Lesson Plan

Create a Coat of Arms

coat of arms

The French Royal Coat of Arms at Fort Caroline National Memorial.

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Grade Level:
Third Grade-Eighth Grade
Subject:
Colonial History, History
Duration:
1 Hour
Group Size:
Up to 36
Setting:
classroom
National/State Standards:
SS.A.1.2.2, SS.A.6.2.2, LA.A.2.2.2

Overview

Students will be able to create and label their own coat of arms using the descriptions and symbols provided in the activity sheets.

Objective(s)

Students will be able to create and label their own coat of arms using the descriptions and symbols provided in the activity sheets.

Background

Heraldry is the study or art of tracing genealogies, and the designing and granting of coats of arms. A coat of arms shows an individual's or family's history and heritage. During your visit to Fort Caroline, be sure students notice the coat of arms that is placed above the entrance way to the fort. The "eagle" was that of the colony's sponsor, Admiral Coligny (see if you can find the same coat of arms in the visitor center and the picture of Admiral Coligny). As you exit the fort, notice the shield placed on the back side of the arch. It has three gold fleur-de-lis' and was the royal coat of arms for France.

Materials

Two worksheets are required for this activity:

Procedure

Vocabulary

Crest, Helm, Heraldry