Weeks 20 and 21 of school we learned about Eastern Europe using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 12.
We added to our timeline.
The boys gave oral reports about famous eastern Europeans (Cameron picked John Junyadi, Fritz chose Peter Delyan, and Adrian picked Alexander Nevsky).
We did mapwork.
We compared what Vajk (who became St. Stephen I) and Koppany were fighting for.
We designed defenses for our imaginary cities. Cameron’s involved lookouts on towers. Fritz used lots of cannons and soldiers. Adrian skipped weapons and instead went with diplomacy to reach a peace agreement with his neighbors.
We learned about Transylvania.
We built a Lithuanian castle out of popsicle sticks.
We made help wanted posters to hire people to work with us on our way as traders.
We watched a video on the history of Poland.
We looked at the Cyrillic alphabet and pictures of Serbian illuminated texts.
We made salt dough and formed it into a relief map of the Thracian Plain.
The boys each chose a Bulgarian king to draw a picture of and write some facts about.
Week 19 of school we learned about the War of the Roses using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 11.
We added to our rapidly filling up timeline.
We made a pictoral family tree of the York, Tudor, Lancaster, and Plantagenet families.
The boys worked together to draw a picture of the Battle of Towton.
Weeks 17 and 18 of school we learned about Burgundy, Venice, and Spain using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 10.
The boys each picked a famous Burgundian to give an oral report on.
We added to our timeline
We did map work.
We discussed the heirarchy of the government in Renaissance Venice.
We attempted to make a Venetian building by putting toothpicks (pilings) in clay and then balancing sugar cubes on the toothpicks in order to prevent them from falling into the water that was covering the clay. It was much easier said than done!
We learned how Venetian glass is made.
The boys painted glass containers.
We made a book of maps showing the Reconquest of Spain.
Weeks 15 and 16 of school we learned about the Crusades using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 9.
Some of our timeline pages are getting really full!
We looked at St. George and the Dragon artwork.
The boys played Crusaders and Kings (Fritz and Adrian both died, but Cameron lived on to a great age).
The boys each picked a different type of person who would have gone on a Crusade and made up what happened to them on the journey. Cameron chose a merchant. He outfitted others who were going on Crusades, but stayed home and got rich. Fritz chose a nobleman. He fought and returned injured, but successful. Adrian chose a peasant man. He went part of the way and then ran away back home before any fighting happened.
We talked about and looked at Rhodes.
The boys came up with a folk remedy (heat) to cure the Plague.
We showed the path of the spread of the Plague on a map.
Using glitter to represent plague bacteria, the boys infected each other with plague by shaking hands and high fiving.
We made an army of Knights Hospitallers.
Weeks 13 and 14 of school we learned about the Feudal System using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 8.
The boys each picked a person or group to research and give an oral report on. Cameron picked the Knights Templar, Fritz picked William Tell, and Adrian chose Peter Abelard.
The boys acted out a fealty ceremony.
We watched videos about the castles William the Conquerer built.
We did mapwork about medieval trade routes.
The boys put together a medieval fair. Fritz sold drawings. Adrian juggled (or attempted to). Cameron sold invisible horses.
The boys each picked a guild they would be in and drew a symbol for it and came up with prices. Cameron would join the taekwondo guild, Fritz the art guild, and Adrian the video game playing guild.
The boys looked at a map of a typical village and chose where they would want to live. When given the choice between being a slave, a serf, or a freeman, they all chose to be free.
Weeks 11 and 12 of school we learned about the Normans using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 7.
We did map work (Battles of Hastings and Stirling Bridge).
We added a whole bunch of dates to our timeline. Some of those pages are getting pretty full.
The boys each picked a different famous Norman to give an oral report on (Cameron looks TIRED!).
We looked at pictures of the Bayeux Tapestry.
We made a little paper castle and then put strips of paper describing good governmental actions inside (and threw away strips with bad ones).
We colored Edward III’s coat of arms.
We learned about William Wallace and then watched a clip from Braveheart.
We colored a map of the Hundred Years War.
We made cannons.
Weeks 9 and 10 of school we learned about Charlemagne using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 6.
We did map work.
We added to our timeline. Some of the pages are getting filled up.
We watched a video about Charlemagne.
We measured our feet to find out who has the closest to a one-foot foot (answer: Cameron, barely – his is just 1/2″ longer than Fritz’s).
We made of poster of Charlemagne’s contributions to society.
We compared how much space something written in all capitals or all small letters takes up and talked about why the addition of lowercase letters helped the monks.
We made a paper bag puppet of Clovis and then cut his hair. Once his hair was cut he was forbidden from being king ever again.
The boys each picked a famous person from Charlemagne’s time and reported on them to their brothers. Cameron picked Hildegard, Fritz chose Alcuin, and Adrian reported on Pope Leo III.
We made a video recreating the Battle of Roncevaux Pass.
We looked at a picture of Charlemagne’s sword, Joyeuse.
We watched a video about Roland.
We learned about Trial by Ordeal vs. Trial Pleading Your Case and did a role play of each.