With everything that we have to teach in a school year, interdisciplinary projects just make sense. This project meets expectations for Social Studies, Arts and Language Arts.
I use this resource as a culminating activity for my Medieval Times unit. Students are to build a castle that represents what they have learned about Medieval Times in the months prior to this. Because I want them to be as creative as possible and I want to assess whether they can get themselves organized to complete a project like this on their own, I don’t give them too many directions. In fact, I only send home a letter saying that they have to build a castle as an at-home project, and I include the rubric for the parents and students to go over. However, I am aware that this type of project may not work in every school environment, so I’ve added some things in order for it to be more specific and detailed. It is up to you to use whichever method you are more comfortable with.
Included with this activity are instructions, letters to parents (in colour and BW) about the project, picture examples of castles made by students, handouts, planning sheets, reflection questions for students (in colour and BW), and a rubric based on the Ontario Curriculum.
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Design a Medieval Times Coat of Arms Interdisciplinary Project, Canadian Spelling
Also available in French:
Construction d’un château medieval – Build a Castle Interdisciplinary Project and Presentation in French