We have a new packet to share with you on the Ancient Greek gods and goddesses! This new unit includes the major Olympian gods and touches on some of the famous mythology of Ancient Greece.
This has been a really fun unit. The Ancient Greek Gods and Goddesses Packet includes many different activities from notebook pages to interactive notebook pages, matching cards and an Ancient Greek Gods and Goddesses board game! Plus, there are project cards so that kids can create their own poster-sized Greek God Family Tree!
The main gods and goddesses covered in this unit include:
- Uranus and Gaia
- Cronus and Rhea
For the past couple of months, we have spent time learning about Ancient Greece. We used Suzanne Strauss Art’s book, The Story of Ancient Greece (affiliate link) as our spine. I really loved this book and so did the kids. There were parts that made me go… “Wait! I didn’t realize that!!” and I taught World History on the high school level for years! I definitely recommend getting the 4th edition because the quality of the book has gone up considerable. It now includes colorful pictures and maps that we referred to a lot.
Why did we delve into Ancient Greece this past summer? Well, my youngest and I started reading the Percy Jackson series together. We were reading the Lightning Thief. The kids decided they didn’t remember that much about the history of Ancient Greece itself, so we jumped into a full unit!
We continued this unit into the fall because our family travels stopped us for a while in the summer. 🙂
We started off our studies of the Ancient Greek gods and goddesses by reading some of the mythology about Uranus and Gaia, Cronus and Rhea.
Resources about Greek Mythology: Strauss Art’s book, The Story of Ancient Greece has a chapter on Greek religion (chapter 6) and we read that aloud, but we also used some other books on Greek mythology. I’ll list them here if you are interested. These are affiliate links
- Aliki’s book, The Gods and Goddesses of Olympus has beautiful illustrations and the stories about the gods and goddesses are engaging. I really recommend that one!
- Greek Myths retold by Geraldine McCaughrean (Your library might have it.)
- D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths is also a great choice for kids.
- If your kids are younger 3-6 years old or so, we really loved the First Greek Myths series by Saviour Pirotta. We continually checked them out of the library!! They are all good. We’ve read Perseus and the Monstrous Medusa, Odysseus and the Wooden Horse, The Secret of Pandora’s Box. There is also King Midas’s Goldfingers.
- If your kids have read the Percy Jackson series, they might enjoy Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods. My middle daughter loved it so much, she carried it constantly in the car a couple of years ago and read it several times!! It is narrated by Percy Jackson!A publisher in New York asked me to write down what I know about the Greek gods, and I was like, Can we do this anonymously? Because I don’t need the Olympians mad at me again. But if it helps you to know your Greek gods, and survive an encounter with them if they ever show up in your face, then I guess writing all this down will be my good deed for the week.
In the packet there are a number of options for the kids to write about what they learned. There are blank notebook pages with and without lines.
This packet also has some matching cards and interactive notebook pages. Younger students can cut-and-paste the description of the gods and goddess onto the notebook page. Or, each piece can be cut out and folded and students can make an interactive notebook page (or lapbook).
As you can see, we opted to use the page as notebook pages and in the picture, you can see my daughter is gluing the description on to the page:
There is also a board game for remember what the gods and goddesses do! Each player gets a card with four descriptions (perhaps the “God of War” or the “Goddess of the hearth and home,” etc.). Players take turns rolling the die and trying to move along the game board so that they land on the four gods or goddesses on their card. The first player to get all four gods/goddesses on their card wins the game! There are seven different player cards, so students can play several different rounds!
I also included some larger project cards so that students can make their own poster-sized Greek gods and goddesses family tree! (For copyright reasons “sample” has been written on the image below.) My youngest daughter did the poster you see below. There are images of the cyclops and Cerberus included as well (they are just not pictured below).
Finally, we spent a bit of time reading about how some of the constellations got their names. I came across a really neat new game called Constellations – The Game of Stargazing and The Night Sky by Xtronaut Enterprises. (affiliate link) This was a big hit with my kids! There are a couple of pages included in the packet about Cassiopeia and Orion.
This packet is 40+ pages.
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$2.50 Ancient History Writing Paper Set (28 pages) – Writing paper on Ancient Israel, Egypt, Greece and Rome, as well as the Aztecs, Incas, and Vikings. Note: this set does not include teacher notes; this is a set of ancient history-themed writing stationery. (See this post for more details) Quick Preview
Before I go, I thought I would mention these fun books I got for ED for this unit. She really enjoyed these “You Choose” ancient Greek myths. In fact, all of my kids really enjoyed them (shhh… even my teenage son enjoyed them!), though they are meant for ages 8-12. These were the ones we got (though there are others). These are affiliate links.
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