We began our class reading the Magic Treehouse The Knight at Dawn. I don't know why we haven't read more of these books but it was really great. It also did help to stir Gess' interest in the middle ages.
As we began to talk about castle design we had Gess read more about castles. Here are a few books that she chose.
This last one If You Lived in the Days of the Knights actually had a really great page that showed a castle and labeled many of the different parts of the castle you might find. I wish I had taken a picture of it when I had the book at home, but it was really helpful in showing Gess what features would be good to have in her castle.
Since using Minecraft was an option Gess was really eager to get started. Minecraft is a great game, if you haven't tried it, you should. Kids can learn a lot while playing. Gess has made some amazing things before like pirate ships, roller coasters, water slides, mines, farms, towns and so much more. Now she was ready to start her castle, or so she thought.
Daddy wanted her to really think about what she wanted her castle to look like first. He suggested that she draw it out. Well, she ran to her desk and spent about the next hour doing just that. After she handed us this, she was loading up Minecraft! I found it funny how she misspelled castle (cattle) when she wrote it in cursive on the front page, but spelled it right in print on the second page. I guess she tries so hard to properly write the letters in cursive that she doesn't really concentrate on how its spelled!
Now she was finally able to start working in Minecraft!
Here are some screen shots from when she was all done.
And here is the video tour she submitted to her class! It was a really fun project and Gess learned a lot by doing it!