Woven in Ulster: Ulster-Scots and the Story of Linen

Woven in Ulster: Ulster-Scots and the Story of Linen

Lesson 1: Meet the Seeds??

This lesson introduces pupils to flax seeds known in Ulster-Scots as 'lint seeds', allowing them to become familiar with their physical properties and to understand their health benefits. Pupils have an opportunity to carry out a research activity and record findings using 'Post-it' notes. They can also explore the link between famous Ulster-Scots, linen and money.

Lesson Plan

Keywords and Phrases

linen nutritious healthy smoothie

Learning Intentions

Pupils will:

  • be able to recognise and describe flax seeds or 'lint seeds';
  • research flax seeds to gain an understanding of their uses including their benefits to the human body when used in healthy food and drink; and
  • know that the province of Ulster has a long history of sowing and raising flax plants for the linen industry.

Plenary

Now give pupils an opportunity to think about two things that they have learned in the lesson and then share these with a partner. (Think/Pair/Share)

Additional Pupil Activities

1. Making a healthy smoothie using flax seeds

You may wish to make healthy smoothies with the pupils, adding some flax seed to them.

See for example: Flax Seed Smoothie Recipes and Health Benefits.

2. Procedural writing on how to make a flax seed smoothie

You could follow this up with procedural writing on how to make a flax seed smoothie using Resource 1.4: Flax Seed Smoothie (Template).

Links to Curriculum

Cross-Curricular Skills

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