Characters from Greek mythology are so much fun to teach. After all, kids love the larger-than-life personalities. Try this easy project. First, assign one god, goddess, hero, or creature to each child. Ask them to do a little research. When they write it on themed templates and color – you get a beautiful display for your classroom!
Ms. Sneed Teaches Mythology Characters
Our favorite fourth grade teacher sat across the table from her former student teacher, Mr. Grow. “Next week, my class will begin Greek mythology,” she said.
“That sounds like a lot of fun. Maybe I could address some of my standards with a unit like that. Can you give me a rundown of what you’ll do?”
Introducing Greek Mythology
“Sure!” said Ms. Sneed. She pulled out a one-page information sheet. “First we’ll read this page on the history of the Greek gods. It will give kids some background information.”
Mr. Grow nodded. “I like that.”
“Since there are so many characters and myths, we’ll do a jigsaw-type research project next. Each student will find information about one specific god, goddess, creature, or hero. They’ll record the information on a sheet like this.” She slid a completed page across the table. “After they color it, we’ll create a giant wall display.”
“Cool,” Mr. Grow responded.
“More than you know! Every year, when I do this project, kids cluster around that display. I have to drag them away just to take attendance in the morning!”
“So they learn about mythology without any reading assignment at all!”
“Exactly. Before too long, they’re all mini mythology experts.” Ms. Sneed grinned. “I love it!”
Researching with Passages
“For a few years,” Ms. Sneed continued, I had trouble finding literature that was appropriate for my kids. Initially, I checked out books from our school library. I even bought some myself. But there just weren’t enough materials for everyone.”
“Why didn’t you let them go online?”
“No way! Many, many sites use nude paintings to portray the gods. Furthermore, events can be too violent or sexual. And then there’s readability… Not good for kids who are only nine or ten.”
“Okay, I get that.”
“Anyway, then I found these one-page passages. Each features one character. After a little background information, the text summarizes one or two myths. Just right for my fourth graders.”
Using an eBook
“And guess what?” Ms. Sneed continued. “They’re printable, shareable – and even come as an eBook!”
Mr. Grow Teaches Mythology Characters
“This sounds like a great introduction to Greek mythology for your class. But I think the materials may be too cutesy for my sixth graders. On top of that, I think I would be okay with my kids using the Internet for research,” said Mr. Grow.
Taking Notes on Banners
Ms. Sneed nodded in agreement. “Lucky for you, this teacher-author just came out with some banners for older students. The images are also cartoons – but not cutesy like the ones I’m using.” As she spoke, she opened her laptop and clicked around to find the resource.
“Hey,” said Mr. Grow. “I like these. You’re right. They’ll be great for the middle school students I teach. Look, they can also be used digitally.”
Writing a Five-Paragraph Essay
“And look here,” said Ms. Sneed. “The resource comes with this organizer. If you want, kids can use their notes to organize and write a five-paragraph essay.”
“Oh yeah. That’ll cover some standards. And my kids will love writing about these wild mythology characters. Thanks!”
“This all looks great,” said Mr. Grow. “Can we meet again next week to prepare a complete mythology unit for my middle school students?”
Over the course of her career, Ms. Sneed realized that there were 6 steps to enjoy teaching. In order to survive, she had to organize, plan, and simplify. Then, to thrive, Ms. Sneed needed to learn, engage, and finally – dive in! Follow the Fabulous Teaching Adventures of Ms. Sneed and learn how you can enjoy teaching too.