of People
Presidential Elections and Other Cool Facts by Syl Sobel, J.D.
Unit 2: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Unit 3: Forces of Nature
The Gripping Truth about Forces and Motion by Agnieszka Biskup
Unit 3: The BFG
The BFG by Roald Dahl

Concept 3: Similarities and Differences

Unit 1: Africa and Asia
A True Book: Asia by Gary Drevitch
Africa by Zukiswa Wanner
Beatrice's Goat by Page McBrier
Unit 1: Stories from Africa and Asia
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr
The Mystery of Meerkat Hill by Alexander McCall Smith
Unit 2: Rocks and Minerals
Everything Rocks and Minerals by Steve Tomecek
Unit 2: Holes
Holes by Louis Sachar
Unit 3: Europe
The Kitchen Knight: The Tale of King Arthur by Margaret Hodges
Turn of the Century by Ellen Jackson
Unit 3: Charlotte in Giverny
Charlotte in Giverny by Joan MacPhail Knight
Claude Monet by Mike Venezia

Concept 4: Exploration and Survival

Unit 1: Animal Adaptations
How Do Animals Adapt? By Bobbie Kalman
Unit 1: Abel's Island
Abel's Island by William Steig
Unit 2: Early Explorers
Exploration and Conquest by Betsy and Giulio Maestro
Explorers Who Got Lost by Diane Sansevere-Dreher
Unit 2: Pedro's Journal
Pedro's Journal by Pam Conrad
The Island of the Skog by Steven Kellogg
Unit 3: Work, Tools, and Simple Machines
[none]
Unit 3: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien