Russia Fact Book

This exploration is for all ages, as the colored smilies show. You can do the Russia Fact Book with your whole family together!

1st thru 4th grades
5th thru 8th grades
9th thru 12th grades

Layers of Learning Unit 2-11
Unit 2-11: Wars of the Roses, Russia, Health, Minstrels & Plays

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.  In the L column, record the things you WANT TO KNOW.  And finally, as you go about completing this country exploration, 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. The colored smilies above each book tell you what age level they’re recommended for.

Peter the Great

by Diane Stanley

Peter the Great became tsar when he was only ten years old! He changed the country in huge ways.


by Kathleen Berton Murrell

Full of lovely pictures and tons of information.

Understanding Russia

by Lynne Ann Hartnett

This is one of the Great Courses. It’s an enlightening audio book.

Step 2: Russia Fact Book

You’ll need crayons or colored pencils and the free printable Russia Fact Book.

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A 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 flag to color.

A Free Printable Russia Fact Book

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

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.

Fabulous Fact

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.

Additional Layer

Try a Russian food, like stroganoff. You’ll find a yummy recipe for Chicken Kiev right in Unit 2-11.

Layers of Learning Unit 3-10
Unit 3-10: Russia & Prussia, Central Asia, History of Science, Watercolors

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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2 thoughts on “Russia Fact Book”

  1. Thanks for putting together this fun book on facts about Russia! I must say, however, that several words are misspelled in Russian (cheese, yes, and please) and “hi” is actually pronounced in Russian as “privet”, not “previt”.

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