If you are finishing a unit on the Middle Ages, this is a great culminating project. I have students build a castle and catapult out of recycled materials in small groups. The rules and regulations for building both the castle and catapult are included in this product. It is very important that students build both items following the rules, so that the battle is fair to all teams.
Here is how the battle works:
Castle Set Up: Kingdom people (chess pieces, provided by teacher) must be able to be seen from all angles of a “Birds Eye View” in the castle. Kingdom pieces must be able to fall freely in all directions. Kingdom pieces must be placed and marked with an X prior to battle. This will be approved by your classroom teacher prior to battle day.
Using their catapult, each group gets to shoot 5 shots of ammo (aluminum tin foil balls) at the other team's castle in attempts to knock down kingdom people (chess pieces).
Castles will be positioned 4 feet from one another on the team’s right. The base will be the area that touches the blue line.
Catapults will be positioned at least 4 feet from one another on the team’s left.
Scoring: Anything that hits the castle and does not stay in the castle is 1 point. Anything that lands in the castle is 2 points. At the end of each 5 shots, all chess pieces knocked over will be assessed (by social studies teacher), given points, and removed from the castle. An additional explanation of how students earn points for knocking kingdom people is provided in the document.
All ammunition will be returned at the end of each completed battle. Make sure students create 15 pieces of ammunition. Ammunition is NOT returned after each round, but will be returned after the final battle.
If ammo hits the ground and then the castle, the play is dead. It does count as a shot.
More explanation regarding castles, catapults, and the battle can be found after purchasing the product. Feel free to contact me if you have questions.
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