A Medieval Lapbook


OK, so we finally finished our lapbook on The Middle Ages. Whew! Good grief it was a doosey! I wish I could give you references for all of the sources we used, but the truth is I pretty much pieced it together from a variety of different websites and the rest I made up myself. However, if you're following The Well-Trained Mind or are using The Story of the World books, you might appreciate all of the work that went into this website (though she only posted on the first half of the second book - and all of the first):


But still...good stuff on her blog! You can even print off the notes!

I also picked up some inspiration from this lovely medieval lapbook.

And of course, the homeschool share website had mini books on Robin Hood, knights, castles, medieval medicines/cures, medieval bookmaking, and Vikings.

Here are a few highlights and features from our version:



So our book opens to a printout on Beowulf (couldn't resist...my absolute favorite), a medieval timeline (I cut out the study cards from the back of The Story of the World activity book and pasted them into a sort of timeline - see pic below), some info on monks, and an introduction to the Vikings.






The Viking pages (in red) open to reveal information on the Islamic empire, the Battle of Hastings, world religions, as well as other various Viking/English minibooks.



The blue page drops down and reveals more Viking information and minibooks on longhouses...


flat-bottom ships, Runes, trading, dragons...



and Norse mythology (wheeee! Ya gotta love it)....



The next set of pages refers to what's happening over in England. There are mini books on castles, siege engines, falcons, Robin Hood, kings, queens, feudalism...


Joan of Arc, etc...


The black page folds up and reveals more information on chivalry, weaponry, a Book of Hours, and a minibook on The Canterbury Tales (we took a few notes on each of the tales that we read - the Canterbury Tales is another favorite of mine - I know, I know, my poor kids).



Now, I'm not exactly sure how or where all of these last pages fit in but there's a page of minibooks on Christopher Columbus, another page on John and Richard, Kublai Khan, herbal remedies, medieval medicine...



the plague...


the Crusades, pilgrim badges, King Arthur, how to become a knight, and a few pictures of Ferdinand and Isabella...


Fold it all back up, and viola! The Middle Ages in a nutshell!


Only ours doesn't close...sigh...

We're now working on this lapbook which covers The Renaissance (Henry VIII, Queen Elizabeth - sigh, more torture for my kids - Shakespeare, Leonardo, Galileo, and a few others). It will be smaller because it's covering a much smaller period of history, but also because we're kinda lapbooked out and ready for a break! After the break we'll finish up with one last lapbook on glass blowing, which we found on this same website here. Then we will be done done done with history (well, for this year anyway)! Yay!

3 comments:

  1. Wow! Just wow... looks amazing!

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    1. Great job!! Where did you find your cover image?

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  2. I am so very impressed with this lapbook project! I teach in a program for homeschool children and we are using, "The Story of the World" as curriculum for our Ancient History and Middle Ages curriculum. I would love to try having our students make these lapbooks as an aide in comprehension! Thank you for a great resource!

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