Paths of Settlement

"Paths of Settlement" is Level 2 in the GeoMatters "Trail Guide to Learning" unit study program that teaches all core subjects except math! "Paths of Settlement" is designed for grades 4-6.
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Paths of Settlement 1-Year, 6-Unit Sets

Teacher Guide Set

  1. Paths of Settlement (2nd Edition; All 6 Teacher Guide Units)
    Paths of Settlement (2nd Edition; All 6 Teacher Guide Units)
    Geography Matters / 2017 / Other
    $225.00
    Availability: Expected to ship on or about 05/19/18.
    Stock No: WW397629

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. Students will be taught to think by asking, answering, and investigating questions as they learn about the accomplishments of great Americans whose actions teach us the principles of freedom and citizenship. 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.

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/hands-on activities, reading, history, and geography (state studies). 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 Settlement series together cover 1 year of instruction for grades 4-6; a "junior extension" covers grades 1-3 and then an "older extension" covers grades 7-8 - both extensions are not included and are sold-separately. 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 is the first step (6 units; Grades 3-5), which is then followed by this 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:

  • Growing Pains Teacher's Guide
  • Freedom Decided Teacher's Guide
  • Nation Building Teacher's Guide
  • House Divided Teacher's Guide
  • Unity Restored Teacher's Guide
  • Sea to Shining Sea 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 (available for Grades 4, 5, and 6) is 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 Settlement Unit 1: Growing Pains

Teacher's Guide

  1. Paths of Settlement Unit 1: Growing Pains (2nd Ed) Teacher's Guide
    Paths of Settlement Unit 1: Growing Pains (2nd Ed) Teacher's Guide
    Geography Matters / 2017 / Other
    $45.00
    Availability: Expected to ship on or about 05/19/18.
    Stock No: WW630602

The Paths of Settlement: Growing Pains Teacher's Guide is Unit 1 in a series of 6 sold-separately volumes that make up the "Trail Guide to Learning: Paths of Settlement" series (Grades 4-6). This unit study 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. Students will be taught to think by asking, answering, and investigating questions as they learn about the accomplishments of great Americans whose actions teach us the principles of freedom and citizenship. 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.

Growing Pains is the first unit of six 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. At the same time, since successful colonies were so closely linked to an area's normal conditions, study of the atmosphere, climate, soil, and weather follows naturally. Students research and map states in the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions while learning about igneous rocks and the fun of regional cooking through great games and hands-on activities!

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/hands-on activities, reading, history, and geography (state studies). 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 Settlement series together covers 1 year of instruction for Grades 4-6; an "older extension" for students in Grades 7-8 is also available separately. Each book contains 6 units which each take approximately one week to complete, with one lesson designed to take one day.

Paths of Settlement is the second step in the "Trail Guide to Learning" series from GeoMatters; the six units in this series are: Growing Pains, Freedom Decided, Nation Building, House Divided, Unity Restored, and Sea to Shining Sea.

Student Notebook Pages

Paths of Settlement Unit 2: Freedom Decided

Teacher's Guide

  1. Paths of Settlement Unit 2: Freedom Decided (2nd Ed) Teacher's Guide
    Paths of Settlement Unit 2: Freedom Decided (2nd Ed) Teacher's Guide
    Geography Matters / 2017 / Other
    $45.00
    Availability: Expected to ship on or about 05/19/18.
    Stock No: WW630622

The Paths of Settlement: Freedom Decided Teacher's Guide is Unit 2 in a series of 6 sold-separately volumes that make up the "Trail Guide to Learning: Paths of Settlement" series (Grades 4-6). This unit study 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. Students will be taught to think by asking, answering, and investigating questions as they learn about the accomplishments of great Americans whose actions teach us the principles of freedom and citizenship. 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.

Freedom Decided is the second unit of six 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!

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/hands-on activities, reading, history, and geography (state studies). 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 Settlement series together covers 1 year of instruction for Grades 4-6; an "older extension" for students in Grades 7-8 is also available separately. Each book contains 6 units which each take approximately one week to complete, with one lesson designed to take one day.

Paths of Settlement is the second step in the "Trail Guide to Learning" series from GeoMatters; the six units in this series are: Growing Pains, Freedom Decided, Nation Building, House Divided, Unity Restored, and Sea to Shining Sea. Paths of Exploration is the first step (6 units; Grades 3-5), which is followed by this 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) follow.

Please also note that additional books are required to use this curriculum.

Student Notebook Pages

Paths of Settlement Unit 3: Nation Building

Teacher's Guide

  1. Paths of Settlement Unit 3: Nation Building (2nd Ed) Teacher's Guide
    Paths of Settlement Unit 3: Nation Building (2nd Ed) Teacher's Guide
    Geography Matters / 2017 / Other
    $45.00
    Availability: Expected to ship on or about 05/19/18.
    Stock No: WW630627

The Paths of Settlement: Nation Building Teacher's Guide is Unit 3 in a series of 6 sold-separately volumes that make up the "Trail Guide to Learning: Paths of Settlement" series (Grades 4-6). This unit study 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. Students will be taught to think by asking, answering, and investigating questions as they learn about the accomplishments of great Americans whose actions teach us the principles of freedom and citizenship. 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.

Nation Building is the third unit of six 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. Great literature immerses readers in this important time of war, building, and expansion. 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!

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/hands-on activities, reading, history, and geography (state studies). 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 Settlement series together covers 1 year of instruction for Grades 4-6; an "older extension" for students in Grades 7-8 is also available separately. Each book contains 6 units which each take approximately one week to complete, with one lesson designed to take one day.

Paths of Settlement is the second step in the "Trail Guide to Learning" series from GeoMatters; the six units in this series are: Growing Pains, Freedom Decided, Nation Building, House Divided, Unity Restored, and Sea to Shining Sea.

Student Notebook Pages

Paths of Settlement Unit 4: House Divided

Teacher's Guide

  1. Paths of Settlement Unit 4: House Divided (2nd Ed) Teacher's Guide
    Paths of Settlement Unit 4: House Divided (2nd Ed) Teacher's Guide
    Geography Matters / 2017 / Other
    $45.00
    Availability: Expected to ship on or about 05/19/18.
    Stock No: WW630633

The Paths of Settlement: House Divided Teacher's Guide is Unit 4 in a series of 6 sold-separately volumes that make up the "Trail Guide to Learning: Paths of Settlement" series (Grades 4-6). This unit study 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. Students will be taught to think by asking, answering, and investigating questions as they learn about the accomplishments of great Americans whose actions teach us the principles of freedom and citizenship. 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.

House Divided is the fourth unit of six in the Paths of Settlement series. Students will jump forward in time to the 1860s, when tensions between the North and South finally boiled over and ignited 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.

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/hands-on activities, reading, history, and geography (state studies). 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 Settlement series together covers 1 year of instruction for Grades 4-6; an "older extension" for students in Grades 7-8 is also available separately. Each book contains 6 units which each take approximately one week to complete, with one lesson designed to take one day.

Paths of Settlement is the second step in the "Trail Guide to Learning" series from GeoMatters; the six units in this series are: Growing Pains, Freedom Decided, Nation Building, House Divided, Unity Restored, and Sea to Shining Sea.

Student Notebook Pages

Paths of Settlement Unit 5: Unity Restored

Teacher's Guide

  1. Paths of Settlement Unit 5: Unity Restored (2nd Ed) Teacher's Guide
    Paths of Settlement Unit 5: Unity Restored (2nd Ed) Teacher's Guide
    Geography Matters / 2017 / Other
    $45.00
    Availability: Expected to ship on or about 05/19/18.
    Stock No: WW630641

The Paths of Settlement: Unity Restored Teacher's Guide is Unit 5 in a series of 6 sold-separately volumes that make up the "Trail Guide to Learning: Paths of Settlement" series (Grades 4-6). This unit study 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. Students will be taught to think by asking, answering, and investigating questions as they learn about the accomplishments of great Americans whose actions teach us the principles of freedom and citizenship. 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.

Unity Restored is the fifth unit of six 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.

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/hands-on activities, reading, history, and geography (state studies). 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 Settlement series together covers 1 year of instruction for Grades 4-6; an "older extension" for students in Grades 7-8 is also available separately. Each book contains 6 units which each take approximately one week to complete, with one lesson designed to take one day.

Paths of Settlement is the second step in the "Trail Guide to Learning" series from GeoMatters; the six units in this series are: Growing Pains, Freedom Decided, Nation Building, House Divided, Unity Restored, and Sea to Shining Sea. Paths of Exploration is the first step (6 units; Grades 3-5), which is followed by this 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) follow.

Please also note that additional books are required to use this curriculum.

Student Notebook Pages

Paths of Settlement Unit 6: Sea to Shining Sea

Teacher's Guide

  1. Paths of Settlement Unit 6: Sea to Shining Sea (2nd Ed) Teacher's Guide
    Paths of Settlement Unit 6: Sea to Shining Sea (2nd Ed) Teacher's Guide
    Geography Matters / 2017 / Other
    $45.00
    Availability: Expected to ship on or about 05/19/18.
    Stock No: WW630657

The Paths of Settlement: Sea to Shining Sea Teacher's Guide is Unit 6 in a series of 6 sold-separately volumes that make up the "Trail Guide to Learning: Paths of Settlement" series (Grades 4-6). This unit study 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. Students will be taught to think by asking, answering, and investigating questions as they learn about the accomplishments of great Americans whose actions teach us the principles of freedom and citizenship. 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.

Sea to Shining Sea is the last unit of six 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!

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/hands-on activities, reading, history, and geography (state studies). 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 Settlement series together covers 1 year of instruction for Grades 4-6; an "older extension" for students in Grades 7-8 is also available separately. Each book contains 6 units which each take approximately one week to complete, with one lesson designed to take one day.

Paths of Settlement is the second step in the "Trail Guide to Learning" series from GeoMatters; the six units in this series are: Growing Pains, Freedom Decided, Nation Building, House Divided, Unity Restored, and Sea to Shining Sea.

Student Notebook Pages