History Quest: Early Times Study Guide


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Grade level: 1st through 4th

Pages: 270

Course type: Study guide (Please see the Booklist for the books required to complete this course.)

History Quest: Early Times Study Guide contains everything you need for a full year’s history curriculum for elementary-age children. Each weekly unit takes a chapter of History Quest: Early Times, the narrative history series, and turns it into a robust unit study with a week’s worth of engaging activities. Your student will gain a broad and deep understanding of early civilizations through readings, geography activities, discussions, writing assignments, coloring pages, crafts, and more. Also included throughout the curriculum are four weeks of warm and cozy ancient literature study, where parents and students snuggle up together to enjoy time-honored tales from four ancient civilizations across the world. The History Quest: Early Times Study Guide is your child’s first step in a lifelong quest to explore and appreciate history.

From Paleolithic times to the Islamic Empire, the Study Guide to History Quest: Early Times is a complete one-year curriculum guide that combines history with activities, world geography, great books, and writing. Young students study events and people from early civilization including ancient Egypt, Babylon, Assyria, Mesoamerica,  Persia, Greece, India, Rome, Kush and Aksum, China, and Arabia. This comprehensive curriculum combines history studies with geography, literature, hands-on activities, and writing. 

History Quest: Early Times Study Guide is a teacher/parent guide that provides step by step lessons to teach world history from Pre-history to the 8th century CE.

This study guide includes:

  • 31 weekly units with lessons for:
    • History reading assignments from History Quest: Early Times and history encyclopedia 
    • History Travel Log entries (timeline/geography activity)
    • Terms & Concepts (learning goals)
    • Map work
    • Comprehension/Writing/Dictation/Copywork
    • Crafts/Cooking/Artwork hands-on activities
  • 13 ancient history blackline maps
  • Hands-on activity instructions
  • Literature and weblink enrichment recommendations
  • Unit schedules and supply lists
  • Student coloring and activity pages 

Learning techniques are woven throughout History Quest Study Guides at age-appropriate levels. Students examine multiple resources, read historically significant literature, develop and strengthen critical thinking skills, practice and refine written and verbal expression, and study world geography and geographical significances throughout the history of humankind.


Discover the story of human history from Paleolithic times through about 700 CE. Read the History Quest chapter and associated history encyclopedia reading. Map the location and geography of ancient civilizations. 


Explore ancient civilizations through imaginary time travel journeys with a History Hop reading found in History Quest. Create a History Travel Log page to mark and remember the journey.


Create crafts, projects, and tasty food that reinforce connection to the past. Make a Paleolithic painting, cook a meal Ashoka would have loved, classify like Aristotle, create an eggshell Byzantine mosaic, make a Roman clock, and much more!


Demonstrate new knowledge and understanding through writing, discussion, copywork, and/or dictation. 


Enrich understanding through exposure to multiple sources including books, online games, and videos. Read from the suggested literature enrichment list and visit websites found on Pandia Weblinks.

Important Copyright Information: If you choose the eBook version of this course, you are purchasing a license to use the PDF for your own children. You may make copies for your own children, but you may not share (email, download, print and distribute, resell, etc.) this eBook or any portion of this eBook to others.

Licensing is available for group, school, and co-op use. Please contact Pandia Press for details on group licensing ([email protected]).

Required Book List for History Quest: Early Times Study Guide

Main Spines

1. History Quest: Early Times by Lisa Hawkins
2. The Usborne Encyclopedia of World History with Internet Links

Hygge History Literature

There are four units in this study guide that employ the Danish concept of hygge—a joyful mix of coziness, togetherness, and a general feeling of well-being—where enjoyment of classic literature is your only assignment for the week.

1. Gilgamesh (Sumer)
Gilgamesh the Hero by Geraldine McCaughrean

or choose,

The Gilgamesh story told in a series of three books by Ludmila Zeman:
Gilgamesh the King
The Revenge of Ishtar
The Last Quest of Gilgamesh

2. Greek Mythology
Black Ships Before Troy by Rosemary Sutcliff

or choose,

D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths by Ingri d’Aulaire and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire

3. The Ramayana (ancient Indian epic and Hindu mythology)
Ramayana: Divine Loophole by Sanjay Patel

4. Chinese Mythology
Chinese Children’s Favorite Stories by Mingmei Yip

or choose any number of the following from the Stories of the Chinese Zodiac series by Li Jian,

The Water Dragon: A Chinese Legend
The Snake Goddess Colors the World
The Horse and the Mysterious Drawing
The Sheep Beauty
The Little Monkey King’s Journey
The Magical Rooster
The Bronze Dog
The Little Pigs and the Sweet Rice Cakes

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