Heraldry/Coat of Arms

Heraldry/Coat of Arms

All Ages


Reading and Writing

Students will research and create a Coat of Arms, based on Heraldry research and their personal interests. Students will share and present their work.

avatar Submitted By: Mark Grundel

October 31, 2016


  • Character
  • Communication

Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to research ancient Heraldry symbols.
  • Students will be able to construct a personal Coat of Arms.
  • Students will be able to document why each color and symbol was chosen.
  • Students will be able to critique classmates work.

Guiding Ideas

What is unique to you and your family? What would you like to share about yourself that others may not know about you?

What are the best colors and symbols that represent you? Why?

How can we offer constructive criticism to others?

Student Activities

Students will begin by researching ancient heraldry symbols.  Sample resources, which can be printed and reproduced can be found at:

http://www.basd.net/cms/lib2/PA01001269/Centricity/Domain/363/Coat%20of%20Arms.pdf http://www.eiu.edu/eiutps/coat%20of%20arms.pdf http://www.worldchesshof.org/uploads/2012/08/10/knight58fa.pdf

Students will plan out a Coat of Arms on a Sheet of Paper.  Students will chose colors and symbols and state their reasons for each choice.

Students will enter a super flat, creative world.  The teacher may decide to have all students build in the same world, or each on their own device.  If students are building in the same world, be sure to talk about respecting other peoples' ideas and property. One advantage to building in the same world is that the teacher may set the fixed inventory slots to contain items such as a camera and portfolio (See Lesson Picture).

Once in a creative, super-flat world, students will use Minecraft Education Edition and build a Coat of Arms wall, using either stained clay or dyed wool.  The recommended dimensions for the wall are 4 x 4, with each quadrant being 2 x 2.  The teacher may need to model how to find stained clay or dyed wool, as well as other items. (See lesson screen shot for a list of sample items you may want your students to have.)  In the center most blocks, students will place four item frames.  Students will place an item in each frame.

Students will use their camera and portfolio to document their learning.  For example, after students build their wall, they may take a picture and take a note of each color used.  After each item is added to the frame, a picture should be taken.  Once the Coat of Arms is complete, students will place a sign on the wall with a Personal or Family Motto. The sign may be placed in front of the wall as well.  A picture of the completed Coat of Arms should be taken as well.

Using the slate, board, or poster, students will write a longer explanation of their Coat of Arms, explaining the reasoning for each item and color used. This may also be done on paper, if typing is an issue.

Be sure to challenge students' reasoning, such as why a diamond sword was chosen over an iron or gold sword.

Once all Coat of Arms are complete, students may view each others creations and leave signs commenting on each others' work.  The teacher should model appropriate comments about classmates work and talk about expectations for viewing work.  If students built in separate worlds, this requires students to physically get up and walk around, viewing each others' devices and worlds.

Performance Expectations

Students will research various symbols and color used in Heraldry.

Students will construct a Coat of Arms with colors, symbols, and a motto.

Students will explain their thinking and reasoning for each color, symbol, and motto in the form of a written text.

Students will provide constructive feedback to peers.



  • Character
  • Communication