Ancient Greece Free Activities and Projects for Kids and Teachers
These are activity and project ideas for kids and teachers to use in your unit study of ancient Greece. These activities can be adjusted for any grade. We hope you'll find some ideas you can use.
Greek Olympics: Ancient Greek Olympics for the Classroom 3-4 days mini-unit with student role handouts and games. This is a great group activity, and really helps the kids understand the concept of city-state and the fierce competition that existed in ancient Greece between them. I usually use this early in the unit because it's so much fun, and so very Greek.
Greek Geography Activity: Working in small groups, be real estate agents. Sell your site. Use real location names. If its a sea, name it. Give reasons why anyone should settle down in such a mountainous area. Remind students that the Greeks were independent. Their culture developed from villages that grew into unique and independent city-states. Have groups create a "For Sale" brochure or sign.
The Greek Dark Ages: Minoans, Mycenaeans, Dorians, & the Greek Dark Ages - group activity
A Slightly Different Approach to the Greek Gods Family Tree - I used felt. Felt sticks to felt and it's colorful. I created the tree, a green tree with two tiers of branches and a brown tree trunk and secured that to a wall in my classroom. To one side, I had rectangles with Greek gods names, but they were not on the tree or in any particular order or angle. You can post them up any old way, or stash them a box. This was ready to use before the kids came to class. Then I used the myths. From the myths, as a class, we could figure out from clues in the myth who was who in the ancient Greek world, including Hera and Zeus. Down at the bottom of the tree, on the trunk, I placed the demi-gods - half mortals, and the monsters. It worked very well. The kids filled the tree quite rapidly. They also ran into deities that I had not prepared. They prepared them and added them to our very cluttered tree. Somewhere in there, I reminded the kids now and then that: "The Greeks had over 2,000 gods. I don't think we're going to get them all up on our wall. But we can certainly get up a few." If you have multiple classes as I did, leave your tree up with gods posted, and have the kids check if the other classes were correct. Mix up the myths - different myths for different classes. That way, every class has a chance to add to the family tree. I left the tree up during our entire ancient Greek unit.
Monster Myths: I especially like having the kids write their own monster myths, complete with Greek God villain and/or hero/heroine and a happy ending, early in the unit. First, have your students read some additional Greek Myths if time permits as a review the Greek gods. Point out especially for this lesson the myth of King Tantalus (beware mere mortals who think they can lie about the gods or use the gods for their own purposes.) Working individually or in small groups, have kids write a short made up myth. As kids read their myth aloud, the rest of the class has to ooh and ah and cheer because that's how things were done when the Ancient Greek storytellers told their tales. It was the myths. legends, and heroes that gave the early Greeks the unity and confidence they needed to escape the rule of the hated Dorians.
The Hercules Detective Agency. Have your kids read some Case Files from the Hercules Detective Agency, then, working in small groups or individually, have them write a case file of their own. Tell your kids: Thousands of years ago, the ancient Greeks told wonderful stories about their many gods, goddesses and magical beings. These stories are called myths. Each Greek god had one or more magical powers. The ancient Greeks believed their gods used their magical powers for good, for trickery, and for adventure. Although the ancient Greek storytellers were quite inventive, and each told a myth in their own way, each god's personality and powers remained the same from story to story. That's because the ancient Greek people knew their gods well. So, no matter who was telling the story, Zeus was always king; Hera was always jealous; and so it went. We would appreciate a link back to our site so we keep ownership of the Hercules Detective Agency clearly marked. Link: The Hercules Detective Agency. Teacher Note: If you decide to post your students'case files online, on your own site, please let us know so we can link from our sites to your creative students. Thank you.
Business Cards: Tell the kids the gods are really getting upset. People are coming to the temples asking them to do everything. They don't do everything. They have jobs. People need a reminder of what jobs each god can do. In frustration, the gods have come to you to fix this. You need to create for them some business cards that they can use to advertise what they do best. (Example: Apollo, Want a sun tan? See Apollo. Or Hera: Wedding Consultant. Aphrodite: Love Advice for the Lonely. Work in groups. If you have multiple classes, work in large groups. Give each class different gods. That way, when they are all posted on the wall, the kids in each class can enjoy them. Assign groups the gods they will be helping. Give them some time. Have each class them share their business cards ideas with the class. Collect the card so can make a montage of all the cards from all classes on your wall.
Greek Gods activity: Zeus is retiring - Apply for his job.
Daily Life Activity: Imagine you are a famous architect and you have just discovered the ruins of an ancient Greek home. Go through each room, carefully piecing together the clues. One way to use this interesting lesson idea is to have your kids work in groups. Each group is assigned a room. The group creates clues (pieces of the past) for that room and its purpose in ancient Greece. Then, each group's room becomes an exploration station. Set up your stations around your classroom and allow students to explore each station and create a list of "discoveries" that tell us about daily life in ancient Greece. Then open class discussion.
Daily Life Activity: Trading Market Simulation, barter in ancient Greece. Optional use: Students can create products that would be needed in ancient Greek daily life to barter. This can be as simple as a word or a quick drawing.
Critical Thinking Activity: Question what you read on the web! - computer lab, small group activity
Famous Greeks Activities: The Great Greeks
The News, what's going on in the ancient Greek world: The Daily Athenian, newspaper project
Greek Bingo with printout Greek bingo card
Conduct a Socrates Seminar, Socrates Seminar Classroom Activity
Greek government in different city-states: Determine how each government in ancient Greece would handle a convicted violent criminal
Inventions, Famous People, Costumes: Lesson Ideas for Ancient Greece - Paper Columns, Make a Greek Chiton, Gift-Wrapped Greeks and more
Greek Pot Patterns - Printable Download - Greek Vases
Online Game Day: Ancient Greece - Games and Interactive Learning Sites for Kids - I set this activity to work by creating a scavenger hunt sheet of things for kids to find in the sites listed on their exploration sheet. The kids have to site the source for each scavenger find for verification.
My Ancient Greek Activity Book - Includes making business cards for the gods. This activity works well with one of ours - Zeus is retiring. Apply for his job.
Greek Worksheets -
- Ancient Greece, alphabet worksheet, free download, school history)
- Ancient Greece, overview, lesson plans
- Ancient Greece, Olympics, lesson plan
- Ancient Greece, trade, including a trading game, lesson plan
- Ancient Greece, education, lesson plan
- Ancient Greece, home life
- Ancient Greece, Democracy, lesson plan
- The Hellenistics Period, lesson plan
- Parthenon Marbles, lesson plan, controversy
- History for Kids (I don't usually use worksheets, but these are very good and useful to assign for optional homework for a little boost in grade - does not count against, only counts for)
Choose Your Own Adventure from over 70 different classroom activities and possible assignments
Online Quiz: Interactive Quiz Questions with Answers about Ancient Greece for Kids and Teachers
Concluding Activity: Fifth and Sixth Grade Greek Fair
New teachers: Easy desk arrangements for the classroom - I move my desks around all the time, depending upon the activites I'm doing that day. It took me forever to realize I can have the kids move their desks, after I mark the spots with masking tape. You don't want to have the kids moving desks into formations all the time, but occassionally it's a smart thing to do. Tell them you need their help prior to movement. That's trust. They will want to help you.
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