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The Lesson Ideas
Studying the Middle Ages is so much fun! And, it really keeps the attention of my children with all the excitement of knights and castles and such. To keep our unit to six weeks, I pulled the best-of-the best hands-on ideas from the two reference books below. After adding in some living literature and a great end-of-unit project, we ended up with a very in-depth tour of medieval life.
Are you wondering how I organize a unit study using so many materials? This post should help explain my method.
The Living Books
If you know me at all, you know living literature was a huge part of our middle ages unit. I use informational books to teach about particular topics. The historical fiction books become family read-alouds, books to enjoy on CD in the car, or assigned books for independent reading time. Those with a Bible/character twist become part of our Bible lesson time once a week or so.
Middle Ages Bonus Books: The Sir Cumference series by Cindy Neuschwander is a wonderful series of math literature set in the middle ages that filled in some of our math lessons during the unit
Each of these are appropriate for 3rd grade and older. Depending on the maturity of your child, some may be used with younger children.
Of this group, The Door in the Wall and Crispin: The Cross of Lead are the two I would recommend reading with elementary students. The others are most appropriate for 5th grade and older.
Medieval Books with a Christian Theme
Each of these is truly near and dear to my heart. I love them all SO very much!
Wouldn’t you know my camera pooped out right in the middle of our unit? I did manage to get a lonely little picture of one of our projects. After studying knights, armor and heraldry, we created poster board shields.
You can see a full list of the other projects we completed listed in the newsletter below.
Preparing newsletters for grandparents is a real-life reason for writing that seamlessly incorporates technology and makes a GREAT end-of-unit project for any unit study. In this edition of the “Westward Gazette” my children worked together to write stories, share about some of the things they learned and tell about a few of their favorite activities.
As you can tell, our study was jam-packed – and oh, so fun! I hope you find a few treasures to use in your own study of the Middle Ages.
Need Middle School Medieval Unit Study Ideas?
Get even more ideas for medieval studies specific for older children in this post.