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: In Stock
    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: In Stock
      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

      Student Notebook Pages

      Paths of Settlement Unit 3: Nation Building

      Teacher's Guide

        Student Notebook Pages

        Paths of Settlement Unit 4: House Divided

        Teacher's Guide

          Student Notebook Pages

            Paths of Settlement Unit 5: Unity Restored

            Teacher's Guide

              Student Notebook Pages

                Paths of Settlement Unit 6: Sea to Shining Sea

                Teacher's Guide

                  Student Notebook Pages