Conquer the Castle Playground Game

Conquer the Castle Playground Game lesson plan

Students become an architect to design castle floor plans! Play a fun game inside your building!

  • 1.

    In small groups, students use Crayola 3-D Sidewalk Chalk to design a floor plan for a castle fortress. Sidewalk Chalk Tools will be a big help.

  • 2.

    Make each room for a different purpose such as a throne room, great hall, wardrobes, lords and ladies chambers, and the like. Students could even make unusual rooms, such as a computer room, to update your castle design.

  • 3.

    Students add fun details such as furniture. Remember to draw from a bird’s-eye view.

  • 4.

    To play a game, gently toss a stone into the castle. Whatever room it lands in is the room you play for. Students take turns thinking of something that might be found in the room. The student who thinks of the most things draws a picture of themselves in that room and claims it as their own!

Standards

  • LA: Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding word s.
  • LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
  • LA: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
  • LA: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  • LA: Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to clarify comprehension, gather additional information, or deepen understanding of a topic or issue.
  • SCI: Ask questions about the natural and human-built worlds.
  • SCI: Construct drawings or diagrams as representations of events or systems.
  • SS: Compare ways in which people from different cultures think about and deal with their physical environment and social conditions.
  • SS: Use appropriate resources, data sources, and geographic tools to generate, manipulate, and interpret information.
  • VA: Intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of their experiences and ideas.
  • VA: Select and use the qualities of structures and functions of art to improve communication of ideas.
  • VA: Know and compare the characteristics of artworks in various eras and cultures.

Adaptations

  • Students investigate the floor plans of well-known European castles. Encourage students to identify the use for each room or area. Students create index cards with definitions for each room and its use during medieval times.
  • Students investigate the evolution of castles during medieval times. When were these structures first built and why? Who lived in them? Who did not? What was daily life like during medieval times, inside and outside of the castle? Students organize their research into an electronic format and post the file on a classroom computer for future viewing.