The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan motivates kids to read. What’s more? You can teach mythology, summarizing, inferences, and vocabulary. Check it out!
Ms. Sneed Plans to Teach The Lightning Thief
Our favorite fourth grade teacher clicked away on her laptop. “What are you looking for?” asked her teaching partner, Mr. Frank.
“See that set of novels on the shelf?” She pointed to 30 brand-new copies of The Lightning Thief. “I’ve had those for two years, but I’ve never used them. So I’m looking for some great activities for my high readers.”
When Ms. Sneed opened the preview, she knew she had a winner.
“Look at this background information,” Mr. Frank commented. “These five pages teach kids about the Olympians, as well as their battle with Kronos.”
“That will tie into my myth unit perfectly,” Ms. Sneed responded.
References to Mythology in The Lightning Thief
Ms. Sneed flipped ahead. “I like these worksheets. Just one page for each chapter,” she said. “Each is arranged in four panes. The first gives information about one character from Greek mythology.”
“That’s perfect!” Mr Frank exclaimed. “That way, they will understand the references.”
“In the second pane,” Ms. Sneed continued, “they explain the chapter title. For example, the first chapter is called ‘I Accidentally Vaporize My Algebra Teacher.’ When kids explain, they are actually summarizing the chapter.”
“Aha,” said her co-teacher. “That will tell you if they’ve read – and understood.”
“Then this box asks them to answer a question.” Ms. Sneed’s eyes were gleaming. “What great variety of activities!”
“And the final section has key vocabulary terms,” said Mr. Frank.
“For my kids, I think I’ll discuss these before they read. That way, they’ll understand the chapter better.”
“Additionally, I’d like to move our allusions to Greek mythology here. It makes sense to study them in conjunction with this novel.”
Ms. Sneed grinned. “This is going to be a piece of cake.”
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.