Ancient Greece Free Activities and Projects for Kids and Teachers Illustration

Ancient Greece Free Activities and Projects for Kids and Teachers

These are free to use original activity and project ideas for kids and teachers for your unit study of ancient Greece for 6th grade. They can be adjusted for any grade.

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-states 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

The Greek Gods:

  • 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. 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 remind the kids now 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.

  • Working in Small Groups, write your own myth:  Years ago, someone told me, when I was a new teacher, fictional writing needs to be a small group activity. And she was so right. One of my students did the least amount of work with the most amount of disinterest until one day, in his small group, he was chosen to be the narrator of the myth they created. It was his only participation and he was incredible. He was all the characters. His voice changed for each. His body adjusted for each. At the end of his presentation of the group's very short original myth, instead of clapping, there was dead silence. Thank goodness for one little girl who said - that was incredible! Then everybody clapped. From then on, he came alive. Word spread. People were talking about him for days much to his embarrassment and delight.

  • NEW: Case Files of the Hercules Detective Agency (short stories about ancient Greece)  Join Herc and his buddies as they solve the many problems facing the ancient Greek people, just by reading a short story! Meet some monsters! Visit the Olympics! Find out how kids got an education. How did men get their hair cut? How did people meet each other to get married? Who were the Oracles? What were the gods really like and how did they get along? What was the stone zoo?  What happened to the missing olive trees? How did Hercules and the Minotaur become best friends? These questions and many more are answered by Hercules and his many friends though the Case Files of the Hercules Detective Agency. 
    Ways we use these stories: Homework: Assign a story as homework, and next class day, start class with a quick brainstorming session - what did this story tell you about ancient Greece? Small group activity: Each group with a different story to recap, illustrate, and present.  Or, working in small groups, have them write a case file of their own that shares something about daily life, inventions, religion, or geography in ancient Greece.We selected Hercules, spelled the Roman way, as the central character.

  • 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.

Ancient Greek Daily Life Activities:

  • Daily Life Activity: This is an interesting approach for a small group daily life activity: interesting lesson idea. Tell your students: 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. Each group in your class 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. Although this is fictional writing, it is also technical writing as the assignment requires the discovery of artifacts and clues. We teach multiple classes. Some of our groups during this two-day activity chose to add to existing rooms. Some created nearby businesses. Some created neighbors. I had two groups, actually, who challenged the findings of two different discovery stations. One group was clearly, based on their presentation, seeking a grant to correct misinformation. Very fun. Our two-day activity became a four day one and I left the discovery stations up for about 10 days.

  • 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 on a piece of paper 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

Gift Wrapped Greeks - one of my personal favorites for teaching and reviewing inventions and achievements, but Mr. Donn never uses this one. He thinks it's too much trouble, but then, you should see how he wraps!

Conduct a Socrates Seminar, Socrates Seminar Classroom Activity

Mock Trial: Socrates, Mock Trial, Classroom Activity (2-3 class periods, 55 minutes each)

Greek government in different city-states: Determine how each government in ancient Greece would handle a convicted violent criminal

Famous People, Costumes: Lesson Ideas for Ancient Greece -  Paper Columns, Make a Greek Chiton

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.

Greek Worksheets -

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 activities 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 into formations all the time, but occasionally it's a smart thing to do. Tell them you need their help prior to movement. It's a team building activity. It's not your classroom that way, it's "our" classroom. They will want to help you. 

Free Lesson Plans, Classroom Activities, Projects:  Since we look at many ancient cultures during the same school year, kids can actually forget what culture they are studying while they are studying it. For Ancient Greece in 6th grade, we opened each day's lesson with one quick Aesop fable to keep them on track. The projects and activities can be adjusted for any grade, but are designed for middle school, and 5th through 10th grade. The study of ancient cultures is such a fun year. We wish you the very best year ever!

Ancient Greek Olympics for the Classroom 3-4 days mini-unit with student role handouts and games, designed for 6th grade, can be adjusted for any grade

Socrates, Mock Trial, Classroom Activity (2-3 class periods, 55 minutes each)

Early Greece: Minoans, Mycenaeans, Dorians, & the Greek Dark Ages - group activity

Question what you read on the web! - critical thinking, computer lab, small group activity

Using case files from the Hercules Detective Agency in your classroom

Alexander the Great and Johnny Appleseed (classroom activity and lesson idea to transition 6th grade units, from Greece to Rome)

Over 90 Ancient Greece Activities for elementary and middle school Kids and Teachers - some ours, some sent to us

Early & Classical Greece Units    

Ask Mr. Donn (unit review, quiz with answers, interactive)

Geography:

Geography Lesson Plans - several

Government:

Early History - Minoan, Mycenaean, Greek Dark Ages

City-States & Government - Athens, Sparta

Greek Wars - Trojan, Persian, Peloponnesian

Religion:

Gods, Goddesses, Myths -many, include projects and classroom activities

Daily Life

Daily Life, Homes, Women, School - many, include projects and classroom activities

Achievements/Inventions

Art & Architecture - Vases, Columns, Theatre

Ancient Greek Olympics

Achievements, Inventions

Stories, Overviews, People, Special and Concluding Activities, and Quizzes

Ancient Greece for Kids and Teachers (Mrs. Masters) Review, Activity and Game

Activity: TV Interviews with the Great Greeks

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

Aesop's Fables

Famous People - Pericles, Socrates, Aristotle, Plato, Alexander the Great, lesson plans, Great Greeks

7 Wonders of the Ancient World (as selected by the ancient Greeks)

Lesson Ideas for Ancient Greece (some ours, some sent to us)

Welcome to Ancient Greece, Overviews & Units

Webquests & Resources

Interactive Games Online for Ancient Greece for Kids (flash games have been removed)