Educational Resources

Educational Items at Another Turn Used Books

Another Turn Used Books is for avid readers, homeschoolers, educators, and students alike.

In addition to the shopping catalog that contains gently-used books, textbooks, and educational toys and aids, we also have articles and links of special interest to educators and students. These articles are part of our blog, which is updated regularly with notifications of recent arrivals to our catalog, reviews of various curricular options, and tips on homeschooling in general.

Blog Articles on Education, Including Homeschooling

When Another Turn Used Books was starting out, our blog featured homeschooling articles, even as we’ve increased our educational resources to include many college and graduate texts. Educators and students of any classroom configuration may still find these articles useful.

You can see a similar list of articles ordered by date (most recent on top) by clicking on the sidebar link to the right for “Homeschool” under the “Blog Article Categories” heading.

Research Topics of Interest

To help you find items in our catalog, we’ve placed topics of interest in dedicated posts. The posts stay put, but the items listed in them change as our catalog changes. If you’re interested in browsing the catalog by school subject, our Subject Index is a great place to start.

Catalog Subject Index and Product Tags

Product tags are displayed at the bottom of a product’s listing page and can be used to refine your search for items based on subject. If you’re viewing a book on Civil Rights and would like to see all the items that we have that address Civil Rights, click on the Civil Rights product tag link that’s at the bottom of your product’s page. This link will lead you to a mini-catalog of items that contain Civil Rights information.

The number of our product tags is large, so we’ve gathered together the more popular school-related subjects into our Subject Index.

The Subject Index uses the tags that are shared across all of our products in the catalog, so you’ll see a mini-catalog of items from all the different categories (such as books, textbooks, and educational aids all being displayed together). If you’re a teacher putting together a unit study, using the subject index will give you access to all of the resources we have available that might fit into your plan.

Access the Subject Index from the gray navigation bar located at the top of each page of the website.

Downloads

The files for download are in PDF format and require the Adobe Reader. You may download this program for free:

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We’ve reproduced some of the worksheets we designed and used in our home school.

How We Put Together Our History Lesson Plans (Part 1)

  • Biographical Notes – The student creates a timeline and answers questions about the person’s life and work and why it was important for the person’s life to be studied.
  • Individual and World History Timeline – This is a simple table that lists major events in the individual’s life side-by-side with world events. This helps the student see what world events may have influenced the subject’s decisions, such as moving to a new country or joining the army.
  • Subject Timeline – This timeline is in its simplest form, so that it can be used for a person’s life or for the chronology of historical events, such as major battles of a war.
  • Timeline Grid for Wall-Mounted Timelines – This timeline is designed to be printed on legal-size paper (8½”x14″) and mounted on a wall. Five squares are under each heading for you to place clip-art or student-designed artwork. The headings are editable; we labeled them with a year, but you could use any measure of time.

Planning Worksheets for Unit Studies

  • Unit Study Planning Worksheets – We used these in the first years of our home school. As a new teacher, I needed to keep track of how well each approach I engaged worked, so I kept a journal and detailed notes associated with each activity and unit study. We used Five in a Row for most of our literature-based unit studies, so each study usually lasted one week. Page 1 of my worksheets was where I recorded materials needed, notes, and comments (journal), Pages 2 and 3 contained the weekly grid wherein one section for each day was the plan and the other section, the outcome. Page 4 was reserved for listing the resources used and where to get them (such as the Public Library, Online, Personal Library, etc.). These four pages were copied onto 11″x17″ paper to make the week self-contained. This file contains a bonus coloring page that can be substituted for Page 1 if you must submit the plan to the school district for review, since Page 1 normally contains the journal, which might be too personal and private to be shown to others.