Unit 4-9


  • History: Totalitarianism
  • Geography: U.S. Economics
  • Science: Volcanoes
  • Arts: Abstract Art


Layers of Learning Unit 4-9 is a complete unit study for history, geography, science, and the arts.

  • History: Totalitarianism
  • Geography: U.S. Economics
  • Science: Volcanoes
  • Arts: Abstract Art

Layers of Learning Unit 4-9 starts with the rise of totalitarian states including those in Russia, Germany, Italy, China, Cuba, and others. You’ll also learn about dictators, the Weimar Republic, fascism, the political spectrum, the Roaring 20’s, Prohibition, and immigration. Then in geography we delve into economics with activities about money, economic systems, wealth, debt, supply and demand, markets, advertising, division of labor, scarcity, gross domestic product, and charity.  Next in science learn about volcanoes including learning the parts and making models, mud pots, geysers, types of volcanoes, and types of eruptions.  Finally in arts do lots of hands on work with abstract art and learn about artists including Kandinsky, Mondrian, Picasso, Braque, and Pollock.

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: 63

Weight7.2 oz
Dimensions11 × 8.5 × .25 in

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6-18 Years


DY401-049 – PDF
DY401-049PP – Printable Pack

Here are links and online videos referenced in this unit.  Here is the YouTube Playlist for Layers of Learning Year 4 Unit 9.


Government Trivia cards



Abstract Art


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


  • (Especially for high school) Read The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins and have a discussion about the trilogy in relation to totalitarian governments.  Are we protected from a future like this?  What have we done to protect against totalitarianism?  What must we do in the future?

U.S. Economics

  • MyMoney.gov has a section for kids with lots of games, resources, and links to help kids learn to be financially savvy.


Abstract Art


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