Learn about the history, architecture, and other basic facts about castles. There are many photographs. Take a virtual tour of a historic castle, build your own online weapon to protect a castle, or construct your own castle model out of sugar cubes or cardboard. There are links to eThemes Resources on knights and feudalism, and two links to book resources that have a medieval setting.
This is a lesson plan for building castles out of sugar cubes.
Click on the door to enter. Roll your mouse over different parts of the castle and then click to learn about different areas. There are activities, games, recipes, and other fun activities hidden in each section. Click on the shields in each area to access these activities.
Castles for Kids
Learn about the different parts of a castle and the people who live there. Click on "Activities" for pages you can print. NOTE: This site contains banner ads and a discussion board.
PBS: NOVA Online: Destroy the Castle
The trebuchet was a medieval weapon, like a giant sling-shot. In this online game, the object is to destroy the castle using a virtual trebuchet.
Build a Medieval Castle
You can download this free education software to build your own castle.
Journey through the Middle Ages
Learn about life in the Middle Ages from this student-created site. Topics include castle life, structure, and defense.
Enchanted Learning: Kings, Queens, and Castles
Explore the rhymes and then try building a cardboard castle. There are also activities that you can print.
Castle Lesson Plan
This page offers a lesson plan for creating a castle out of construction paper. The goal is to help students understand how castles were built.
This is the official site for the famous Leed's Castle in England. Click on "Visiting the Castle" and then choose "The Leed's Castle Story" to watch a short movie that highlights the history of this castle, which once housed royalty including King Henry VIII. Click on "Virtual Tour" to view panoramic photos.
This site shows pictures of different parts of the castle and has a space for students to write their own captions.
This is an encyclopedia entry that covers basic facts and the history of castles.
These are free images relating to medieval life and castles. Use the numbers at the bottom of the page to see more.
Castle Learning Center
This is a thorough site that has a lot of information about castles. Topics include building materials, costs, dungeons, fireplaces, stairs, and towers. There is also a castle quiz at the top of the page.
Life in a Castle
This is a lesson plan designed to help students understand and write about life in a castle. NOTE: This site contains a discussion forum.
eThemes Resource: Medieval Knights
These sites are about the knights from the Middle Ages or the Medieval period. Covers the topics of heraldry and chivalry. Includes photographs of armor and weapons used by knights. There are links to eThemes Resources on medieval castles and feudalism.
eThemes Resource: Medieval Feudalism
Explore these sites and learn what it was like to live during the Middle Ages. Topics include serfs, kings, monasteries, and more. Create your own coat of arms or try to build a medieval arch. There are links to eThemes Resources on castles and children's books that took place during the Middle Ages.
eThemes Resource: Literature: "The Castle in the Attic" by Elizabeth Winthrop
This eThemes Resource includes activities, discussion questions, and interactive quizzes and games that relate to the book.
eThemes Resource: Literature: "The Whipping Boy" by Sid Fleischman
These sites have information about the book "The Whipping Boy," author Sid Fleischman, and illustrator Peter Sis. The book takes place in the Middle Ages.
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