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Lachie MacLachlan, the generous hero of this enchanting tale, is the exception to the rule that the Scots are a thrifty lot. In his “wee house in the heather,” where he lives with his family of twelve, he welcomes to his hearth every weary traveler who passes by on a stormy night. “There’s always room for one more,” says Lachie, and how his grateful guests say a wonderful “Thank you” provides a delightfully warm and tender ending to this hilarious tale of kindness.

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This ballad tells the tale of Lachie and how he always has room for one more guest. The story provides a base for lessons on hospitality, Scotland, weather, the Caldecott medal, and so much more! Grab your free Always Room for One More unit study and lapbook and enjoy a week of learning with Lachie.

Thanks to Wende for writing the lessons and helping with the lapbook printables for this Always Room for One More unit study.

Always Room for One More Unit Study Lessons

This unit study includes lessons and printables based on the book Always Room for One More by Sorche Nic Leodhas.

Here are some sample lessons from the Always Room for One More Unit Study:

Geography: Scotland
This story takes place in Scotland. Have your child locate Scotland on a world map. Scotland is a country located north of England in the British Isles, part of the continent of Europe. It is divided into two areas, called the highlands and the lowlands.   In the lowlands are found Scotland’s two main cities, its capital Edinburgh and its industrial center, Glasgow.  As you look through the pictures in the story, have your child pick out clothing and items that identify this as a Scottish story. Look for the kilt, a woolen skirt worn by the bagpiper. Count how many tam-o’shanters, flat round hats, can be found on the heads of the Scots.  Can your child think of anything else that may have been brought to America from Scotland? Scotland is known for its fresh water lochs (or lakes). The story of the Loch Ness Monster originated in Scotland, and Scotland is also known for its pipers that play bagpipes.

Science: Flora and Fauna
Different geographical areas have plants (flora) and animals (fauna) that are native to them. Scotland is no exception.

Our story starts out “There was a wee house in the heather – “ Heather is a plant that covers much of Scotland, especially the lowlands. They are bushy little shrubs that grow from 2 – 3 feet tall. They have tiny, needlelike evergreen leaves and bear many tiny pink, lavender, purplish, and white bell-like blooms strung along its branches. Other plants you will hear associated with Scotland (but not mentioned in the story) are thistles. Thistles have long prickly leaves and lavender flowers. They multiply prolifically by light seeds that travel by wind and can be a nuisance to gardeners. The bull thistle is the national emblem of Scotland. 

After the house fell in, all the glum guests were compared to a grumpetie grouse. The red grouse is a bird that is native to the British Isles. They are characterized by their rounded bodies and mottled plumage and are related to the pheasant. When they fluff their feathers out and hang their head down, they look rather sulky. For this reason, the British use the word grouse as a verb meaning to grumble or complain.

You can grab a copy of the entire Always Room for One More Unit Study and Lapbook in an easy-to-print file at the end of this post.

Always Room for One More Lapbook Printables

This Always Room for One More Unit Study includes the following mini-books and printables for your student’s lapbook or notebook:

  • “My Heart’s in the Highlands” Copywork Pages
  • Where in the World Is Scotland? Shutterfold
  • Flag of Scotland Simple Fold
  • What Time Is It In . . . Flap Book
  • What Is the Official Religion of Scotland Simple Fold
  • Scotland Population Graph
  • Scotland’s Currency Simple Fold
  • Scotland’s Official Language Simple Fold
  • Scotland’s Capital City Simple Fold
  • Scotland Shutterflap Book
  • Robert Burns Flap Book
  • Types of Clouds Layer Book
  • What Is Hospitality? Shutterfold
  • Words in Context Notebook Page
  • Occupation Interview Sheet
  • The Refrain Matchbook
  • Dark Clouds Matchbook

How to Get Started with Your Always Room for One More Unit Study & Lapbook

Follow these simple instructions to get started with the Always Room for One More Unit Study:

  1. Buy a copy of the book, Always Room for One More, or borrow one from your local library.
  2. Print the Always Room for One More unit study.
  3. Choose the lessons you want to use with your student (a highlighter works great for this).
  4. Choose and prepare the lapbook printables you want to use with your student.
  5. Enjoy a week of .

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More Resources for Learning about Europe

After you spend a week in Scotland, try learning about some of these other European countries:

Ireland Lapbook
England Lapbook
Switzerland Lapbook
France Lapbook