Paths of Exploration

"Paths of Exploration" is Level 1 in the GeoMatters "Trail Guide to Learning" unit study program that teaches all core subjects except math! Paths of Exploration is designed for grades 3-5. The Junior Extension is available for grades K-2.
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Paths of Exploration 1-Year, 6-Unit Sets

Teacher Guide Set

The Paths of Exploration: Teacher's Guide 6-Unit Set is a unit study for grades 3-5 that teaches science, history, language skills, and the arts as students follow in the steps of famous explorers and pioneers. Students will be taught to think by asking, answering, and investigating questions about our great country's beginning and growth. The paths of the explorers are seen through mult idisciplinary eyes, but always with the same goals: to make learning enjoyable, memorable, and motivating.

This unit study features an integrated approach to learning where topics flow from one to the next as students focus on one main concept. Units cover geography, copywork / dictation, reading, read-aloud discussion and narration, science, history, writing, drawing, art, and more. All core subjects are covered with the exception of math.

This teacher's guide is laid out for parents to simply "pick up and go," with lessons organized around the corresponding student notebook pages (required and sold-separately). "Steps for Thinking" at the beginning of each lesson present the main ideas about the main topics for that section. A list of materials needed for the lesson makes lesson-prep simple. Little animal-prints for the respective grade levels make it easy to see which information should be given to which student in a multi-grade environment. Lessons are semi-scripted with information to read aloud to students next to a set-apart margin that includes notes to the teacher. This guide also includes a variety of additional lesson helps and resources for use within the unit.

Each book covers 6 weeks; the 6 volumes in the Paths of Exploration series together cover 1 year of instruction for grades 3-5; 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 grade levels and 3-4 hours per day for older students.

Paths of Exploration (6 units; Grades 3-5) 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).

This kit includes:

  • Columbus Teacher's Guide
  • Jamestown Teacher's Guide
  • Pilgrims Teacher's Guide
  • Daniel Boone Teacher's Guide
  • Lewis & Clark Teacher's Guide
  • Trails West Teacher's Guide

Please note that the student notebook pages are NOT included; these are required in order to use the program. Student Notebook 6-Unit Sets for grades 3, 4, and 5 are available for purchase separately.

Please also note that additional books are required to use this curriculum. For a list of the required resources for each unit, please see the Book List PDF link above.

STUDENT NOTEBOOK PAGES (6-UNIT)

Paths of Exploration Unit 1: Columbus

Teacher's Guide

The Paths of Exploration: Columbus Teacher's Guide is Unit 1 in a series of 6 sold-separately volumes that make up the "Trail Guide to Learning: Paths of Exploration" series (Grades 3-5). This unit study teaches science, history, language skills, and the arts as students follow in the steps of famous explorers and pioneers across America. Students will be taught to think by asking, answering, and investigating questions about our great country's beginning and growth. The paths of the explorers are seen through multidisciplinary eyes, but always with the same goals: to make learning enjoyable, memorable, and motivating.

Columbus is the first unit of six 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.

This unit study features an integrated approach to learning where topics flow from one to the next as students focus on one main concept. Units cover language skills (including vocabulary, spelling, grammar, and writing), copywork and dictation, science, art, reading, history, geography, and hands-on activities. All core subjects are covered with the exception of math.

This teacher's guide is laid out for parents to simply "pick up and go," with lessons organized around the corresponding student notebook pages (required and sold-separately). "Steps for Thinking" at the beginning of each lesson present the main ideas about the main topics for that section. A list of materials needed for the lesson makes lesson-prep simple. Little animal-prints for the respective grade levels make it easy to see which information should be given to which student in a multi-grade environment. Lessons are semi-scripted with information to read aloud to students next to a set-apart margin that includes notes to the teacher. This guide also includes a variety of additional lesson helps and resources for use within the unit.

This book covers 6 weeks; the 6 volumes in the Paths of Exploration series together cover 1 year of instruction for grades 3-5; 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 grade levels and 3-4 hours per day for older students.

Paths of Exploration(6 units; Grades 3-5) is the first step in the "Trail Guide to Learning" series from Geography Matters; the six units in this series are: Columbus, Jamestown, Pilgrims, Daniel Boone, Lewis & Clark, and Trails West. Paths of Exploration 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 the Journeys through the Ancient World series (4 units; Grades 6-8).

Please note that additional books are required to use this curriculum. For a list of the required resources for each unit, please see the Book List PDF link above.

Books required for "Columbus" (not-included and sold-separately) are:

  • Meet Christopher Columbus by James T. deKay
  • Christopher Columbus by Bennie Rhodes
  • RealEarth GlobeMap
  • Columbus Student Notebook pages in the appropriate grade level

Student Notebook Pages

Paths of Exploration Unit 2: Jamestown

Teacher's Guide

  1. Paths of Exploration: Jamestown Unit 2 (3rd Ed) Teacher's Guide
    Paths of Exploration: Jamestown Unit 2 (3rd Ed) Teacher's Guide
    Geography Matters / Other
    $45.00
    Availability: In Stock
    Stock No: WW630245

The Paths of Exploration: Jamestown Teacher's Guide is Unit 2 in a series of 6 sold-separately volumes that make up the "Trail Guide to Learning: Paths of Exploration" series (Grades 3-5). This unit study teaches science, history, language skills, and the arts as students follow in the steps of famous explorers and pioneers across America. Students will be taught to think by asking, answering, and investigating questions about our great country's beginning and growth. The paths of the explorers are seen through multidisciplinary eyes, but always with the same goals: to make learning enjoyable, memorable, and motivating.

Jamestown is the second unit of six 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 are played out in the literature through drama. 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.

This unit study features an integrated approach to learning where topics flow from one to the next as students focus on one main concept. Units cover language skills (including vocabulary, spelling, grammar, and writing), copywork and dictation, science, art, reading, history, geography, and hands-on activities. All core subjects are covered with the exception of math.

This teacher's guide is laid out for parents to simply "pick up and go," with lessons organized around the corresponding student notebook pages (required and sold-separately). "Steps for Thinking" at the beginning of each lesson present the main ideas about the main topics for that section. A list of materials needed for the lesson makes lesson-prep simple. Little animal-prints for the respective grade levels make it easy to see which information should be given to which student in a multi-grade environment. Lessons are semi-scripted with information to read aloud to students next to a set-apart margin that includes notes to the teacher. This guide also includes a variety of additional lesson helps and resources for use within the unit.

This book covers 6 weeks; the 6 volumes in the Paths of Exploration series together cover 1 year of instruction for grades 3-5; 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 grade levels and 3-4 hours per day for older students.

Paths of Exploration(6 units; Grades 3-5) is the first step in the "Trail Guide to Learning" series from Geography Matters; the six units in this series are: Columbus, Jamestown, Pilgrims, Daniel Boone, Lewis & Clark, and Trails West. Paths of Exploration 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 the Journeys through the Ancient World series (4 units; Grades 6-8).

Please note that additional books are required to use this curriculum. For a list of the required resources for each unit, please see the Book List PDF link above.

Resources required for Jamestown include:

  • A Lion to Guard Us by Clyde Robert Bulla
  • Surviving Jamestown by Gail Karwoski
  • Jamestown GeoMatters Student Notebook pages in the appropriate grade level

Student Notebook Pages

Paths of Exploration Unit 3: Pilgrims

Teacher's Guide

  1. Paths of Exploration: Pilgrims Unit 3 (3rd Ed) Teacher's Guide
    Paths of Exploration: Pilgrims Unit 3 (3rd Ed) Teacher's Guide
    Geography Matters / Other
    $45.00
    Availability: Expected to ship on or about 09/12/18.
    Stock No: WW630254

The Paths of Exploration: Pilgrims Teacher's Guide is Unit 3 in a series of 6 sold-separately volumes that make up the "Trail Guide to Learning: Paths of Exploration" series (Grades 3-5). This unit study teaches science, history, language skills, and the arts as students follow in the steps of famous explorers and pioneers across America. Students will be taught to think by asking, answering, and investigating questions about our great country's beginning and growth. The paths of the explorers are seen through multidisciplinary eyes, but always with the same goals: to make learning enjoyable, memorable, and motivating.

Pilgrims is the third unit of six in the Pathways to Exploration series. Students will learn how to give answers and use context to determine meaning, deepening their ability to comprehend and respond to the circumstances of life. Students will 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. Reflecting on the articulate speech of the Pilgrims, students will also learn about the nuts and bolts of words and word meanings as well as the everyday life of a Pilgrim family.

This unit study features an integrated approach to learning where topics flow from one to the next as students focus on one main concept. Units cover language skills (including vocabulary, spelling, grammar, and writing), copywork and dictation, science, art, reading, history, geography, and hands-on activities. All core subjects are covered with the exception of math.

This teacher's guide is laid out for parents to simply "pick up and go," with lessons organized around the corresponding student notebook pages (required and sold-separately). "Steps for Thinking" at the beginning of each lesson present the main ideas about the main topics for that section. A list of materials needed for the lesson makes lesson-prep simple. Little animal-prints for the respective grade levels make it easy to see which information should be given to which student in a multi-grade environment. Lessons are semi-scripted with information to read aloud to students next to a set-apart margin that includes notes to the teacher. This guide also includes a variety of additional lesson helps and resources for use within the unit.

This book covers 6 weeks; the 6 volumes in the Paths of Exploration series together cover 1 year of instruction for grades 3-5; 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 grade levels and 3-4 hours per day for older students.

Paths of Exploration(6 units; Grades 3-5) is the first step in the "Trail Guide to Learning" series from Geography Matters; the six units in this series are: Columbus, Jamestown, Pilgrims, Daniel Boone, Lewis & Clark, and Trails West. Paths of Exploration 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 the Journeys through the Ancient World series (4 units; Grades 6-8).

Please note that additional books are required to use this curriculum. For a list of the required resources for each unit, please see the Book List PDF link above.

Resources required for Pilgrims include:

  • Squanto, Friend of the Pilgrims by Clyde Robert Bulla
  • Stories of the Pilgrims by Margaret Pumphrey
  • Stories of the Pilgrims Answer Key
  • Sarah Morton's Day by Kate Waters
  • Samuel Eaton's Day by Kate Waters
  • Pilgrims GeoMatters Student Notebook pages in the appropriate grade level

Student Notebook Pages

Paths of Exploration Unit 4: Daniel Boone

Teacher's Guide

  1. Paths of Exploration: Daniel Boone Unit 4 (3rd Ed) Teacher's Guide
    Paths of Exploration: Daniel Boone Unit 4 (3rd Ed) Teacher's Guide
    Geography Matters / Other
    $45.00
    Availability: Expected to ship on or about 09/12/18.
    Stock No: WW630269

The Paths of Exploration: Daniel Boone Teacher's Guide is Unit 4 in a series of 6 sold-separately volumes that make up the "Trail Guide to Learning: Paths of Exploration" series (Grades 3-5). This unit study teaches science, history, language skills, and the arts as students follow in the steps of famous explorers and pioneers across America. Students will be taught to think by asking, answering, and investigating questions about our great country's beginning and growth. The paths of the explorers are seen through multidisciplinary eyes, but always with the same goals: to make learning enjoyable, memorable, and motivating.

Daniel Boone is the fourth unit of six in the Pathways to Exploration series. This unit focuses on him and his family not only because of his wilderness skills but also because of his love for nature and his determination to lead the way for others to follow. In this unit students will learn about hiking, tracking, maps, and communicating when separated by distance or language. 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. Examining these topics also gives students the perfect opportunity to write about them and explain what they have learned. 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.

This unit study features an integrated approach to learning where topics flow from one to the next as students focus on one main concept. Units cover language skills (including vocabulary, spelling, grammar, and writing), copywork and dictation, science, art, reading, history, geography, and hands-on activities. All core subjects are covered with the exception of math.

This teacher's guide is laid out for parents to simply "pick up and go," with lessons organized around the corresponding student notebook pages (required and sold-separately). "Steps for Thinking" at the beginning of each lesson present the main ideas about the main topics for that section. A list of materials needed for the lesson makes lesson-prep simple. Little animal-prints for the respective grade levels make it easy to see which information should be given to which student in a multi-grade environment. Lessons are semi-scripted with information to read aloud to students next to a set-apart margin that includes notes to the teacher. This guide also includes a variety of additional lesson helps and resources for use within the unit.

This book covers 6 weeks; the 6 volumes in the Paths of Exploration series together cover 1 year of instruction for grades 3-5; 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 grade levels and 3-4 hours per day for older students.

Paths of Exploration(6 units; Grades 3-5) is the first step in the "Trail Guide to Learning" series from Geography Matters; the six units in this series are: Columbus, Jamestown, Pilgrims, Daniel Boone, Lewis & Clark, and Trails West. Paths of Exploration 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 the Journeys through the Ancient World series (4 units; Grades 6-8).

Please note that additional books are required to use this curriculum. For a list of the required resources for each unit, please see the Book List PDF link above.

Student Notebook Pages

Paths of Exploration Unit 6: Lewis & Clark

Teacher's Guide

  1. Paths of Exploration: Lewis & Clark Unit 5 (3rd Ed) Teacher's Guide
    Paths of Exploration: Lewis & Clark Unit 5 (3rd Ed) Teacher's Guide
    Geography Matters / Other
    $45.00
    Availability: In Stock
    Stock No: WW630276

The Paths of Exploration: Lewis & Clark Teacher's Guide is Unit 5 in a series of 6 sold-separately volumes that make up the "Trail Guide to Learning: Paths of Exploration" series (Grades 3-5). This unit study teaches science, history, language skills, and the arts as students follow in the steps of famous explorers and pioneers across America. Students will be taught to think by asking, answering, and investigating questions about our great country's beginning and growth. The paths of the explorers are seen through multidisciplinary eyes, but always with the same goals: to make learning enjoyable, memorable, and motivating.

Lewis & Clark is the fifth unit of six 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!

This unit study features an integrated approach to learning where topics flow from one to the next as students focus on one main concept. Units cover language skills (including vocabulary, spelling, grammar, and writing), copywork and dictation, science, art, reading, history, geography, and hands-on activities. All core subjects are covered with the exception of math.

This teacher's guide is laid out for parents to simply "pick up and go," with lessons organized around the corresponding student notebook pages (required and sold-separately). "Steps for Thinking" at the beginning of each lesson present the main ideas about the main topics for that section. A list of materials needed for the lesson makes lesson-prep simple. Little animal-prints for the respective grade levels make it easy to see which information should be given to which student in a multi-grade environment. Lessons are semi-scripted with information to read aloud to students next to a set-apart margin that includes notes to the teacher. This guide also includes a variety of additional lesson helps and resources for use within the unit.

This book covers 6 weeks; the 6 volumes in the Paths of Exploration series together cover 1 year of instruction for grades 3-5; 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 grade levels and 3-4 hours per day for older students.

Paths of Exploration(6 units; Grades 3-5) is the first step in the "Trail Guide to Learning" series from Geography Matters; the six units in this series are: Columbus, Jamestown, Pilgrims, Daniel Boone, Lewis & Clark, and Trails West. Paths of Exploration 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 the Journeys through the Ancient World series (4 units; Grades 6-8).

Please note that additional books are required to use this curriculum. For a list of the required resources for each unit, please see the Book List PDF link above. Resources required for Lewis & Clark (not-included and sold-separately) include:

  • Munford Meets Lewis and Clark
  • Seaman
  • Lewis and Clark Hands On
  • Lewis & Clark GeoMatters Student Notebook pages in the appropriate grade level

Student Notebook Pages

Paths of Exploration Unit 6: Trails West

Teacher's Guide

  1. Paths of Exploration: Trails West Unit 6 (3rd Ed) Teacher's Guide
    Paths of Exploration: Trails West Unit 6 (3rd Ed) Teacher's Guide
    Geography Matters / Other
    $45.00
    Availability: Expected to ship on or about 09/12/18.
    Stock No: WW630283

The Paths of Exploration: Trails West Teacher's Guide is Unit 6 in a series of 6 sold-separately volumes that make up the "Trail Guide to Learning: Paths of Exploration" series (Grades 3-5). This unit study teaches science, history, language skills, and the arts as students follow in the steps of famous explorers and pioneers across America. Students will be taught to think by asking, answering, and investigating questions about our great country's beginning and growth. The paths of the explorers are seen through multidisciplinary eyes, but always with the same goals: to make learning enjoyable, memorable, and motivating.

Trails West is the sixth unit of six 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. The journey is completed with a review and reminder of all that has gone before-the successes and struggles, the pain and the joy of lives lived for the purpose of opening our great nation to those millions who would follow from all corners of the earth.

This unit study features an integrated approach to learning where topics flow from one to the next as students focus on one main concept. Units cover language skills (including vocabulary, spelling, grammar, and writing), copywork and dictation, science, art, reading, history, geography, and hands-on activities. All core subjects are covered with the exception of math.

This teacher's guide is laid out for parents to simply "pick up and go," with lessons organized around the corresponding student notebook pages (required and sold-separately). "Steps for Thinking" at the beginning of each lesson present the main ideas about the main topics for that section. A list of materials needed for the lesson makes lesson-prep simple. Little animal-prints for the respective grade levels make it easy to see which information should be given to which student in a multi-grade environment. Lessons are semi-scripted with information to read aloud to students next to a set-apart margin that includes notes to the teacher. This guide also includes a variety of additional lesson helps and resources for use within the unit.

This book covers 6 weeks; the 6 volumes in the Paths of Exploration series together cover 1 year of instruction for grades 3-5; 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 grade levels and 3-4 hours per day for older students.

Paths of Exploration(6 units; Grades 3-5) is the first step in the "Trail Guide to Learning" series from Geography Matters; the six units in this series are: Columbus, Jamestown, Pilgrims, Daniel Boone, Lewis & Clark, and Trails West. Paths of Exploration 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 the Journeys through the Ancient World series (4 units; Grades 6-8).

Please note that additional books are required to use this curriculum. For a list of the required resources for each unit, please see the Book List PDF link above. Resources required for Trails West (not-included and sold-separately) include:

  • Trouble for Lucy by Carla Stevens
  • Johnny Appleseed
  • If You Traveled in a Covered Wagon by Ellen Levine
  • Trails West Student Notebook pages in the appropriate grade level

Student Notebook Pages

Junior Extension for Grades K-2

Junior Extension Teacher's Guide

  1. Paths of Exploration Jr. Extension (6 Units) Teacher's Guide
    Paths of Exploration Jr. Extension (6 Units) Teacher's Guide
    Geography Matters / Other
    $75.00
    Availability: In Stock
    Stock No: WW630165

This carefully constructed Junior Extension (K-2) is designed to coordinate with the main Paths of Exploration manuals (all 6 units) and provide parents 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.

Incorporate younger students across multiple subject areas with quality literature, meaningful discussion, thoughtful notebooking, and hands-on learning experiences. Phonics and math are the only subjects not included in the Junior packages; however, phonics lesson plans for other materials (sold-separately and not-included) are included for both Kindergarten (required: Eric Carle's Animals Animals, The Rooster Crows, and a sign language chart) and 1st/2nd Grade students (required: LLATL curriculum)

In addition, the student notebook pages are required and sold-separately; choose the level that suits your child (Kindergarten, Grade 1, and Grade 2 student pages are available).

Junior Extension Student Notebooking Pages