This exploration is for all ages, as the colored smilies show. You can do the marble roller coaster challenge with your whole family together!
The printable Russia Fact Book is a geography exploration from Unit 2-11 about Russia. Layers of Learning has hands-on experiments in every unit of this family-friendly curriculum. Learn more about Layers of Learning.
Time to learn about Russia! Start by making a KWL chart. In the K column, list the things you already KNOW about Russia. In the L column, record the things you WANT TO KNOW. And finally, as you go about completing this country exploration of Russia, write all the things you’ve LEARNED in the L column.
Russia is the largest country in the world. It’s full of rich history, beautiful architecture, and a varied landscape. Because of its sheer size, it has everything from polar lands to plains, and mountains to tundra. It has also had many problems as it implemented communism.
Step 1: Library Research
Before you begin exploring, read a book or two about Russia. Here are some suggestions, but if you can’t find these, look for books at your library about Russia. The colored smilies above each book tell you what age level they’re recommended for.
Peter the Great
by Diane Stanley
by Kathleen Berton Murrell
by Lynne Ann Hartnett
Step 2: Russia Fact Book
You’ll need crayons or colored pencils and the free printable Russia Fact Book.
This is like a simplified lapbook – all the great information without all the cutting and pasting. Print out this Russia Fact Book for your kids. It has pages on natural resources, religion, cities, language, holidays, and a map. On the cover is a picture of the Russian flag to color.
Step 3: Show What You Know
Once you’ve finished your fact book, you can add it to your Layers of Learning notebook. Also, now that you’ve done some exploring, go back to the K-W-L chart you began with and record the things you learned. Discuss what you found most interesting with your family.
Additional Layers are extra activities you can do or tangents you can take off on. You will find them in the sidebars of each Layers of Learning unit. They are optional, so just choose what interests you.
In Russian culture the number three is lucky, magical, or ideal in some way, much like the number seven is lucky in western European cultures.
Try a Russian food, like stroganoff. You’ll find a yummy recipe for Chicken Kiev right in Unit 2-11.
On The Web
Learn even more about Russia in Unit 3-10, all about the history of Russia. You’ll really begin to understand the country fully as you explore the history that created today’s Russia.
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