Ancient Egypt Free World History Curriculum
Free World History Curriculum

Part 3:  Ancient Greece

Welcome back to the latest post on Free Ancient World History Plans !
This section will cover the beginning of Greek Culture, the first Olympic games, the Peloponnesian War, Alexander the Great, and lots more !    🙂

For an introduction to this curriculum and how you can adapt it to all your needs, start below with the first post in this series-
 “Free Chronological World History Plan” .
World History Plan (Teach all ages at once !)
Next in the series, you will find the daily plans for
Section 1:  Ancient Civilizations & the Old Testament
Section 2: Ancient Egypt  (includes Ancient China)

Be sure to follow my  Ancient History Pinterest Boards too !  
I will be adding to them frequently.
* Ancient Civilizations Board
* Ancient Egypt Board
* Ancient Greece Board
* Ancient Rome Board
* Middle Ages Board
Lots of free ideas and activities to add to these units.

If you have ANY QUESTIONS  at all, I’d love to hear from you !
You can either comment at the bottom of this post or you can email me at
chenoah@fieldsofdaisies.com
Enjoy !

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*Ancient Greece

*Ancient Greece

1. Beginning of Greek Culture       (1400 BC)
2. Trojan War  (Myth or Fact)          (1200 BC)
3. Greek Alphabet                               (1050 BC)
4. First Olympic Games                     (  776 BC)
5. Iliad Composed/Mythology        (  700 BC)
6. Golden Age of Athens                     (  500 BC)
7. Peloponnesian War                         (404-363 BC)
8. Alexander the Great/Macedonian Rule     ( 146 BC)
9. Rome Conquers Greece                 (  146 BC)

*Overview of Lessons for this section:

*Week 1  The Ancient Greeks & “The Trojan War”
*Week 2-  Ancient Writing
*Week 3- Greek Civilization & Mythology
*Week 4–  The Peloponnesian War, Alexander the Great
and the Fall of Greece
*Week 5- Explore It !  Week
(explanation at beginning of plans for this week)
*Week 6-  Read & Enjoy !
*Week 7-  Notebook It ! Week/ Show What You Know Week
(explanation at beginning of plans for this week)

*Objectives:

+ Be able to sequence ancient Greece cards (and OT/Egypt cards)
+ Be able to tell at least 3 facts about each card
+ Be able to describe the geography of Greece including terms we’ve studied
+ Be able to locate Greece and Crete on a map.
+ Be able to find the Aegean Sea, the Sea of Crete, and the Ionian Sea
+ Be able to define:
– Pericles     -Acropolis     -Athens/Sparta/Crete     -Socrates     -agora     -democracy     -discus     -Plato     -chiton/peplos     -column      -Aristotle      -Troy     -drachma     -Aesop      -amphora
-Alexander the Great     -Parthenon      -Homer      -Cadueceus      -oracle      -chariot      -epic
-myth     -Iliad/Odyssey
+ Be able to describe what the government was like and name some of the well known leaders of this age.
+ Be familiar with and be able to chronicle these wars:  Persian  & Peloponnesian
+Be able to describe what a day in the life of a child living in ancient Greece would be like
+ Be able to recognize art from this period & discuss what sets it apart from other ancient art we’ve learned about
+ Be familiar with who Homer is.  Be able to discuss Greek mythology and why it was so important to the culture.
+ Add at least one page per event to your binder
(be sure you are including important people and the arts!)

**NOTE:  Below is an outline of reading/activities for a three day schedule.  You could easily change this to 5 days by adding in some great hands on activities, if it fits your needs better.  Imagine doing Art/Discovery Projects on the other two “off” days that are related to the era… creating your own Greek myths, holding your own family olympic games, or cooking your very own Greek feast !  The possibilities are endless and so much FUN !!!

I will include the names and links to the books  used in these lessons  at the bottom of this page !  Those several books are all that is required for these lessons, but you may enjoy the other suggestions too 🙂
We read many GREAT historical fiction books for “Language Arts” during this study.  This is a great way to have lots of time to ENJOY reading and cover two “subject areas” at once.  It also makes these lessons super easy to use for ALL YOUR CHILDREN!  Check out LOTS of books on this section for all different reading levels and you’re set !

**UPDATE:  For conveinence, I am making separate posts just for the “extra” books that add to the fun of these studies.  You can click below for the book lists for the following studies:
Ancient Greece Book List
Ancient Egypt Book List 
Ancient Civilizations & the Old Testament Book List

Teaching All Ages At Once-
The  lessons I have written in this series are meant to be self directed for middle school ages .  But if you are using this for multiple ages like I did, I simply read the Story of the World out loud, as well as our Bible study, and some of the other historical fiction at times.  I have included a few “extra” books at the bottom of this page for younger readers and they can always be included in the hands on activities.  Classical Kids:  An Activity Guide to Life in Ancient Greece & Rome for Kids is my favorite for ideas that can be leveled up or made a bit more simple, but enjoyed by all!!   My “little” often colored pages to put in her own timeline binder while I read!  I was often amazed at how much she absorbed just by listening !!   They are great to add in to the timeline binders for the big kids as well 🙂

So…HERE WE GO !

*Vocabulary-
+excavate     +philosophy     +aristocracy     +democracy     +chitons     +dowry     +oracle
+stoa     +agora     +mosaic     +symposium     +satire(satyr)     +drachma     +myth     +fable
+epic     +monarchy     +Caesar     +legion     +frieze     +cornice     +colonnade     +column
+truce

*People & Places-
+Phoenicia     +Minoans     +The Acropolis     +Plutarch     +Socrates     +Plato     +Aristotle
+Zeus     +Athena     +Persia     +King Cyrus     +Pericles     +The Parthenon     +Athens     +Sparta     +Alexander the Great     +Euclid     +Pythagoras     +Iliad     +Homer

*NOTE:  If you’d like to use the Bible as a text for this study each day here are some corresponding chapters.   I listed them with the number of the section (1-7) .  There is also a link to a   Chronological Illustrated Bible below too that is helpful !
**note “ish” is a very technical term meaning somewhere in that area.

1. Ruth & Naomi and  Gideon                  <Story of the “Trojan War”>
(Ruth 1-4; Judges 6-8)
2.  Samson, Samuel and  Saul                  <Homer>
(I Samuel 1-2:11; 3,8, and 15)
3.  Elijah & Elisha , Joel & Obadiah   <First Olympic Games; The Golden Age of Greece>
(I Samuel 16 ; I and II Kings)
4. The Prophets                                       <Pythagoras, Buddha, Confucius Aesop>
(Isaiah, Micah, Hosea, Hezekiah, Sennacherib, Nahum, Zephaniah)
(Daniel, Manasseh,Ezekiel, Esther, Haggai, Zechariah, Nehemiah)
5. Malachi                                                    <Peloponnesian War>


*WEEK 1 :  The Ancient Greeks & The Trojan War

*Day 1-
+Watch
-“ Ancient Greece 101”   (National Geographic… 4 minutes)
– “Ancient Greece”    (History Channel Documentary…45 minutes)
OR    “Ancient Greece in 18 Minutes
+ Write
– Add this section’s vocabulary words to history notebook (in vocabulary section)

*Day 2-
+Read-
– “The Ancient Greeks”    p. 4-9 ; 44-45
– “Story of the World- Vol 1”    p. 128-136
+ Watch
THIS  short introduction to the Trojan War
AND/OR
THIS   longer video ( Is the Trojan War REALLY a myth ?)

*Day 3-
+Read-
– “The Ancient Greeks”   p. 12-17;  30-33;  40-41
– “Story of the World”      p. 137-141
+Watch-
“Is it Love?”  (Heroes of Troy…a musical adaptation from the BBC)


*WEEK 2 : The Greeks & Ancient Writing

*Day 1-
+Read-
– “The Ancient Greeks”  p. 28-29
– ” Story of the World”   p. 142-151

*Day 2-
+Read-
– “The Ancient Greeks”   p. 10-11; 18-19
+Watch-
– “The Day the Greeks Invented Vowels
and
– “Singing the Greek Alphabet

*Day 3-
+Read-
– “Usbourne Book of World History”  p. 72-73
– “The Ancient Greeks & Philosophy
6 Great Greek Philosophers
– Who was Aesop and what is a fable?
Read  HERE  and/or  watch  HERE 
– Choose 4 Fables to read  HERE


*WEEK 3 :  Greek Civilization & Mythology

*Day 1-
+Read-
– “The Ancient Greeks”  p. 20-25
– “The Story of the World- Vol. 1”  p. 169-172
What is a myth ? Greek Gods & Goddesses  (Interactive from BBC)
Greek Gods & Goddesses 

*Day 2-
+Watch-
– “Drive Thru History:  Greece ”   DVD
OR   “Living History Living in Greece”  (YouTube about 20 minutes)
+Write-
– People & Places Vocabulary  (you can work on this while you watch if you want)
You should find them from your reading…if not, try looking  HERE

*Day 3- 
+Read-
– “The Ancient Greeks”  p. 34-37
– Click the links below and read these short facts about:
Ancient Greek Culture   and    Ancient Greek Art & Architecture
Government in Ancient Greece
Daily Life  and   Ancient Greek Family Life
The Olympics

*WEEK 4 : The Peloponnesian War,  Alexander the Great,
                             and the fall of Greece

*Day 1-
+Read-
– “The Ancient Greeks”  p. 38-39  
– Click link“The Ancient Greeks at War”
Print & Read the People of Ancient Greece cards from Research Parent  (I love these !)
+Watch 
– “A Day in the Life of an Ancient Athenian

 

*Day 2-
+Read-
– “The Ancient Greeks”   p. 46-55
– “The Story of the World Vol. 1”  p. 173-179
“Whom Did the Greeks Fight”  
– Read more about Athens & Sparta  HERE

*Day 3-
+Read-
– “The Ancient Greeks”  p. 56-59
– “The Story of the World Vol. 1”  p. 180-187
“Alexander the Great”
– “Ancient Greece Decline and Fall
+Watch-
“Alexander the Great”   (YouTube about 9 minutes)


*Week 5 – Explore It !  Week
(explanation at beginning of plans for this week)

*Day 1-  Explore More – Online  !
“How Did the Ancient Greeks Change the World”
Explore Ancient Greece     (Interactive site from the British Museum)
Try speaking like a Greek !
Build your own Greek home   (interactive)
– Read about Greek Theatre  and watch short video  HERE 

*Day 2 and 3- Hands On!  Try It !  (All free online)
– Try writing your own fable or Greek Myth !
   If you need some ideas to start look HERE .  You can also print out some Ancient Greek writing paper  HERE .  

Make a Greek theatre mask
Try Making a Grecian Urn   from The Unlikely Homeschool
Try an Ancient Greek Recipe
Try making this Ancient Greece Go Fish Game ! from Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool
– Read more about the first Olympics HERE  and Hold your own Olympic Games !
Learn to draw….  Alexander the Great, Atlas, the Parthenon, the Centaur, and more!
– Try this math activity –  Pythagoras and the Knotted Rope 

*Week 6 –  Read & Enjoy !
+ Read-
This week you will read The Iliad and the Odyssey .
Start by watching  THIS .

*Note:   You may like to require more this week. My idea behind having a week like this, is that my children would be able to JUST READ !   No strings attached.    It would be a great week to start on the pages for notebooks as well (see Week 7).  The reading might fire up some pretty creative ideas for notebook pages too!

*Week 7-  Notebook It ! Week/ Show What You Know Week
(explanation at beginning of plans for this week)

*Day 1-
+Make a cover page for this section to add to your binder.  Be sure to put a line across the bottom of the page and note our “beginning date”.

+Make a page for each of the 9 sections (see below).
This can be print outs, coloring sheets, or hand written pages.  BE CREATIVE!
Just the heading and the line need to be done for each page today.
(Again, be sure to add the timeline date line at the bottom of each page)

1. Beginning of Greek Culture       (1400 BC)
2. Trojan War  (Myth or Fact)          (1200 BC)
3. Greek Alphabet                               (1050 BC)
4. First Olympic Games                     (  776 BC)
5. Iliad Composed/Mythology        (  700 BC)
6. Golden Age of Athens                     (  500 BC)
7. Peloponnesian War                         (404-363 BC)
8. Alexander the Great/Macedonian Rule     ( 146 BC)
9. Rome Conquers Greece                 (  146 BC)

*Day 2-

+Add information for each of the 9 pages you made on Day 1.
You may write things you can remember…quotes…draw pictures, etc.
Add in any of the activities you tried on the proper page :
Greek Architecture or urns (pictures), Recipes or description of the meal you cooked, etc.
You also could use main ideas from the reading
(cut & paste pictures, bubble notes, or bullet points…)
You can find an entire Notebooking Ancient Greece printable pack   HERE 
from Homeschool Share .
Ancient Greece Coloring Pages 

*Day 3-
+ Review the 9 index cards.
+ Do a Candy Quiz on these today !
+ These free printable cards  (from researchparent.com)  would be great to add to your notebook or to use as a review !  There are also printable Ancient Greece Historical Figure cards, and Ancient Greek Mythology Gods & Goddesses cards.

*COMING UP NEXT:
Free World History Curriculum
Part 3: Ancient Rome*

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*BOOKS/RESOURCES  LIST

*4 Core Books-  

*Other Recommended Ancient World History Resources (Just for Fun!)



**REMEMBER:
Be sure to follow my Ancient History Pinterest Boards too !  

I will be adding to them frequently.
* Ancient Civilizations Board
* Ancient Egypt Board
* Ancient Greece Board
* Ancient Rome Board
* Middle Ages Board
Lots of free ideas and activities to add to these units.
And be sure to check out my full list of ABSOLUTE FAVORITE living books and resources for making ancient world history come ALIVE !!
Ancient Greece Book List
Ancient Egypt Book List 
Ancient Civilizations & the Old Testament Book List

 

 

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