What Was Book Series Unit Studies: Awesome Activities For Homeschool History

Sometimes homeschool history gets boring. It can feel like you’re just memorizing lots of names and dates. If you’re bored with your current history curriculum, check out my new What Was book series unit studies. 

These new homeschool history unit studies are filled with awesome activities and are based on colorful children’s books that will bring the people, places, and events to life for your children. They also pair up really well with my Who Was Unit Studies. You can even bundle What Was books and unit studies with corresponding Who Was books and unit studies for an amazing hands-on history adventure!

Keep reading to learn why kids love the What Was book series and why it’s perfect for homeschooling history with your interest-led learners this year. Plus, discover which important historical events are included in these unit studies and all the fun games and activities included in each study.

Why Kids Love The What Was Series

We love turning our homeschool history lessons into a story. Taking a story-based approach to history makes it easier to remember the important dates and people. This unit study approach to homeschooling history also makes it easier to see how different people, places, and events fit together in a timeline. 

These What Was books are kid-friendly too. Unlike some history books, you won’t find anything you need to gloss over or skip with younger readers. Instead, you’ll get age-appropriate facts for kids to help them understand a variety of important historical events. 

Another reason we love the What Was series is because they’re fun to read. Have you ever read a history book that made you want to keep going just to see what happens next? That’s what it’s like when you’re reading this exciting history series. 

The What Was Series For Homeschool History

What Was books are the perfect series for homeschool history lessons. If you’re already using the popular Who Was books and unit studies, you’re definitely going to want to add these mini-unit studies to the mix. 

Sometimes history lessons can blur together and it feels like you’re just learning names and dates. If you want your homeschoolers to feel connected to their history lessons and interested in what happens next, check out the What Was book series and unit studies. 

Understanding timelines is essential and it’s a lot easier when you can get your kids invested in the story and curious about what happens next. That’s the beauty of the What Was book series. For example, What Was the Boston Tea Party will make it easy for your kids to remember the importance of the Boston Tea Party and the story of what happened there rather than just memorizing the date and where it happened.

What Was Book Series Unit Studies: Awesome Activities For Homeschool History

I’m so excited to share these new history unit studies with you! Like the popular Who Was books and unit studies, these What Was books will bring your homeschool history lessons to life and make them fun again! 

Each of these What Was Mini Unit Studies includes book suggestions and playlists for diving deep into the subject. You’ll also get access to my curated Pinterest boards with fun crafts and activities. Plus, additional resource suggestions.

Every What Was homeschool history unit study comes with custom coloring pages, copywork pages from tracing to print, and even cursive copywork. You’ll also get notebooking pages you can use to check for retention and help your kids share what they’ve learned. I’ve included a timeline page to help kids think about the events that led up to the historical event in question and what happened after it.

Last but not least, you’ll get some great printable games for gameschooling history in your homeschool related to each historical event. I’ve included word searches, crossword puzzles, trivia cards, and a timeline matching game to help you bring history to life this year. 

Discover some of the events we’ve covered in these interest-led history unit studies below. 


Are your kids interested in volcanoes? Have you been learning about Ancient Rome? Check out the “What Was Pompeii” book and corresponding unit study to learn more about what life was like in Ancient Rome.

Boston Tea Party

The Boston Tea Party was an important early event in the American Revolution. Discover what it was, when it happened, how it happened, and who was involved with your homeschoolers as you read and learn about this important “What Was” historic event. 

Lewis & Clark Expedition

The Lewis & Clark Expedition was an important time in American history. We learned so much about the land, plants, and animals that live in America. Explore what happened on the Lewis & Clark Expedition and learn about Lewis, Clark, and Sacagawea with this mini-unit study.


How long could someone survive in freezing water? What caused the Titanic to sink? How did it happen?

Answer all these questions with your homeschoolers and learn more about the ship as you explore the Titanic and learn more about this important historic event. It’s a great read-aloud and unit study if you’re planning a visit to the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Salem Witch Trials

The Salem Witch Trials have a lot to teach us. You can explore the event and learn about what caused this dark time in the American colonies with this homeschool history unit study.

Twin Towers

It’s difficult to think about our children not knowing about the Twin Towers. This historic event is so fresh in our minds as parents. Help them to understand the significance in an age-appropriate way with this “What Was” mini-unit study.

Don’t forget that you can bundle these What Was Unit Studies with our Who Was Unit Studies too.

When you buy 5 mini-unit studies you get 1 free. Pair What Was the Boston Tea Party with our “Who Was” studies on George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Paul Revere, and Betsy Ross. What other fun combinations can you think of?

Which important historic events will you be covering with your homeschoolers this year? Is there a What Was Mini Unit Study you’d like to see me do next? Share your ideas in the comments.