History: Charlemagne

Weeks 9 and 10 of school we learned about Charlemagne using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 6.

We did map work.

We added to our timeline. Some of the pages are getting filled up.

We watched a video about Charlemagne.

We measured our feet to find out who has the closest to a one-foot foot (answer: Cameron, barely – his is just 1/2″ longer than Fritz’s).

We made of poster of Charlemagne’s contributions to society.

We compared how much space something written in all capitals or all small letters takes up and talked about why the addition of lowercase letters helped the monks.

We made a paper bag puppet of Clovis and then cut his hair. Once his hair was cut he was forbidden from being king ever again.

The boys each picked a famous person from Charlemagne’s time and reported on them to their brothers. Cameron picked Hildegard, Fritz chose Alcuin, and Adrian reported on Pope Leo III.

We made a video recreating the Battle of Roncevaux Pass.

We looked at a picture of Charlemagne’s sword, Joyeuse.

We watched a video about Roland.

We learned about Trial by Ordeal vs. Trial Pleading Your Case and did a role play of each.

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