A long time ago when we were struggling in our homeschool journey I gave myself a “season of discovery” and took the time to just read about different methods and philosophies about homeschooling.
I had started out with our oldest basically just doing what I saw all the other homeschool moms doing, with a little bit of my own flair based on my life experiences. I bought the workbooks I saw other families using. We sat down at our little table/desk and tried to create a “homeschool” – whatever that was.
One of the coolest ideas I found while researching and reading about different homeschooling methods was whole family cyclical learning. I loved the idea of doing a unit study together as a family, and covering history in a 4 or 6-year cycle.
So when we moved towards a more relaxed, eclectic approach and started making lapbooks – some of our very first ones were of ancient civilizations.
They look impressive huh?
We absolutely loved studying ancient history. And though we are not strictly following a 4-year history cycle anymore, when Denna asked to learn about Ancient Greece I realized that it has been just about 4 years since we studied it!
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Ancient Greece Unit Study
Since Raven is currently studying the presidents and what part they played in American history, this study was just for Denna. Gaius took part in some of the activities and videos, but he didn’t really want to make a lapbook.
One of the books Denna found at the library had fun crafts and projects like making Greek salad.
She also made Greek coins, wrote her name in Greek, and read selections from our illustrated copy of Aesop’s Fables.
Fun books about Ancient Greece
- I Wonder Why Greeks Built Temples
- You Wouldn’t Want to be a Slave in Ancient Greece!
- Spend the Day in Ancient Greece (lots of fun activities!)
- Ancient Greece! 40 Hands-on Activities
- DK Eyewitness Ancient Greece
We found all of these books at our library. The one book we did purchase was an illustrated encyclopedia of the Ancient World. We happened upon it at Half-Price Books in Oklahoma City for $5 and knew instantly that it needed to go in our bookcase!
If you follow my other site Homeschool Commons you can see that we also used a lot of free public domain books to round out our unit study. Most of the books have nice illustrations and pictures that you can download and print to make fun minibooks or notebooking pages with. All of the books are also available for easy download in Kindle or Epub format.
Fun Websites to study Ancient Greece
- One of Denna’s favorite activities was comparing and contrasting Athens and Sparta
- Drive Thru History matches biblical events with “regular old history” – you can watch the Ancient Greece episode here.
- BBC Primary has a great wealth of information and activities about Ancient Greece
- Learn about the ancient Olympics
- How does the Greek language affect us today? This is a cool game by Scholastic! There are other fun interactives on the site as well.
- Read all about the gods, heroes, and monsters of Greek mythology
- Ancient Web has fabulous articles about Hellenistic Greece
- Animated History with Pipo is free to watch on Hulu – episodes 5 & 6 of Season 1 are about Greece
- ODYSSEY has a fully interactive site all about Greece!
- Read about Ancient Greece through the eyes of people who really lived it!
- Ancient Greece for Kids – at Mr. Donn
Ancient Greece Lapbook!
If there was one activity book to purchase to make your Ancient Greece unit study easier and more streamlined, it would be the History Pockets: Ancient Greece teacher guide. If you don’t want to have to rely on making copies, buy the enhanced ebook from Evan-Moor so you can print out pages as you go.
The History Pockets books are like a complete unit study with printables for lapbooks and notebooking! Technically, you are supposed to make a pocket using some construction paper. However the printables adapt well if you cut, fold, and manipulate them.
What I love about these books is that they include all the history information in short reading selections.
You can see how we used the reading selections and fast facts in our lapbook.
Free printables for Ancient Greece
Even if you don’t buy printables to make your lapbook, there are plenty of free resources out there:
- Homeschool Share has a free Ancient Greece lapbook
- Tina has another free lapbook and some other great printables
- Free Ancient Greece notebooking pages at Activity Village
- 3 Dinosaurs has an awesome Greek Mythology Pack
- Why not have a family theme day? This site has coloring pages, activities, and more!
- Free printable history paper dolls
- Greece coloring pages
- For younger kids – Sparklebox has posters and word cards to print
After we had completed the lapbook, Denna and I had fun comparing her current work with what she made 4 years ago – when she was 6! She noticed a definite improvement in her ability to communicate through writing.
What are your favorite resources for studying Ancient Greece?