Ancient Greece

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This interesting lesson introduces and summarizes Ancient Greece and includes an overview of the culture and its impact on future civilizations.  There is an abundance of information available on the Internet to use and for expanding the lesson for weeks.  Students will be especially interested in the Olympic Games, Greek Mythology, gods/goddesses, and other aspects of the Greek culture. The students will be able to describe, identify and list characteristics of Ancient Greece and its impact on future civilizations.

Ancient Greece Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Ancient Greece
  • Hands-on homework activities
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 4-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

This interesting lesson introduces and summarizes Ancient Greece and includes an overview of the culture and its impact on future civilizations.  There is an abundance of information available on the Internet to use and for expanding the lesson for weeks.  Students will be especially interested in the Olympic Games, Greek Mythology, gods/goddesses, and other aspects of the Greek culture.  The lesson may be used in conjunction with other ancient civilization lessons and those related to Greek mythology.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction

  1. Display the following: Maya, Chinese, Egyptian, Persian, Roman, Aztec, Inca.  Ask students what they each have in common.  (All were ancient civilizations.)
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. Once correct response is shared, tell students a civilization is missing from the list but it was the origin of democracy in the world.  Ask if they could name it.
  3. Allow for responses and discussion. (Give a hint by showing the Olympic rings.)  Introduce Ancient Greece.
  4. Distribute Ancient Greece content pages. Read and review the information with the students.  Save the last question for the lesson closing.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  5. Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions.  Group students in 3s or 4s.  Encourage students to discuss each question before writing a personal response.  Assign a group leader to ensure each part of all questions are discussed thoroughly.
  6. Following completion of the questions, conduct a class discussion allowing each group to share issues addressed by the group. (Responses will vary.)
  7. Distribute Practice pages. Check and review the students’ responses.  Ask students to tell what distinguishes an opinion from a fact.
  8. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
  9. In closing, ask students: What aspect of Greek Civilization interests you the most and why?
  10. Allow for responses and discussion. Encourage students to be specific, and ask what they liked most or least about the Greeks to expand the discussion.

Common Core State Standards:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.5, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.2
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6.10

Class Sessions (45 minutes):At least 3 class sessions.

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Additional information

Grade Level

4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Social Studies