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Students investigate global geography by researching the country of Scotland. In this cultural investigation activity, students view images of Scotland on a computer and listen to audio interviews about Scottish citizens. Students identify "present perfect" tense and identify its use during interviews with Scottish people.
Learners read and discuss a news article about a school in Scotland that is using fountain pens to write with. They answer article comprehension questions, participate in a discussion about the importance of handwriting, write their names in old style letter forms, and write a journal entry.
Students create a mind-map around a map of Scotland and listen as the teacher gives them basic information. In this geography lesson, students take a quiz about Scotland. Students then complete a series of worksheets related to various aspects of Scotland after discussion with the teacher before each.
“O horror, horror, horror!” PBS has taken Macbeth out of Scotland! But fear not, for in this case “our fears do [not] make us traitors!” The teacher guide designed for this production has everything needed to stage a successful unit. Background materials, before and after viewing activities, writing prompts, discussion questions, and extensions are all part of a richly detailed plan.
Students prepare to read Scotland by Richard MacAndrew. In this literature lesson, students participate in classroom activities that require them to discuss literature genres and predict the content of the book. Students also respond to post-discussion questions after they have read the book.
Students read, analyze and critique a newspaper article about ancient musical tunes that have been found in a church in Scotland. They assess key vocabulary terms found within the article and compose lyrics for a song after answering a variety of comprehension questions.
In this world history worksheet, students read a brief history about William Wallace, the Guardian of Scotland. Following this story, students construct a timeline to show the key events in the life and times of Scotland's hero. They also describe why he was hated so much and why the Scottish people regarded him as a hero.
After King Edward the Confessor died, there were three men seeking his throne: Harold of Wessex, WIlliam of Normandy, and Harold Hardrada. They are all contestants in this 1066 version of Blind Date (for the throne). In this Game Show, kids will review their history by hearing the host question each king and then respond to their answers. Perfect for grades 6-8.
Think counting sheep will put you to sleep? Not in this engaging lesson! Scholars get a brief background on shepherds' methods of counting their sheep and the various ways sheep are kept and used. Learners get a geographical perspective on the original shepherding countries and learn the Celtic terms originally used to count a score of sheep. Next, small groups create their own systems for counting sheep using bowls of popcorn. Groups do some math activities comparing their range of vision to that of a sheep, and estimating how many popcorn pieces will fill a hand-print lamb. How can they determine the area using the popcorn as a standard unit? Synthesize this with a class graph demonstrating the area of each lamb body. Although the Irish song link doesn't work, the lyrics are here and it's worth searching online to hear it.
In this describing place worksheet, students label the cardinal and ordinal directions on a compass rose using the drop-down menus. They complete a matching activity by matching an item from column C with one in A and B. They read an article about the British Isles before answering associated reading comprehension questions.
Learners compare illustrations from the book of hours with modern day calendars and planners. In this calendar comparison lesson, students examine "The Annunciation" by Master of James IV of Scotland before discussing the use of a book of hours. They watch a video about calendar pages in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Learners compare the works to a modern calendar/planning book and then create a book of hours.