Vikings

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The lesson introduces students to the history of the Vikings who lived in Northern Europe during the Middle Ages.  The lesson may be used in conjunction with a lesson related to the Middle Ages.  Many students may have heard the term Vikings, but may not necessarily know the origin of this group of people from Europe.  Many young students will be fascinated and intrigued by Viking history, especially when it can be connected to popular stories in books or movies.  The Viking ships, clothing, shields, and other objects will pique the students’ interest as well.  It is suggested teachers use one or more of the resources to share with students about life as a Viking.

Vikings Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Vikings
  • Hands-on homework activities
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 4-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

When students think about Vikings, they likely picture burly blonde men on small wooden ships wearing helmets with horns. Fight those preconceived notions and possible misconceptions with a lesson all about Vikings. The lesson introduces students to the history of the Vikings who lived in Northern Europe during the Middle Ages.  Young students especially will be fascinated and intrigued by Viking history, especially when it can be connected to popular stories in books or movies.  The Viking ships, clothing, shields, and other objects will pique the students’ interest as well.  An interactive website and several videos are included with the lesson to fulfill your technology requirement and give students additional learning opportunities.  The lesson will be most effective when used in conjunction with other lessons related to the Middle Ages.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction: 

  1. Display a message using Runes (the Viking alphabet – see activity page). Messages may include something relevant to your class.
  2. Ask students if they can read the message, reveal one letter at a time until the full message is shown.
  3. Ask: Who were the first Europeans to land in America?  Tell students the message was written using the Rune alphabet.
  4. Allow for responses and discussion. (Vikings landed in America 500 years before Columbus, though most exploration took place in Europe.)  Ask students if they have ever heard of the Vikings.  Ask them to share what they know about the Vikings.
  5. Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce the Vikings.
  6. Distribute Vikings content pages. Read and review the information with the students.  Save the final question for the lesson closing.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  7. Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions.  Give students time to create an appropriate message for another student.
  8. Once completed, students exchange their messages with a partner. Distribute supplies for the second half of the activity.  Allow students time to complete their shields and Internet access to find a new Viking fact.
  9. Once completed, students share their shields with the class, and share the interesting fact not included in the content pages.

Common Core State Standards:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.5,  CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.2 , CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6.10

Class Sessions (45 minutes): at least 2 class sessions.

Additional Resources: 

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Additional information

Grade Level

4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Social Studies

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05/02/2019
Laura S.
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Vikings

I had been having a hard time finding guided reading activities for the topic of Vikings. Luckily, I found Clarendon and they had exactly what I needed. The assignment included guided reading with text dependant questions, activities, and extension research.