Lesson Plan : Medieval Heraldry

Teacher Name:
 Kristen Lyn
 Grade 6
 Social Studies

 Making a Shield
 Middle Ages
 Students will make a shield that represents their family, and themselves through pictures and symbols
 Students will make a shield that shows their personality. Students will follow directions
 paper, pencil, books on Heraldry, internet, string tinfoil, permanent markers, cardboard
 During the Middle Ages when Knights went into battle, it was very difficult to see who the Knights were because they had no identifying marks on the outside of their armor. How hard would it be if all football players on a team wore the same uniform? It would be very difficult to know who was on your team and who wasn't.
 Show examples of Shields and Heraldry from the time period
 Students will make a rough draft of a shield The students will divide their shield into 4 parts Part 1: Students will need to look up on the internet their family name and heraldry. They may use any symbol from their heraldry or family crest to put on their shield Part 2: A picture or symbol that stand for your favorite season Part 3: A symbol or picture that stand for something you like to do in your spare time Part 4: A symbol or picture of something that you love Once the rough draft is acceptable, students will cut out the shape of the shield from a piece of cardboard They will draw their symbols or pictures in the 4 quadrants of the shield Glue string on top of the drawings Place the tinfoil over the top of the front of the cardboard and string and tape it down onto the back Color the front of the shield with permanent markers
 Students may need help finding their heraldry on the computer. They may use a more traditional symbol that they find in one of the books in the class
Checking For Understanding:
 Students will present their shields to the class explaining each quadrant of their shields
 Neatness Following Directions Explanation of Shield
Teacher Reflections:
 This is a great lesson and in the end you have several beautiful shields to hang in the classroom. The difficulties are the students having a difficult time coming up with symbols, and when they draw their pictures in the quadrants the pitures need to be large enough so that the string can follow the pictures. If the drawings are too small, the string becomes a blob instead of a defining picture. Permanent colored markers work the best and do not rub off.

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