Friday, November 19, 2010

Ancient Greece Days 4 and 5

Day 4:

We started the day talking about the foods from Ancient Greece.

Greek Theatre click on Greek Theatre- 2,350 years link for a cute interactive activity

We read and talked about Greek Theatre and then they made these:

Greek Mask

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Ancient Greece for Kids- The kids picked 3 topics each that interested them. Then they worked through the City-States: Athens, Sparta, Corinth, Argos, Megara. I assigned a comparison chart of the 5 city-states. They had to write 2 facts about each one.


We found this cool matching game: Ancient Arcade-match the god with their symbol.

Funny story---This site has pictures of the gods/goddesses taken from paintings. I previewed the first round and it looked pretty safe. So, I left the room to change Michael's diaper. When I hear Daniel yelling---"penis, penis". I thought "oh great, I just let them get on a pornography site or something" I came back in and said "What are you talking about?" He said "This god has the name penis." I read the name ---"Peneus", corrected the pronunciation and breathed a great big sigh of relief.

I have been using Janet Van Cleave's book Geometry for Every Kid this week. Today we did a lesson on triangles. We practiced drawing isosceles, equaliteral, and scalene triangles. Then tried to draw right, acute and obtuse triangles. Drawing triangles with the correct angles was harder than it looked, that's why I said we tried to draw them. We then made models of acute triangles.


Tera and Daniel have really been enjoying the stories found on the three story websites, today they listened to several from here, some from Mythweb and an Aesop's Fable.

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Tera decided to do a winter fashion show with her Greek mask

It doesn't look like a lot when you list it out, but we had a full fun day!

Day 5:

Homer's Odyssey Game- choose your own adventure type of interactive

Greek Timeline click on Printable Greek Activities for a cute timeline for the kids to fill in.

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Today our geometry lesson was on polygons. I didn't have the materials to go with the lesson so I made up my own. Since we were headed out to the library, our assignment was on the road.

Draw, label and color the polygons you see in road signs. Here are the results:


After being stuck at home for a week now, a library fieldtrip was the much anticipated event of the day. It has been a beautiful laid back day! What a great way to end our week in Greece!


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