Big History Project Year 2

We had so much fun last year with Big History Project, we didn't get that far in. We dove deep into the science end starting with physics and the Big Bang, then moving onto chemistry with stars forming, and finally physical science with our Earth and solar system. We will be continuing on with Big History Project starting with Threshold 5: Life. This year will be focused more on world history with biology and engineering being our main science topics. 

My kids have been doing core subjects (read aloud, writing, grammar, spelling, penmanship, and math) for most of summer, so we'll continue on with that. I've been training them on time management by giving them a list of what needs to be finished by the end of the week and letting them figure out how they want to work on it. One has been completing one subject at a time trying to get it all done in as few days as possible, while the other has been doing one day's worth of each subject every day. Ugh, they are opposite in every way. 

Biology, Evolution, Anthropology, Archeology, Environmental Science, Engineering as BHP introduces them


  • Easy Writing Level 2  
  • Writing Revolution style writing using BHP lessons
    • I really want to integrate this into Big History. I have been working on making my own writing companions for all of the units. Unfortunately, it's taking more time than I thought. Easy Writing is a good fill-in while I work on my companion books. It will set them up for solid sentence work and familiarize them with combining sentences, appositives, along other methods WR uses. The main idea for WR is to apply writing to subjects that are currently being covered. Easy Writing gets the structure, but the sentences are out of context making writing an entirely separate subject than Big History. 


  • Easy Grammar Plus
    • Aligns well with Easy Writing. Easy Grammar Plus is the perfect book to cover all of the grammar bases for around 7th grade and up through high school. 



  • Rummy Roots Card Game
  • Vocabu-Lit - Common Core edition 
    • Trying something new here. This is my attempt at covering all of my bases for my 8th grade mildly dyslexic. I like that it's a workbook we can discuss together. I like that it pulls words from all types of sources, fiction, nonfiction, speeches, and primary sources. They see the word in multiple settings - in context, analogies, synonyms/antonyms, shades of meaning, multiple meanings and other ways. It also includes word study of roots, affixes, idioms and sayings, academic language, and figurative language. You can see samples here

Media Literacy 
A History of Ambition in 50 HoaxesFamous Phonies: Legends, Fakes and Frauds Who Changed HistoryCrash Course Media Literacy, 

Logic The Fallacy Detective

Read Aloud

Media List
My Media List on Google Docs includes all of the related books, movies, documentaries, lectures, and podcasts I found. The list is too long to list here.

My YouTube Playlists - supplemental videos
  • Unit 1: What is Big History? Scale, Media Literacy, Creation Stories
  • Unit 2: The Big Bang, Physics, Astronomers and Scientists
  • Unit 3: Stars and the Elements, Chemistry
  • Unit 4: Earth & the Solar System, Earth Science
  • Unit 6: Early Humans, Evolution, Archaeology, Anthropology
  • Unit 7: Agriculture & Civilization, Diet & Nutrition
  • Unit 8: Expansion & Interconnection, Explorers, Trade, 
  • Unit 9: Acceleration, Industrial Revolution, Population, World Wars, Civil Rights, Space Race
  • Unit 10: The Future, Robotics, Engineering, Environmental Science

Literary Movies
  • The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
  • War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
  • Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

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