"The Parthenon - Acropolis, Greece" by Sam Valadi

Everything Has a Story
4 Fun Printables and Other Interactive Ways to Learn About Ancient Greece

There is a cafe in our local library call Her Story. I love this cafe and its name. It reminds me that everyone and everything has a story. These stories are so important, even the ones we deplore, and have shaped the world that we live in.

"The Parthenon - Acropolis, Greece" by Sam Valadi

Image courtesy of Sam Valadi at flickr.com (scaled and text added)

I love history. It has helped shape who I am. It is also one of the many reasons that I love to travel. Our world is filled with so much history. It is in every nook and cranny, building and book. I wish I could say that my love of history came from all of my wonderful teachers in school, but frankly that is not the case. The history experience I had in school was really a snoozapalooza that was filled with memorizing dates and facts and never really living or understanding the history. I think history should be fun and exciting. You should not only learn it but live it a little too if you can.

We have been doing a unit on ancient Greece. There is so much to cover that I can barely contain myself. I have to keep reminding myself that my daughter is only in first grade and we have plenty of time to learn all of this wonderful stuff that has shaped our world. I decided the main objectives would be to have a basic knowledge of ancient Greece and their beliefs and have a lot of fun. So here are a few of the things that we have included in our history unit on Ancient Greece. I hope you enjoy them as much as we have.

We have used several books during this unit. Some of our favorites were D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths by Ingri d’Aulaire and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire, Olympics by B.G. Hennessy, The Greeks by Roy Burrell and The Trojan Horse: How the Greeks Won the War by Emily Little. We also really enjoyed the audio CD Greek Myths by Jim Weiss.

Here are a few websites that we have loved while doing our unit on ancient Greece. They had a lot of fun information and interactive games.
http://www.historyforkids.net/ancient-greece.html
http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/homework/greece/interactive.htm

We also found several fun recipes. This is one of our favorites.
http://www.olivetomato.com/3-easy-ancient-greek-recipes-you-can-make-today/

This has been one of the longest history units we have done so far this year. It has so much information in it I wanted to make sure my daughter was retaining everything I was throwing at her. One of the things we had the most fun with was a game that I made. It was a great way to review what we learned while studying ancient Greece. I have included a link below for the game along with a few other fun printables that I created for this unit. I hope you like them as much as we did.
HistoryGameAncientGreece.pdf
MatchUpAncientGreece.pdf
QuizAncientGreece.pdf
VennDiagramAncientGreece.pdf

What fun units have you been doing for history?

"Athens - Detail of Parthenon" by Roger W

Image courtesy of Roger W at flickr.com (scaled and text added)

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4 Fun Printables and Other Interactive Ways to Learn About Ancient Greece"

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andrea
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can i come back to this page if i ever decide to go to Greece? :)

Jessica Harlow
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I’ve always enjoyed history, reading about and actually seeing it in person. And Ancient Greece is definitely an interesting time period!

Shelah
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You have such amazing learning units. I love learning and teaching about history, too!

lauren
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what creative printables! My son would love them.. very interesting!

AnnMarie Brown
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These printables are so neat. What a great way to study Greece.

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