Nordic Countries is the third unit in the World Cultures geography course. This unit starts by teaching students about families across the world. Then students learn about the countries of Iceland, Norway, Denmark, and Sweden.
Each World Cultures unit includes a skills lesson about aspects of human culture followed by a focus on a specific region of the world. By the time you complete the entire four year cycle of Layers of Learning Geography you will have covered the entire world and learned the skills and knowledge needed to analyze and understand maps, cultures, people, governments, and the planet all over the world.
This unit is a guide for the mentor to use in creating lessons and directing discussions and learning. It is not a textbook for the student.
This unit includes sections on:
This is an activity based curriculum. You pick activities to do as you read books and watch videos about the countries of Nordic Countries. Here are some of the activities found in this unit:
- Make a shutterfold booklet about the social structure of families
- Make paper dolls dressed up in wedding clothes from a culture other than your own
- Fill out and color your family tree
- Make a northern lights chalk drawing
- Color a map of Iceland’s topography
- Bake Icelandic rye bread
- Learn about and sketch a stave church from Norway
- Make a traditional woven heart basket from Norway
- Prepare a Swedish smorgasbord and play a game about Sweden
- Learn the story of the Ugly Duckling and make a craft
- And much more!
This is double page spread of the inside of the Nordic Countries unit:
Each Layers of Learning Geography unit includes library lists of books, a family read-aloud suggestion, hands-on activities, printables and paper crafts, sidebars for extra learning, and tools to help you assess student’s progress and mastery. Learn more about how Layers of Learning works.
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.
Nordic Countries is also part of the overall World Cultures course, the third Year of the four-year Layers of Learning Geography cycle. If you use the program in order, it will take you though the geography of the world from continents and the physical planet in Year One, to mapping skills in Year Two, then to cultures in Year Three, and finally, to government and society in Year Four. Every year is also a tour of the whole planet, making stops on every continent. However, each unit stands alone and can be used independently of any other unit.
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.
You can download the Printable Pack from your receipt or from your account at Layers of Learning.
This unit comes with extra weblinks and a YouTube video playlist on the World Cultures Resources page.