Sample Lessons

Layers of Learning is about fun, hands-on learning. The world is full of fascinating people, places, stories, and nature.  Studying them should never be boring.  Below are some our favorite sample lessons and we hope that as you browse through them, you will see our philosophy in action.  There are many more, organized by subject, in the buttons below.

The lessons are similar to what you'll find inside our Layers of Learning Curriculum.

No-Cook Play Dough

This No-Cook Play Dough recipe makes a terrific salt dough for your Layers of Learning Projects. Try out our free unit, Unit 1-1, and use the salt dough as you …

Printable Map of Japan

We created this printable Map of Japan for you to label and color. Label these places with the aid of a student atlas: Sea of Japan East China Sea Pacific Ocean …

Korean Paper Fans

We made these Korean paper fans. All you need to do is tape two pieces of white paper together on the short side, so you end up with one long …

The Lion Makers, a Story From the Panchatantra

The Panchatantra is a collection of ancient stories from India that were written down more than two thousand years ago, though the stories themselves are much older than that.  They …

Viking People

The Vikings were northern people, sometimes called the Norse, who lived in Denmark, Sweden, and Norway and sailed the seas in search of treasure.  They lived in long houses and …

Landforms Memory Game

What is a Landform? Landforms are features of the earth itself: rock, soil, sand, water, and the shapes they make.  Sometimes we think of the surface of the earth as …

watercolor of kids holding crystals

Growing Crystals

Grow your own crystals overnight then examine them through a magnifying glass. Look for faces and vertexes. Compare the crystals you grew to ones that form under the earth.

Marble Roller Coaster

Marble Roller Coaster Challenge

Here’s a hands-on physics experiment. Challenge your kids to get a marble to travel through a roller coaster made with a foam pipe.

poster of the first amendment

Bill of Rights

Learn about the Bill or Rights with a matching game, a first amendment poster, and some second amendment shooting practice.

kids doing an experiment using the scientific method

A Simple Introduction To The Scientific Method

Learn about the scientific method and design your own experiment using the principles you learned. Plus grab the experiment write up sheets to record your results.

South Korea For Kids

 Start your study of South Korea start by finding its location on a map of the world. Then color your own South Korea Map.   Then use a student atlas to fill …

Ojo de Dios

This exploration is for all ages, as the colored smilies show. You can make an Ojo de Dios with your whole family together! The Ojo de Dios art exploration accompanies …

Baucis and Philemon, A Greek Myth

Use the printable puppets to retell the Greek myth of Baucis and Philemon. This tale is from Metamorphosis by Ovid, the source of most of our Greek myths.

Grecian Urns

This exploration is for all ages, as the colored smilies show. You can do the Grecian Urns art project with your whole family together! The Grecian Urns art project is …

Newspaper Article Template

Teaching kids to write newspaper articles is an important skill.  Articles are written in a concise, descriptive way.  A lot of information is given with very few words, so the …

Travel Brochure

Travel brochures are a great way for kids to record information about neat places around the world.  With the internet it’s really easy to find travel information, but it’s still …

Wayang Puppets

Wayang puppets come from Bali and Java in southeast Asia.  They’ve been around as a form of art and entertainment for thousands of years and they’re still vying with TV …

Medieval Indian Ocean Trade Routes

Many cities around the rim of the Indian Ocean became fabulously wealthy during the middle ages through the medieval Indian Ocean trade routes.    The Swahili coast of Africa had ivory, gold, …

Cave Art Expedition

This expedition is for all ages, as the colored smilies show. Bring all of your kids on a field trip to see cave art near you. This Pictographs and Petroglyphs …

Eastern Europe in the Middle Ages

After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, Europe was in turmoil for centuries, with the borders of kingdoms changing rapidly.  In the east the Roman Empire, which we call …

Russia Fact Book

Time to learn about Russia!  Start by making a KWL chart.  In the K column, list the things you already KNOW about Russia.  In the L column, record the things …

watercolor diagram of eyes

Eyes

Do an eye dissection while you learn first hand about the parts of an eye.

books

Karen’s BIG List of Book Projects

I love having my kids do book projects instead of just book reports.  Each week I let them choose their own book and their own project.  Fairly often they want …

Map of Anglo Saxon Kingdoms

After the Romans abandoned Britain, telling them to “look to their own defenses,” they scrambled to do just that, because they were immediately invaded by the Picts from the north. …

Algae and Pollution

Test out various pollutants to see how they affect the algae in pond water.

Five Paragraph Essays

There’s nothing magical about five paragraph essays, either in the length or in the exact structure, but they are an excellent start to learning to write more developed essays for …

Map of Ancient Egypt

Historical maps are a great tool for understanding the past. You can see when you look at a map of ancient Egypt why people lived only along the river.  What …

Painting with Pointillism

This exploration is for all ages, as the colored smilies show. You can do the Painting with Pointillism art project with your whole family together! The Painting with Pointillism exploration …

Government Types For Kids

One of the most confusing things one can study is human government and economics.  So after this little introduction we offer you the government match game to help you teach …

Continent Research Worksheet

I frequently take the kiddos to the library for some good old fashioned research.  I know, I know…the internet has it all, but there’s just something awesome about finding things …

Photography For Kids

This exploration is for all ages, as the colored smilies show.  You can learn about photography with your whole family together! The Photography Scavenger Hunt is an art exploration from …

Teaching Kids to Write Their First Reports

Teaching kids to write their first reports can be daunting.  Indeed, writing a report for a youngster can seem like an overwhelming task.  It’s quite a PROCESS by the time …

Writer’s Workshop Curriculum Guide

Layers of Learning’s Writer’s Workshop isn’t just a curriculum; it’s a mindset. It’s a lifestyle that will change writing from a chore to a joy as your whole family grows …

Abraham Lincoln’s Stovepipe Hat Timeline

Abraham Lincoln was a fascinating man who changed the course of America’s history.  Most of us know his basic story, but here are some fabulous facts you may not know. …

coloring a map of the scramble for africa

Scramble For Africa Map

This exploration is for middle grades and high school, as the colored smilies show.  Learn about European colonization of Africa as you color a Scramble For Africa Map of the …

climate map of the world

Climate

Use the library list and the printable map of the world to learn about the four major climates on earth.

Four Square Writing Method

The four square writing method is a simple format for helping kids to expand upon their writing, add details, and be organized. So many young writers struggle to develop well-written …

Art Appreciation

This exploration is for all ages, as the colored smilies show. You can use art cards to play games and learn about famous art with your whole family. Art appreciation …

Watercolor of kids playing with magnets

Magnetism and Learning About Magnets

Play with magnets in this unit as you learn how they work. Build a magnet boat and grab the printable magnet book with even more explorations!

The Periodic Table

Print and color the periodic table as you learn about the elements with your kids from 5th grade and up.

Munch’s The Scream

This exploration is for all ages, as the colored smilies show. You can create your own version of The Scream with your whole family together! Munch’s The Scream is an …

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