Queens & kings lesson ideas

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Queens & kings lesson ideas
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History is full of intriguing stories of kings, queens and far-off kingdoms. They are the stories fairy tales are made of. Children learning real stories about historical kings and queens will appreciate lessons infused with fun projects and activities. A child who enjoys school will absorb more information, so teach children history with fun lesson ideas.

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Fairy Tale Lessons

Fairy tales are brimming with stories of kings, queens and other royalty. Have students choose a favourite fictional king or queen to learn about. Supply poster board and art supplies and ask students to draw a picture of their royal figure. Have them detail approximate age, approximate location of their kingdom (Medieval Europe, ancient Egypt, etc.) and the fictional story the character is featured in. Alternately, have students create their own royal figure and write their own fairy tale featuring their character. This lesson is geared toward elementary-school age children.

Princess Hats and Prince Crowns

Teach kindergarten students about the attire worn by royalty with a fun craft. Have female students decorate a large piece of coloured construction paper with crayons. Roll the papers into a cone shape with a base that is large enough to fit the circumference of each girl's head. Embellish crowns with jewels. Add ribbon streamers from the top of the cone and another to tie around the neck. Give male students yellow construction paper to cut into strips. Wrap the strips around the head to create a crown, and staple. Cut points on the top (if it were sitting on a head) of the crown. Embellish with jewels.

Royal Time Line

This activity is best suited for third- to sixth-grade students. As a class, brainstorm to create a list of real-life kings and queens. Include biblical royalty, other historical kings and queens and modern-day royalty. The teacher will want to create her own list prior to the lesson to help students. Create a time line on a long piece of paper or even on the blackboard. One by one, have students write the name of a real-life king or queen on the time line.

King or Queen for a Day

Being royalty has its advantages. Select a male student to be king for a day and a female to be queen. These special students get special privileges throughout the day. Some perks include getting to assist the teacher in daily activities such as handing out worksheets, getting to be first in line for recess and getting to choose the story. Kindergartners will love their new-found power of influence. For larger classes, have students take turns being "King or Queen of the Hour."

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