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14-18 yrs old

Geography

History

Math & Economics

This unit will allow students to develop historical, geographical and mathematical skills through the construction of a Viking village.

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July 10, 2018

Skills

  • Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking
  • Project Based Learning

External References

Viking Culture

This website gives basic background information about Viking culture.

Viking Culture

This website gives basic information about Viking culture and includes lot of visuals.

Viking Villages

Give basic information about village life. Easy to navigate but only has basic information.

Learning Objectives

  • Student learn how to read and interpret historical sources through the construction of a viking village
  • Students learn how to calculate surface area, volume and angles as well as gaining a basic understanding of probability
  • Students learn how humans manipulate their environmnment to suit them and the impact that this has on the way we live

Guiding Ideas

  • Have you interpreted your sources correctly?
  • How did the Vikings use angles to construct buildings?
  • What impact did the Vikings have on their environment?
  • What are the similarities between the challenges the Vikings faced and the challenges we face today?
  • What have we learned from the way in which the Vikings built their villages if anything?

 

Student Activities

Welcome to the Middle Ages. You are a Viking Jarl and along with your friends have been given the task of building a new Viking settlement. Your new settlement needs to be historically accurate and based on historical evidence from at least five different sources. The first source will be given to you by your teacher and the rest you are responsible for finding yourselves. At the end of the project you will need to submit a portfolio of your work and do a presentation of between 3 and 5 minutes explaining your village to the rest of the class.

Who were the Vikings? How did they use Maths to construct their buildings and what impact did this have on their environment? 

  1. Source Analysis

Get to know the Vikings and how they lived by reading the sources. The first source will be given to you by your teacher who will spend one lesson giving you a brief introduction to the Vikings and their culture and how to analyse sources. Create two NPC's with the name of an actual Viking and get them to tell people about their life and include a URL link to any relevant or interesting websites.

2. Build your village

Using the information from your sources begin to build your village. Remember you need to make sure that your village is historically accurate. Place signs outside of each building with a mathematical challenge such as calculate the angle of the roof. You will need to place at least three of these around your village.

3. Document your progress

Take pictures of your village at the end of each lesson using the Minecraft camera function and write a brief blog entry detailing what you have done during the lesson and any problems or challenges that you faced. By the end of the unit you will need to have at least five blog entries to submit as part of your portfolio.

4. Presentation and evaluation

Once you have completed your village you will need to visit at least two other villages and provide feedback on how the village could be improved. This feedback can be left on signs outside the village. Once you have done this you will need to present your work to the rest of the class in the form of a three to five minute speech. In the speech you will need to answer the following questions: Who were the Vikings and how did they live? How did they adapt their environment to suit their needs and what impact did this have? What impact have the Vikings had on our lives today?

 

Performance Expectations

By the end of the unit students will be able to do the following:

  • Interpret historical sources.
  • Communicate using historical, geographical and mathematical terms and language.
  • Have an understanding of the way in which human activity impacts upon the environment.
  • Learn how to calculate area, angles, volume and perimeter.
  • Developed the ability to collaborate with others.
  • Learn how to communicate ideas using a variety or different means including ICT and verbal means.

Skills

  • Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking
  • Project Based Learning

External References

Viking Culture

This website gives basic background information about Viking culture.

Viking Culture

This website gives basic information about Viking culture and includes lot of visuals.

Viking Villages

Give basic information about village life. Easy to navigate but only has basic information.

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