The Renaissance for Kids and Teachers Illustration

The Renaissance for Kids and Teachers

For Kids

The Renaissance lasted about 250 years. It started in Italy, around 1350, and ended around 1600. The word "Renaissance" means rebirth. What was reborn was an interest in learning. For a long time, after the fall of the Roman Empire, there had been little to no interest or time to learn much of anything except how to stay alive in very violent times. Most people had not learned how to read or write. But slowly, people began to want to learn again. This new beginning was called the Renaissance.

Many scholars say the Renaissance began in earnest with the invention of the printing press. The printing press made books available. If you wanted to read them, you had to learn how to read. The new interest in literature began to include art and music. Then came an interest in science and exploration. All over Europe, people became fascinated with new discoveries, new inventions, new works of art and ways of thinking about things. Some of the famous people who lived during the Renaissance include William Shakespeare, Christopher Columbus, Vasco da Gama, Copernicus, Michaelangelo, and Leonardo da Vinci!

Learning did not stop with the end of the Renaissance. Rather the reverse - learning continued and new discoveries and interests were added, like trade with people from around the world, and curiosity about a new place that Christopher Columbus was credited with discovering - a place called The New World! (The Americas.)

Leonardo Da Vinci - Interactive Activities and Games

Gutenburg and the Printing Press (video, StoryBots)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (animated cartoon)

Newton, Force and Motion games

European Explorers, Magellen, Columbus, and more - games and activities

Renaissance Review - Matching Columns Game (Quia)

See Also: The Reformation and Scientific Revolution for Kids

For Teachers

The Renaissance – Classroom Activities like drawing upsidedown under their desks.  (Mr. Roughton) - Plus classroom activities like CSI Florence, Da Vinci's Notebook, Raphael and Perspective, and Leadership with Niccolo Machiavelli

The Renaissance Unit, grade 5 but can be adjusted for any grade, free download, Core Knowledge

The Renaissance, Core Knowledge, free download

Medieval and Renaissance Painting

Feasts, Fairs, Festivals - Renaissance Society (Unit)

Spain and France - Influence in Europe and New World (Unit)

Choose Your Own Adventure (from a long and creative list of Classroom Activities and Possible Assignments)

See Also: The Reformation and Scientific Revolution for Teachers