Our ancient history studies have arrived at Ancient Greece! I love to supplement our studies with fun, interactive materials. I only used a fraction of the great resources I found; I’d like to think someone will benefit from my midnight materials searches!
You Wouldn’t Want To…
I can’t resist this delightfully irreverent series! Greek titles include You Wouldn’t Want to Be A Slave In Ancient Greece, You Wouldn’t Want to be a Greek Athlete, and You Wouldn’t Want to be in Alexander’s Great Army!.
I like to get in some reading practice by having my second grader read some of our materials. I think it adds a little variety and interest for the kindergarteners, too! Luckily, there were quite a few titles pertaining to ancient Greece.
Math Picture Books
Math scares me. Picture books enthrall me. I find the combination irresistible, and these two imaginative takes on Pythagoras fit the bill. They are stronger on math than on history, but I like to stick to a theme.
What’s Your Angle, Pythagoras? (Please note that this one has Pythagoras visit Alexandria and see the famous lighthouse. It explains that this isn’t historically accurate, but I found it annoying. Still a good book, though.)
For a book that is stronger on history than on math, but still fascinating, try The Librarian Who Measured the Earth
I wanted these so bad. So. Bad. For some great role-playing fun learning. I couldn’t justify the expense, but I hope you can. (Maybe, just maybe, they’ll show up as a reward for doing well on this unit? Hmmmm…)
The local library and my sis-in-law had plenty of books on Greek mythology, but if not, I might have had to pick this up:
Hands On Ancient Greece
Those little ears get a workout during class, but how about getting the hands in on the action! Some of these books I felt were too advanced for my early elementary school students, so we may hit them on our next swing through world history.
Ancient Greek Costumes
(When I was a kid, my Nonnie always bought us Tom Tierney Paper Dolls, and we had to read the historical information at the beginning and end. I learned so much! Especially about the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, for some reason…but I digress…)
Usborne Sticker books are a go to for us. The text is short, but for holding the attention and just familiarizing them with the motifs of a period of history, I think they’re great.
And a few more books on Ancient Greece!
Here’s one we did use. It belabors the smelly point a bit much and the history is pretty light, but the scratch and sniff spots are good fun. Although some are, truly, pretty nasty.
Did you know there are non-fiction companions to some of the Magic Treehouse books? I did not! I think it’s a great idea; we’ll see how the execution is.
Whew! Atsa lotta Ancient Greek stuff! But if you have something to add to the list, I for sure want to know about it. I haven’t even gotten into the library books we’re reading! An Aesop a day keeps the…philosopher…away? I don’t know, but we like it. Or the Greek root words we’re studying, which has been highly successful and great fun…and so it goes…at this rate, I hope we make it to Ancient Rome by the end of the year!