Students of all ages are interested in learning about new countries. This lesson will help children understand about Great Britain and it’s countries. By comparing and contrasting the students will get an overview of Great Britain and how it is similar and different to the United States. Great Britain will be covered in detail in the next eight lessons.
– Students will actively engage in the lesson and have fun learning about castles (RIBTS 3.3, 6.1, 6.2, 6.5)
– Students will have a better understanding of the castles of Great Britain including terminology (RIBTS 1.1,) (NCSS 1, 3).
– Students will create their own castles by utilizing a word bank (RIBTS 1.2, 5.5, 9.2).
– Pictures of castles
– Medieval Castles by Conrad Cairns
– Stephen Biesty’s Cross-Sections Castle by Stephen Biesty
– Into The Castle by June Crebbin
– Cut out castles
– Art supplies (crayons, markers)
Students have little previous knowledge of this area. They have heard the term castle and have seen a picture, but know nothing of the subject besides our previous lessons.
a. Set Induction: The teacher will introduce the lesson with a KWL chart. They will ask the students about their previous knowledge of castles and write their responses on a chart of paper. The teacher will then ask the children what they want to learn about the castles in Great Britain and that will also be recorded. This will help the students get thinking about the castles of Great Britain and help the teacher assess what they know.
b. Lesson Presentation:
The teacher, after presenting the KWL chart, will read the book Into The Castle. This book will introduce the castle and its’ basic features, both inside and outside. The teacher will then asked the students to tell the basic elements of the castle. These will be written down.
Then the teacher will show the other two texts, Cross Sections- Castle and Medieval Castles. Between both texts, student will examine the inside and outside of the castle using illustrations and real-life pictures.
The teacher will ask the students to create their own castle. Each student will create both the inside and outside of the castle, including people and events. To maximize their vocabulary, the teacher will provide students with a list of words to label the castle. They will use these words in their picture by writing them and also gluing a representation. The representation will provide a model for the students to utilize.
This lesson will incorporate many of Gardner’s Eight Intelligences. The subject matter will be discussed orally for those who learn from interpersonal and social methods. The demonstration will be hands on for those who do best with bodily and kinesthetic learning. The demonstration will also give those that do best introspectively a chance to express themselves using the creation of their art that they use. Worksheets will be provided for those children that feel they better express themselves on paper, as well as the use of discussion for those who are verbal and linguistic learners.
This lesson is developmentally appropriate. This lesson will also do well for different levels of learners. Adequate time and attention will be given with the project and discussion. Help will be offered, at any time, to any students requiring it. Students will get the opportunity to work together and independently to maximize the opportunity to learn.
c. Activity: The students will be doing many different activities during this lesson. First, the students will construct a KWL chart of Great Britain and castles. They will be talking about Great Britain and its castles. They will read and examine three books, all which are used to provide examples that are real-life and pictorial to students of castles. Students will also construct their own castle and expand their vocabulary by the use of a word bank. The students will use materials to glue the words to their picture and then practice writing the words underneath.
The teacher will know if the students have an understanding of the lesson by talking to them in a group during the closure of the lesson. The teacher will ask the students what they have learned and review what they did that day for the lesson.
Assessment Lesson #2 Students can identify characteristics of a castle Students actively engaged in discussion and in activities Students develop their own castle Students practice writing by using a castle word bank
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