Big Fat Notebooks Middle School Study Guides

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Are you starting to think about school yet? Are your kids in school already? Yikes! We have a few more weeks to go before school starts. Our school system has stuck to the “After Labor Day” start day, but then we get out very late, during the third week of June.

Big Fat Notebooks for Those Who Don’t Know Much About History …

Today, I wanted to talk about Big Fat Notebooks, a study guide series for middle school students from the folks behind Brain Quest. There are five books in all that cover comprehensively all the material covered in Middle School: Math, Science, American History, English Language Arts, and World History. Whew! That’s a lot of material, right?

The nice thing is that this series makes the material fun and easy to understand. It focuses on each subject’s key concepts, with critical ideas highlighted in neon colors. And to make it truly accessible: definitions are explained;  doodles illuminate tricky concepts in marker, and mnemonics are included for easy mastery. 

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These books feel like really good notes you’d borrow from a kid who is both a good artist and student. It’s a complete study guide, but it’s also fun for browsing subjects that your child might have interest in. My son likes science and math. I asked him these questions from Everything You Need to Ace Science:

  • Why does an elephant have more gravity than a tiger? My son says because an elephant has more mass.
  • Why do we always see the same side of the moon? My son says we don’t. The moon rotates too.
  • What is tropism? My son says it’s when the plants grow towards the light.
  • How does sedimentary rock become metamorphic rock? My son says it’s when it heats up and turns into magma then cools down, it turns into a metamorphic rock.

Big Fat Notebooks: The Complete Middle School Study Guide

Everything You Need to Ace Math . . . covers everything to get you over any math hump: fractions, decimals, and how to multiply and divide them; ratios, proportions, and percentages; geometry; statistics and probability; expressions and equations; and the coordinate plane and functions.

Everything You Need to Ace Science . . . takes readers from scientific investigation and the engineering design process to the Periodic Table; forces and motion; forms of energy; outer space and the solar system; to earth sciences, biology, body systems, ecology, and more.

Everything You Need to Ace American History . . . covers Native Americans to the war in Iraq. There are units on Colonial America; the Revolutionary War and the founding of a new nation; Jefferson and the expansion west; the Civil War and Reconstruction; and all of the notable events of the 20th century—World Wars, the Depression, the Civil Rights movement, and much more.

Everything You Need to Ace World History . . . kicks off with the Paleolithic Era and  transports the reader to ancient civilizations—in Egypt, Greece, India, China, Africa, Rome; the middle ages across the world; the Renaissance; the age of exploration and colonialization, revolution and imperialism, and the modern world and the wars and movements that shaped it.

Everything You Need to Ace English Language Arts . . . covers everything to get you your best marks: grammar, including parts of speech, active and passive verbs, Greek and Latin roots and affixes; nuances in word meanings; textual analysis, authorship, structure, and other skills for reading fiction and nonfiction; and writing arguments, informative texts, and narratives.

And there are even quizzes should your child accept that challenge!

I have a rising 6th grader who likes math and science. He’s full of non-stop questions and observations that he will typically find answers to through YouTube or the Internet. I’d rather have him browse though this set of books.

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My kids liked the Brain Quest questions when they were younger. Did you ever use those? We had this set, and we used it non-stop. They are factoid questions and answers — 1000 of them — in a card deck that’s easy to use.

The Big Fat Notebooks are the next step for kids in middle school who like to self learn, a skill that I highly encourage in my own kids. They  meet Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and state history standards, and are vetted by National and State Teacher of the Year Award–winning teachers.

Big Fat Notesbooks make learning fun and are the perfect next step for every kid who grew up on Brain Quest.


Sam Cooke would like Big Fat Notebooks too, but then, if he had them, maybe he’d write a different song?

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GIVEAWAY: 1 Complete Set of Big Fat Notebooks

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To win one full set of Big Fat Notesbooks, please enter the Rafflecopter below. This giveaway is open to U.S. addresses only due to the high cost of shipping.  Prizing provided by Workman Publishing.

One (1) winner will receive:

  • Copies of all 5 titles in the Big Fat Notebooks series;
  • Branded school supplies including highlighter/pen combos, a notepad, and jigsaw sticky notes.

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Big Fat Notebooks Middle School Study Guides

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. Julie F

    These look so amazing! My daughter would go bananas over the history and science ones especially! 😍 so awesome!

  2. Dee

    My son is super drawn to science, although he loves his history classes. He’s had the same great history teacher for two years.

  3. Olivia

    These look interesting. I’ll have to try to get my hands on a review copy to see for myself.

  4. Nancy Wright

    I have four children, and I think science would get the most votes. History was my favorite though.

  5. Elisabeth

    My daughter would love the science books.

  6. Margaret Barham

    My son’s favorite subject is history.

  7. What a great idea for a book! Parents would benefit too.
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  8. Dang! I’m too late! I’m going into 9th grade now! 😉 Great review! 🙂
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  9. Leslie Martinez

    My daughter loves history books alot!!!

  10. Renee Alam

    I’ve always loved English because I loved writing but I think since becoming a homeschooler I’ve enjoyed all subjects and so have my kids!

  11. Emma’s favorite is definitely either reading or writing. Johnny loves math. Lily seems happy with all the subjects, so far.
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  12. Carol Hampton

    My kids love history, of all kinds. We homeschool and would love to win these.

  13. My 5th grader said his favorite is either math or science.

  14. Maria Skoytellis

    English has got to be my favorite!

  15. Martha Schaum

    My children would like the science book the best.

  16. Michelle Leonard

    These look fantastic and my MG nerdy science girl would absolutely love them and wear them ragged. Thanks for doing the giveaway!

  17. Kelly

    What a great set of books! I’m sure they would be very helpful this year for my 6th grader.

  18. Kelly

    What a great set of books! I’m sure they would be very helpful this year for my 6th grader, whose favorite subject is science.

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