Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Greek Gods, and supports the standard of evaluating the cultural contributions of groups from various societies. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Display an image of a few Greek gods, like this one:


Ask students:

  • What do you know about Greek gods? What can you tell about them from these pictures?
  • What role do you think they might have played for people living in ancient Greece?

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

  • Read the description on the Greek Gods topic page.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the following Related Reading articles: “Did You Know?” “In Depth,” or “Mother Nature.” Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: ENGAGE
Students express what they learned about Greek gods while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.

  • Make-a-Movie: Imagine you are living in ancient Greece. Create a video diary that answers this question: How do Greek gods impact your everyday life? (Essential Literacy Skill: Determine central ideas)
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map identifying important Greek gods and explaining their roles and relationships. (Essential  Literacy Skill: Summarize key details)
  • Creative Coding: Choose a Greek god and code a flag representing their significance. (Essential Literacy Skill:Make logical inferences from explicit details)

Step 4: APPLY & ASSESS 

Apply: Students take the Greek Gods Challenge, applying essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Greek Gods Quiz

Step 5:  EXTEND LEARNING

Related BrainPOP Topics: Deepen understanding of culture in Ancient Greece with these topics: Athens and Homer

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Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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