We have spent the last 3 weeks studying Greek mythology with both 4th grade classes. The students got to study different topics, projects, and activities with both 4th grade teachers, and we ended the study this week with two whole-group activities as well. So, what have we all studied, you ask? Here’s a recap of the past 3 weeks:
The first week, 4R studied with me. We read and discussed the myths of Echo & Narcissus, Arachne, Persephone & Demeter, and Pandora’s Box. We also did a few projects. Our first project was making Greek black-figure pottery. The pots turned out great! It was awesome to see the creativity with these.
Our other activity was a group project, where each group chose one of the myths just mentioned out of a hat and had to map out a series of scenes from the myth. Then, making their own props and scenery, each group posed out the scenes from their myth that told the story-like illustrations-and we took a picture of each scene. The following day, each student got one of the pictures and had to write that part of the story to go with the scene. When all the pictures and paragraphs are put together, it tells the whole story!
Here are some of my favorite scenes:
The second week of study, 4E did these same activities with me while our class studied Heracles (you may know him as Hercules), the Trojan War, and other assorted Greek items in the other classroom.
We had one extra day before our whole-group end of unit activities, so we had a short lesson on Medusa, one of the ugliest mythological creatures. We talked a little bit about her, then did a small craft and played a game. Since you can’t look at Medusa without turning into stone, our game of “Pin the Snakes on Medusa’s Head” had a bit of a twist to it:
The last two days of our study were spent with an all 4th grade movie party (watching Disney’s Hercules, of course…we kept track of all the differences we spotted from the original myth-there are quite a few!!), and with our final project: the Guess Who Toga Party.
For the toga party, each student picked one of the major gods or goddesses out of a hat. For the project, they had to bring in a prop or item that would allow their classmates to guess which god or goddess they had picked. Lots of creativity went into these projects, and it was really fun guessing! We also had some Mediterranean-inspired foods for our party: pita bread, hummus, grapes, cheese, and grape juice. One of our room moms made us some amazing mythology cookies as well. What a fun afternoon!
Such a fun unit, I am sad to see it coming to an end. All that’s left is to finish our computer projects about our god or goddess. Hopefully our students have been inspired to read more about Greek mythology, as we barely scratched the surface in only 3 weeks!! 🙂