Week 7: Aesop’s Fables
READ: K – 6: Aesop’s Fables by Michael Hague
7 – 8: Aesop’s Fables by Ann McGovern
NOTE: Aesop was a slave who lived in Ancient Greece. It is said that his stories were so loved by his master that he was given his freedom. His stories are so creative that they are still enjoyed by children today.
- Who was Aesop? (a slave in Ancient Greece)
- In your own words tell some of Aesop’s fables? (answers will vary)
- Name some of the fables that you think are still popular today? (tortoise and the hare, the lion and the mouse, town mouse and the country mouse, the boy who cried “wolf”)
- Which story did you like the best? Why? (answers will vary)
K – 2: Draw your own illustration of one of Aesop’s fables.
3 – 6: Write a paragraph describing your favorite one of Aesop’s fables. Then tell why it is your favorite.
7 – 8: Write an essay doing the following:
- in your own words tell your favorite story of Aesop’s fables
- tell why it is your favorite
- tell why you think some of Aesop’s fables are still popular today.
Copyright September 27th, 2013 by Gwen Fredette
Week 6: Ancient Olympics
READ: K – 2: Olympia: Warrior Athletes of Ancient Greece by Dyan Blacklock (Please note: In Ancient Greece men competed naked. This book contains numerous drawings of naked men.)
3 – 7: Ancient Greece and the Olympics by Mary Pope Osborne (chps 5 – 8 only)
8: The Ancient Greek Olympics by Richard Woff (Please note: This book contains numerous drawings of naked men and some drawings of scantily clad women.)
- Where were the Ancient Greek Olympics held? (Olympia, city state Elis)
- Which God in particular did the Olympics honor? (Zeus)
- Could there be wars between city-states during the Olympics? (no)
- Who could compete? (only men, citizens, not slaves)
- Could murderers compete? (no)
- Describe the temple of Zeus? (one of 7 wonders of the ancient world; HUGE gold statue)
- What were some of the events? (running, hoplite race, javelin throwing, discus, long jump, wrestling, pentathlon, boxing, pankration, horse racing, chariot racing)
- What could happen to athletes who cheated? (beaten, whipped, or forced to leave games)
- Describe the hoplite race? (running race while men wore armour)
- Describe the pankration? (combination of wrestling & boxing – sometimes resulted in death)
- What did the men wear while competing? (nothing at all!)
- What did winners get? (wreath crown that symbolized long life, favor of the gods, fame, etc.)
- How did the Olympics help the city states of Ancient Greece? (brought unity & peace; less battles between city states)
- Why did Olympics end? (other countries invaded Greece & destroyed temples; earthquakes & floods)
- When did the modern Olympics start? (1896)
- How were the Ancient Olympics different from the modern Olympics? (answers will vary)
K – 2: Take a sheet of paper and fold it in half and then in half again. In each of the four quadrants, draw a picture of an event from the Ancient Olympics.
3 – 5: Write a paragraph comparing and contrasting the Ancient Olympics with modern Olympics OR pretend you are a newspaper reporter. Write about an event you saw at the ancient Olympics.
6 – 8: Write an essay comparing and contrasting the Ancient Olympics with modern Olympics OR pretend you are a newspaper reporter. Write about an event you saw at the ancient Olympics.
Copyright September 20th, 2013 by Gwen Fredette
Week 5: The Odyssey (The Trojan Horse)
READ: K – 4: The Trojan Horse by Emily Little
5 – 6: Tales from the Odyssey (Book 1: The One-Eyed Giant) by Mary Pope Osborne
7 – 8: Tales from the Odyssey (Book 1: The One-Eyed Giant, Book 2: The Land of the Dead, & Book 3: Sirens and Sea Monsters) by Mary Pope Osborne
NOTE: The book, Black Ships Before Troy by Rosemary Sutcliff and illustrated by Alan Lee is a re-telling of The Iliad. It has absolutely amazing illustrations! However, the book is quite long. Viewing/reading this book with a talented 7th or 8th grade artist might be a fun idea. For an art project the student could try to draw one of the illustrations of Odysseus’s adventures.
I am not legally allowed to post an image of this book. However, you can see a picture of the book cover by clicking on this website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Black_Ships_Before_Troy_cover.jpg
- Did the Trojans believe in the same gods as the Greeks? (yes)
- Why did the Trojan War begin? (The Trojans captured King Manelaus’s wife (king of Sparta) because she was so beautiful; the Prince of Troy wanted to marry her.)
- Why was Odysseus called to fight in the war? (strong brave leader, had sworn to defend her marriage)
- How long did the war last? (10 years)
- Which goddess did the Greeks believe helped them win the war? (Athena, goddess of wisdom)
- How did the Greeks get in the city? (built the Trojan horse)
- Describe the Trojan horse. (Large wooden horse, big enough for soldiers to climb inside)
- Why did the Trojans bring the horse into their city? (thought it was a gift for Athena)
- Did the whole Greek army climb in the horse? (no)
- Where did the rest of the army go? (pretended to leave in defeat; they sailed away)
- Who was Simon and what did he tell the Trojans? (Greek soldier; lied, said horse was gift for Athena)
- How did the whole Greek army get into the city? (men hiding in the horse came out at night, let Greek army in the city)
- How was the city destroyed? (fire)
- Who wrote the story of Odysseus and the Trojan War? (Greek poet named Homer)
K – 3: Build your own Trojan horse from construction paper and an empty tissue box (turned on its side). If you like, you can use this link and print out this horse head to add to the top of your box by clicking HERE.
4 – 6: The city of Troy really existed. Some people think parts of this story are true. Write a paragraph describing what you think could be true in this story, OR write your own Greek adventure story.
7 – 8: Write an essay describing the most exciting adventures of Odysseus, OR write your own Greek adventure story.
Copyright September 12th, 2013 by Gwen Fredette
Week 4: Greek Myths
READ: K – 2: The Hero and the Minotaur by Robert Byrd
3 – 4: The Hero and the Minotaur by Robert Byrd & Medusa by Deborah Lattimore
5 – 6:The Hero and the Minotaur by Robert Byrd & Medusa by Deborah Lattimore & King Midas and the Golden Touch by Charlotte Craft
7 – 8: D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths by Ingri & Edgar Parin D’Aulaire (stories of Danaus, Perseus, and the Gorgon pg 114; King Midas pg 124; & Theseus pg 148) OR Greek Myths by Olivia Coolidge (Midas pg 90; Medusa’s head pg 150; & Theseus pg 187)
- In your own words, explain each story you read today. (answers will vary)
- What Greek Gods and Goddesses were involved in each story? (answers will vary)
- Which story do you like the best? Why? (answers will vary)
- Have you heard stories similar to these before? When? (answers will vary)
- Why do you think these stories are still popular today? (answers will vary)
K – 2: Have fun completing one of the mazes from this site: http://krazydad.com/mazes/sfiles/KD_Mazes_EZ_v1.pdf
3 – 4: Have fun completing one of the mazes from this site: http://krazydad.com/mazes/sfiles/KD_Mazes_EZ_v1.pdf and draw your own picture of Medusa.
5 – 8: Write an essay telling a little about each of the Greek stories you read today. Then tell which of these stories is your favorite and why.
Copyright September 7th, 2013 by Gwen Fredette