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Paths of Exploration is the first step in the Trail Guide to Learning series. Learn about the character and experiences of explorers who shaped us as a nation with their vision, determination, bravery, and sacrifice.
The focus here is on the type of thinking, leadership, and skills that were needed to open up the way for others to follow. The six units in Paths of Exploration will take you from the discovery of the New World all the way across America with the westward expansion.
Primary science focus involves acquiring the basic skills of observation and recording (both drawing and writing), beginning life science through studying the animals and plant life of explored areas, including habitats and the relationship of these factors to the explorers. Activities in Paths of Exploration such as learning directional terms, tracking, and using semaphore code help students understand the skills essential to an explorer’s success. Art lessons, craft projects, and cultural cooking, also enhance the learning process.
While specifically designed for third through fifth graders, this book can easily be adapted for second graders. A Middle School Extension is also available to include older students learning related content on a more challenging level. Each unit in the book should take about six weeks to complete.
We love making connections across the curriculum and the optional Light for the Trail Bible Study Supplement provides a natural link to the curriculum content. Focusing on character qualities demonstrated in each unit this supplement is available in digital format.
Click here to view the Table of Contents and a sample lesson from Paths of Exploration.
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