SOCIAL STUDIES SMORGASBORD Learning Adventure “Medieval Times” ~‘Pay-the-Bill’ Projects/Presentations~ (Due: May 4th-Pres; May 11th Proj) *Do not wait to the last minute to complete your project. *You will probably want to involve your parents in some way. *These are hands-on, creative learning projects---hope you Have fun working on them. *See me after school if you have any problems or questions with your Project. *You may fly solo, work with a partner, a trio, or a group of FOUR (but no more). Also, be careful with a large group. It’s some-times difficult to go to other kid’s houses and work on a project. That will not be an excuse for not completing it since you knew this upfront. Your choice! *Presentations Due BEFORE the Projects!!!! 1. MAKE A CASTLE: (Project) You will make a model of a medieval castle. Please use materials that are readily available at your house if at all possible. Try to keep the expense down to a minimum. Use the castle handouts so that you can make it authentic as possible. (Some kids have used light wood, plywood, balsa wood, cardboard (NO! NO! Sugar cubes) for building materials.) See me for the handout. If possible, you can include a moat, drawbridge, torture tower, iron gate, soldiers, etc. Be sue to write some CASTLE FACTS on TWO 3X5 notecards and place beside it. (NO EDIBLE CASTLES!!!) Castles MUST be made according to the measurements I gave out in class so that they can get through the door and sit on a desk. 2A. CREATE A VISUAL DISPLAY BOARD: (Project) You will need to research the topics below thoroughly. Please provide pictures (either drawn by you/photocopied/computer generated) with captions explaining what they represent. Use diagrams, charts, maps, etc. along with any computerized images, text, etc. as you see fit. Please attach a 1-3 page research report in the middle of your board about the topic(s). Don’t forget to use colored backgrounds and a variety of text and pictures for a really neat project board. Use matting concepts and scrapbook ideas for a truly beautiful and unique board. Use your TOP 100 FACTS for your captions under the pictures. Get creative and make some type if ‘interactive’ component for your audience---Ex: matching flashcard concepts in pockets. WARNING: No Actual Weapons Should Be Brought To School! TOPICS TO CHOOSE FROM “Life in the Middle Ages” “Daily Life in a Medieval Town” “The Black Death” “Famous Kings and Queens of the Middle Ages” “Causes and Consequences of the Plague” “King Arthur and His Camelot” “The Crusades: Who? What? Where? When? Why?” “Knighthood and Chivalry of Medieval Times” “The Legend of Robin Hood” “Medieval Castles” or “Castles of the Middle Ages” 2B. CREATE A WEBSITE: (Project) You will need to use the same topics and info from the above list used with the Visual Display Board to do the website. Be sure you know how to make one before you choose this project or are willing to learn. (www.freewebs.com) or (www.wetpaint.com) 3. Create A Multimedia Presentation: (Pres) Use Microsoft PowerPoint/PhotoStory to make a presentation very similar to the “Visual Display Board”. You will use your TOP 100+ Facts and TOP 50+ Vocab. type your information in colorful textboxes or backgrounds. Also, you will use pictures from my media files on my classroom computers. Be sure to use special effects on the text so that it will be as interesting as possible. Use music at the beginning and ending. Use a similar format as we have in the past with Egypt & Rome PPTs with a collage and a video clip. Be sure to save it BOTH at home and on your flashdrive. You will need to share/tell your presentation to the class by using ‘memory triggers’ that appear on the screen. This will enable you to give a very dramatic report without reading it “word-for-word”. You will also use the microphone presentation system. Practice it at home so that you know everything works and you hve most of it already in your head to share with us. (6 – 8 min) 4. Write and Perform A Scripted Play: (Pres) Create a medieval play using characters from your study of the middle ages. You may use factual as well as legendary ones. Write-in a part for a narrator to help tie any loose ends together. The script should be typed with 4 to 6 characters and several different scenes. Be sure to develop a PLOT with good guys vs. bad guys. Please work in the knowledge of the characters, events, and other important facts from this time period into your script---TOP 100 FACTS. You will need to use your classmates as your “live” actors that will READ from the pages of the script. Be sure to make enough copies for your actors to read their part or at least share with two people. This can be done LIVE in the classroom or video taped and viewed in the classroom. (4 to 6 min ONLY!!!!!) 5. Create and Perform a Puppet Theater Program: (Pres) You will need to write a script with the same requirements as the DRAMATIZATION above---you will need 4 to 6 characters. You will make your own puppets out of socks or any other material and act out your script. Try to develop a plot that tells some information about what we have studied. Use actual characters from the middle ages or a modern version with kids studying the middle ages or they go back in time and encounter some of the ones we are studying. Your choice. Make sure you use the TOP 100 Facts in the script in a creative way. (4 to 6 min ONLY!!!!!!) 6. Make an Animated Video: (Pres) You will need a script for this one too as you have already been instructed. However, your actors will be action figures and/or dolls of some sort that will allow you to move and reposition their arms and legs. HINT: think of “TOY STORY”. Dress them up in some medieval costume made from fabric or construction paper if you want to. Videotape them ‘talking’ in one position, pause, then change and videotape again. Continue like this until you have completed your animated video. (Be sure to use the information that you have learned in this unit.) You will need to combine your video camcorder with video editing software and create a ‘masterpiece’. Use Windows MovieMaker or iMovie on a MAC. This probably only needs to be selected IF you have an adult that knows what they are doing and can help you---notice I said ‘HELP’ not do it for you! (3 to 6 min) 7. Create a Scrapbook: (Project) You will need a lot of pictures from the Internet/CD-ROM encyclopedia/My Media files or photocopied from books/magazines about medieval people, events, daily life, kings & queens, knights, Etc. with the information and facts you have learned from this unit—TOP 100 Facts. Arrange your pictures in an interesting format with captions and textual information. You may want to use real scrap-booking tools and supplies for this project. Or, you may want to make a DIGITAL scrapbook with computer software. For example: Scrapbooks Deluxe or Comic Life. It is entirely up to you. Just create a very informative and neat educational project that is appropriate in length and subject matter. (Too few pages will be a problem Too many gets boring) 8. Create a Review Game: (Pres) Make a review game by writing the Questions and Answers on 3x5 cards to be played in the classroom. This game can take three different formats: 1) Use the ‘Red Board’ in my room to place the cards (horizontally) in 5 different categories; and place your cards (vertically) in the pocket dividers of the ‘Yellow Board’ (50 Facts cards); or 2) make a computer Jeopardy game using the template I placed on Eboard with Q & A in five categories (25 facts); or 3) Make a jeopardy game board using a 3-paneled display board with 25 pockets for your 25 facts in five different categories. (EX: vocabulary; Kings/Queens; Places; Things; People; Dates; Potpourri; Etc.) Use TOP 100+ FACTS/Top 50+ Vocab. (You will be given 4 to 6 min to play it with us.) 9. Create a Pop-Up Book/TrioRama: (Project) Make a pop-up book similar to what was given to you in the rome unit. Choose four separate scenes or events from this time period; or people; or kings; or battles; or Islam; or one of each and depict them as authentically as is possible. Get ideas from the list of research topics for the visual display board and/or your textbook. Be sure to use your TOP 100 Facts as captions of Info and make sure that your pop-ups actually ‘pop-up’. Follow the directions from the handout you were given from the rome unit. You MUST use TOP 100 Facts as the captions! 10. Create Your Own Joust (Pop-Up or TrioRama): (Project) Make a 4-Scene Jousting tournament complete with royalty, spectators, and knights on horses preparing to joust. The key is to make it ‘3-D’ and colorful. Be sure to use the information you have learned from the textbook and other sources to help you make it as authentic as possible.