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

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Parades, gladiator games, tunic weaving, and coin making!

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

Find out what life was like almost two thousand years ago during the height of the Roman Empire. As Rome celebrates its annual Games, you'll spend the day with a family, just back from their own summer vacation. Join ten-year-old Marcus for the fabulous parade and the athletes' contest in the Colosseum. Enjoy a pantomime at the ...

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Overview

Parades, gladiator games, tunic weaving, and coin making!

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

Find out what life was like almost two thousand years ago during the height of the Roman Empire. As Rome celebrates its annual Games, you'll spend the day with a family, just back from their own summer vacation. Join ten-year-old Marcus for the fabulous parade and the athletes' contest in the Colosseum. Enjoy a pantomime at the theater with his twelve-year-old sister Julia, and watch their father, Senator Julius, as he speaks in the city's forum. Top the day off with an exciting chariot race at the circus. Celebrate the history of ancient Rome with creative and fun-filled activities! Turn an ordinary sheet into a Roman toga. Learn to write in Latin. Build a legionnaire's helmet and shield, design a decorative mosaic with beans, or draw a sundial that really works! Then, when your day in Rome is through, make your own emperor's feast to share with your family and friends.

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Children's Literature - Susan Hepler
The third book in the series, this one follows a Roman family (Julia is 12, Marcus is 10) just back from their summer vacation and ready to join the fall activities that a wealthy Senator's family would enjoy. Eleven sections are introduced with a short narrative for the teacher to read aloud, including information about festivals, customs, and conventions as well as minimal but well-chosen references to historical events. Interesting and lively projects, many not found elsewhere, involve children in making various Roman things: clothes, jewelry, helmets, mosaics, food, altars, triumphal columns, and other architectural constructs. A fair number of projects explore Roman numerals, Latin expressions, and writing. While directions are clear, younger children may need help following along or a template to guide them. For social studies curricula introducing ancient civilizations at the middle elementary grades, this book will support children who need to work with their hands in order to engage their heads. A great bargain in price and an excellent paperback teacher resource.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471154532
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/20/1998
  • Series: Spend The Day Series , #3
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.28 (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. She is also the author of Spend the Day in Ancient Greece.

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 in the Villa.

Good-bye to Tibur.

At Home in Rome.

Honoring the Gods.

Marcus in a Parade.

Julia at the Baths.

A Speech in the Forum.

Games of the Gladiators.

At the Theater.

At the Circus.

The Emperor's Feast.

Resources.

Glossary.

Index.

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