Unit 3-4


  • History: Reformation
  • Geography: Angola & Zambia
  • Science: Birds
  • Arts: Reformation Art


Layers of Learning Unit 3-4 is a complete unit study for history, geography, science, and the arts.

  • History: Reformation
  • Geography: Angola & Zambia
  • Science: Birds
  • Arts: Reformation Art

Layers of Learning Unit 3-4 starts with the history of the Reformation.  We include Martin Luther and his 95 Theses, Erasmus, and the issues reformers had with the church.  In the geography of Angola and Zambia, you’ll learn about the cultures, land, and people of these two places.  We pay special attention to the problems Angola has lingering as a result of the slave trade which ended more than two hundred years ago.  In the science of birds, study anatomy, life cycles, migration, and more.  Finally, in the arts section, we’ll explore Reformation art and learn about Bach, Luther, and hymns, Reformation versus Catholic art and architecture, and Pieter Brueghel the Elder.

In each unit, you’ll find a recommended library list, important background information about each topic, and lots of activities to choose from for kids of all ages.  Sidebars include a bunch more ideas including Additional Layers, Fabulous Facts, On The Web, Writer’s Workshop, Famous Folks, and Teaching Tips.  Printable maps and worksheets are included with each unit and may be printed as often as needed for your family or class.

Age Range: 6-18

Grade Level: 1-12

Pages: 51

Weight6.6 oz
Dimensions11 × 8.5 × .25 in

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6-18 Years


DY301-034 – PDF
DY301-034PP – Printable Pack

Here are links and online videos referenced in this unit.  You will also like the YouTube playlist for Unit 3-4.


Angola & Zambia

Geography trading cards
Click on the image to get the printable.


Reformation Art


Here are some more activities, printables, and ideas you can add to this unit for even more learning opportunities.


  • Watch the film “Driven to Defiance” from PBS.  Have your teens take notes on a sheet of paper with these headings down the page: “Affect of the Catholic Church on daily life in medieval Europe” , “Events that drove Luther toward leaving the Catholic church”, and “People who had an effect on Luther’s beliefs”.  Discuss the film after viewing.
  • One consequence of Martin Luther’s ideas was the Peasant Revolts in Germany.  Read the Twelve Articles of the Peasants.  Make a 12 page booklet, with a page for each article.  Illustrate each page and write a phrase or sentence explaining each article. Discuss how these ideas were related to Luther’s ideas and how these ideas caused unrest in Europe.  Are there ideas today that are causing unrest?  How do you evaluate the usefulness/truth of new ideas?
  • A site with scads of ideas for high schoolers learning about the Reformation.
  • Reformation coloring pages.  Save the images and print them out smaller to paste to a notebooking page or fact sheet about the Reformation.

Angola & Zambia

  • Make some crafts to represent the animals that live in Angola and Zambia.  Here is a gazelle (springbok). An African elephantWater buffalo craft.  And an ostrich craft.  Put a large sheet of green or brown butcher paper up on the wall and create a mural with your animals as part of it.  Paint the rest of the scene.


Try this Audobon’s Birds Art Lesson

Reformation Art


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