If you're looking for subject matter for a history lesson for your students, consider the topic of medieval times. The Middle Ages are full of themes and events that are sure to interest children, such as knights, castles and jousting tournaments. During a lesson in medieval history, you can keep it simple with a few printable worksheets and activity pages, or go all-out with the theme for a week or more.
For one semester, or longer if desired, take your classroom back in time with a medieval theme. Call the boys and girls "lords and ladies" when addressing them. If you use a job chart in the classroom to distribute daily chores to students, rename it "Royal Duties." Decorate the classroom with a castle border, and hang up reprinted artwork from the medieval times. Bring a royal crown to school that one student gets to wear per week based on good behaviour and performance.
Dress Up and Dine
Kids enjoy getting dressed up in costumes, so hold a medieval dress-up day where they can be anything they want. Encourage children to become princesses, kings, monks or knights. Join in the fun by dressing up in costume yourself. With everyone dressed up, you can have kids act out their roles for an entire day. To take the theme even further, serve a medieval meal for lunch, such as stew, bread, cheese and fruit. Create a list of everything needed to serve the meal, then have each child bring one item from the list.
Arts and Crafts
Make a castle out of a large cardboard box for young children by cutting out a door and a window or two. Paint grey "stones" on the outside of the box, then top it off by placing a royal flag on top. Help children make their own crowns from yellow or gold poster board, and let them decorate the crowns with markers, crayons or colourful stickers. Give kids sheets of white cardboard shaped like shields, and let them make their own coats of arms with drawing pictures of animals or medieval object
Printouts and Writing
If you don't have a lot of time for playing dress-up or doing crafts, print out a few medieval puzzles for kids to enjoy. Free puzzles, such as word searches, connect-the-dots, mazes and colouring sheets keep children entertained on a rainy day. You can also help kids create medieval stories of their own. Ask each student to pretend to be a person from the Middle Ages, such as a prince, castle servant, commoner or even a creature such as a dragon. Have them write their stories about what a day in that character's life would be like.
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