Second grade students started a reading unit learning about Ancient Asian Civilizations then moved on to an introduction about Greek civilizations. Students gathered together to view videos from Discovery Streaming to start the study about Greek civilizations. They were able to see the architecture and buildings in ancient Greece and see buildings in the USA using the same architecture. They learned that Democracy started in Greece before the Romans brought it to the New World. During reading time they continued to learn about the civilizations and inventions they shared with the world. As they became engaged in the unit they learned about the Gods and Goddess and their influences.
As a culminating activity on October 29th, students were allowed to dress up as their favorite God or Goddess. This is what some students said about the experience.
Stephanie G. and Chauncey in Ms. Dunleavy’s , Mrs. McNeill’s class told about their favorite character. Students from other classrooms told how much they enjoyed the event.
Athena is a very important goddess of many things. She is goddess of wisdom, courage, inspiration, civilization, law and justice, strategic warfare, mathematics, strength, strategy, the arts, crafts, and skill.
Stephanie said she “picked Athena because she liked war and wisdom a lot. She seemed really royal because she was Zeus’s daughter. I really like dressing up as Athena and it made me feel like a real goddess.”
Chauncey said,” he liked being Zeus because he was the god of lighting and a leader. I felt happy because everybody dressed up like their favorite God or Goddess. I learned he was like a father to all the Gods because he was a leader.”
Kami said, “It was awesome.”
Diana said,” It was cool.”
Bryson said, “It was good.” “It was fun dressing up.”
Faith said, “It was cool and exciting.”
Kendall said, “It was super fun and they had super powers. She thought she looked awesome as Hera.”
Aiden said, “They were very powerful. Zeus was the most powerful. Zeus could throw thunder, lighting and rain. There were 12 main Gods and Goddess. I felt weird at first dressing up as Zeus then got used to it. They have human looks and have super powers.”
The students will further increase their knowledge through Greek mythology in their next reading unit. Greek myths tell about the adventures of the Gods and Goddess. They explain beliefs and how things came to be.