Spend the Day in Ancient Greece: Projects and Activities that Bring the Past to Life

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Chariot racing, peplos weaving, cooking, and helmet making!

Anything can happen when you spend the day in ancient Greece!

It is over two thousand years ago in Athens, Greece, and you are invited to join a typical family as they celebrate the birthday of the goddess Athena. Take a trip with twelve-year-old Alexander to see the athletes competing in the pentathlon. Work along with ten-year-old Helen as she weaves a gift for Athena. Meet their ...

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Overview

Chariot racing, peplos weaving, cooking, and helmet making!

Anything can happen when you spend the day in ancient Greece!

It is over two thousand years ago in Athens, Greece, and you are invited to join a typical family as they celebrate the birthday of the goddess Athena. Take a trip with twelve-year-old Alexander to see the athletes competing in the pentathlon. Work along with ten-year-old Helen as she weaves a gift for Athena. Meet their father, Philip, as he tends to sick patients, and their mother, Penelope, as she prepares for the special evening feast.

Celebrate the history of ancient Greece with more than a dozen exciting activities! Write a letter using the Greek alphabet. Make a snake bracelet as a gift for a friend. Create masks to wear in your own play. Build a chariot that you can race on the sidewalks of your town! And at the end of your day, bring your own family together with Alexander, Helen, Philip, and Penelope to enjoy a feast under the stars!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
These one hundred and seven pages contain everything you need to transport your classroom back in time to ancient Greece. Following a short historical and geographical introduction to everyday life in Athens, there are lots of projects and activities to undertake, like making a chariot, creating masks, and learning the Greek alphabet. The black and white drawings, step by step instructions and brief explanations of the context are simple enough for kids to use on their own.
Children's Literature - Debra Briatico
This exciting book whisks children back in time over 2,000 years to spend a special day in Athens. During their visit, youngsters follow a typical ancient Greek family through their day and explore some of the hobbies and duties performed by ancient Greek citizens such as designing and wearing clothes and jewelry, preparing a fabulous feast, learning Greek letters, weaving on a loom, building a racing chariot, painting pieces of art, and creating a set of armor. Learners will enjoy participating in this hands-on exploration of a remarkable civilization.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471154549
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/19/1998
  • Series: Spend The Day Series , #1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,029,521
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.27 (d)

Meet the Author

LINDA HONAN is the Program Director of the Higgins Armory Museum and developer of three educational TV series for children on world history topics. ELLEN KOSMER is Professor of Art History and Associate Dean of Graduate and Continuing Education at Worcester State College. Linda Honan is the author and Ellen Kosmer the illustrator of Picture the Middle Ages: The Middle Ages Resource Book.
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Table of Contents

Waking Up in Athens.

Helen's Peplos.

Alexander's Lessons.

At the Theater.

Lunch in the Agora.

The Chariot Race.

The Boat Race.

The Hoplite Race.

Getting Ready for the Parade.

The Great Parade.

Athena's Feast.

Resources.

Glossary.

Index.

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