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    Hello Lower-Grammar Families! Today was a beautiful start to the new school year. I am truly going to enjoy teaching your children, it’s going to be a fun year. Here is the recap from our time together today. Please read to the end as there are some things I would like your students to do this week. Have a blessed week and let me know if you have any questions!

    Contemplation:

    For the entire block, students will listen to medieval plainsong while copying the Nicene Creed. Each student was given a quill pen and a special notebook they’re using as a sort of psalter. By then end of the year they will end up with a beautiful keepsake “psalter”.

     

    Circle Time:

    Presentations -Each week two students will present on a Medieval topic of their choice. Today, two students volunteered to share what they already know about the middle ages. Thank Logan and Mila for showing us easy and painless presentations are!

    Lesson – We learned a bit about the fall of Rome and then we focused on the early history of the island of Britain. We learned a little about the Celts, the Angels, and the Saxons.

    Read Aloud – We read “A Blessing for Travelers” from Celtic Memories by Caitlin Matthews and The Sword in the Stone by Mary Pope Osborne and Troy Howell. We spent some time discussing both stories.

     

    Language Arts:

    We are working on memorizing the definitions of a noun and verb. We used illustrations from our stories to identify nouns and verbs and create sentences.

     

    Activity:

    The students had a lot of fun pulling their own Excalibur from a “stone” and then decorating them.

     

    At Home Assignments:

    1. Tell someone the story of King Arthur
    2. Color, cut out, and glue the following into your timeline books; First Council of Nicaea (325 A.D.), The Fall of the Western Roman Empire (476 A.D.), King Arthur (465-542 A.D.). I will email you a guide so you know where to glue the figures. If you do not receive the guide by Tuesday morning, please contact me.
    3. Ethan and Riley, come prepared to do a short medieval presentation for the class. You may use the resources listed below, create a fun project, do an art project, or anything else you choose. The presentation should not exceed 5 minutes.

     

    Enrichment Options:

    Explore more Celtic myths and fairy tales

    Watch: The Sword in the Stone, A Kid in King Arthur’s Court, Kids Animated History with Pipo Episode 21 The Celts, Britain A.D., or Redwall the Series. Parents, please use your discretion, I have not viewed all of these movies, they are recommendations from Biblioplan and Story of the World.

    Go the library and check out some book on the middle ages

    Biblioplan Lesson 1 and 2

    Story of the World Chapter 1 and 2

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    Block 1 Week 2 Recap

    Today was another beautiful day together. Even though my class is two hours long, it isn’t enough time. I could spend all day learning with your precious children! Thank you for sharing them with me!

    Contemplation:

    For the entire block, students will listen to medieval plainsong while copying the Nicene Creed. Each student has a quill pen and a special notebook they’re using as a sort of psalter. By then end of the year they will end up with a beautiful keepsake “psalter”.

    Circle Time:

    Presentations – Riley taught us about Medieval clothing and Ethan wowed us with his artwork. They both did awesome. I LOVE seeing the students share with each other, it is so beautiful!

    Lesson – We had a lot of fun learning about monks, monasteries, and illuminated manuscripts. The students discovered that most of them would not make good monks because they like to talk too much!

    Read Aloud – We read The Ink Garden of Brother Theophane by C.M. Millen. It is a beautifully poetic story about a monk who doesn’t quite fit in with the other monks. Instead of being confined to copying books, he finds great joy outdoors and discovers how to make brightly colored ink for the monastery.

    Language Arts:

    We compared the poetic story of Brother Theophane to the Celtic blessing we read last week. Both pieces of literature are poetic, but they utilize different techniques. The Celtic blessing used anaphora (the first word or phrase of each line repeats) and the story from today used rhyming. We worked together as a class and created a precious poem about Brother Theophane’s garden. It was fun to show the students how easy it can be to write poetry. Here is our class poem from today:

    In the garden Theophane rolls

    In the garden the roses are listening

    In the garden Theophane smiles

    In the garden the grass waves

    In the garden the berries so sweet

    Activity:

    We had a ton of messy fun using gold leaf and paint to make illuminated letters for the covers of the students’ “psalters”. They took their time and enjoyed working as monks did in the middle ages.

    At Home Assignments:

    1. Write a poem using anaphora (the first word or phrase of each line repeats) or rhyming. Students may choose to write a poem about Brother Theophane’s garden or they may choose a different topic.

    2. Color, cut out, and glue the following into your timeline books: Augustine of Canterbury (died 604 A.D.). Use the attached guide so you know where to glue the figures.

    1. Hannah and LeeAnn, come prepared to do a short medieval presentation for the class. You may use the resources listed below, create a fun project, do an art project, or anything else you choose. The presentation should not exceed 5 minutes.

    Enrichment Options:

    Learn more about Saint Augustine of Canterbury. If you have a sibling in upper-grammar, ask them to teach you what they know.

    Watch: Cathedral, Chartres Cathedral: A Sacred Geometry, Redwall the Series. Please use your discretion, I have not viewed all of these movies, they are recommendations from Biblioplan.

    Go the library and check out books on the middle ages

    Biblioplan Lesson 3

    SOTW Chapter 3

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    Block 1 Week 3 Recap

    Contemplation:

    For the entire block, students will listen to medieval plainsong while copying the Nicene Creed. Each student has a quill pen and a special notebook they’re using as a sort of psalter. By then end of the year they will end up with a beautiful keepsake “psalter”.

    We also looked closely at a mosaic of Emperor Justinian. The students made excellent observations which led to a great discussion.

    Circle Time:

    Presentations – We enjoyed two wonderful student presentations today. Hannah taught us more about Augustine while LeeAnn shared some facts about animals in the middle ages. I continue to be impressed with the student presentations!!

    Lesson – During the first two weeks of the block, we learned about the Western Roman Empire and Britain. This week we changed our focus to the Eastern Roman Empire which was later renamed the Byzantine Empire. We spent some time learning about the Byzantine Empire and Emperor Justinian. It was fun to recall information we learned last year such as Hammurabi’s Code and the cycle 1 week 11 history sentence about Emperor Justinian.

    Read Aloud – We learned about primary sources and read a few laws from the Code of Justinian. We shared in some discussion about Justinian and his laws.

    Language Arts:

    The students did a FANTASTIC job with their poems! Each student presented a poem and then they used their poem to identify nouns and verbs. There was a lot quality language used!

    Activity:

    The students colored puppets of Emperor Justinian. I forgot to bring brads, so we couldn’t put them together, oops! But it all worked out, we ended up having extra time to assign roles and practice for a short puppet show for next week. Each student was sent home with their puppet, a large craft stick, and a handout with their role in the puppet show. Please cut out and use brads to assemble the puppet at home. Once assembled, please glue the puppet to the stick. If you do not have brads at home, send me a text and I will get some to you before Monday. I will text you a picture of Logan’s puppet for reference. Also, please have your student practice their part for the puppet show and be able to share what is the same and what is different about the Justinian Code law and the US law.

    At Home Assignments:

    1. Cut out and assemble the Justinian puppet with brads, then glue the puppet to the craft stick. If you do not have brads at home, text me and I will get some to you. I will text a picture of Logan’s puppet for reference. Also, please practice your part for the puppet show and be able to share what is the same and what is different about the Justinian Code law and the US law.

    2. Color, cut out, and glue the following into your timeline book: Justinian I (483-565 A.D.), Theodora (508-548 A.D.) Use the placement guide so you know where to glue the figures. If you need me to resend the guide, please let me know.

    3. Vaunne and Mason, come prepared to do a short medieval presentation for the class. You may use the resources listed below, create a fun project, do an art project, or anything else you choose. The presentation should not exceed 5 minutes.

    Enrichment Options:

    Create a mosaic: http://www.creativehandscreativeminds.com/2012/10/byzantine-art.html

    Watch: Drive Through History Episode 2 – Istanbul, Redwall the Series, Byzantium: The Lost Empire. Please use your discretion, I have not viewed all of these movies, they are recommendations from Biblioplan.

    Go the library and check out books on the middle ages

    Biblioplan Lesson 4

    SOTW Chapter 4

    #2067
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    Contemplation:

    For the entire block, students will listen to medieval plainsong while copying the Nicene Creed. Each student has a quill pen and a special notebook they’re using as a sort of psalter. By then end of the year they will end up with a beautiful keepsake “psalter”.

    For art, we closely examined an illustrated Islamic manuscript. Everyone enjoyed making observations, there were many great details shared. We also compared the Islamic manuscript to Christian illuminated manuscripts.

    Circle Time:

    Presentations – Mason shared some wonderful information about mosaics. We were able to see a picture of a mosaic from Italy, which was taken by his uncle. Mason also showed us his own mosaic, which took two hours to complete, impressive!

    Lesson – Today we learned a little about the beginning of Islam and its founder Muhammad. I realize that this can be a sensitive topic, however it is important that our students have a basic understanding of the major religions of the middle ages, as they have greatly shaped our history as God’s people. We reviewed the cycle 1 week 12 history sentence and geography from last year. We also read and discussed timeline card #59 which is “Muhammad Founds Islam”.

    Read Aloud – We read Sinbad by Ludmila Zeman. This adventurous story is part of the Arabian Nights collection. Like Aladdin, this story was not part of the original collection, but it follows the same spirit and was very entertaining. The students did a great job answering the discussion questions and sharing in the dialogue. This time of oral narration is critical in developing strong writing skills.

    Language Arts:

    We started a little late today, so our language arts time was replaced with our Justinian puppet show. All of the students were well prepared and seemed to have fun presenting their laws to the class.

    Activity:

    First, I apologize for sugaring up all of your children, but our activity today was super fun! We learned about the Arabian Peninsula and desert oases. Everyone had a great time creating their own edible oasis. They enjoyed eating them even more! =)

    At Home Assignments:

    1. Choose one tale from the Arabian Nights and write at least three sentences summarizing the story. Make sure you use complete sentences. You may write about Aladdin, Sinbad, or choose another tale on your own.

    2. Color, cut out, and glue the following into your timeline book: Mohammed (570-632 A.D.). Use the placement guide so you know where to glue the figures. If you need me to resend this, please let me know.

    3. Freja, come prepared to do a short medieval presentation for the class. You may use the resources listed below, create a fun project, do an art project, or anything else you choose. The presentation should not exceed 5 minutes.

    Enrichment Options:

    Read the Tale of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, or choose another Arabian Nights tale to read. Compare the tale you read to the tale from class and to Aladdin.

    Watch: Sinbad the Sailor or Redwall the Series. Please use your discretion, I have not viewed all of these movies, they are recommendations from Biblioplan.

    Go the library and check out books on the middle ages

    Biblioplan Lesson 5 and SOTW Chapter 6

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    Block 1 Week 5 Recap

    Contemplation:

    For the entire block, students will listen to medieval plainsong while copying the Nicene Creed. Each student has a quill pen and a special notebook they’re using as a sort of psalter. By then end of the year they will end up with a beautiful keepsake “psalter”.

    For art we examined a French illuminated manuscript of Charlemagne being crowned Holy Roman Emperor of Europe. I love using art for history study. There was SO much that the students were able to pull from observing the piece of art and recalling information that they already knew. Watching them make meaningful connections was really exciting!

    Circle Time:

    Presentations – Freja shared some excellent information about Theodora. She did a great job expanding on what we learned in class a few weeks ago about Justinian. I greatly appreciate the time and effort that the students put forth for presentations!

    Lesson – We learned a bit about the history of Gaul/France and Franks. We also discussed the fleur-di-lis, I gave the students a fleur-di-lis to color during the read aloud. We learned about Charlemagne (Charles the Great) and Pope Leo III.

    Read Aloud – Today we read The Song of Roland. He was Charlemagne’s nephew and a brave French knight who was killed in battle. The students continue to do well with answering narration questions. When you read aloud at home, it is a good idea to ask discussion/comprehension questions. This exercise is actually great for developing good writing skills.

    Language Arts:

    The students read their Arabian Nights summaries. They did very well. We reviewed the definitions of nouns and verbs and discussed complete sentences. We used their summary paragraphs to practice identifying nouns and verbs. Everyone did great! I passed out an English grammar review worksheet to be completed at home before we return for block 2.

    Activity:

    We started block 1 with swords, so it was only fitting to end with shields. =) The students decorated their battle shields with a fleur-di-lis and other creative decorations.

    At Home Assignments:

    1. Complete the English grammar review worksheet before we return for block 2.

    2. Color, cut out, and glue the following into your timeline book: Charlemagne (742-814 A.D.). Use the placement guide so you know where to glue the figures. If you need me to resend this, please let me know.

    3. Mila and Ethan, on week one of the next block come prepared to do a short medieval presentation for the class. You may use the resources listed below, create a fun project, do an art project, or anything else you choose. The presentation should not exceed 5 minutes.

    Enrichment Options:

    Watch: Pippin, Redwall the Series. Please use your discretion, I have not viewed all of these movies, they are recommendations from Biblioplan.

    Go the library and check out books on the middle ages.

    Biblioplan Lesson 6 and 7 and SOTW Chapter 11 and 12

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    Block 2 Week 1 Recap

    Contemplation:

    For the entire block, students will listen to troubadour music during the copywork time. Most students are still working on copying the Nicene Creed. Once they are done, they will work on copying the Prayer of St Francis. We will read the prayer aloud together each week. Each student has a quill pen and a special copywork notebook they’re using as a sort of psalter. By then end of the year they will end up with a beautiful keepsake “psalter”.

    For art we examined the Book of Kells. We learned that this book miraculously survived Viking invasions and people can still view it today in Ireland. It was fun to see how the artist portrayed Jesus as having blonde hair.

    Circle Time:

    Presentations – During Ethan’s presentation he shared another amazing piece of artwork. He also shared some interesting information about King Arthur. Mila discussed a bit about the different classes of medieval society. She also shared about some different dance forms and even did a little demonstration. Great job Ethan and Mila!

    Lesson – Today, we learned a bit about the Vikings. Vikings may also be referred to as Norse, Nordic, or Norseman. We enjoyed looking at pictures of Viking longhouses and boats. I also told the students about a Viking version of chess, Hnefatafl. The students will need to learn how to play this game at home. It will be part of their history simulation activity and the winner will gain a lot of money for their kingdom. Last, we looked at timeline card 67, “Eric the Red and Leif Eriksson, Norse Explorers.” At home this week, the students will learn more about these famous Vikings.

    Read Aloud – We began by discussing the ancient Viking religion. The Vikings were polytheists, they had many gods. I asked the students if they could name any of the famous Viking gods. I was pleasantly surprised when someone shouted out “Freya.” She in fact was a Viking goddess, good job! The students were shocked and excited to learn that Thor was a Viking god. This launched us into a fun discussion about the Avengers and the Viking myths. I then read a very short story about Thor.

    Language Arts – I asked the students to shout out words that describe Thor. They did a great job. A student was able to identify that all of the describing words were adjectives, yay! The Classical Conversations definition of an adjective is very long, we are only focusing on adjectives that describe a noun by answering the question, ‘what kind’.

    Activity:

    This block is going to be super fun and we are off to a great start! Each week the students will be working through a medieval history simulation. They have been divided into two groups; each group is a kingdom with a Lord who will make decisions on how the group will spend their money. The groups will work through eight different tasks throughout the block. At the end, they will end up with a castle and many other items for their miniature kingdom.

    At Home Assignments:

    1. Listen to Leif the Lucky by D’Aulaire and write a list of at least 10 quality adjectives describing Leif the Lucky. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpTQs8CNqtc&t=14s

    2. Learn about the Viking version of chess, Hnefatafl. Watch this video and learn how to play. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwO3AN__kAw. The students should also practice playing the game online. This will help the students; at some point they will be playing the game in class and the stakes will be high. =) http://www.lutanho.net/play/hnefatafl.html

    3. Color, cut out, and glue the following into your timeline book: Book of Kells (800), Viking Invasions (793-1020), Eric the Red (10th century), Leif Ericsson (1000), Francis of Assisi (1182-1226). Use the placement guide so you know where to glue the figures. If you need me to resend this, please let me know.

    4. Riley and Hannah, come prepared to do a short medieval presentation for the class. You may use the resources listed below, create a fun project, do an art project, or anything else you choose. The presentation should not exceed 5 minutes.

    Enrichment Options:

    Watch: Vikings: Journey to New Worlds, How to Train Your Dragon, The Secret of Kells, Lyle the Kindly Viking. Please use your discretion, I have not viewed all of these movies, they are recommendations from Biblioplan.

    Go the library and check out books on the middle ages

    Biblioplan Week 8 and SOTW Chapter 14

    Attachments area
    Preview YouTube video Leif the Lucky
    Preview YouTube video Hnefatafl – Board Game of the Vikings

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    Block 2 Week 2 Recap

    Contemplation:

    For the entire block, students will listen to troubadour music during the copywork time. Most students are still working on copying the Nicene Creed. Once they are done, they will work on copying the Prayer of St Francis. We will read the prayer aloud together each week. Each student has a quill pen and a special copywork notebook they’re using as a sort of psalter. By then end of the year they will end up with a beautiful keepsake “psalter”.

    For art we enjoyed observing and discussing the Bayeux Tapestry. This beautiful piece is not actually a tapestry, it is an intricate work of embroidery. I gave each student a small canvas bag, a needle, embroidery thread, and a half sheet of paper with instructions. With these supplies they will have the chance to work on their own embroidery project. They have the rest of the year to work on their embroidery and I am happy to help. See the “assignments” section and their sheet of instructions for more details.

    Circle Time:

    Presentations – Riley and Hannah delighted us with their presentations. We learned about the different types of medieval homes and heard about some Norse dragon tales. Job well done ladies!

    Lesson – We spent time expanding on the Bayeux Tapestry and the story it tells. During this time, we learned more about the history sentence from week 2 and discussed William the Conqueror and the Norman Conquest. We also looked at the parts and purposes of the medieval castle.

    Read Aloud – I read the poem “Norman and Saxon” by Rudyard Kipling. It is a short tale about a dying Norman Lord giving advice to his son before he inherits lands in England.

    Language Arts – We reviewed the definition of an adjective and each student read their list of adjectives describing Leif the Lucky. I was very impressed with the lists, great job!

    Activity:

    We had another great week working in groups and completing tasks in our Medieval History Simulation. We started our “year” with each group drawing a ‘time will tell card’. One group had to pay 150 pounds sterling because they hadn’t completed the game task and their kingdom was too boring, the other team sadly lost a member (temporarily) because they were attacked by the Visigoths. So far group one has completed the following projects: stained glass for their chapel, their moat monster, their knight in armor, and their plague mask. Group two has completed the following projects: stained glass for their chapel, their moat monster, their knight in armor, and they are working on their plague mask. We will continue plugging along with these activities for the next few weeks.

    At Home Assignments:

    1. I sent each student home with a small canvas bag, a needle, embroidery thread, and a half sheet of paper with instructions. This week students should begin their tapestry project and write a paragraph narrating their medieval tapestry illustration. Because they will be embroidering their illustration, they need to keep it simple. Also please make sure the illustration has a medieval theme. Their paragraph should contain at least three adjectives. Your student has the rest of the year to work on their embroidery project, however their paragraph should be completed by the next class. They are welcome to bring their embroidery project to Scholé anytime and I am happy to help them!! Their embroidery along with other projects will be part of our Renaissance Museum display at the end of the year.

    Use these videos to learn the basic embroidery backstitch, this is best used for outlining their illustration. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsSpX2sxr3A or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjHm8CL9WDA

    2. Learn about the Viking version of chess, Hnefatafl. Watch this video and learn how to play. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwO3AN__kAw. The students should also practice playing the game online. This will help the students; at some point they will be playing the game in class and the stakes will be high. =) http://www.lutanho.net/play/hnefatafl.html

    3. Color, cut out, and glue the following into your timeline book: East and West Schism of 1054 (1054), William I (1027-1087), Battle of Hastings (1066). Use the placement guide so you know where to glue the figures. If you need me to resend this, please let me know.

    4. LeeAnn and Logan, come prepared to do a short medieval presentation for the class. You may use the resources listed below, create a fun project, do an art project, or anything else you choose. The presentation should not exceed 5 minutes.

    Enrichment Options:

    Watch: King Alfred the Great (2000), Redwall the Movie, Castle, Knights and Armor, In the Days of Alfred the Great, My Little Norman Cousin of Long Ago. Please use your discretion, I have not viewed all of these movies, they are recommendations from Biblioplan.

    Go the library and check out books on the middle ages

    Biblioplan Week 9 and 10

    SOTW Chapter 15, 16, 17a
    Attachments area
    Preview YouTube video Hand Sewing Backstitch (Stitch Lessons) | @laurenfairwx
    Preview YouTube video Backstitch How To – Basic Sewing (Embroidery & Hand Sewing)
    Preview YouTube video Hnefatafl – Board Game of the Vikings

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    Block 2 Week 3 Recap

    Contemplation:

    For the entire block, students will listen to troubadour music during the copywork time. Most students are still working on copying the Nicene Creed. Once they are done, they will work on copying the Prayer of St Francis. We will read the prayer aloud together each week. Each student has a quill pen and a special copywork notebook they’re using as a sort of psalter. By then end of the year they will end up with a beautiful keepsake “psalter”.

    Our artwork this week was illustrations from The Morgan Crusader Bible. It was really fun to see how the old testament was illustrated in the setting of the middle ages. We’ve looked at many illuminated manuscripts this year and they are all so beautiful.

    Circle Time:

    Presentations – Logan showed the class several examples of armor and weapons from the middle ages. He also showed the class a short video about jousting. LeeAnn presented information on how messages were conveyed during the middle ages, no instant gratification there! Both students shared their information from memory, great job!

    Lesson – Today they students were introduced to the Crusades. We reviewed our history sentence from week 3 and read the timeline card about the Crusades. The students were able to recall some information about the Muslims from block 1 as well. Last, we talked a little about Richard the Lionhearted and learned that parts of his body are buried separately in various places in France.

    Read Aloud – We were running short on time so I gave a brief intro to Chanticleer and the Fox and promised the students that I would send a link for them to watch a read aloud on YouTube. We discussed the terms fiction and personification. We also reviewed some information about Aesop from last year.

    Language Arts – The students had a chance to read their paragraphs from last week. There was a wide variation, everyone did awesome. Next, we spent some time working together to come up with quality verbs and adjectives to replace boring verbs and adjectives that we have banned from our writing. The students may use their word lists to aid them in their writing this week. We will finish the chart together during the next class.

    Activity:

    We had another great week working in groups and completing tasks in our Medieval History Simulation. The groups are really coming along. Today both groups were working on building the gatehouses to their castles. I am so excited to see the final result!

    At Home Assignments:

    1. Listen to Chanticleer and the Fox: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_t1FA_FrMs&t=128s

    2. Write a short story, it should include the following: personification, a moral (use Chanticleer or Aesop’s Fables as an example), quality verbs and adjectives (using the lists from class).

    3. Continue working on your tapestry project. Don’t forget, you are welcome to bring it to Scholé, I am happy to help!

    4. Color, cut out, and glue the following into your timeline book: Figures: Eleanor of Aquitaine (122-1204), Richard I (1157-1199), The Crusades (11th -13th cent.), Geoffrey Chaucer (1340-1400). Use the placement guide so you know where to glue the figures. If you need me to resend this, please let me know.

    5. Vaunne and Mason, come prepared to do a short medieval presentation for the class. You may use the resources listed below, create a fun project, do an art project, or anything else you choose. The presentation should not exceed 5 minutes.

    Enrichment Options:

    Learn about the Viking version of chess, Hnefatafl. Watch this video and learn how to play. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwO3AN__kAw. The students should also practice playing the game online. This will help the students; at some point they will be playing the game in class and the stakes will be high. =) http://www.lutanho.net/play/hnefatafl.html

    Watch: Richard III, Medieval Warfare: Crusades. Please use your discretion, I have not viewed all of these movies, they are recommendations from Biblioplan.

    Biblioplan Week 12

    Story of the World Chapter 18 and 20

    Go the library and check out books on the middle ages
    Attachments area
    Preview YouTube video Chanticleer and the Fox – Read Aloud
    Preview YouTube video Hnefatafl – Board Game of the Vikings

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    admin

    Block 2 Week 4 Recap

    Contemplation:

    For the entire block, students will listen to troubadour music during the copywork time. Most students are still working on copying the Nicene Creed. Once they are done, they will work on copying the Prayer of St Francis. We will read the prayer aloud together each week. Each student has a quill pen and a special copywork notebook they’re using as a sort of psalter. By then end of the year they will end up with a beautiful keepsake “psalter”.

    Our artwork this week was an illustration of King John signing the Magna Carta. The students did a great job making quality observations and connections which quickly led them to determine what was happening in the picture.

    Circle Time:

    Presentations – Vaunne did a wonderful job teaching us about the plague doctors. Several weeks ago, there was a question about the plague mask which I didn’t know the answer to. Vaunne answered that question today and gave us many more interesting facts. Next, Mason shared what he has learned about medieval foods. He treated the class to dark bread and honey. It was yummy! Job well done Vaunne and Mason!

    Lesson – This week we learned a bit about King John and the Magna Carta. There were so many valuable connections made! I encouraged all of the students to watch Disney’s Robin Hood this week to see what historical facts they can glean and compare the movie with what we’ve been learning in class.

    Read Aloud – We read a short version of Robin Hood and His Merry Men. We discussed some historical information and then compared the story we read to the movie. There were many similarities and differences.

    Language Arts – The students read their fables. I love their creativity and I heard a lot of great verbs and adjectives! Great job everyone! We do not have a writing assignment this week. Enjoy an early start to the Christmas break!

    Activity:

    We had another great week working in groups and completing tasks in our Medieval History Simulation. The groups are really coming along. Today both groups continued working on building the gatehouses to their castles. I am so excited to see the final result!

    At Home Assignments:

    1. Continue working on your tapestry project. Don’t forget, you are welcome to bring it to Scholé, I am happy to help!

    2. Color, cut out, and glue the following into your timeline book: Figures: King John (1167-1216), Robin Hood (12th -13th century), Magna Carta (1215), Hundred Years War (137-1453), Black Death (14th century), Joan of Arc (1412-1431). Use the placement guide so you know where to glue the figures. If you need me to resend this, please let me know.

    3. Freja and Nathanael, come prepared to do a short medieval presentation for the class. You may use the resources listed below, create a fun project, do an art project, or anything else you choose. The presentation should not exceed 5 minutes.

    Enrichment Options:

    Learn about the Viking version of chess, Hnefatafl. Watch this video and learn how to play. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwO3AN__kAw. The students should also practice playing the game online. This will help the students; at some point they will be playing the game in class and the stakes will be high. =) http://www.lutanho.net/play/hnefatafl.html

    Watch: Robin Hood, Henry V, The Passion of Joan of Arc, Medieval Warfare: Agincourt. Please use your discretion, I have not viewed all of these movies, they are recommendations from Biblioplan.

    Biblioplan Weeks 13 and 14

    SOTW Chapters 19, 25, 26

    Go the library and check out books on the middle ages

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