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My Story 1 (My Story and the World Around Me)

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My Story and the World Around Me is a lower elementary social studies course that introduces students to history, politics, sociology, economics, and geography, while providing an understanding of God’s world and the cultures of the countries. Level 1 begins with children in their homes, helping them think about their lives from their immediate families and beyond, as well as learning about local governments. Equivalent to a first grade level.

Just what exactly is social studies, you may ask? Well, it includes the study of all kinds of people and places, some far away and some next door. In this book we talk about families, like your family in your house, and also lots of people close by, which we call a town or city, and finally about even more people in cities or outside of cities, all living in big places called countries.

Level one begins with children in their homes, helping them think about their lives from their immediate families and beyond, as well as learning about local governments. Includes four quests.

This is a daily adventure-based curriculum series that encourages families to explore the world together through four nine-week quests and to understand it better from God’s perspective. It is designed with elements that make weekly learning fun and interactive, including:

  • Activity time
  • Word find time
  • Review time
  • My story journal

Learn all about the world while you discover more about your own. And make sure you pull out your Quest Collector Cards at the beginning of each quest. Your world map on the other side shows where you are in each lesson!


Table of Contents

  • Using This Teacher Guide
  • Charting Your Course
  • Schedule
  • Introduction
  • Quest 1
    • 1. My World Starts with the Family
    • 2. Here Is My Community
    • 3. Welcome to My City
    • 4. My State Is Wonderful
    • 5. My Country Is So Big
    • 6. Where Did Everyone Come From?
    • 7. A Whole Wide World
    • 8. Crossing the Sea Back Home
    • 9. My Country Is Full of Wonder
  • Quest 2
    • 10. My Train through America
    • 11. A Trolley through Mexico and Central America
    • 12. A Helicopter to South America
    • 13. My Taxi in South America
    • 14. Brrr, It’s Cold Outside!
    • 15. Sailing to Africa on a Cruise Ship
    • 16. Time to Ride a Horse
    • 17. A Mountain Bike Across Africa
    • 18. Our Seaplane Back Home
  • Quest 3
    • 19. Riding Hills on Our Cable Car
    • 20. Skiing across Canada
    • 21. Bobsled over Canada’s Territories
    • 22. An Amphibious Vehicle to Russia
    • 23. On a Junk to China
    • 24. Riding the Metro through India
    • 25. A Sailboat to the Islands
    • 26. On a Surfboard around Australia
    • 27. Back Home on a Kayak
  • Quest 4
    • 28. On a Dinghy around the United States
    • 29. Going to Greenland and Iceland
    • 30. Over to Europe on a Blimp
    • 31. Riding the Funicular Railway in Europe
    • 32. Europe on a Gondola
    • 33. The Subway under Europe
    • 34. Across Europe by Rocket
    • 35. Taking the Glider Back
    • 36. A Skateboard Home
  • Appendix
    • State Info: Nicknames, state flowers, and state birds
    • Some Holiday Times Around the World
    • Glossary for Social Studies
    • Glossary for Geography A to Z
    • Quest Collector Quizzes
    • Quest Collector Answers
    • Word Find Time Answer Key