Unit 1-1

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  • History: Mesopotamia
  • Geography: Maps & Globes
  • Science: Planets
  • Arts: Cave Painting

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Layers of Learning Unit 1-1 is a complete unit study for history, geography, science, and the arts.

  • History: Mesopotamia
  • Geography: Maps & Globes
  • Science: Planets
  • Arts: Cave Painting

Unit 1-1 contains hands-on activities including crafts, games, experiments, writing projects, and more. In this unit, you can build your own ziggurat, make a balloon globe, and experiment with the regressive orbit of Mars. After that take a tour of the largest collection of cave art in the world. Unit 1-1 all of this, plus a printable historical map, and tons of ideas to keep your kids learning with hands-on fun.  Your whole family will be studying ancient Mesopotamia, the globe, our solar system, and cave art together.  This is family style homeschooling at its best.

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 at the end of each unit and may be printed as often as needed for your family or class.

Age Range: 6-18

Grade Level: 1-12

Pages: 58

Additional information

Weight 8 oz
Dimensions 11 x 8.5 x .25 in

Paperback, PDF Download, Printable Pack

Here are links and online videos referenced in this unit.  And here’s a link to our Layers of Learning Unit 1-1 YouTube Playlist.


Maps & Globes


Cave Paintings


Here are some more activities, printables, and ideas you can add to this unit for even more learning opportunities.  And here’s a link to our Unit 1-1 Pinterest Board.


Maps & Globes


Cave Paintings

5 reviews for Unit 1-1

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Paula Taylor

    Our Unicorn Curriculum

    I’ve searched for 5 years for “the one”. That perfect curriculum that everyone in our family likes, that brings us together for memorable, hands-on learning adventures that are flexible and library based. We spent several weeks just learning about Mesopotamia. With all the fun activities and quality family time, we didn’t want to move on to the next unit. And with Layers of Learning, that’s okay! We can take as long as we like, or keep things short, based on how interested we are. Try the first unit. You won’t regret it.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lila G.

    We have enjoyed using the Layers of Learning curriculum this past month. I have a five and a seven year old who have had a lot of fun with the experiments and projects in the Year One Unit One unit. The list of suggested books/videos at the beginning of each unit is so helpful! We are mostly using LoL for the science and geography sections. I loved the ideas and tips on how to explain the concept of maps and globes to young children. We enjoyed doing the Where I Live exploration and A Mapmaker’s Troubles experiment. The unit also gave me the idea to draw a huge map of the world with chalk on our driveway. I told the kids to hop from continent to continent and ocean to ocean, and they had so much fun with that! We also made a glittery map of the Milky Way and made coloring books of our Solar System. These units are so full of ideas! I also love having the scope and sequence for the year laid out for me. I downloaded the unit to my iPad using Notability so that I was able to make notes and highlight right on the unit. When I was finished with it, I saved it to my computer so that I have the unit with all of my notes for the next time we cycle through!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Abigail Longo

    Enjoyed the visuals and ideas!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Katie Jones

    Wow! This was amazing!!! Thanks so much!!!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5


    Thank you, this is great!

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