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TimeRef is a hobby project created by computer programmer, Mark Needham, who is interested in Medieval history. The comprehensive website contains a wealth of Middle Ages history, information, and interactives. You can find interactive timelines; biographies of kings, popes, and other notable figures; maps; extensive information about specific castles and castle architecture; 3D/VR virtual tours of castles, villages, and other locations; and games to try your hand at archery, sword fighting, and trebuchet. This is a must-see site!
Medievalists.net Teaching Resources
Medievalists.net is a news site dedicated to Medieval and Middle Ages studies. You can find lessons, activities, and study units for all ages. In addition to teaching resources, the site contains hundreds of articles, videos, films reviews, and more.
Middle Ages in Europe for Kids
Mr. Donn's Site for kids and teachers has a large collection of lesson plans, maps, timelines, quizzes, and activities on Medieval Europe, covering topics like castles, knights, guildes, the Bubonic Plague, vikings, feudalism, the Catholic Church, and much more.
The Middle Ages Timeline for Kids
A simplified timeline of the Middle Ages, from the Barbaric invasions of 350 AD to the invention of the Gutenberg Press in 1440 AD. From Soft Schools.
Not Everyone Lived in Castles During the Middle Ages
“Many people think of the Middle Ages as a romantic time when gallant knights rescued lovely damsels in distress and everyone lived in castles. But that's only one small facet of the picture. In this lesson, students will learn about the lifestyle of the wealthy elite and then expand their view of medieval society by exploring the lives of the peasants, craftsmen, and monks.” From EDSITEment.
Unit: 12 Middle Ages Activities to Take Students Back in Time
A collection of activities for 4th and 5th-grade students to learn about the Middle Ages from Education World. Includes making paper, dying your own fabric, creating a sundial, writing a ballad, learning about Medieval technology, and more.
Medieval Times Resources
A collection of units, lessons, activities, and other resources to learn about the Middle Ages, also called the Medieval Times. Topics include kings, castles, feudalism, and more. From Teacher Planet.
Education in the Middle Ages
This article from The FinerTimes.com takes a look at how children were educated in the Middle Ages. The site offers hundreds of articles on topics such as war, crime, history, spies, serial killers and more.
Islamic Golden Age
“The Islamic Golden Age is traditionally dated from the mid-7th century to the mid-13th century at which Muslim rulers established one of the largest empires in history. During this period, artists, engineers, scholars, poets, philosophers, geographers and traders in the Islamic world contributed to agriculture, the arts, economics, industry, law, literature,navigation, philosophy, sciences, sociology, and technology, both by preserving earlier traditions and by adding inventions and innovations of their own.” From IslamicHistory.org.
Arthurian Legends WebQuest!
Learn more about the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Grades 9-12
Middle Ages Free Lesson Plans
Teachers Pay Teachers has a large collection of Middle Ages lessons, activities, printables, and handouts for K-12 students.
Stanford Reading Like a Historian
Stanford’s Reading Like a Historian curriculum contains a series of lesson plans and materials for learning about the Middle Ages. “Each lesson revolves around a central historical question and features a set of primary documents designed for groups of students with a range of reading skills.”
GeaCron Interactive World History Map
Use the GeaCron interactive history map to browse civilization boundaries and locations around the world during various points in time. The map chronicles from 3000 BC to modern day. Use negative numeric values to search BC, i.e. -3000 for 3000 BC.
History Channel: Middle Ages
The History Channel has a large collection of articles, maps, and videos covering various topics of the Middle Ages. Learn about the Knights of Templar, Charlemagne, the Crusades, Joan of Arc, the Black Death, and more.
The Middle Ages Interactive
“Discover what it was like to live during the Middle Ages. Explore topics such as Feudal Life, Religion, Homes, Clothing, Health, Arts & Entertainment, and Town Life.” From the Annenberg Foundation.
Middle Ages: Interactive Timeline
A Sutori interactive timeline presentation on the Middle Ages, compiled by Meghan Fleming. Includes maps, videos, quizzes, and more.