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Cedric the Forester {Free eBook} or Knights & Castles Unit Study

Cedric the Forester {Free eBook} or Knights & Castles Unit StudyCedric the Forester by Bernard Marshall takes place during the time of King Richard the Lionhearted and troublesome Prince John.

Cedric of Pellham Woods, a Saxon yeoman, is an expert at the crossbow.  This humble, valiant young man ends up saving the life of Dickon Mountjoy, a Norman nobleman.  And that act of selfless bravery is never forgotten.  The two share many adventures, interceding to do justly for those who are treated unjustly.

Wonderful, action-packed tale of knights, barons, and the common people with an interesting, historical ending.

Winner of Newbery Honor.

Free eBook

 

Further Investigation

The Medieval Knight
Explains what a knight was, how he became a knight, the code of chivalry, and his armor and weapons.

Medieval Arms Race
Diagrams and explanation of a siege from Nova.

The Magna Carta
Full text.

 

Activities

Castle View
Interactive way to explore a castle.

Medieval Life — Feudalism
Explanation and simple activities.

Shields, Knights and Heraldry
Free educational software to help you make your own coat of arms.

Heraldry Game
You are a young aristocrat who needs to know friend from foe.

Castle Builder
You are the castle builder.  Research, design, model and layout  your castle at this interactive site.

Build a Medieval Castle
Free educational software to help you build your own.

Castles Lesson Plan
The “plan” is to create 3-dimensional castle art work.  From Dick Blick.

You Are There: The Signing of the Magna Carta
From the old radio series.

Mousetrap Marshmallow Catapult
Great idea and go-along from Home Science Tools.

Attacking a Castle
Interactive that walks through a castle’s defenses.

 

Books

The Magna Charta by James DaughertyCedric the Forester {Free eBook} or Knights & Castles Unit Study
The story of the real men who stood up to King John, demanding a “document of freedom.” Robin Hood, King Richard the Lionheart, Queen Eleanor, Stephen Langton, Hubert de Burgh — all here. Fast-paced story by Newberry and Caldecott winner, James Daugherty, tells the story of the famous document and its future implications.

Cedric the Forester {Free eBook} or Knights & Castles Unit StudyCastle by David Macaulay
A favorite book by a favorite author with a passion for explaining how things work. Caldecott Honor winner.

The Defense of the Castle by Tudor Jenks
Wonderful, lively tale of defending an English castle during thirteenth century siege.  A perfect example of how much easier it is to learn the names of things and understand how they work by reading a living book!  Free public domain work.

 

Unit Studies & Lesson Plans

Castle Adventure
57-page unit study download for grades K-6 from Lego.

Kings, Queens and Castles
A Karen Caroe unit study covering history, geography, language arts, and many activities.

 

Printables & Notebooking Pages

Kid’s Castle
Diagram of the parts of a castle for notebook.

Armour
Illustration detailing a knight’s armor for notebook.

Cedric the Forester Notebooking Pages
Simple pages for copywork, narrations, or wrapping up.