Read pages 1-8 in Leif the Lucky.
Discuss Erik and Leif's travels. What country is Erik the
Red from? What countries have they traveled to?
Find Norway, Iceland, and Greenland on a map. Point out the
compass rose on the map. Discuss directional terms North,
South, East, and West. What direction would you be traveling
to get from Norway to Iceland? From Iceland to Greenland?
Pretend you are a Viking. Make up your own Viking name.
Write a poem using your Viking name.
Read pages 9-17 in Leif the Lucky.
Leif grew up in Greenland. From your reading how would you
describe the climate of Greenland? What are some examples
from your story that tell you this.
describes the type of type of weather a place has over a
long period of time.
Bjarne told how he lost his course on his voyage to Greenland.
What are some things you can use now a day to keep from getting
lost? (examples: map, stars and sun, compass, etc) Did the
Vikings have these?
Let's help Bjarne from getting lost. Draw a map from Norway
to Iceland and then to Greenland. Use your imagination and
make symbols on your map marking Leif's home, King Olav's
home, and Bjarne's home. Include a map title, a legend, symbols,
and a compass rose on your map.
map title tells the subject of the map. A legend, also called
a map key, explains what symbols mean. A symbols is something
that stands for something else.
Read pages 18-26 in Leif the Lucky.
Get out your map from yesterday.
While looking at a map of the world, discuss the concepts
of latitude and longitude.
describes imaginary lines that run from east to west across
the surface of the earth. These lines are measured in degrees.
describes imaginary lines that run from north to south across
the surface of the earth. These are also measured in degrees.
Find the equator on the map. Point out some of the countries
the equator passes through. What is the equator?
equator is 0° latitude. It is the official halfway point
between the North Pole and South Pole.
Find the North Pole and South Pole.
Find the Prime Meridian on the map. What is the Prime Meridian?
Can you guess what it is marking?
Prime Meridian is an imaginary line that runs from north
to south through Greenwich, England and divides the Earth
in half. It is 0° longitude.
Does your map from yesterday show countries north or south
of the equator. Are you closer to the North Pole or South
Discuss good manners. What are some ways you can show good
manners? The man in the story used bad manners, while Leif
used good manners.
Olav gave Leif many gifts. One of the ways you use good manners
is writing "Thank You" letters. Pretend you are
Leif and write King Olav a Thank You letter. Make sure to
use a heading, salutation, complimentary close, and signature.
You can find a sample letter here.
Click here to print
out a blank letter form.
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