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Extension week: Family Coat of Arms

posted Sep 25, 2016, 8:05 AM by Jason Brunken   [ updated Sep 25, 2016, 8:05 AM ]
This week, we are taking a break from Journeys and doing our first extension activity: a family coat of arms. A long time ago in Medieval Europe, wealthy families that had land were required to fight for their king as knights. These knights would suit up for battle in full armor making it difficult to tell who was who on the battlefield. So knights could know who was friend and who was enemy, they began wearing their family crest, or a symbol that represented their family. These became known as coats of arms and can be seen today all over Europe and even in the US. They have recently made a resurgence as they appear heavily in the popular TV show, Game of Thrones. Think of coats of arms as logos for a family. They are usually simple in design but capture the essence of what the family is.

Students will be working on their own this week to create a coat of arms for their family. It is always a fun and creative activity I like to do with the kids. Also this week, students are reviewing how to write paragraphs. This lesson will be practiced in this extension activity as well as students write a paragraph to describe both their coat of arms and their families. I am looking forward to seeing our students coats of arms, as I am sure you will be too. These will be on display for Parent-Teacher Conferences later this month. I will also be sure to post pictures of them when we are done. 

The information about paragraph writing is below for kids to review. Also, examples of coats of arms used around the world today can also be found below. Enjoy.