Monday, November 13, 2023

Bring history alive with a castle project!

Castles are full of adventure and mystique and your students will love learning about medieval times. History is such a valuable subject to learn and a project about castles fuels imagination and builds enquiry skills. It also helps students to consider different perspectives and provides an excellent opportunity for creative expressions of learning.

Building castles is a great introduction to architecture and there are several different building styles. What roles did the castles play? Was it an important fortress, or a beautiful magical retreat? Let students use a simple pencil and paper to design their dream castles. Or use the provided templates in the resource castle creations. You can make a big castle out of cardboard boxes or create tiny castles using building blocks. Use the fact booklet to support the learning and help your students to travel the world to learn about different building styles. 
Who lived in the castles? Exploring historical periods becomes more engaging if your students can learn about what people ate and how they spent their time. Dressing up is a wonderful way to learn about what people did wear and it encourages children to develop empathy and a deeper understanding of the topic.

Castles are often used as a setting for storytelling. Some students may like to write a story about real people who lived in a castle, while others may imagine a castle filled with princesses, knights, frogs and dragons. Their stories will surprise and delight you and any visitors to the classroom. 

Create a complete project by including math and reading activities with a castle theme. BOOM cards provide not only hours of fun but also a perfect prompt for discussions about modern life. 

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Wednesday, November 1, 2023

November Products

November! It might be hard to believe that the holiday season is almost here. There are so many topics that can be explored during this month. Thanksgiving is a holiday that immediately comes to mind. This holiday offers the perfect time to reflect and give thanks. Add some directed drawing activities to ensure that your students can decorate the classroom with stories and facts about the history behind this holiday. 

A project-based learning unit includes components such as inquiry, research, writing and drawing. My fact booklets about pilgrims and indigenous Americans offer short reading passages that provide your students with vital information. I recommend that you use both booklets to ensure that your students get a chance to reflect on the interactions between pilgrims and the local indigenous people. 

An Election Day booklet provides you with facts as well as inspiration to discuss the duties of a president, and history behind the day. Students enjoy making an election hat while reflecting on the right as well as duty to vote. Veterans Day is observed on the 11the of November. This holiday offers an opportunity not only to teach students about service but also to emphasize the importance to give back to the community.

Young students love picture books. A spectacular and interesting story is the best way for teaching about other cultures and ensuring that they develop a love for reading. Cactus Soup is a twist on the classic story Stone Soup. The storybook companion is filled with ideas for crafts to enhance the reading of this story about sharing. Also, it is a great introduction to explore holidays celebrated in  Spanish-speaking countries.

I hope these resources can help you create a stimulating learning environment in the November classroom! 

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