Third graders have begun to learn about the Ancient Greek civilization. We took a simulated trip back in time to the ancient city-states of Athens and Sparta. Today in computer, the students will be reading about these city-states and writing a comparison between the two. Also, we have begun reading Homer's Odyssey. One of our first projects will be to make a Cyclops. For this, each student will need one tennis sized styrofoam ball and a dowel rod that is 12" long and 1/4" in diameter. They also need 2 small cans of play dough or model magic. The rest of the supplies will be furnished. We will need these items at the end of the month (Sept). ONE MORE THING: The 56th Annual Greek Food Festival of Dallas is going to be on Friday, Sept 28th 4pm-11pm; Saturday Sept. 29th 11am-11pm; and Sunday, Sept. 30th from 11am till 4pm. It's being held at Hopy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church at 13555 Hillcrest Rd. Dallas. Check it out online for directions and other information. In the past, it has been very kid friendly.
Students were busy researching timelines in Ancient Greek history. They will continue learning about Greek City States and researching of governmental structures....Democracy, Monarchy, Oligarchy and Tyranny. Their project recently has been making a Cyclops which will be displayed in the Showcase outside the Marion Library. We are continuing to read the Odyssey by Homer as an introduction to mythological creatures.
Looking at Greek Legacys, students researched the life of Alexander the Great and his contribution to Greek history. They wrote stories about their Cyclops and made booklets describing Military Power. Students made Hoplite Shields to illustrate the fierce faces the Greeks used to frighten their oppressors. We finished reading Homer's Odyssey. The next project involved reading the Myth about Medusa and making a Medusa hat which they took home. They also took home their Cyclops which has been featured in our Showcase across from our Library. Wishing you all a happy Thanksgiving.