Trail Guide to Learning

The Trail Guide to Learning unit study from Geography Matters is a 4-level homeschool unit study that together covers all core subjects except math for grades 3-8. Paths of Exploration (6 units; Grades 3-5) is the first step, which is followed by the Paths of Settlement series (6 units; Grades 4-6), the Paths of Progress (2 volume curriculum; Grades 5-7), and finally Journeys through the Ancient World (4 units; Grades 6-8).

1-Year, 6-Volume Set

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Paths of Exploration 6-Volume Teacher's Guides

The Paths of Exploration series is a 6-volume unit study for grades 3-5; it is the first level in the “Trail Guide to Learning” series. Students will learn about science, history, language skills, and the arts as they follow in the steps of famous explorers and pioneers. Each book covers 6 weeks; the 6 volumes in the Paths of Exploration series together cover 1 year of instruction; a "junior extension" is available for purchase separately which covers grades K-2. Families can expect to spend 2-3 hours per day for younger kids and 3-4 for older students.

Paths of Exploration Columbus Teacher's Guide

Columbus is the 1st unit of 6 in the Pathways to Exploration series. Lessons cover the basics of geography such as maps, the compass rose, globe skills, oceans and continents, as well as early navigation, the sun, stars, planets and constellations, and the skills of observation and recording. The literature choices study the hopes, dreams and struggles of Columbus and the importance of staying with what you do best. The wildlife handbook is used to study animals and wildlife that Columbus and his crew observed.

Unit 2 Jamestown Teacher's Guide

Jamestown is the 2nd unit of 6 in the Pathways to Exploration series. Lessons highlight the connection between history, geography and science as climate, terrain, and culture determined many of the struggles faced by the Jamestown colonists. The clash between the customs of the Old World and the necessities of the New World is played out in the literature students will read. Students will also see the importance of letter writing and the beauty and power of words to communicate the events and emotions of this endeavor.

Unit 3 Pilgrims Teacher's Guide

Pilgrims is the 3rd unit of 6 in the Pathways to Exploration series. Students will learn how to use context to determine meaning. They will also learn about the people and places, as well as the habitats and wildlife, the Pilgrims found in the "New World." Narrative writing exercises show the flow of events as well as the importance of cause and effect. Students will also learn about the nuts and bolts of words and word meanings as well about as the everyday life of a Pilgrim family.

Unit 4 Daniel Boone Teacher's Guide

Daniel Boone is the 4th unit of 6 in the Pathways to Exploration series. In this unit students will learn about hiking, tracking, maps, and communicating across distance. All of these skills are studied in the context of the forests of America, including the Appalachian Trail. They will get an in-depth look at trees and insects and their connections to other aspects of life in the wilds. This unit provides an overview of the history of our land and its peoples, as well as an introduction to the westward expansion of the growing frontier.

    Unit 5 Lewis & Clark Teacher's Guide

    Lewis & Clark is the 5th unit of 6 in the Pathways to Exploration series. Encouraging keen observation, students will study plant and animal life just like Lewis & Clark made illustrations and wrote descriptions of all the sights they saw. This course also provides a study of the states of matter and the water cycle as connected to their travels. Students will also be introduced to primary source documents that make the adventure, danger and exhilaration of success experienced by the group very real!

    Unit 6 Trails West Teacher's Guide

    Trails West is the 6th unit of 6 in the Pathways to Exploration series. Your students' travels conclude with famous folk heroes and the story of a family traveling the trail out west. History and folk tales mix to tell the story of the hardworking, neighborly folks decided to leave behind what they knew and explore the new frontier. Separating detail from the significant, students learn to identify main events as well as to read the intentions of individuals.

    Junior Extension Teacher's Guide

    The Paths of Exploration Junior Extension (K-2) is designed to coordinate with the main Paths of Exploration manual and provide teachers with a flexible and stress-free way to give your younger student a sense of ownership and inclusion in your family learning experience. Your student will learn about the early explorers and settlers of our nation, while being challenged by interaction with older students, and gaining a strong foundation of developmentally appropriate skills.

    1-Year, 6-Volume Set

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    6-Volume Teacher's Guide Set

    The Paths of Settlement: Teacher's Guide 6-Unit Set is a unit study for grades 4-6 that teaches science, history, language skills, and the arts as students learn about the Colonial Period, the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War, and Westward Expansion. The primary science focus involves Earth Science (geology, weather, land forms, climate) and the impact of these factors on settlement. Basic economics and international relationships are also addressed. Activities in Settlement such as period crafts, cooking, watercolor painting, state studies, and making a wind gauge, enhance and solidify subjects learned.

    Unit 1 Growing Pains Teacher's Guide

    Growing Pains is the 1st unit of 6 in the Paths of Settlement series. Lessons cover everyday life and adventure in the colonies against the backdrop of the French and Indian War. As students explore common values and behaviors of the time through George Washington's writings, alongside compelling issues like indentured servitude and cultural differences, students are challenged to discuss and apply concepts within the framework of family ideals. Students will study the atmosphere, climate, soil, and weather research and will also research and map states in the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions while learning about igneous rocks and the fun of regional cooking.

    Unit 2 Freedom Decided Teacher's Guide

    Freedom Decided is the 2nd unit of 6 in the Paths of Settlement series. Students are challenged to copy and understand the Declaration of Independence and portions of the Constitution. The literature used in this unit presents the pre-revolutionary period through the eyes of 12-year-old George Washington, some young patriot soldiers, and an adventurous water molecule. Of course, getting to know this little molecule leads directly to an investigation of atoms, molecules, water, clouds, and storms. State research and mapping continue through most of the Southern region, along with study of the seasons and rock cycle-along with regional cooking and period songs, games, and activities!

    Unit 3 Nation Building Teacher's Guide

    Nation Building is the 3rd unit of 6 in the Paths of Settlement series. Students are going to study the War of 1812 as well as the move away from the Atlantic Ocean, which leads to an exploration of salt water, continents, waves, tides, sedimentary rocks, underwater mountain ranges and volcanoes. As students copy verses from "The Star Spangled Banner," they're challenged to reflect on its rich imagery and outline its rhyme patterns. Along with continued research and mapping of the Southern and Midwest state regions, a study of Presidents begins in this unit. And as always, regional cooking and period songs, games, and activities add depth and focus to an exciting time in America's history!

    Unit 4 House Divided Teacher's Guide

    House Divided is the 4th unit of 6 in the Paths of Settlement series and covers the Civil War. This unit's literature introduces Clara Barton, founder of the Red Cross, and opens windows into the lives of both ordinary families and great leaders on opposing sides. Students are challenged to think about, compare, and contrast the different points of view at the heart of this epic struggle and will copy and discuss portions of speeches by Abraham Lincoln. State research and mapping activities are centered on the Midwest and Rocky Mountain regions, and lessons integrate information on weather forecasting, air masses, wind systems, severe storms, and metamorphic rocks. A Presidential study continues, along with the fun of regional cooking and period songs, games and projects.

      Unit 5 Unity Restored Teacher's Guide

      Unity Restored is the 5th unit of 6 in the Paths of Settlement series. Through the literature selections, students will experience pioneer life, follow the adventures of a newly freed slave, and meet Samuel Francis Smith, author of "America." While copying this favorite patriotic song, students will also explore its themes, imagery, and rhyme patterns. The Presidential study continues from previous units. Research and mapping of the Southwest and Pacific Coast regions complete this series' state study component. Lessons introduce climate and time zones, continental plates, earthquakes, volcanoes, and crystals. Regional cooking, along with period songs, games and activities once again work together to unify the various topics.

        Unit 6 Sea to Shining Sea Teacher's Guide

        Sea to Shining Sea is the last unit of 6 in the Paths of Settlement series and acts as a review of the previous five units as students revisit the Steps for Thinking, Spelling, Vocabulary, Editing, History, Science, and States sections. Unit literature covers the Klondike Gold Rush and introduces students to President Theodore Roosevelt. Along with exploring the history of political parties in the United States, they are once again challenged to discuss themes, identify rhyme patterns, and illustrate imagery in verses copied from "America the Beautiful." Plus, as a culminating activity, students will research, design, and create their own home-state projects. This, along with the fun of cooking, painting, period songs, and projects completes the year-long study in Paths of Settlement!

          1. Paths of Progress
            Paths of Progress
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          Paths of Progress is the third level in the "Trail Guide to Learning" series from GeoMatters and is written for students in grades 5-7. This unit study focuses on a group of leaders who stepped forward and made great strides of progress-scientists and inventors.

          Students will look at how scientists and inventors used their talents and abilities to generate better living and working conditions across the country. From the early stages of the Industrial Revolution to the beginning of the 20th century, lessons focus on these individuals and their contributions, including Ben Franklin, Samuel Morse, George Washington Carver, the Wright Brothers, and Thomas Edison.

          The primary science focus involves Physical Science (such as energy, motion, and work) and the economic impact of each development. This full one-year course is targeted for grades 5-7, but the lessons can easily be adapted for 4th and 8th grades by reducing reading assignments, increasing the amount of text the teacher reads, and substituting oral responses for written work for younger students and assigning the included enrichment activities for older students.

          1-Year, 4-Volume Set

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          Journey through Ancient World 4 Volume Teacher's Guide

          The Journeys through the Ancient World: Teacher's Guide 4-Unit Set is a unit study for grades 6-8 that will transport your students into four important early civilizations-Egypt, Israel, Greece, and Rome. Students will study astronomy, worldview comparisons, typing, Hebrew, and other topics in addition to the Bible as a historical and literary text. This unit study features an integrated approach to learning where topics flow from one to the next as students focus on one main concept. Each book covers 9 weeks. The 4 volumes in the Journeys through the Ancient World series together cover 1 year of instruction for grades 6-8.

            Unit 1: Patriarchs & Egypt Teacher's Guide

            Patriarchs and Egypt is the first unit of four in the Journeys through the Ancient World series. Lessons cover the events of ancient history beginning with the time of the patriarchs and Egypt, including the reigns of Egyptian pharaohs and the suffering of the Israelite slaves. Students will also learn how worldviews are shaped and focus on the details of their own beliefs.

            Unit 2 Israel teacher's Guide

            Israel is the second unit of four in the Journeys through the Ancient World series. Lessons feature daily readings that the draw students deeper into the lives and experiences of the Israelite people. Instructions from the Biblical Hebrew Primer deepens the ability to understand Old Testament phrases and events.

            Unit 3 Greece Teacher's Guide

            Greece is the third unit of four in the Journeys through the Ancient World series. Lessons continue to focus on the formation of worldviews and how they affect the lives of all people. Students will learn about Greek mythology and the expectations of Greek gods. "Focus for Listening" questions within each lesson are designed to help students improve their listening and reading comprehension abilities.

              Unit 4 Rome Teacher's Guide

              Rome is the last unit in the Journeys through the Ancient World series. Lessons explore Roman mythology and the expectations Romans had of their gods. Students will continue to strengthen their Hebrew language skills by transcribing a passage from the book of Jonah. They will also continue to learn the intricacies of astronomy and the solar system.