Location: Rocklin 

Day & Time: Tuesday 10:45 - 11:55

Grade: 7th-12th

Mentor: Ruth Hinds, with assistant Jared Hinds

Email: sabailey1@gmail.com


Battles, Weaponry, and Customs throughout time and across the globe through hands-on learning.


Since the very first campfire stories, and now on the big screen, war stories have kept us on the edge of our seats. Why are we so captivated by these heroes and battles? Is it their bravery, the strategy, the cleverness, or the intrigue of who will triumph?


In this heavily project-based class, we will travel through time and search the globe for the most fascinating tricks, techniques, and stories in history.


From the Samurai to the Vikings, from Medieval Knights to Aztec warriors, we will learn through HANDS-ON PROJECTS why wars were started and how they were won. We will make 3D replicas of European catapults and Egyptian chariots, life-size Greek shields and Roman helmets, spears, swords, and more!


Semester 1


Greece - 5 weeks

●   Greek Round Shield

●   The Trojan horse lift-the-flap page

●   Map of Greece cities and battles

●   Greek warrior clothing 

●   Greek armor, weapons, and warfare


Japan - 1-2 weeks

●   Origami Throwing Stars

●   Feudal Japan

●   Ninjas vs Samurai

●   Samurai: Bushido (code of ethics "The way of the warrior"); 7 Samurai story


Medieval Europe - 6 weeks

●   Knight’s Sword/Broadsword

●   Code of chivalry

●   Medieval weaponry and armor

●   Page to knight

●   Coat of Arms

●   3D popsicle stick Catapult


Semester 2 (Schedule may change, depending on winter and spring breaks)


Ancient Egypt - 2-3 weeks 

●   King Tut's Dagger

●   Egyptian military weapons and warfare folding page

●   New Kingdom Conquests?

●   King Tutankhamen - from Pharoah’s of the 18th Dynasty

●   The battle of Kadesh (the first peace treaty in known history!)

●   3D paper chariot


Vikings - 2-3 weeks

●   Battle Axe

●   Viking myths (Gods: Odin, Thor, Loki, and Freyr)

●   Modern myths about Vikings: no horns on helmets; not barbarians. Had leadership, laws, and punishment

●   The Viking longboat (allowed Vikings to conquer overseas)


Mexico - 2-3 weeks

●   Aztec Spear

●   Obsidian

●   Cacao- a commodity worth going to war over (Valentine’s Day?!): few were allowed to drink cacao: the elites, the pochteca (designated long-distance merchants), and the warriors; taste raw cacao beans, make chocolate?

●   Aztec atlatl?


Rome - 5 weeks

●   Roman Helmet

●   Roman armor, weapons, and warfare: mapping Rome’s conquests 


All classes are full-year classes. Students enrolled in a Fall Semester class will automatically enroll for Spring Semester in December to ensure their place in the class. Pricing is per semester.

War through the Ages