In Social Studies the past couple of weeks, our fourth grades have been learning about an exciting period of time in history called the Middle Ages. We have been learning about the fall of the Roman Empire, changes that took place after the fall, the rise of the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches, important leaders like Saint Benedict and Charlemagne, and the feudal system. We have been comparing and contrasting the way of life in the Middle Ages to our lives today. The students were amazed by the unfairness of the feudal system for the everyday common people. We created a visual demonstration of this by using cups to represent the different people in the feudal system (i.e. king, lords/nobles, knights and peasants). We used ten small cubes to represent the peasants portion from the land they worked, 60% of which was paid to the knight over their area for protection. We were able to see clearly that this system, while beneficial to rulers, was very unfair to the common man.