The Arts: Carolingian Art

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

We copied scriptures and poems and then illustrated them like monks and scribes did.
The Arts: Carolingian Art

We made religious art.
The Arts: Carolingian Art

We looked at architecture and identified what had carolingian influence.
The Arts: Carolingian Art

We watched a video showing examples of Carolingian architecture.
The Arts: Carolingian Art

We talked about epic poems and made up one of our own.
The Arts: Carolingian Art

We learned about kennings and came up with some (for example, tiger: savannah pirhanna; whale: water beast).
The Arts: Carolingian Art

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Geography: France

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

We had a breakfast of brie, camembert, and boursin cheese, Nut Thins, and purple grape juice.
Geography: France

We made French flags.
Geography: France

We learned about some impressionist artists.
Geography: France

We made a model of the Eiffel Tower.
Geography: France

We drew the outline of France and wrote facts about the country around it.
Geography: France

We made postcards of landmarks in France.
Geography: France

We played a game of Boule.
Geography: France

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

Science: Wild Weather

Week 8 of school we learned about wild weather using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 5.

We made thundermade thunder by popping paper lunch bags.
Science: Wild Weather

We made static electricity.
Science: Wild Weather

We demonstrated how water comes out of a bottle faster when it’s swirling like a tornado.
Science: Wild Weather

We made a tornado in a bottle and watched the video from several years ago when the little guys made one for the first time.
Science: Wild Weather

The boys each picked a wild weather event to learn about and report to their brothers (Cameron: 2004 tsunami, Fritz: 1934 dust storm, Adrian: year without a summer).
Science: Wild Weather

We learned about different types of floods and the boys drew pictures to show how they happen.
Science: Wild Weather

We made a tornado in a jar.
Science: Wild Weather

Geography: Britain

Week 8 of school we learned about the Britain using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 5.

We found cities, rivers, lakes, and districts on the map of the United Kingdom.
Geography: Britain

We drew the Union Jack.
Geography: Britain

Each boy picked a different famous British person (Cameron: William Shakespeare, Fritz: Margaret Thatcher, Adrian: Winston Churchill) and told his brothers about them.
Geography: Britain

We watched several YouTube videos. We watched one on the changing of the guard at the palace, one of clips from William and Kate’s wedding, one about Big Ben, and one about the Tower of London.
Geography: Britain

We had an afternoon tea. Cameron made us crumpets, scones, and mint tea.
Geography: Britain

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