The Paths of Progress Complete Package is the third step on the Trail Guide to Learning. To grow as a country, another group of leaders had to step forward during our history—scientists and inventors. Study those who used their talents and abilities to answer questions that provided better ways of living and working. The lives of these devoted individuals and their contributions will be examined throughout our history, into the Industrial Revolution and the beginning of the 20th century. Primary science focus involves Physical Science (such as energy, motion, and work) and the economic impact of each development. Some key figures studied include Ben Franklin, Samuel Morse, George Washington Carver, the Wright Brothers, and Thomas Edison. This full one-year course is targeted for grades 5-7, but the lessons can easily be adapted for 4th and 8th grades as well.
Complete Package Contents Overview
The complete package is comprised of all of the required resources that are needed for the curriculum:
- 2-Volume Set of Paths of Progress Curriculum with Student Resources CD
- 11 Core Resources used throughout the year
- 11 Required Readers and read-aloud books
- 2 Reference and activity books
The total retail value of this discounted bundle is over $450. It includes all of the titles listed in the sections below, plus the two curriculum textbooks with the Student Resources in digital download format.
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A High School extension providing higher level activities and readers is also available for older students.
Core Resources are used throughout the year in nearly every unit.
- Profiles from History, Volume 3
- Story of Inventions (2nd edition)
- Story of Inventions Answer Key
- Story of the Orchestra with CD
- H. Goodden Recorder
- Basix Recorder Method book with CD
- Modeling Clay Animals
- Modeling Clay
- Classroom Atlas of United States
- The New Way Things Work
- Rummy Roots
- Samuel F. B. Morse
- Munford Meets Robert Fulton
- Michael Faraday
- Caddie Woodlawn
- Thomas Edison
- Ben and Me
- World of Tools and Technology
- George Washington Carver
- Strawberry Girl
- Wright Brothers
- Homer Price
- Alan Shepard
- Discovering the Human Body and Senses
This does not include the curriculum teacher guides or student pages. Includes:
- All Volume 1 Resources
- All Volume 2 Resources
- All Core Resources
Includes curriculum teacher books, all requires resources, and digital student notebooks. The complete package SHIPS FREE* and includes:
- All Volume 1 Resources
- All Volume 2 Resources
- All Core Resources
- Paths of Progress curriculum
- Student notebook pages (Student Resources) on CD in the back of Volume 1
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For what grade levels was this curriculum written?
Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh
Can you adapt this program for older students if so, how?
You can use the Enrichment Activities included in the sourcebook to make it appropriate for a eigth grader. In addition to that, take them to the library and get whatever books you can find, or use the internet to find as much as they can on the unit topic (Revolutionary War, Civil War, etc.) and as they read their resources, have them compare (tell what is the same as our resources) and contrast (tell what is different from our resources). This is a good critical thinking idea. Another quicker and easier way to do this is to find videos on each topic that you think are appropriate and then compare/contrast them with what our resources have to say about these folks. Encourage your older students to share the information they find out with you. This is a good thinking/presenting skill, as well as a way to develop summarizing ability.
A High School Extension is also available to provide guidance for older students. Content follows along with the sourcebook but at a higher, more challenging level. It includes higher level literature books, writing assignments, activities, and thinking skill points. Connect all your students to the same time period and type of learning with the Trail Guide to Learning series Middle School Supplement. (Available in digital format.)
How many levels are used to teach American history?
We teach American History using a three-year program. Here is a summary of the three Paths.
Paths of Exploration — (Grades 3-5) The character and experiences of explorers who shaped us as a nation with their vision, determination, bravery and sacrifice. They blazed a trail for others to follow. The focus here is on the type of thinking, leadership and skills that were needed to open up the way for others to follow. 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. Some key figures studied: Columbus, the Jamestown settlers, the Pilgrims, Daniel Boone and Lewis and Clark.
Paths of Settlement — (Grades 4- 6) The settling of our nation is examined through the lives of leaders who made a difference by standing for their beliefs and making a way for us as a nation to follow and grow. Key events studied - the Colonial Period, the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War and Westward Expansion. What does it take to build a nation? Blazing a trail was the first step, building a foundation for growth and government is next. Primary science focus - Earth Science (geology, weather, land forms, climate) and the impact of these factors on settlement. Basic economics and international relationships are also addressed. Some key figures studied include George Washington, Paul Revere, Abigail Adams, Francis Scott Key, Clara Barton, Robert E. Lee, and Abraham Lincoln.
Paths of Progress — (Grades 5-7) To grow as a country, another group of leaders had to step forward during our history - scientists and inventors. They used their talents and abilities to answer questions that provided better ways of living and working. The lives of these devoted individuals and their contributions will be examined throughout our history, into the Industrial Revolution and the beginning of the 20th century. Primary science focus — physical science (such as energy, motion, atoms and molecules) and the geographic and economic impact of each development. Some key figures studied: Ben Franklin, Samuel Morse, George Washington Carver, the Wright Brothers, and Thomas Edison.
What are the resources necessary to complete Paths of Progress? Are they included, or do they need to be purchased separately?
Students will need the readers, read-aloud books, and a number of other reference materials and activity books. Every item is available separately or packaged in discounted sets.
The Progress Complete Package includes the teacher manuals in two volumes, all resources listed on the product description page, and digital versions of the student notebook pages.
Printed, ready-to-use, student notebook pages are available by grade and by volume.
See the product description for a complete list of the Core and Unit Resources.
There are six units in Progress, in two volumes. How long does it take to do each unit?
The third year of the Trail Guide to Learning series, Paths of Progress, contains 36 lessons (each designed to take 5 days to complete) in 6 units, as follows:
Great Leaps — 6 weeks
Making Connections — 6 weeks
Perseverance Pays Off — 6 weeks
Cultivating Greatness — 6 weeks
Success Takes Flight — 6 weeks
Reach for the Stars — 6 weeks
Does Paths of Progress use timelines?
Timeline activities are part of the Profiles from History, Volume 3 resource book.