History: Eastern Europe

Weeks 20 and 21 of school we learned about Eastern Europe using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 12.

We added to our timeline.
History: Eastern Europe

The boys gave oral reports about famous eastern Europeans (Cameron picked John Junyadi, Fritz chose Peter Delyan, and Adrian picked Alexander Nevsky).
History: Eastern Europe

We did mapwork.
History: Eastern Europe

We compared what Vajk (who became St. Stephen I) and Koppany were fighting for.
History: Eastern Europe

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.
History: Eastern Europe

We learned about Transylvania.
History: Eastern Europe

We built a Lithuanian castle out of popsicle sticks.
History: Eastern Europe

We made help wanted posters to hire people to work with us on our way as traders.
History: Eastern Europe

We watched a video on the history of Poland.
History: Eastern Europe

We looked at the Cyrillic alphabet and pictures of Serbian illuminated texts.
History: Eastern Europe

We made salt dough and formed it into a relief map of the Thracian Plain.
History: Eastern Europe

The boys each chose a Bulgarian king to draw a picture of and write some facts about.
History: Eastern Europe

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History: War of the Roses

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.
History: War of the Roses

We made a pictoral family tree of the York, Tudor, Lancaster, and Plantagenet families.
History: War of the Roses

The boys worked together to draw a picture of the Battle of Towton.
History: War of the Roses

History: Burgundy, Venice, and Spain

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.
History: Burgundy, Venice, and Spain

We added to our timeline
History: Burgundy, Venice, and Spain

We did map work.
History: Burgundy, Venice, and Spain

We discussed the heirarchy of the government in Renaissance Venice.
History: Burgundy, Venice, and Spain

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!
History: Burgundy, Venice, and Spain

We learned how Venetian glass is made.
History: Burgundy, Venice, and Spain

The boys painted glass containers.
History: Burgundy, Venice, and Spain

We made a book of maps showing the Reconquest of Spain.
History: Burgundy, Venice, and Spain

History: Crusades

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!
History: Crusades

We looked at St. George and the Dragon artwork.
History: Crusades

The boys played Crusaders and Kings (Fritz and Adrian both died, but Cameron lived on to a great age).
History: Crusades

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.
History: Crusades

We talked about and looked at Rhodes.
History: Crusades

The boys came up with a folk remedy (heat) to cure the Plague.
History: Crusades

We showed the path of the spread of the Plague on a map.
History: Crusades

Using glitter to represent plague bacteria, the boys infected each other with plague by shaking hands and high fiving.
History: Crusades

We made an army of Knights Hospitallers.
History: Crusades

History: Feudal System

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.
History: Feudal System

The boys acted out a fealty ceremony.
History: Feudal System

We watched videos about the castles William the Conquerer built.
History: Feudal System

We did mapwork about medieval trade routes.
History: Feudal System

The boys put together a medieval fair. Fritz sold drawings. Adrian juggled (or attempted to). Cameron sold invisible horses.
History: Feudal System

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.
History: Feudal System

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.
History: Feudal System

History: Normans

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).
History: Normans

We added a whole bunch of dates to our timeline. Some of those pages are getting pretty full.
History: Normans

The boys each picked a different famous Norman to give an oral report on (Cameron looks TIRED!).
History: Normans

We looked at pictures of the Bayeux Tapestry.
History: Normans

We made a little paper castle and then put strips of paper describing good governmental actions inside (and threw away strips with bad ones).
History: Normans

We colored Edward III’s coat of arms.
History: Normans

We learned about William Wallace and then watched a clip from Braveheart.
History: Normans

We colored a map of the Hundred Years War.
History: Normans

We made cannons.
History: Normans

 

History: Charlemagne

Weeks 9 and 10 of school we learned about Charlemagne using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 6.

We did map work.
History: Charlemagne

We added to our timeline. Some of the pages are getting filled up.
History: Charlemagne

We watched a video about Charlemagne.
History: 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).
History: Charlemagne

We made of poster of Charlemagne’s contributions to society.
History: Charlemagne

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.
History: Charlemagne

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.
History: Charlemagne

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.
History: Charlemagne

We made a video recreating the Battle of Roncevaux Pass.
History: Charlemagne

We looked at a picture of Charlemagne’s sword, Joyeuse.
History: Charlemagne

We watched a video about Roland.
History: Charlemagne

We learned about Trial by Ordeal vs. Trial Pleading Your Case and did a role play of each.
History: Charlemagne