History Quest: United States Study Guide


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History Quest: United States Study Guide

Grade level: 3rd through 6th

Pages: 256

Course type: Study guide designed to be used with the History Quest: United States narrative chapter book (Please see the Booklist tab for the literature books required to complete this course.)

Author: Lindsey Sodano

History Quest: United States Study Guide is a comprehensive and engaging, full-year secular history curriculum for upper elementary-age children. Designed to be used with the History Quest: United States narrative history book and other resources, it provides 34 weeks of creative, hands-on activities, literature suggestions, geography study, and writing assignments that help bring history to life.

Each unit in the guide corresponds to a chapter from History Quest: United States and provides a week’s worth of engaging and interactive activities laid out in clear, easy-to-follow lesson plans. You’ll find a suggested daily schedule that focuses on a different learning technique each day, important terms and concepts related to that week’s reading, resource recommendations, and more. Best of all, each week’s plan can be followed as written in the guide or easily adapted to meet your family’s particular needs and interests.

A helpful appendix section in the back features literature and supply lists for the entire course, as well as map keys and student activity pages (conveniently perforated and reproducible for easy single-family use).

Within the curriculum, we’ve included five weeks of Hygge History, a special tie-in literature study encouraging parents and students to snuggle up together and enjoy fascinating stories from some of the cultures and themes that are studied in this course—Native American Tales, Black Folktales, Tall Tales, Legendary Women, and Exploring Civics. Based on the Danish philosophy of hygge, which emphasizes coziness and comfort, these units are a great way to slow down, connect, and learn more about a particular time and place through storytelling. Each Hygge History unit comes with a detailed description of the suggested book (or books) for that week to help you choose the right one for your child.

Through History Quest: United States, students will learn about the ideas, conflicts, inventions, and individuals that shaped the United States (and the world) and take their first step in a life-long quest to explore and appreciate history.


What Material Does History Quest: United States Cover?

Students will learn about events that occurred from the 1500s to the early 21st century. Major areas of study include:

  • The Haudenosaunee Confederacy
  • European Discovery of North America
  • Early Settlers
  • The American Revolution
  • The U.S. Government, the Constitution, and Elections
  • Slavery and the Civil War
  • Western Expansion
  • Industry, Invention, and Scientific Achievements
  • The Roaring Twenties
  • The Great Depression
  • World War II
  • The Cold War
  • The Civil Rights Movement
  • September 11, 2001


How is the Material Covered?

Five important learning techniques are woven into each weekly lesson throughout our History Quest Study Guides at age-appropriate levels. Through these techniques, 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 United States history, civics, and geography from the 1500s to the early 21st century. Read the corresponding History Quest: United States chapter. Map the locations of the people, places, and events you are studying,


Explore significant events in U.S. history through imaginary time travel journeys with the History Hop! readings found within the History Quest chapter book. Create History Travel Log pages to mark and remember your journeys.


Create crafts, complete projects, and try recipes that reinforce connection to the past. Bake a Johnny Appleseed pie, make a mini banjo out of household supplies, create a “Three Branches of Government” poster, explore the stock market, send a message in Morse code, and much more!


Demonstrate new knowledge and understanding through weekly writing, discussion, copy work, and/or dictation assignments.


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 the study guide's Weblinks page.

What is Included with the Study Guide?

  • Thirty-four weekly units with lessons for:
    • Reading assignments from History Quest: United States and The Usborne Encyclopedia of World History with Internet Links
    • Five weeks of Hygge and Civics literature reading (see Booklist tab)
    • History Travel Log entries (a timeline/geography activity)
    • Terms & Concepts (weekly learning goals)
    • Map work
    • Reading comprehension/writing/dictation/copy work
    • Crafts/cooking/artwork/hands-on activities
  • Research projects

  • United States history blackline maps

  • Hands-on activity instructions

  • Literature and online enrichment recommendations

  • Weekly unit schedules and supply lists

  • Student coloring and activity pages


What Additional Resources and Materials are Needed?

 In addition to this study guide, you will need:

  • History Quest: United States narrative history book.
  • Hygge and Civic literature books (see Booklist tab)
  • Access to reference material via the library or internet
  • A map of the United States
  • Basic art supplies
  • Colored pencils for map work
  • 3-ring binder or notebook

View a complete list of supplies needed for projects.


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 (info@pandiapress.com).

History Quest: United States Study Guide

Main Spines

1. History Quest: United States 

Hygge History Literature
There are five 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 Native American Tales
The Girl Who Helped Thunder and Other Native American Folktales retold by James Bruchac and Joseph Bruchac, Ph.D.

#2. Black Folktales
The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales told by Virginia Hamilton

#3. Tall Talkes
American Tall Tales by Mary Pope Osborne

#4. Legendary Women

Option 1. Choose any number of the following stories that feature female protagonists:

Doña Flor: A Tall Tale About a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart by Pat Mora

Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett retold and illustrated by Steven Kellogg

Thunder Rose by Jerdine Nolen

The Ghosts of Luckless Gulch by Anne Isaacs

Swamp Angel by Anne Isaacs

Option 2. Her Stories: African American Folktales, Fairy Tales, and True Tales told by Virginia Hamilton

#5 Exploring Civics. Choose one or both of the following books:

1. That’s Not Fair!: Getting to Know Your Rights and Freedoms by Danielle S. McLaughlin

2. How to Build Your Own Country by Valerie Wyatt


 Supplies Needed for HQ United States Study guide

  • Access to reference material via the library or internet
  • A map of the United States
  • Colored pencils for map work
  • 3-ring binder or notebook
  • Supplies for projects

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