Ancient Greece Activities and Projects for Kids and Teachers
These are classroom activities and project ideas for kids and teachers to use in your unit study of ancient Greece. These activities and projects 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 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
Greek Gods activity: Zeus is retiring - Apply for his job
Greek Gods group activity: Using Zeus is retiring, divide your class into groups. Then announce that Zeus is retiring. Remind your class that Zeus was king of all the gods. His was an elected position. He was elected by the Olympians. Many of the gods, including some of the Olympian gods, want his job. Someone is going to be elected. Your group is the committee to elect the god assigned to you. (Have each group draw a god's name from a hat or bowl or simply hand them one name.) Then tell your class: Remember - not only were the ancient Greeks very smart. They were also very tricky. Think about how you could get your candidate elected because words matter. For example, Mr Donn took his family to Disney World. While we were there, Disney ran a contest. They asked people in the park that day to pick from two choices the character they believed would do the best job representing all the Disney characters and their needs fairly. The two choices were Captain Hook and Winnie the Pooh. Disney employees were standing by ballot boxes all over the park so that people could quickly fill out a ballot and vote. For about a half an hour in the morning, Mr Donn chanted everywhere we went: "Hook Hook, he's our man; Vote two times if you can." Hours later, when we reached the far side of the park, people chanted to us: "Hook, Hook, he's our man; Vote two times if you can!" Every other day that week, Winnie the Pooh had won, But that day, Captain Hook won by a landslide! Words are powerful things. Whether it's Disney World today, or the ancient Greek world thousands of years ago - words matter. Use your words wisely to help get your candidate elected to take Zeus' place. You have two class periods to build your campaign, and one class period for all groups to present. Your campaign can include posters, chants, catchy phrases, spy reports, and even smear campaigns. Since this is a fictional campaign, be sure to use your imagination.
Greek Myths, Writing Activity and Storytelling: Monster Myths: I especially like having the kids write their own monster myths, complete with hero and happy ending. 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 storytellers told their stories.
Ancient Greece 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.
Ancient Greek Market Simulation, 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 Theatre Activity:
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 - 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
See Also: Lesson Plans for Ancient Greece