History: Crusades

Weeks 15 and 16 of school we learned about the Crusades using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 9.

Some of our timeline pages are getting really full!
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We looked at St. George and the Dragon artwork.
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The boys played Crusaders and Kings (Fritz and Adrian both died, but Cameron lived on to a great age).
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The boys each picked a different type of person who would have gone on a Crusade and made up what happened to them on the journey. Cameron chose a merchant. He outfitted others who were going on Crusades, but stayed home and got rich. Fritz chose a nobleman. He fought and returned injured, but successful. Adrian chose a peasant man. He went part of the way and then ran away back home before any fighting happened.
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We talked about and looked at Rhodes.
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The boys came up with a folk remedy (heat) to cure the Plague.
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We showed the path of the spread of the Plague on a map.
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Using glitter to represent plague bacteria, the boys infected each other with plague by shaking hands and high fiving.
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We made an army of Knights Hospitallers.
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