History Quest: United States Study Guide


History Quest: United States Study Guide

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    History Quest: United States Study Guide

    Grade level: 3rd through 6th

    Pages: 300

    Course type: Study guide designed to be used with the History Quest: United States narrative chapter book (Please see the Book List below for the books needed to complete this course.)

    What Is History Quest: United States Study Guide?

    The 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.

    Click to view the Table of Contents for History Quest: United States Study Guide

    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 Hop! 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, websites, and online videos. Read from the suggested literature enrichment list and visit websites found on the Pandia Weblinks page.

    What Is Included with the Study Guide?

    Thirty-four weekly units with lessons for:

    • Reading assignments from History Quest: United States
    • 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 or audiobook
    • Hygge History and Civics literature books (see Required Booklist below)
    • 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


    What Other Homeschool History Curricula Do You Offer?

    In addition to this History Quest: United States curriculum for upper elementary students, we also offer History Quest: Early Times and History Quest: Middle Times texts and study guides (for grades 1–6) and a new Modern History Bridge ebook curriculum (for grades 3–7).

    For older students, we have the History Odyssey series (for grades 6–10) with books covering Ancient Times through Modern Times.

    Browse the Pandia Store to shop our full collection of history and science curricula for all ages. Pandia Press is a premier provider of science and history curriculum. We publish comprehensive, secular, and engaging products utilized worldwide by home educators, co-ops, and charter and private schools.

    Required Booklist for History Quest: United States Study Guide


    There are five units in the History Quest: United States Study Guide that employ the Danish concept of hygge, where snuggling up and enjoying classic literature together is your only assignment for the week. Book suggestions for these units, along with detailed descriptions of each, are listed below.

    Hygge: Native American TalesFollows the study of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy in Unit 1. For the next week, read and enjoy the stories in the following book with your child.

    The Girl Who Helped Thunder and Other Native American Folktales retold by James and Joseph Bruchac with illustrations by Stefano Vitale. A collection of 24 classic stories collected from Native American cultures across seven regions, each accompanied by lovely paint-on-wood illustrations. A Seneca tale called “How Stories Came to Be” kicks off the collection, offering students the opportunity to engage further with a Haudenosaunee nation they encountered in Chapter One of History Quest: Unite States. Another highlight is the Creek story “How Rabbit Got Wisdom,” a classic trickster tale. Brief introductions place each story in historical context and help explain why the story would have particular resonance for the people who originally told it. Grade Level: 3–6


    Hygge: Black FolktalesFollows Resistance to Slavery in Unit 7. For the next week, read and enjoy the tales in the following book with your child.

    The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales retold by Virginia Hamilton with illustrations by Leo and Diane Dillon. A beautiful retelling of 24 Black American folktales, accompanied by expressive black and white illustrations. We encourage you to review the introduction before reading this book with your children, as this will provide excellent background information on the history and language associated with the tales. The compilation begins with animal stories, followed by magical stories, supernatural tales, and stories about slavery and freedom. Hamilton explains the history and cultural significance of each tale and adds notes about language and dialect. The book ends with the title story “The People Could Fly,” one of the most famous and influential Black folktales. Grade Level: 5–12


    Hygge: Tall TalesFollows the study of Reconstruction in Unit 10. For the next week, read and enjoy classic American folktales with your child.

    American Tall Tales retold by Mary Pope Osborne and illustrated by Michael McCurdy. In this illustrated volume of nine classic American tall tales, you will be introduced to some of the best known (and some not-so-well-known) folk stories of the 19th century. Meet Davy Crockett, who shoots out of the sky as a baby and lands in the Tennessee Mountains; Mose the firefighter in old New York who figures out what to do when steam power threatens his job; Febold Feboldson, a pioneer on a quest for friendly neighbors; and Pecos Bill and his wife, Slue-Foot Sue. The anthology also contains the story of one of American folklore’s favorite partnerships: supersized Paul Bunyan and trusty Babe the Blue Ox. In addition, you’ll reconnect with two characters you already know from your History Hops: Johnny Appleseed and John Henry. Grade Level: 3–7


    Hygge: Legendary Women. Follows the lesson on Constitutional Amendments in Unit 14. For the next week, choose one (or more) of these options to read and enjoy with your child.

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

    Doña Flor: A Tall Tale About a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart written by Pat Mora, with illustrations by Raul Colón. Join larger-than-life Doña Flor as she tries to protect her friends. For those learning Spanish vocabulary, this book is a great pick because it contains many common Spanish words in context. Grade Level: K–2

    Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett retold and illustrated by Steven Kellogg. Learn the origin story of Davy Crockett’s better half, a heroine so bold she needed two “Ann”s in her name! Kellogg does an excellent job retelling this tall tale, and his highly detailed illustrations are delightful. Grade Level: K–3

    Thunder Rose written by Jerdine Nolen and illustrated by Kadir Nelson. When a hero is born on a dark and stormy night, you know she is destined for greatness, and Thunder Rose does not disappointment. Nolen’s tale of a resilient young girl overcoming adversity in the face of mother nature is brought to life through descriptive writing and bold illustrations. Grade Level: K–2

    The Ghosts of Luckless Gulch written by Anne Isaacs, with illustrations by Dan Santat. This story, set during the California Gold Rush, introduces us to Estrella, a quick-footed and quick-witted heroine who really loves her unique pets. Dan Santat’s illustrations strike a perfect balance between spooky and funny. Grade Level: K–3

    Swamp Angel written by Anne Isaacs, with illustrations by Paul O. Zelinsky. This Caldecott Honor Book tells the tale of Angelica Longrider, also known as Swamp Angel, as she lassos tornados, drinks an entire lake, and defeats a giant bear known as Thundering Tarnation. If you like this story, check out its companion, Dust Devil, also by Isaacs. Grade Level: K–3

    Option 2: Her Stories: African American Folktales, Fairy Tales, and True Tales retold by Virginia Hamilton and illustrated by Leo and Diane Fillon. Female protagonists are featured in each of the 17 stories contained in this award-winning collection. The first four stories are animal tales, while the four that follow are fairy tales. “Mom Bett and the Little Ones A-Glowing” is pure joy! The supernatural stories contain some horror elements, such as a vampire, and may be more suitable for older or less sensitive students. The collection moves on to folktales and legends, then finishes up with a series of true stories retold by Black women who lived through many historical eras. Grade Level: K–3


    Hygge History Unit 5: Exploring Civics. Follows the study of the Bill of Rights in Unit 21. Read one (or both) of the following books and spend the week exploring United States civics and what it means to be a good citizen.

    Option 1: That’s Not Fair: Getting to Know Your Rights and Freedoms written by Danielle S. McLaughlin and illustrated by Dharmali Patel. Students learn about their rights and freedoms by helping “Mayor Moe” navigate tough situations with his fictional city council. This is a kid-friendly introduction to freedom of religion; the right to privacy; the right to life, liberty, and security; freedom of the press; the right to peaceful assembly; and equal treatment under the law. Each of the six brief stories includes questions for further discussion. Grade Level: 2–6

    Option 2: How to Build Your Own Country written by Valerie Wyatt and illustrated by Fred Rix. Once you know how to ensure your citizens’ rights and freedoms, you’re ready to design your own country! This book will take you step-by-step through setting up a government, making laws, and deciding how to interact with other nations. You can even design a flag and write your own national anthem. Grade Level: 3–7

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