Sweden is a popular choice when doing a Holidays Around the World Unit. This post is part of a series that showcases how you can focus on Sweden alone or as part of a bigger unit. It includes everything you'll need to start teaching your students about the winter holiday(s).

Below you will find:
  • information about Sweden to help you get started
  • ideas for educational activities and complementary crafts
  • a collection of easy-to-use, no-prep resources 
  • a list of book suggestions specific to a mini-unit on Sweden
  • FREE printables
  • links to FREE videos to share with your students
  • food ideas to use as part of your study of culture and traditions

This is an excerpt from the reading passage and student mini-booklet that can be found in the unit: 

In Sweden, the holiday season begins on December 13th. That is St. Lucia’s Day!  

On that day, the oldest daughter in the family dresses in a white robe and red sash. She wears a crown made of branches and nine lighted candles. She wakes up the family by singing a song called “Santa Lucia.” She serves them coffee and saffron buns called Lussekatts.  There are St. Lucia events at schools and churches all over Sweden. Each selects a girl to play St. Lucia. They pick other girls to be her maidens. Boys take part as well. Many dress in white robes and wear a cone-shaped hat decorated with stars...

...(The rest of the passage can be found here)

Like all lessons, you will want to begin by activating student schema and engaging them in their learning.

Start with locating Sweden on a map.

 Discuss Sweden's climate. 

I highly recommend first completing some mapping activities to show where your students are in relation to Sweden and the rest of the world.

This Me on the Map project has long been the most effective way I know to teach students where they are located from a global perspective.

Many teachers use it as part of a map skills unit at the start of each school year, but it also works so perfectly as an introduction to your Christmas Around the World or Holidays Around the World lessons.

You can learn more about it here.

There are so many fun ways to make your lessons memorable.

I always suggest giving each student a boarding pass, a passport, and a scrapbook for documenting their world-wide adventures.

Please note that you can either choose to get these resources specific to Sweden on their own or as part of the popular cost-savings Holidays Around the World Bundle which includes 14 countries/holidays as well the following bonus materials:
  • scrapbook
  • passport with stamps
  • suitcase 
  • world map
  • Venn Diagram to compare countries, cultures, and holiday traditions
  • postcards

In addition to the Holidays Around the World resources spotlighted above, a study about Sweden lends itself to a variety of other complementary projects.

You could have your students create travel brochures by researching the country. This can be done in class or as a homework assignment to complement what you are doing in school. These printables make it super simple
You could have your students learn about the wildlife native to Sweden. This PRINT and GO ANIMAL RESEARCH RESOURCE packet can be used over and over again through the school year because it was designed to be used when researching any animal. If you need ideas specific to Sweden, I suggest: artic fox, wild boar, bears, lynx, moose, beavers, and wolves
Finally, I encourage you to take some time to do a craft with your students to represent the country you are focusing on. It is so hard to fit in creative activities, but this is a perfect time. 
Here is what we made when we studied Sweden:

You can see the instruction if needed for how we made this (as well as these other crafts we made to complement a study of many other countries) on my Holidays Around the World Pinterest Board.

Below you will find a collection of book recommendations that will be pair perfectly with your Sweden Unit or a general Holidays Around the World Study.

Click on any of the images below to learn more about each title:

Click to see all of the other country's 
Holidays Around the World Books

Click to see all of the Holidays Around the World Videos I have curated for you.

I have put together a Holidays Around the World Cookbook for you. It is available as a bonus file in the Holidays Around the World Bundle and for a limited time, I am offering just the cookbook for free here.

This post is part of a series designed to help teachers and homeschool families. Other posts can be found below as well as the links to my other posts that you may find helpful in the month of December.

I also encourage you to visit this article to learn how to manage a Holidays Around the World learning experience in your classroom. You can read it here.


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