Hands on Viking Unit Study for Homeschoolers

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Introducing the hands-on Viking Unit Study I did with my older ones when they were younger.  This was such a great study, incorporating all areas of study, including maths!

Vikings Unit Study: Part 1 – Resources

This introductory post focuses on the Viking resources we used throughout this Viking Unit Study.  It includes all the non-fiction books we read; the fiction book choices I either read out loud or the children read to themselves; picture book choices especially for the little ones; poetry and literature of the times; resources for artist and composer studies as well as a selection of DVDs we watched to go along with our Viking Unit Studies.

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Viking Unit Study Part 2: How to Make a Viking Brooch

This second post describes exactly how to make your own Viking brooch for pennies.  The instructions are accompanied by clear photos throughout:

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Viking Unit Study Part 3: Putting together a Viking Costume

Following quick on the heels of the previous post is one which shows how we created our very own Viking dress up from various items in our dressing up box.  This detailed post on putting together a Viking costume includes instructions for both male and female costumes:

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Viking Unit Study Part 4: Exploring Angles and Triangles Viking Style

I’d had some interesting ideas about including some maths into our Viking Unit Study.  Viking runes are very angular and I thought we could probably have some fun learning about both them and angles and triangles Viking style!

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Viking Unit Study Part 5: Viking Runes

Adding to our previous work with runes, we focuses a whole lesson on Viking Runes.  The children learnt to decipher them, as well as creating their own rune stones and some leather drawstring bags to pop them in.  They designed their own Viking rune monograms, and monogrammed their own wooden spoons (to go with their dressing up):

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Viking Unit Study Part 5: Making an Aged Viking Map

This was a great lesson.  We used our huge paper mache map to create an amazing aged Viking map.  The children photocopied the map, added a grid and a key, finishing it off by aging the map using a match and some tea bags 🙂  These were in preparation to use with the amazing Viking maths book discussed in the next post:

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Viking Unit Study Part 6: Co-ordinate graphs Viking Style!

In this excellent maths lesson, the children used their maps to learn about co-ordinate graphs Viking style, how to work out the perimeter of a country using a map and how to work out the area of a country using the map.

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Viking Unit Study Part 7: Viking Rune Stones and Probability I

Another maths lesson using the Viking Runes stones to learn about probability, the children loved how visual this was:

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Viking Unit Study Part 8: Viking Rune Stones and Probability II

The second of a self-penned lesson, the children learnt even more about Viking rune stones and probability:

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Viking Unit Study Part 9: End of Viking Unit Presentation

My final post brings together everything the children had learnt about the Vikings as they put on an end of Unit Viking presentation.  This is an incredibly detailed post which covers everything from the preparation, the cooking and the invitations to the transformation of our living room into Viking living quarters, straw and all!

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This was a great little unit study, ending in a fabulous presentation of all things Viking 🙂

4 comments

  1. That looks like an awesome unit study! We haven’t gotten to Vikings yet, but when we do we may have to use some of these ideas.

  2. I’m curious Claire, are you going to change anything on the pacing compared to your first go round? Hoping you still blog on the next trip though. Looking forward to hearing about it. I love your history studies. 🙂

    1. Yes I shall definitely be changing the time scale. I will be starting this summer with my littles and hopefully finish before they reach their teens. By then I’d prefer to focus on interest led learning.
      Thank you for your kind words 🙂

  3. It is such fun to look back at your older posts and see how the children have grown. As always, you are so very creative and it really shows in your unit studies.

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