Sunday, February 22, 2009

Middle Ages Lapbook




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Click on the album above to see detailed pictures of my daughter's Middle Ages lapbook.


The front cover of her lapbook is a magazine cover that she designed on Print Master called "Torture Times." You can also see a tiny bit of chain mail that we attached to the front cover. The chain mail was a rather failed craft attempt but we did manage to make short chains!


You can see detailed pictures of the lapbook by clicking on the picture above. Included within the lapbook are the following topical components:



  • Black Death timeline

  • mini-book about rats

  • effects of the Black Death

  • symptoms of the Black Death

  • the Plague Doctor

  • How was the Plague spread?

  • mini-book about fleas

  • letter to the king with suggestions to stop the spread of the plague

  • number of people killed by the plague

  • becoming a knight

  • Where in the world was the plague?

  • 3 positive outcomes of the plague

  • other names for the plague

  • meaning of "Ring Around the Rosy"

  • pictures/definitions of common weapons

  • medicine in the Middle Ages

  • duties of a knight

  • common punishments/prisons

  • religious figures with government influence

  • castle jobs

  • plague vocabulary

  • duties of a parish priest

  • the crusades mini-book

  • the feudal system

  • mini-book describing a medieval feast

  • differences between peasant women and noble women

  • dates for the Middle Ages

  • top reasons why you wouldn't want to be a peasant or serf

  • a knight in armor

  • apprenticeship booklet

  • differences in what wealthy and common people ate

  • a calendar of Medieval labors

  • fun and games in the middle ages

For the lapbook, I primarily used three resources:


Hands of a Child Middle Ages Project Pack


Teacher Created Resources Medieval Times Thematic Unit


The Bubonic Plague lapbook from Homeschool Share (free).


We used an extensive list of books and DVDs during our unit study. Here is a complete list of the resources that we used in addition to the teacher's guides already mentioned:


Anno’s Medieval World by Mitsumasa Anno
Archers, Alchemists, and 98 Other Medieval Jobs You Might Have Loved or Loathed by Priscilla Galloway
Custard the Dragon and the Wicked Knight by Ogden Nash
Do Knights Take Naps? By Kathy Tucker
First Facts About the Middle Ages by Fiona Macdonald
Fourteenth-Century Towns Living History by John D. Clare
The Knight Who Was Afraid of the Dark by Barbara Shook Hazen
Knights and Castles (The Age of Castles) by Richard Dargie
A Medieval Feast by Aliki
The Tale of Custard the Dragon by Ogden Nash
A Tournament of Knights by Joe Lasker
The Toy Brother by William Steig
You Wouldn’t Want to Be a Medieval Knight! Fiona Macdonald
You Wouldn’t Want to Be in a Medieval Dungeon! Prisoners You’d Rather Not Meet by Fiona Macdonald

  • ***DVD – The Black Death
    ***DVD – Castle (David Macaulay)
  • ***VHS – Cathedral – Tours of the World’s Most Magnificent Structures Hosted by David Macaulay
  • ***DVD – A History of the Middle Ages (Life in the Middle Ages series)
  • ***DVD – Social Structure in the Middle Ages (Life in the Middle Ages series)

    Books Read by A independently (6th grade) during the Middle Ages Unit
    ***Catherine Called Birdy by Karen Cushman
    ***A Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli
    ***Matilda Bone by Karen Cushman

6 comments:

momluvs4kidz2000 said...

Great job!! I'm inspired...we're doing the Iditarod lapbook right now and I wasn't sure about how to incorporate my 8th grader in with the 1st and 4th graders, I've gleaned a lot of ideas from this, thank you!

live4evermom said...

Looks like fun. Great job! How long did you all take on this lapbook?

Samvach said...

Thank you for your kind comments! I would like to respond to both of them. We spent a LONG time on our Middle Ages unit. We spent about 10-12 weeks on this unit - most of the first semester. I had so many hands-on projects to go along with this study and we did a big field trip to the Renaissance Faire so it took a while to get through everything. My 2nd and 4th graders lapbooks are not quite as involved and they did not do independent reading to go along with the unit. Thank you for your comments.

**** April **** said...

AMAZING stuff... things and ideas like this are truly inspirational for me...

so while you're completing tasks like this... does THIS count for "history" I'm struggling fitting that into a general curriculum.

homeschoolinghaven said...

This lapbook is SO GOOD! We did a Middle Ages lapbook this year also and seeing this makes me want to go back and add to it! Your daughter should be very proud of herself.

Samvach said...

In response to the question about history curriculum - YES - the Middle Ages unit study definitely counted for the bulk of our history study this school year. I don't use a separate history curriculum - I cover history topics in unit studies. So, we don't cover history topics every day, at least for now.