Unit 4-2

(2 customer reviews)


  • History: Expanding Nation
  • Geography: Pacific States
  • Science: Motors & Engines
  • Arts: Tall Tales


Layers of Learning Unit 4-2 is a complete unit study for history, geography, science, and the arts.

  • History: Expanding Nation
  • Geography: Pacific States
  • Science: Motors & Engines
  • Arts: Tall Tales

Layers of Learning Unit 4-2 begins with early American history.  We include Daniel Boone, Lewis & Clark, the War of 1812, Monroe Doctrine, slavery in the south, American Indian Wars, the Trail of Tears, and the War with Mexico. Then in geography learn about Hawaii, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and California.  Next experiment with motors and engines.  Last, in the tall tales section learn about hyperbole, Johnny Appleseed, Davy Crockett, and more.

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: 70

Weight8 oz
Dimensions11 × 8.5 × .25 in

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6-18 Years


DY401-042 – PDF
DY401-042PP – Printable Pack

Here are links and online videos referenced in this unit.  You will also like our YouTube playlist for Unit 4-2.

Expanding Nation

Presidents of the US Memory
Printable Cards to Help You Memorize the U.S. Presidents
Fact cards for US presidents
Fact cards about each US president. Match the major achievements to the president cards above.

Pacific States

Motors and Engines

Tall Tales


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

Expanding Nation

Pacific States

Motors & Engines

Tall Tales

2 reviews for Unit 4-2

  1. Angela

    As we started this unit, I didn’t think it would come with fanfare, but it did! Particularly the Tall Tales, I was afraid that they might consider these drudgery…but on the contrary. As I read aloud the tall tales from the suggested literature, I could see all their eyes on me, gripping every word. I loved seeing and hearing how their creativity came out in the accompanying explorations. I loved that we could overlap some of the history explorations with the art explorations. My kids love the mapping explorations, and love the variety with those. The science section is wonderful too. I typically wouldn’t have thought of building a model of a motor, but Layers of Learning made it easy and doable, even giving several variations. This whole unit is Fabulous.

  2. leeloo66

    Like all Layers of Learning units, this one is amazing! It’s so hands on, which is fantastic for my child who loves building things. I never would have thought to build a model of a motor, but he’s really eager to do this!

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