South Pacific PDF


South Pacific is a history unit about the exploration of the South Pacific and the early history of Australia and New Zealand. This is a hands-on unit for ages 6 to 18 to learn together family style.


South Pacific is the eighth unit in the Colonial History course. This unit is about the exploration of the South Pacific Ocean including Cook’s voyages and others. Then learn about the early history of Australia and New Zealand starting with the natives then the early settlers, conflicts, early government and independence from Great Britain.

This book is for adult mentors to use as a resource when planning lessons, not a textbook for students.

This unit has sections on:

  • Exploring the South Pacific
  • Australia
  • New Zealand

Layers of Learning is activity-based and this unit guide includes many hands-on ways to learn about the South Pacific. Here are a few things you will find to do inside this unit:

  • Color a map of Abel Tasman’s voyages
  • Read from Bougainville’s account of the voyage he led into the South Pacific
  • Take a virtual tour of James Cook’s ship, Endeavour
  • Learn about the native point of view when Cook’s ship hove into view in Australia and make an aborigine inspired painting of a legend
  • Paint and craft the First Fleet of criminal transports to arrive in Australia from Great Britain
  • Create your own board game of the Australian Gold Rush
  • Make a model Wharenui building from paper
  • Craft a double lenticular drawing of the Maori and the whalers in early colonial New Zealand
  • Map and record the big events of the New Zealand Wars
  • Cut colorful fern leaves from paper and record the events of the path toward independence for New Zealand
  • And much more!

Layers of Learning History units include Library Lists of books on the topic, a family read-aloud suggestion, hands-on activities, printables and paper crafts, sidebars for extra learning, and tools to help you assess your student’s progress and mastery. Learn more about how Layers of Learning works.

See Inside

This is a view of a two page spread from South Pacific:

South Pacific Spread

This unit, like all of Layers of Learning is pick-and-choose so the mentor can decide which Explorations to choose from among many options.


This unit was written to be used for a month but contains plenty of content for many more weeks of learning if you choose. This is a pick-and-choose curriculum, meant to be cycled back to in the future when your child is older. As such, it intentionally includes far more material than you can possibly cover in a month.

South Pacific is also part of the overall Colonial History course, the third Year of the four year Layers of Learning History cycle. If you use the program in order, it will take you through the history of the world from ancient times through the 21st century. However, each unit stands alone and can be used independently of any other unit.

Printable Pack

This unit comes with a downloadable Printable Pack that includes all the student worksheets. The printables can be copied as many times as needed for your family or class.

South Pacific Printable Pack


You can download the Printable Pack from your receipt or from your account at Layers of Learning. This printable pack includes 20 pages.

Extra Resources

This unit comes with extra weblinks and a YouTube video playlist on the Colonial History Resources page.


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Cycle Year

Year Three

Product Type

Single Units




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