Saturday, November 4, 2017

A Virtual Tour of our Classroom Castle

HUZZAH! Our QUEST to make a castle has been accomplished.

Step inside and see what a real Medieval Castle looked like. 

The beginning stages: a "Genius Hour" collaborative activity.

"We need some battlements."
"Let's use index cards."

Every castle needs a "dungin." Especially after reading You Wouldn't Want to Be in a Medieval Dungeon!

 We need tape. Lots of tape! To make a moat and a portcullis and to hold things together!

We also do math.

Let there be light, as in torches, chandeliers, and rose windows. 

More finishing touches: flags and a throne room fit for a King and a Queen.


What an engineering task we tackled. 

The results? 

Education at its best and all the things we strive for at Seabury School:

  • planning
  • collaboration
  • communication
  • innovation
  • creativity
  • imagination
  • hands-on learning
  • critical thinking
  • real life play
  • grit
  • student led inquiry-based instruction
    • What does our castle need?
    • How can we make battlements/a portcullis/an armory etc.?
    • Where did the people sleep?
    • Can we make a working drawing bridge?
    • What did real tapestries look like?
    • What should we put in our treasure box?
    • What did they put on their flags?
    • People had dogs in the Middle Ages. Can we make a dog? (of course!) How? 
    • What else do we need?!
And it all started with some boxes...

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