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Mrs. Portulaca Purpilopilis
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World Landmarks:( NEW) Lots of fun things to use with your students!
Geography Ideas! NEW
Short Reads of interest
Dive into Career Choices
Teaching Tips A-Z
MONEY, MONEY, MONEY
WEBSITES of INTEREST:
History For Kids
Tween Tribune-News Stories for Student
DogoNews: Fodder for Young Minds
BBC Website for Kids
Purple Turtle EBOOKS!
Award winning site for April 2008!
The official U.S. time - snapshot
Shedding Some Light on Knights and the Middle Ages...
Here are some of the activities that I've used with my students
during a study on the Middle Ages.
Have students made a postcard pretending to be a Crusader. Include
three facts learned about the crusades. A postcard should also have
a picture, a 'stamp' and the note should have an address of
the person to receive the postcard.
Try and obtain some chant music and have the students pretend to be
in a scriptorium working on a manuscript as you play the music.
Explain that they can not talk and must make an illuminated letter
at the start of their work. Tell them not to capitalize letters or
to space words since that takes up valuable parchment! Discuss the
activity afterwards and ask them what they thought about when they
couldn't talk and the music was playing.
As a tie in, make pretzels, which were an early contribution from
some monks in Europe. The story goes that the shape of a pretzel is
that of a person in prayer(the old way of praying was to cross to
hands over the chest).
Show students pictures of gargoyles(evil creatures which adorn such
places as Notre Dame in Paris and other cathedrals in Europe).
Begun about the 12th c., it is not really certain why these
creatures were created. Perhaps, it was to scare people into
behaving and/or to scare evil spirits away from the churches. A
great site to see some gargoyles is here
Have students draw a gargoyle and then write a creative story, the
"Day I Met a Medieval Creature".
Make a coat of arms. This site will provide lots of information for
kids to design their own heraldry sign:
http://www.yourchildlearns.com/heraldry.htm. Another activity is to
have the students make a coat of arms where they divide a shield
into four parts. Things to write and draw in each section:
Three things I'm proud of that I can do.
Three things that I value.
Two of my accomplishments thus far this year.
Three words I'd like others to use to describe me.
Learn about the Renaissance Man, Leonardo Da Vinci. Students can
look at his drawings at Web Museum
Students can also try and guess what some of his drawings were at
the Mysterious Machinery of Leonardo that you can find Museum of Science.
INTERESTING STORY: One of the many things sketched in Leonardo da Vinci's notebook was that of a parachute. This sketch is amazing when you think he drew it in 1485.
Using da Vinci's sketch,a man from Switzerland designed a replica and recently successful dropped 2000ft. in the da Vinci designed parachute. Made of four equilateral triangles, Olivier Vietti-Teppa said the parachute didn't have any way to steer and so he went where the wind took him. Fortunately, Vietti-Teppa first experimented with a dummy before trying it himself! By the way, some of the other sketches in da Vinci's notebook included a type of automobile, helicopter, calculator, and a tank!
Students can learn about what the parts of a castle by going to these site:
Castle Learning Center.
With the rise of towns, people needed to advertise their place of
business and since many people couldn't read, store owners made
signs to associate with their business. Have students make
'guide signs' for businesses such as a tailor, barber,
baker, dressmaker, armor maker, blacksmith, swordmaker,
Although I have tried to review each link, please check the site to see if it is appropriate for your grade level. Also, please monitor that students stay at the link. Should you find something questionable, please let me know. Thanks!
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