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

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History: Vikings

Weeks 6 and 7 of school we learned about Vikings using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 4.

We added to our timeline.
History: Vikings

We looked at the page on Dublinia in our Ireland trip book and talked about what we saw there.
History: Vikings

We did some map work.
History: Vikings

We learned about longhouses.
History: Vikings

We made a Viking ship.
History: Vikings

We had a Viking feast. We ate meat soup, honey glazed vegetables, apple bacon, and bread and drank non-alcoholic mead.
History: Vikings

After the feast, we provided each other with live entertainment.
History: Vikings

We looked at a map of how the settlement of Vinland was laid out.
History: Vikings

We held a Viking funeral. It didn’t quite go how we expected it to. It took a lot longer to get the paper boat to ignite, required the addition of rubbing alcohol, and ended with Cameron juggling flaming cotton balls.
History: Vikings

We talked about inflation and compared the cost of things in 1938 versus today.
History: Vikings

The boys each picked a different famous Viking to teach his brothers about. Cameron picked Harald Bluetooth and finished his report with a youtube video about why we call it bluetooth today.
History: Vikings

Cameron created a PowerPoint of Norse beings and presented it to his brothers.
History: Vikings

History: Barbarians

The second two weeks of school we learned about barbarians using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 2. Did you know the word barbarian comes from a Greek word meaning one who is not Greek?

We added more people and events to our timeline.
History: Barbarians

We did map work of barbarian migrations and Europe in 600 AD.
History: Barbarians

We made a minstrel harp.
History: Barbarians

We showed the social hierarchy of medieval Europe.
History: Barbarians

We made a paper mache seax knife.
History: Barbarians

The boys each chose a famous barbarian to learn about and teach his brothers about. Adrian picked Brendan the Navigator. I remember that we saw a recreation of his boat when we went to Craggaunowen, so he used the picture I took of the boat as a visual aid in his report.
History: Barbarians

We watched a video about barbarian weapons.
History: Barbarians

History: Byzantine Empire

The first two weeks of school we learned about the Byzantine Empire using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 1.

We added some people and events to our timeline.
History: Byzantine Empire

We colored a snapshot in time (500 AD) of the Byzantine Empire.
History: Byzantine Empire

The younger two boys wrote a jounrnal entry about changing names of people and places (Cameron wrote a persuasive essay about having a state church).
History: Byzantine Empire

We colored a map of Justinian’s Empire in 555 AD.
History: Byzantine Empire

We learned about The Code of Justinian.
History: Byzantine Empire

We played a game pitting Heraclius against Khosrau (Heraclius won pretty spectacularly).
History: Byzantine Empire

We played Hide the Coins.
History: Byzantine Empire

We compared the Romans and the Byzantines.
History: Byzantine Empire

History in May

We started off May learning about Celts using Year 1, Unit 17 of Layers of Learning.

We looked at some of the pages from our Ireland trip scrapbook.
History in May

We colored a map of where the Celts lived.
History in May

We learned about the Celtic calendar.
History in May

We made Celtic knots out of paracord.
History in May

For the rest of the month (school year), we learned about Rome using Year 1, Unit 18 for two weeks and Year 1, Unit 20 the final week.

We colored a map of how the Roman Empire changed over about 150 years.
History in May

Each boy picked a different Roman god/goddess and drew them and then shared with their brothers about the god/goddess they picked. Cameron chose Ceres, Fritz Neptune, and Adrian Jupiter.
History in May

We learned about laws in the Roman Republic and the Twelve Tables. We discussed what attributes make a good leader.
History in May

We learned about the Roman alphabet and wrote their names without the missing letters.
History in May

We learned about Horatius and Fritz acted out jumping into the water and swimming across with his armor on (apparently doing the backstroke).
History in May

We drew a picture of the structure of the Roman government.
History in May

We learned about Cincinnatus and made a fasces.
History in May

We learned about Roman roads and how some were even paved. We talked about what roads today are paved with.
History in May

We learned about aqueducts and made one out of clay.
History in May

We learned about the Roman baths and took a virtual tour.
History in May

We learned about the fall of the Roman Republic leading us right into our final week learning about the Roman Empire.

We did mapwork to show how the Roman Empire shrank over time. While coloring his map, Fritz said, “I know where the Red Sea is!” and pointed right to it. So at least something has sunk in over the course of the year.
History in May

We learned the Pax Romana and dressed in togas.
History in May

We learned about Hadrian’s Wall. Adrian found his name inside the emperor’s.
History in May

And, finally, we learn a little rhyme about the fall of the Roman Empire:

In 476, Rome was in a fix.
Little Romulus bid farewell
And mighty Rome fell.