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A Journey Through...the Centuries of America Unit Study and Lapbook (17th-18th Centuries)
A Journey Through...the Centuries of America Unit Study and Lapbook (17th-18th Centuries)
Item# AmericanCenturies1718

A Journey Through...the Centuries of America (17th and 18th Centuries)Unit Study with optional Lapbook

322 pages

36 weeks of study

Little or no prep time needed


In this unit, you find everything you need to teach your child about American history from 1600 to 1799. Each lesson will include a:

* Lesson plan helper

* Information page

* Notebooking page

* Activity page

* Copywork

* Vocabulary words

* Lapbook templates

Lesson Plan Helper- On the Lesson Plan Helper, we have listed several things to help with the expanding of your study. We have included a bible verse, additional reading material and/or videos, online resources, games, virtual field trips, and ideas for presentations, crafts, and art. Do not ever feel pressured to use all of the listed activities. Pick and choose to suit the needs of you and your child.

Information Pages- Each of the topics has an information page to read to your child.

Notebooking Pages- Notebooking pages give a child a place to become creative. Through notebooking, your child will be using and developing many important skills. After your child has read about, researched, and studied a certain subject, he/she then writes or “retells” what they have learned. The “retelling” part is very important. Not only does it let you know how much your child has understood and gained from the subject, it also gives your child a chance to let his/her creative side shine. He/she will use narration skills, writing skills, organizational skills, and even artistic skills on these pages.

Activity Pages- Once the information page has been read, it is time to do the activity, which is found right after the notebooking page. Some of these activities are for fun, while others are more challenging. All of them will enrich your child’s understanding and knowledge of the topic.

Copywork- Your child will copy famous speeches, quotes, historical documents, and newsworthy happenings while at the same time reinforce spelling, grammar, and punctuation skills. Copywork is important because it develops a love for reading, writing, and learning. When completed, your child will have a wonderful, running diary in his own handwriting of how people lived in the past.

Vocabulary Page- The underlined words are vocabulary words. Carefully read each sentence that contains the vocabulary word. It is important that your child hear the vocabulary words in context. Ask your child if he/she can get the meaning of the word from listening to the sentence it is contained in. Next, turn to the vocabulary page. Use a dictionary to find the word’s meaning and write it on the provided page. Vocabulary study increases your child’s knowledge of the topics.

Lapbook Templates- We have included lapbook templates with instructions so that your child can make a 17th and 18th century lapbook while going through the unit study. A great hands-on tool to study history! (If you purchase the printed version of this book, the lapbook templates will come on a CD found at the back of the book.)

Also includes enrichment pages!


Timeline Cards- These cards provide a great way for your child to “visually” see the way that history is laid out. Be creative. Use them in games, quizzes and more to enhance your teaching. Photocopied and then laminated for longer use.

Blank Lesson Plan- We have included a blank lesson plan for writing out each lesson.

Bible Verse Memory Page- This page can be used to help your child in the memorizing of the weekly memory verse. It is designed to have your child write the verse three times each week.

Book Log- A fun pace to keep up with extra reading Your child can do extra reading about the subjects and topics covered in the study. As your child reads, write down the date, title, author and type of book it is on the Book Log.

Blank United States Map

Cooking Fun- We have included several different recipes or foods that were eaten during the 17th and 18th centuries. Have fun with your child cooking and trying them!

Biography Book Report- Learn more about the people you are studying Find an exciting biographical book about a person of your choice. After reading, have your child fill out the information about the person on the Biography Book Report page.

NICK Notes- An easier way to organize information While the study guide is being read, your child will jot down important information under “Notes.” Under “Information and Comments,” your child writes down any additional information he/she would like to add. Under “Key Words,” your child writes down important words from the study guide or from the “Notes” section. These words can then be used for “extra” vocabulary words, to be used in sentences, or as spelling words.

Outline Form- A little more difficult way to organize information Write down a major topic from the study guide on line I. Then use A and B to be more specific about the topic and to back up and/or “prove” the chosen topic on line l. Then on lines 1 and 2 under A and B, be even more specific and back up A and B with examples. Then start over with another topic for Line ll. This may not work for all study guides. Some study guides may not be detailed enough to use the Outline Forms.

What I Have Learned-Pages for narration- After reading the study guide, your child narrates (tells orally) what he/she has learned. You write it down. Or, let the child write it down. There are two versions to choose from: Younger-includes a place to draw a picture. Older-for children who are capable of more writing and narration.

Table of Contents from the 17th Century


Weeks 1 – 19 *Please note that some weeks may include several lessons

Week 1: Native Americans-The First Americans

Week 2: Henry Hudson-Explorer

Week 3: Finding a Northwest Passage!

Week 4: Church of England

Week 4: Who was King James?

Week 6: The First Settlement-The Jamestown Colony

Week 6: Capt. John Smith Saves Jamestown

Week 7: Pocahontas-Indian Princess

Week 8: The Pilgrims Come to America-The Mayflower Journey

Week 8: Who were the Puritans?

Week 8: Who were the Separatists?

Week 9: The First Laws-Mayflower Compact

Week 10: Squanto Helps the New Settlers

Week 11: First Thanksgiving-Celebrating the First Year

Week 12: Pequot War-Settlers and Indians Fighting

Week 13: King Phillip’s War-More Settlers and Indians Fighting

Week 14: The Quakers Come to America

Week 14: William Penn Settles Pennsylvania

Week 15: The Tragedy of Salem Witch Trials

Week 16: Colonial Families

Week 16: Colonial Food

Week 16: Colonial Clothing

Week 17: Colonial Money

Week 17: Colonial Crime and Punishment

Week 18: Colonial Trades

Week 19: The Thirteen Colonies



Table of Contents from the 18th Century


Topics cover of The 18th Century Weeks 20 – 36 *Please note that some weeks may include several lessons

Week 20: Slave Trade

Week 21: French and Indian War

Week 22: Daniel Boone

Week 23: Boston Massacre

Week 24: Boston Tea Party

Week 25: American Revolution

Week 25: Patriots

Week 25: Loyalists

Week 26: Declaration of Independence

Week 27: Articles of Confederation

Week 28: The Constitution

Week 29: Bill of Rights

Week 30: George Washington

Week 30: John Adams

Week 31: Betsy Ross

Week 32: Paul Revere

Week 33: Yellow Fever

Week 34: 18th Century Technology

Week 35: School in the 1700's

Week 35: Keeping House in the 1700's

Week 36: Crime and Punishment