Getting to Know Great Britain
Text about Great Britain from Galloping the Globe:
A small island nation in the north Atlantic, Great Britain once ruled the largest empire in world history. Made up of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, the official name is The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is normally shortened to Great Britain, Britain, United Kingdom, or the UK. The capital city is London.
The flag of Great Britain blends the flags of England and Scotland with the saltire of Ireland’s St. Patrick. King James wanted a flag to show the unification of England and Scotland. The flag was designed in 1606 and became known as the Union Jack. St. Andrew’s Cross from the flag of Scotland was used as the base because James was the King of Scotland before he was the King of England. The Cross of St. Patrick was added in 1801 with the addition of Ireland to the commonwealth.
Great Britain is famous for its royal family. As a constitutional monarchy, the king or queen is the head of state. While he or she may reign, they do not rule; meaning they have no power to make or change laws. The ability to make or change laws lies with Parliament. Officials known as ministers oversee the government of Great Britain.
Learn the Lingo of Great Britain
Have some fun trying these British terms in your homeschool today.
- write a short story using as many of the words as possible
- create a fun spelling test
- see how many new words you can make from the word list
- spend the day learning the new lingo throughout the day
bloke – guy
mate – friend
petrol – gasoline
biscuit – cookie
boot – car trunk
bobby – police officer
trainers – sneakers
ice lolly – popsicle
telly – television
jumper – sweater
bonnet – hood
tights – panty hose
lift – elevator
fringe – bangs
bangers – sausages
I’ll ring you – I’ll call you
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