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Learn About Poland in Your Homeschool

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Poland is located in central Europe.  It has a long history and is full of beauty from the Baltic coast in the north to the mountains in the south and everything in between. Check out all the resources below and grab the FREE printable portion to learn about Poland.

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Checkout this FREE unit study all about Poland. Full of videos, hands on projects, books, printables and more! Great for children in elementary and middle school.

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Printables to Learn About Poland

The printable portion of the unit study contains Poland Notebooking Pages, a Map Scavenger Hunt, a Following Directions activity, a math activity about Polish currency, Famous People notebooking pages, and book summaries. Grab all 22 pages below and gain access to the printables from the other 12 unit studies, too!

Notebooking pages, following directions activity and map scavenger hunt from Poland Unit Study. Notebooking pages from Poland Unit Study.

 

Videos About Poland

10 Best Places to Visit in Poland (15 minutes).

This is a great video to show your children the beauty and a little history of Poland.

22 Interesting Facts to learn about Poland (8 min.)

The Animated History of the Poland (Part 1: 13 minutes, Part 2: 11 minutes).

This series is definitely aimed at older children…middle and high school…or very inquisitive upper elementary students.

Research More About Poland

Kids World Travel Guide contains a variety of information to learn about Poland along with beautiful pictures.

Ducksters has a history page and a geography page dedicated to Poland. They include information about the history, geography, economy, and history of Poland.

National Geographic Kids has a short slideshow of pictures, fast facts, the history of Poland and more.

Cool Kid Facts has a narrative version of facts about Poland written in a larger font making it a good place for younger children to learn.

Hands-On Activities

Wycinanki: Try this Polish folk art that involves cutting paper in colorful designs!  All that is needed is some colorful paper, scissors, glue and some inspiration!

Pink and purple wycinanki designs against a cream background.

Serso: Find some sticks and make a hoop and play a game of Serso!

Rooster: The rooster image is used frequently in Polish folk art.  The rooster is seen as a guardian and a symbol of fertility.  This rooster painting is fun regardless of the age of your children.  Older kids may enjoy this drawing tutorial.

Dance: Try the Mazurka dance.  First watch this video about the importance of the Mazurka in Polish culture and then try this tutorial.

Make Polish Food

Polish food often incorporates meats and grains.  It tends to be ‘hearty’, using cream, eggs, and lots of seasonings.  Pick a couple of these recipes to try:

One of the most popular dishes in Poland is pierogi, or filled dumplings.  Savory and sweet ingredients are used to fill them.  They do take awhile to make, but can be done in separate steps.  Here is a recipe for potato and cheese pierogi.

Placki Ziemniaczane are Polish potato pancakes.

Golabki or stuffed cabbage rolls are another popular Polish food.

For dessert, make kolaczki or cream cheese cookies.

Kielbasa is a popular Polish sausage that you can buy and serve with some of the above foods.

Famous Poles

There are notebooking pages for the following famous people of Poland included in the printable portion of the unit study.  Here are some resources to research them:

Nicolaus Copernicus: Research, Video, Solar System Unit Study

Frederic Chopin: Research, Video

Jan Matejko: Research, Video

Marie Curie: Research, Video, Book

Pope John Paul II: Research, Video

Lech Walesa: Research, Video

Joanna Kulig: Research, Video

Robert Lewandowski: Research, Video

Viki Gabor: Research, Video

Play Polish Music

Find a Polish playlist on your favorite streaming service or listen to this collection of traditional Polish Slavic music or this playlist of the Best Polish Songs from 2022*Note, I have not watched every video in this playlist to see if they are appropriate for children so I suggest just listening to the audio.

Learn Polish

The Polish alphabet has 32 letters so learning the alphabet and how to pronounce each letter is a great way to start learning Polish!

Fun Kids Learn has a variety of videos to teach children Polish words.  Here is one about the names of colors.

This video is good for older students to learn some Polish phrases.

Duolingo is another free way to learn Polish.

Non-fiction Books to Learn About Poland

P Is for Poland (World Alphabets)
  • Hardcover Book
  • Agnieszka Mrowczynska (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages - 07/01/2009 (Publication Date) - Lincoln Children's Books (Publisher)
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There's a Lot More than Pretty Windmills in Poland! Geography Books for Third Grade Children's Europe Books
  • Baby Professor (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 64 Pages - 12/01/2017 (Publication Date) - Baby Professor (Publisher)
Unbelievable Pictures and Facts About Poland
  • Greenwood, Olivia (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 43 Pages - 08/24/2019 (Publication Date) - Independently published (Publisher)

 

Poland: A History
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Zamoyski, Adam (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 426 Pages - 09/01/2012 (Publication Date) - Hippocrene Books (Publisher)

 

Fiction Books About Poland

Read alouds for younger children:

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Polish Fairy Tales
  • Gliński, A. J. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 114 Pages - 08/16/2021 (Publication Date) - Independently published (Publisher)
Best of Polish Fairy Tales
  • Nowikow, Sergiej (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 226 Pages - 05/02/2015 (Publication Date) - CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (Publisher)
Polish Folklore and Myth
  • Used Book in Good Condition
  • Asala, Joanne (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 118 Pages - 05/20/2019 (Publication Date) - Penfield Books (Publisher)
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The Hundred Dresses
  • Estes, Eleanor (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 96 Pages - 09/01/2004 (Publication Date) - Clarion Books (Publisher)

Upper Elementary:

The Dragon of Krakow: and other Polish Stories (Folktales from Around the World)
  • Richard Monte (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 96 Pages - 01/24/2008 (Publication Date) - Frances Lincoln Children's Books (Publisher)
Irena Sendler and the Children of the Warsaw Ghetto
  • Hardcover Book
  • Rubin, Susan Goldman (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 40 Pages - 01/01/2011 (Publication Date) - Holiday House (Publisher)
The Harmonica
  • Johnston, Tony (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages - 07/01/2008 (Publication Date) - Charlesbridge (Publisher)

 

Upper Elementary/Middle School:

The Silver Sword
  • Ian Serraillier (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 256 Pages - 07/02/2015 (Publication Date) - PUFFIN (Publisher)

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The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible . . . on Schindler's List (No Series)
  • Leyson, Leon (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 256 Pages - 08/18/2015 (Publication Date) - Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Publisher)
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The Endless Steppe: Growing Up in Siberia
  • Hautzig, Esther (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 256 Pages - 06/12/2018 (Publication Date) - HarperCollins (Publisher)
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Surviving Hitler: A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps
  • Warren, Andrea (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 160 Pages - 09/17/2002 (Publication Date) - HarperCollins (Publisher)

 

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Someone Named Eva
  • Wolf, Joan M. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 208 Pages - 06/15/2009 (Publication Date) - Clarion Books (Publisher)
The Trumpeter of Krakow
  • Kelly, Eric P. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 224 Pages - 04/01/1992 (Publication Date) - Aladdin (Publisher)
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Yellow Star
  • Roy, Jennifer (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 256 Pages - 06/03/2014 (Publication Date) - Two Lions (Publisher)

 

Middle School:

After the War
  • Matas, Carol (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 128 Pages - 09/01/1997 (Publication Date) - Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (Publisher)

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The Island on Bird Street
  • The Island on Bird Street By Orlev Uri
  • Orlev, Uri (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 176 Pages - 01/20/1992 (Publication Date) - Clarion Books (Publisher)
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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
  • Boyne, John (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 215 Pages - 10/23/2007 (Publication Date) - David Fickling Books (Publisher)
The Button War: A Tale of the Great War
  • Avi (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 240 Pages - 03/17/2020 (Publication Date) - Candlewick (Publisher)

High School:

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Irena's Children: A True Story of Courage
  • Mazzeo, Tilar J. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 352 Pages - 06/06/2017 (Publication Date) - Gallery Books (Publisher)
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In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer
  • Opdyke, Irene Gut (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 288 Pages - 03/08/2016 (Publication Date) - Ember (Publisher)
Poland: A History
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Zamoyski, Adam (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 426 Pages - 09/01/2012 (Publication Date) - Hippocrene Books (Publisher)

Movies and TV Shows About Poland

Flavor of Poland is a show on PBS featuring a host that travels to different areas of Poland to learn about the food and local history and culture.

The Flying Machine (2013) incorporates Chopin’s music and is set partially in Poland.  Available through IMDb TV.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005) was filmed in Poland, Slovakia, and Czechia.  Available to rent on Amazon.

The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler (2009) is for ages 7+ and tells the story of a social worker who was part of the Polish Underground in World War II.  May be watched through Hallmark Movies.

For teens (each one is rated PG-13):

The Zookeeper’s Wife (2017) is a ‘lighter’ movie about World War II and the Holocaust.  It can be rented through Amazon.

Ida (2013) is set in Poland in 1962, but also travels back into World War II history.  Available to stream through Amazon Prime.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008) is also about the Holocaust and is reported to be more heartbreaking than The Zookeeper’s WifeIt is available to rent through Amazon.

The Island on Bird Street (1997) is about a boy who hides during World War II while his family is sent to concentration camps.  Available to stream through Amazon Prime.

“Go to” Poland

Explore a 360 degree view of many different places in Poland with Visit Poland Online.

Explore a few museums with Joy of Museums.

Talk a “walk” through Krakow with a tour guide.

 

What other activities have you used to learn about Poland?

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