Resources for Learning About Ancient Greece

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We are gearing up to learn about ancient Greece over the next several weeks. I’ll be posting about the activities that we do, but thought that first I’d share the books and resources that we will be using.

First, we plan to learn about the wonderful Greek myths.  For this, we will use the classic D’Aulatires’ Book of Greek Myths as well as Usborne Greek Myths for Young Children.  We will accompany that with  the Dover coloring book on Greek Gods and Goddesses.

As we delve deeper into what life was like in ancient Greece, we will use two books that I really like a lot.  A Visitor’s Guide to the Ancient World by Lesley Sims reads like a Fodors-type tour guide, detailing via text and illustrations, what exactly one could expect to experience if they were traveling in the ancient world:  what to wear, what to eat, where to stay, what the local customs are, etc.

I Wonder Why…Greeks Built Temples and other Questions About Ancient Greece is another great resource, full of picture and descriptions about the whys of ancient Greece:  What did Greeks have for breakfast?  What did girls do all day?  Who discovered that the Earth was round? Why were the Olympics held? and so on.

And we have been loving History Pockets:  Ancient Civilizations for all of the wonderful hands-on projects in provides, so I am excited to get to the ancient Greek projects in this book.

And we will continue to use our main texts, Story of the World and it’s accompanying Activity Book, as well as the Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World History.  We’ve also been getting a lot out of DK’s Atlas of World History.  This large book is full of historical maps, which we’ve been tracing with tracing paper, giving us a good understanding of the lay of the land back in ancient times.  There is also a lot of very interesting accompanying information about cultures, wars, and historical facts.


So look for my posts with lots of hands-on activities coming soon on Ancient Greece.  I’ll also be pinning along with my fellow bloggers on the new Collaborative Pinterest pin board, Hands-On History.  If your kiddos like to learn via projects, activities, field trips and more, this pin board is a great way to get ideas for keeping historical learning fun and exciting for your early elementary students.