Friday, February 17, 2006

Middle Ages
Read all about the various aspects of life during these exciting times!
By providing these castle research pages, we hope to encourage students, writers, and enthusiasts of all ages to explore castles and to stimulate their creativity.
NOVA's science game, "Destroy the Castle," is very much like the real thing. There are five elements you can adjust in your trebuchet, stone ball, weightsling length, counterweight design, distance from the castle, whether to add wheels.
Site appears very comprehensive
Collection of websites
Collection of websites for ideas
Lesson plan for middle ages.
For a brief overview of the middle ages.

Priority Academic Student Skills School Improvement 241 Social Studies
World Studies is designed to offer students the opportunity to begin a more global study of the earth's people and environments, concentrating on the understanding of basic concepts and characteristics common in the political and economic development of human populations.
Standard 1: The student will develop and practice the process skills of social studies. 1. Locate, gather, and analyze information from primary and secondary sources, such as artifacts, diaries, letters, art, music, literature, newspapers, and contemporary media. 2. Identify, evaluate, and draw conclusions from different kinds of maps, graphs, charts, diagrams, timelines, and other representations such as photographs and satellite- produced images or computer-based technologies. 3. Interpret information from a broad selection of research materials such as encyclopedias, almanacs, dictionaries, atlases and cartoons.

Standard 2: The student will use geographic representations to draw conclusions. 1. Apply the concepts of scale, orientation, latitude and longitude, and physical regions. 2. Compare political, physical, and thematic maps, 3. Define, recognize, and locate basic landforms and bodies of water on appropriate maps and globes.

Standard 3: The student will analyze selected cultures which have affected our history. 1. Define the characteristics of culture and the role culture played on the development of the world's peoples. 2. Compare and contrast common characteristics of culture, such as language, customs, shelter, diet, traditional occupations, belief systems, and folk traditions. 3. Evaluate the impact of selected civilizations (such as Egypt, Greece, Rome, Mayan, Incan, and Chinese) on migration and settlement patterns.

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