Here’s what we did for our unit.
First, we read The Knight at Dawn (#2 from the MTH series).
Then I read Bear one or two chapters a day from the research guide companion. I think these guides are above her head and I have no idea what she is retaining, but I am finding them a fabulous way to gain more knowledge for myself. I tried to come up with one activity per chapter to help her absorb what I was reading.
We built a castle using the templates and directions here.
But this castle was missing a lot of the parts so we also built a castle out of legos. We included the barbicon and the portcullis and heavy doors and the watchtower with crenals and marlons, as well as a moat with alligators and crocodiles. (I have to say that I learned a lot of new vocabulary myself with this book.)
Sang the songs from here.
Explored this interactive castle.
I printed out a picture depicting the feudal system and made name tags for her to match to the tiers.
I also printed out these cards from this ESL website (very good for flashcards for 3 part cards and games). I printed them quite small to save on ink. Bear can look at them through the magnifying glass to add an element of interest. I read her the cards and we talked about the pictures.
We made stained glass windows with tissue paper, contact paper, and black sharpie.
We recited all the nursery rhymes we could think of that had to do with castles, queens, and kings.
Some other books we read that fit within the theme were:
Sir Small and the Dragonfly by Jane O’Connor
The Knight and the Dragon by Tomie DePaula
The Princess Knight by Cornelia Funke
The Bravest Knight by Mercer Mayer
The Vegetarian Dragon by Julies Bass and Debbie Harter