This school year we are planning to spend more time learning about world cultures. We have been loosely following the rotation schedule over at The Well-Educated Heart. Scotland is one of the world history study options in Month 3. This Scotland unit study is a great elementary introduction to another culture. I hope you find these resources useful.
Scotland has proven a little more difficult to find specific information about in the reference books that I already own. There are sections about Great Britain and some general information about the British Isles as a whole, but not so much specific information about Scotland.
Our DK Smithsonian Children’s Illustrated Atlas does have a two page spread about he British Isles with some facts about Scotland.
National Geographic Kids has a nice reference page about Scotland. This website is also a wealth of information. It’s much more thorough than the scope of this article. You should check it out! This travel website also has great pictures of popular tourist destinations in Scotland.
If you need an online kids atlas, this is a decent choice. Click on the area of the world you want to know more about and a black box will appear showing a link to a summary, profile with a list of statistics, and links to related articles.
This website describes the difference between the British Isles, the United Kingdom, and Great Britain.
Coloring and Worksheets
My kids like to keep their hands busy while I read aloud to them. Coloring is a favorite activity, especially with my girls. Here are a few options to print and use at your leisure.
Free Scottish flag coloring page from crayola.com
I also like these Scotland related coloring pages from supercoloring.com. They include pages of Edinburgh Castle, a Scottish bagpiper, William Wallace, the Loch Ness Monster, and more!
This website has a free 22 page printable pack about Scotland for subscribers.
I love to use picture books to introduce new topics to my kids. While having a book in hand is the best option, sometimes that’s not possible. Budget constraints and library restrictions are definite factors. We’ve discovered that we enjoy watching YouTube readings of various picture books by teachers and librarians. Here are some options to check out.
No Such Thing As Nessie by Chani McBain
Katie in Scotland by James Mayhew
The Tobermory Cat by Debi Gliori
Wee Granny’s Magic Bag by Elizabeth McKay
Scottish artist Henry Raeburn is known for his painting of portraits. Here is a link to many of his most famous works.
Scotland is famous for its tartans. Here is an idea for an easy art project to design your own. If you prefer something a little less open ended, you can sign up for a free account to access these design your own tartan coloring pages.
Here is a link to a YouTube video to listen to some traditional Scottish music. There are many different styles, but this is an example of some of the most common.
This is another fun video showing the bagpipes and drums being played in traditional style.
One famous Scottish writer and poet is Robert Louis Stevenson. He is known for writing children’s poetry in A Child’s Garden of Verses.
Here are some sample coloring pages from Dover Publication’s A Child’s Garden of Verses coloring book.
Scotland Unit Celebration
It’s always fun to end a unit study with a celebration. For us, this often involves food, games, and a movie. I gathered a few ideas for inspiration.
If you’re in the mood to go all out, this website has some fun ideas for a Scottish Highlands themed party including face painting, outdoor games, and food.
This website has 11 recipes for kid friendly traditional Scottish foods including things like scones, shortbread, and sausage rolls.
Thanks for listening, friend.