Social Studies 7A, Packet Four, Scandinavia


Packet Four

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What can we learn about Scandinavia and its influence on the world.

Scandinavian scene



There is so much to explore in Scandinavia! It is a region of deep fjords, immense forests and windswept arctic terrain. It holds Europe's greatest forests and vast oil deposits. We are going to explore this fascinating part of the world.

Scandinavia includes five nations: Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland. These nations are similar in some ways, but in others they differ greatly. The smallest of the nations in Scandinavia - Denmark - has actually been one of the more dominating nations in Scandinavia for hundreds of years. While the nation with the longest coastline - Norway - has suffered with centuries of poverty as other nations have tried to control its vast access to the sea.

In this packet, we are going to explore Scandinavia with a series of national discoveries.


Students will demonstrate their understanding of Scandinavia by creating a simple country by selecting an item of interest in one Scandinavian nation on which they want to focus.
Some ideas might include The Global Seed Vault, the Sami or Laps, North Sea Oil Drilling, the Aurora Borealis, education in Norway, Norwegian world explorers, wind-based energy in Scandinavia, Scandinavian music composers or artists, underground and urban farms. You are also free to choose another topic that interests you. Just clear it with Mr. Robbins first.

Once you have selected your topic tell Mr. Robbins. The same topic may only be used once each hour.


Essential questions

  1. How does (your topic) relate to the (culture, geography, recent history) of the nation(s) you chose?
  2. Why did you choose this topic? What about it interested you? 
  3. What information do you choose to share? This is where you will include your copy or stories. Your copy should be printed out, avoid handwriting if it is possible.
  4. What do you want to illustrate about your topic? This could include charts, graphs or other examples. You need to include at least three graphics or images that help us understand what you have learned about your topic.
  5. You need to create a summary paragraph about how your topic has affected the nation you are studying or the rest of the world as well.

NOTE >> Your poster will go much better you create an outline before you start it. A good way to do that is by using the question and layout form you received in class. Then sketch the poster on a piece of paper. Some posters will have more copy than others. I do not have a firm rule about how much to include, but the examples in the classroom provide some excellent guidelines.

Special instructions

You are going to prepare a poster to share with the class. It will deal with the topic you have chosen. You may work with a partner.


Selected Topics

4th Hour

  • Bog Bodies in Denmark
  • Aurora Borealis, Ainsley, Kailey
  • Norwegian World Explorers, Taylor, Brianna
  • The Sami People, Bethany
  • Norse Mythology, Jessica, Ella
  • North Sea Oil Drilling, Maile
  • Active Volcanoes in Iceland, Melissa, Julia
  • Scandinavian Artists, Christian
  • Scandinavian Farming, Will, Geoff
  • Sibelius, Megan, Ayla
  • Foods in Sweden, 
  • Lily, Endangered Animals in Sweden

5th Hour

  • Icelandic Sports, Taylor, Landyn
  • Swedish Food, Cache, Kambria
  • The Origin of the Danish Language, Halle
  • Food in Iceland, Porter
  • Sibelius, Riley
  • Norwegian Oil Industry, David
  • Urban Farming, Joseph, Keller
  • Forest, Rivers and Lakes, Harley
  • Munch, Dylan, Levi
  • Iceland Volcanoes, Julissa
  • Food in Norway, Lily
  • The Torne River, Arlen, Kyle
  • Iclelandic Foods, Brooklyn, Emree
  • Danish farming, Braden
  • Viking myths and folkore, Sam, Adrian


To be posted.



Printed files

A printed copy will be posted soon.

Online files

This is an excellent introduction to the land forms of Scandinavia.

Here are the links to the National Geographic information packets about the folloiwng nations:
Sweden, Norway, Denmark

This is the link to the video about Norway we used in class.

This is a fun video about the Aurora.

Here are some quick links to the following articles:

The Sami

An overview of Norway. You will need to log in.

The Global Seed Vault

An overview of Sweden. You will need to log in.

Quick facts about Denmark.

Online Encyclopedia Articles

The CIA World Factbook

Underground and urban farming in Scandinavia
1, 2, 3, 4

Wind power
1, 2, 3

Scanidnavian Composers & Artists
Sibelius, 1, 2, 3
Munch, 1, 2, 3

Mussorgsky (his music is close enough to Scandinavia) 1, 2, 3

The Aurora, 1, 2, 3

The Fishing Industry in Norway, 1, 2, 3

The Torne River in Sweden
1, 2, 3


Sound files

Not appliclabe.