This resource, which emphasizes research, includes four graphic organizers which cover various agricultural and food topics:
Farming Methods, Farming Tools (the plow), Farming Tools (the scythe and axe),
Crops of the Middle Ages, Farm Animals (Workers, Food Sources, and Multi-Purpose), Markets of the Middle Ages, Food Preparation (Cooking and Baking), Meals (How the Royals/Nobles Ate and How the Peasants Ate), Times of Starvation and Shortages, Food Preparation (Pots, Pans, Dishes, Fire), Making Food Tastier, Feasts/Celebrations, and
Knives, Spoons, but no Forks.
Each of the sections above has a topic for students to research. Most of their research will probably be done online; included are some suggested websites. Answer keys are provided for the organizers, but they are only guidelines. The flexibility of this resource means that you can ask students to address a specific issue, or you might not expect them to find as much information as I provide in the answer keys. The organizers could be used within an interactive notebook. They could also be used as a jigsaw activity or other group work.
This resource is also part of a larger unit, which includes informational text with accompanying activities. Click on the link below to view the larger resource.
Middle Ages Everyday Life Food and Agriculture Reading Passage Activities and Graphic Organizers
The informational text and activities resource may be purchased separately:
Food and Agriculture Informational Texts and Activities