Germany's Noble Neuschwanstein

Germany's Noble Neuschwanstein lesson plan

Students explore German history from the Middle Ages to modern times. Study German castles, such as Neuschwanstein Castle, then design and build one of their own.

  • 1.

    Students find Germany on European and world maps. Research the country's history and its culture. Find pictures and descriptions of some of the hundreds of ancient palaces and castles located in Germany. Ask students what materials were used in their construction? Why are they still standing after so many years?

  • 2.

    With a variety of different boxes, cardboard rolls, and other recycled materials, students put together a castle. Cut construction paper or paper cups with Crayola® Scissors to make turrets. Attach pieces with Crayola School Glue and masking tape.

  • 3.

    Cover the work area with recycled newspaper. Paint the castle using Crayola Washable Paint and paintbrushes. Dry.

  • 4.

    Glue on doors and windows cut from construction paper. Use craft sticks, foam produce trays, and/or paper plates to add accents to your castle. Color in details with Crayola Washable Markers.

Standards

  • LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
  • LA: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
  • LA: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • SS: Describe how people create places that reflect ideas, personality, culture, and wants and needs as they design homes, playgrounds, classrooms, and the like.
  • SS: Examine the interaction of human beings and their physical environment, the use of land, building of cities, and ecosystem changes in selected locales and regions.
  • 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 experiences and ideas.
  • VA: Select and use the qualities of structures and functions of art to improve communication of ideas.

Adaptations

  • Students investigate living in a German castle. Research how the castles were constructed, what daily life was like for people who lived there, what types of clothing people wore, what food they ate, daily routines, and transportation. Design props and costumes to re-enact castle events.
  • Students investigate German castles other than the Noble Neuschwanstein. Compare and contrast these castles to the Noble Neuschwanstein. If so desired, students may choose to investigate other castles in Europe.
  • Students draw a map of Europe. Identify the location of each of the castles researched, labeling each castle, identifying what year it was completed, and other significant information about the castles.