Are you looking for a way to learn American history that can be tailored to your family’s specific needs?
One that is literature-based and has a variety of activities and learning materials related to the books you read?
Unit studies that teach your children how to place events in time, work with maps and study primary sources, but are also fun?
Welcome to Adventures Through History!
These unit studies have been created with homeschooling families in mind and can be used with one child or multiple children. They are designed specifically for 4th-8th graders, but older and younger children in your family can be included as you see fit.
The Indigenous People of the Southeastern United States unit study is based on the books Talking Leaves and On This Long Journey, both written by Joseph Bruchac. Through the study, your family will learn about about the “Five Civilized Tribes” of the southeast and do a deep dive into the Cherokee people. You will learn about the creation of the Cherokee written language and the Trail of Tears.
Each Adventures Through History study contains Core Activities that are recommended all families complete and several Optional Activities for families to choose from based on what will work best for them. Even within the Core Activities, ideas about how to adapt them to different needs are suggested. For example, you may choose to read the book as a read aloud with the whole family or assign the book as independent reading to your children.
Core Activities in the Indigenous People of the Southeast Study
Listening to Learn Indigenous People of the Southeast gives you an overview of the Five Civilized Tribes and some practice with maps to start the unit.
Ten Vocabulary Cards teach key words your children will need to know to understand the unit and carry over to other history learning.
Notebooking Pages for Talking Leaves with questions you can discuss as a family or have your children use to narrate the book to you or practice their writing skills. (Answer key included.)
Notebooking Pages for On This Long Journey with questions you can discuss as a family or have your children use to narrate the book to you or practice their writing skills. (Answer key included.)
Study A Primary Source Activities to help children learn the importance of primary sources in the study of history. One activity helps you study part of the Treaty of New Echota and another has you pick a Cherokee artifact and do an object study.
Optional Activities in the Indigenous People of the Southeast Study
The following activities are included in this unit study for your family to choose which will work best. Different activities might work better for different children in your family. Pick the ones you want to complete and forget the rest.
Folktale Notebooking Pages
Listening to Learn Cherokees
Timeline with events to glue on.
Biography Notebooking Pages with links to research.
Hands-on Activities and Projects including recipes, crafts, and games.
List of related books, videos and movies.
Research a Tribe Notebooking Pages with links to research.
Animal Notebooking Pages
Crossword Puzzle to review the ten vocabulary cards.
End of Unit Projects
Materials Needed: Talking Leaves and On This Long Journey by Joseph Bruchac, printable pages from this study, internet for doing research.
Optional Materials: Native American Stories told by Joseph Bruchac, additional books for further reading and research, ingredients for any recipes you choose to make, art and craft supplies for projects you may choose to create.
Approximate Time to Complete: 6-8 weeks