Feudalism Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan is a tool for helping teachers instruct elementary students about feudalism. Students will learn about the hierarchy of status and the reasons the feudal system was developed.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson on feudalism, students will be able to:

  • Ask and answer questions about feudalism.
  • Summarize the feudal system.
  • Recognize the roles each of the levels in the hierarchy plays in the community.


90 minutes

Common Core Curriculum Standards


Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.


Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.


Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.


  • armor
  • baron
  • counts
  • feudal contract
  • feudalism
  • fief
  • knight
  • lord
  • Middle Ages
  • military
  • noble
  • peasant
  • serf
  • taxes
  • vassal


  • Copies of quiz
  • Copies of the lesson
  • Paper
  • Pencils
  • Plastic gold coins
  • Sandwich bags
  • Role Cards (See Feudalism Pyramid Activity)
  • Challenge Cards (See Feudalism Pyramid Activity)

Reading & Discussion Questions

  • Preview vocabulary with students prior to reading the lesson.

Read Feudalism Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts as a class, and discuss the following questions:

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