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Free World History Curriculum- Part 4: Ancient Rome

Free World History Curriculum- Ancient Rome
(Part 4)

Welcome back to the latest post on Free World History Curriculum Series !

This section will cover Ancient Rome- the beginning of Roman Empire, Julius Caesar, the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, Constantine, and lots more !    🙂
For an introduction to this curriculum and how you can adapt it to all your needs, (including teaching ALL your children together!) start below with the first post in this series-
“Free Chronological World History Plan” .

Free Homeschool History Curriculum


**If you just want to see the FREE Ancient Rome Curriculum, please just keep scrolling on down and you’ll find it below (in red)! **

You can find the other parts of the FREE History Series below-

*Section 1:  Ancient Civilizations & the Old Testament
+FREE History of Ancient Civilizations/Old Testament Curriculum Lesson Plans
+FREE Ancient Civilizations / Old Testament Printable History Cards
+Ancient Civilizations/OT Printable PDF Version
+FREE 21 Fascinating Facts About Ancient Civilizations
+21 Fascinating Facts About Ancient Civilizations Printable PDF 
+Ancient Civilizations/OT Great Books Reading List
+Ancient Civilizations/OT History BUNDLE

*Section 2: Ancient Egypt  (includes Ancient China)
+FREE History of Ancient Egypt/China Curriculum Lesson Plans
+Ancient Egypt/China Curriculum Printable PDF Version
+Ancient Egypt Printable History Cards
+FREE 21 Fascinating Facts About Ancient Egypt
+21 Fascinating Facts About Ancient Egypt Printable PDF Version
+Ancient Egypt/China Great Books List !
+Ancient Egypt History Bundle

*Section 3:  Ancient Greece
+FREE History of Ancient Greece Curriculum Lesson Plans
+ Ancient Greece History Curriculum- Printable PDF
+ Printable Ancient Greece History Cards

Ancient Greece Books and Resources List
+FREE 21 Fascinating Facts About Ancient Greece- History Starters
+21 Fascinating Facts About Ancient Greece-  PDF Version
*Ancient Greece History BUNDLE

*Section 4:  Ancient Rome
+FREE History of Ancient Rome Curriculum Lesson Plans
+ Ancient Rome History Curriculum- Printable PDF
Ancient Rome Books and Resources List
+Printable Ancient Rome History Cards
+FREE 21 Fascinating Facts About Ancient Rome-  History Starters

+21 Fascinating Facts About Ancient Rome-  PDF Version
*Ancient Rome History BUNDLE

*Section 5: Middle Ages & the Renaissance
+ FREE History of the Middle Ages Lessons Plans
+ Middle Ages History Curriculum-  Printable PDF

Books and Resources List
+ Printable Middle Ages History Cards
+ FREE 21 30 Fascinating Facts About the Middle Ages
+21 30 Fascinating Facts About the Middle Ages Printable PDF 
+Middle Ages History BUNDLE


*NEW 2020 !

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+Ancient History Curriculum Series PDF Version-  BUNDLE
+Ancient History Curriculum Series Printable History Cards-  BUNDLE
+COMPLETE Ancient History BUNDLE

*If you are continuing on to American History after the Ancients,
I’ve got you covered too!
You can find the next part in this series here –>
Free Early American History CurriculumFree Modern American History

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For lots more ideas organized to go along with this series, 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

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You can either comment at the bottom of this post or you can email me at
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Enjoy !

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*Ancient Rome History Timeline

1. Beginning of Roman Empire/Romulus Story     (753 BC)
2. Romans Overthrow Etruscans                                (509  BC)
3. Punic Wars                                                                  (264-146 BC)
4. Julius Caesar                                                               ( 45 BC)
5. Augustus                                                                       ( 27 BC)
6. The Colosseum                                                             ( 69-79 BC)
7. Mount Vesuvius Erupts                                               ( 79 BC)
8. Constantine                                                                   ( 306 AD)
9. Fall of the Roman Empire                                          ( 476 AD)

*If you’d like the People, Places, and Events History Cards for this section,
I made some just for you!   All ready to print, you can get them   HERE  !

ancient rome people places and events

*Overview of Lessons for this section:

*Week 1– Ancient Rome- Republic to Empire
*Week 2-  Roman Culture
*Week 3- The Who’s Who of Ancient Rome
*Week 4- The Fall of Rome & It’s Legacy
*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)


+ Be able to sequence ancient Rome cards (and OT/Egypt & Greece cards)
+ Be able to tell at least 3 facts about each card
+ Be able to describe the geography of Italy including terms we’ve studied
+ Be able to locate Italy on a map and the other areas under Roman Rule (Britain, Egypt, Turkey, and Spain).
+ Be able to find the Mediterranean Sea and the Adriatic Sea.

+ Be able to define
-emperor                   -republic
-tunic/toga/stola    -aqueduct
-forum                       -amphitheater
-gladiator                 -papyrus
-gymnasium            -fable
-rhetoric                  -legion/century
-governor                -procurator
-Colosseum             -Patricians
-Plebeians               -mosaic
-apprentice             -stylus
-aqueduct                -amphorae
-The Senate

+ Be able to describe what the government was like and name some of the well known leaders of this period.
+ Be familiar with and be able to discuss the Punic War and also the  war with the Carthaginians.
+Be able to describe what a day in the life of a child living in ancient Rome 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 able to tell who Paul was and some of the other New Testament believers who influenced the history of Rome.
+ Add at least one page per event to your binder
(be sure you are including important people and the arts!)

**WHAT is a history binder?**
You will see mentions in this series to add pages to your “history binder”.  So what do I mean?
Here is how we made ours…
As we studied through each section of history, we each kept our own 3-ring binder-  an ‘all in one place’  type of timeline.  We filled the binders with fun facts, history related coloring pages, drawings, print outs, etc… each page with a date on the bottom (or at least stuck in the appropriate order/“period” of history).  We even added brochures from the art museum and other field trips that tied into our ancient studies!  In planning out our year, I also included biographies of important people, great artists, musicians, authors, scientists, etc. as applicable, and added them into the binder as well.  The suggestions you will find under “People”, “Places”, “Events”, and “Vocabulary” all would make great page headings to include in these binders.  As you flip through your binders to add pages, it is an automatic visual review of how these things fit together in a chronological history of our world.  The Printable History Cards also make a great addition!
Scroll down to WEEK 7 in this section to read some more ideas of what to add to your binders!

Do you have to use a history binder?

No.  You could make a huge timeline on the wall, or you could simply keep a notebook with tabs for vocabulary, important people and places, etc… This curriculum is meant to simply give you an outline to work from.  Add or take away whatever you want to make this a perfect fit for YOUR family!

**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 Roman amphitheater, or your own Roman shield, or cooking a complete Roman feast !  The possibilities are endless and so much FUN !!!

These are the kind of projects that will make MEMORIES !
Kind of like the time a mummy showed up at our Thanksgiving table  😀    If you missed that, you can read about it HERE .  I think we talk about this pretty much every year (it happened when my now 25 year old son was about 4)!   lol

SO, what’s required for these “free” history lessons ?

Seriously.  There are several books that I use as a spine for these lessons (listed below), but if you don’t mind lots of reading online, you can do these lessons without any other resources.   HOWEVER, you may enjoy the other suggestions too 🙂
For convenience, I made 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:
Middle Ages & the Renaissance Book List
Ancient Rome Book List
Ancient Greece Book List
Ancient Egypt Book List 
Ancient Civilizations & the Old Testament Book List


Best books for Ancient Rome Unit

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, it is quite easy to teach all your children together.

+Choose a book(s) for your core reading
that is aimed for somewhere between your youngest & oldest student.  This book can be your read aloud for each “class time”.  Read aloud time is one of the best times of the whole day.  It helps us all to come together, get cozy, and enjoy another world !
My “little” often colored pages to put in her own timeline binder while I read aloud!  I was amazed at how much she absorbed just by listening !!   Coloring pages are great to add to the timeline binders for the big kids as well 🙂
For this study, I  chose the Story of the World  , The Ancient Romans, (also though it was never my favorite, one of my children was really into  “Augustus Caesar’s World ” so we read a lot of that too).  I included all three of these books, in case you have them & would like to use them!

+Combine history with some other subjects!

How we did it…
Bible study
fit seamlessly into this study and so we did that as part of history all together too.  We chose to read/analyze some of the classic historical fiction books as well for “Language Arts” during these studies .
The Ancients also gave us a truly amazing foundation for modern
Science and Mathematics !  Take advantage of this natural connection and combine another subject area !  I have included some fun books for both in the
Ancient Rome Book List.

+Keep whatever you are studying as a part of your every day life.

I may have loosely stolen this idea from Charlotte Mason…
One of the best tricks for this is keeping a basket full of related books of various reading levels in a tray on the coffee table or a basket nearby.   Swap out the books to keep their interest piqued.  I was always kind of pleasantly surprised to see my children leafing through them without any prodding from me!  An added bonus is that books that the Littles may not normally look at are explored…and the Bigs will often zoom through the “easy” books intended for younger/pre-readers , which all equals effortless learning !  I still read in that same pattern myself, when studying …. a few books that are for adults, a few books for young readers, and maybe one on an academic level lol !  You can also do this by displaying any crafts or related projects where they can be noticed and enjoyed each day.

+Choose some hands-on activities !

There are an endless amount of ideas to suit just about anyone!  You’ll find my favorite resource books for Ancient Rome hands-on activities in the Book List as well.

 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!!

Try these FREE History Starters specifically made for this unit  HERE!




*Vocabulary- add as you go along !
+amphitheater              +amphorae
+aqueduct                      +centurion
+consuls                         +empire
+forum                           +legion
+magistrate                   +patrician
+plebeian                       +republic
+senate                           +stola
+soothsayer                   +tribune
+stylus                            +toga
+druid                            +basilica

*People & Places-
+Romulus & Remus     +Hannibal
+Spartacus                     +Julius Caesar
+Cicero                            +Helena
+Caesar Augustus          +Gaius Marius
+Constantine                  +Marcus Aurelius
+Nero                               +Trajan
+Diocletian                     +Virgil
+Carthage                        +Italy
+Rome                              +Pompeii
+The Colosseum             +Via Appia
+The Forum                     +The Seven Hills
+Pantheon                        +Pompey’s Theatre
+Circus Maximus


If you’d like to use the Bible as an additional text for this study I included some corresponding Scriptures and historical references below to get you started.
I chose these few events as they matched specifically to the events we are covering in Ancient Rome.   SO MANY significant people and events are packed into this time frame, there is no way to include them all.  I have two other resources you might like to use to help you choose what you’d like to cover though.
Bible Timeline
(This is all free online and organized by date!  It’s fantastic to see everything neatly put into chronological order).
Also, my absolute favorite  Bible resource for studying this time period is
The Victor Journey Through the Bible.

I highly recommend it for the whole family!
Seriously, it could easily be the core Bible outline for all of the ancient history units alone.  It ties together historical and cultural events, notable people, and geography of ancient places into small bites that are easy to make sense of.   I love, love, LOVE this book !

This Chronological Illustrated Bible is another really helpful tool to pull Scripture and other world events all into one chronological story !

1. The Roman World and Caesar Augustus
<45-14 AD>
Luke 2 and Acts 25 (25:21)

2. John the Baptist                                      < Tiberius Caesar/Pilate/Herod>
<6-4 BC>
(Malachi 3:1; 4:5; Luke 1:5-25; 38-80; Matthew 3:1-12;  Luke 3:1-18; Mark 6)

3.  Jesus’ Birth
< around 4 BC >
(Luke 1:26-38;  Luke 2;  Matthew 3: 23-17; 4:1-11;  )

4. Jesus’ Death & Resurrection
<Augustus/Colosseum/Mt. Vesuvius>
<30-79 AD> 
<Rome conquers Britain  >
(Mark 15-16; Matthew 27)

5. Pentecost
< 30 AD >
(Acts 2)

6. Paul’s Conversion
< 34 AD >
(Acts 9:1-31)

7. Paul’s Journeys
< 46 -67 AD >
(Acts 13-28)

7.  Book of James Written
< 50 AD >

8.  Christian Persecution
< Pompeii/Destruction of Jerusalem/Nero >
<63 AD >


*Note:  I used 2 main history books as the spine for the entire Free Ancient World History Curriculum series-  A Child’s History of the World” by Virgil Hillyer (you’ll see it in the lessons as -> CHOW), and “The Story of the World” series by Susan Wise Bauer (abbreviated in the lessons- SOTW).
HOWEVER, these (and all the other books I listed) are just a suggestion.  You can use one of them, all of them, another text you already have, or none of them at all!  Each daily lesson has lots of online reading links, hands-on project suggestions, and other options to fully explore the given topic.

*NEW Note: I have recently updated the reading schedule for ‘The Story of the World’ and ‘A Child’s History of the World’ to include chapter titles as well as page numbers.  There are several different editions of these books and the page numbers can be off quite a bit with each one.  The earliest days of history can be difficult to teach, and even more challenging to find solid resources on for children. You will find many more reading suggestions for the daily plans as you go.  🙂


*WEEK 1 :  Ancient Rome Republic to Empire

*If you are including this book, read Parts I and II  this week.   No assigned pages.

*Day 1- Ancient Rome’s Beginning

-The Ancient Romans-    p. 4-9
-The Story of the World (Vol. 1)-  Chapter 27, 34,35
+Ch. 27- The Rise of Rome
+Ch. 34- The Rise of Julius Caesar
+Ch. 35- Caesar the Hero
Ancient Rome Begins
Early History of Ancient Rome
The Roman Republic    OR   Rome As a Republic
Ancient Rome- From Republic to Empire
The Roman Empire
Who Was Julius Caesar ?
Who Was Cicero ?


Ancient Rome 101  (National Geographic… 5 minutes)
History Summarized: The Roman Republic 
(Best for older students- about 13 minutes)
DK Find Out!  Ancient Rome for Kids     (Great Intro for the Littles)
The Story of Romulus & Remus
Life in Ancient Rome  (25 minutes)
Viva Roma #5       (about 3 minutes)
Julius Caesar Song   (about 3 minutes)
Cleopatra Song   (about 4 minutes)
Julius Caesar & Marcus Brutus – A Kid Explains History  (about 4 mins)
History vs. Cleopatra   (about 4 minutes)

Meet the Romans   (BBC Documentary…58 minutes)
**Note!  This is a whole BBC series about Rome and it’s people, by Mary Beard.  She is very interesting to listen to, but these videos are probably more suitable for older (or younger but true Rome enthusiasts) children.
You may like to start this video at the 5:00 minute mark as there are a few questionable (adult) comments to begin.  AND as always, please check out all suggested materials to be sure they meet your standards.  🙂
Introduction to Ancient Rome    (For younger students- about 4 minutes)

– You may also enjoy listening to “The Story of the Romans” audio recording as you work through this unit.  It’s a so-so quality recording (LibriVox), but the book is quite interesting.  Might make for some good car school .   🙂

– Ancient Rome Interactive 
Land of the Romans    (Interactive Map)
DK FindOut !   The Roman Empire
Ancient Rome     (DK Interactive)


*Day 2- The People of Ancient Rome

-“Story of the World (Vol. 1)”-  p. 210-216;  Chapter 28: The Roman Empire
-“A Child’s History of the World”-  Chapter 16-19  (Great to use if you are incorporating the Bible history)
+Ch. 16-A Bad Beginning
+Ch.17- Kings With Corkscrew Curls
+Ch. 18- A City of Wonders & Wickedness
+Ch. 19- A Surprise Party

Compare the Ancient Greeks & the Ancient Romans
What Was Life Like in Ancient Rome

-Who Lived In Ancient Rome ?
+Roman Slaves
+Plebeians  and  Patricians
–> Daily Life for Plebeians
–> Daily Life for Patricians
+ Gladiators
–> Who Was Spartacus ?
+Roman Soldiers
–>Daily Life of a Roman Soldier

Augustus Caesar’s World  (read at own pace)

+ Watch

A Day in the Life of a Roman Soldier  (about 5 minutes)
Four Sisters in Ancient Rome     (about 9 minutes)
Just Like a Roman  (For younger students- made by kids!  Really creative! )
What Did Etruscan Sound Like ?    (Ohhh Tuscany !!!  about 8 minutes)


You Wouldn’t Want to Be a Roman Gladiator   (Interactive Book)
Dress Your Gladiator
Roman Soldier Interactive
Roman Legionary Game
The Roman Empire Exploration !


*Day 3-  Roman Government

–The Ancient Romans-   p. 10-13
– Story of the World (Vol. 1)-  Chapter 35- Caesar the Hero
– A Child’s History of the World-  Chapter 34- 35
+Ch. 34-  The Noblest Roman of Them All
+Ch. 35- An Emperor Who Was Made a God

Overview of Roman Government
Government Under the Roman Republic
What Was Pax Romana ?
Life in Ancient Rome During Pax Romana
Ancient Rome- Improvements as an Empire
Roman Emperors in a Nutshell
The Roman Republic and the US Government


Roman Society and Political Structure  (about 6 minutes)
Rome If You Want To  -Caesar Augustus-
Drive Thru History  (about 2 minutes)
Ancient Rome Song   (about 4 minutes)
Roman Empire Song (about 3 minutes)
Augustus Caesar’s Reign   (about 10 minutes)

Emperors of Rome    (Game)
Can You Save the Roman Republic  (Choose Your Own Path type game)
Interactive Timeline of Roman Emperors
BrainPop Roman Republic Game 
The Emperor Game   (PBS – for older students) 

+ Write-

– Add this section’s vocabulary words to history notebook (in vocabulary section)


*WEEK 2 : Roman Culture

*If you are including this book, read Part III this week.
No assigned pages.

*Day 1- The Ancient Roman People

– The Ancient Romans-   p. 14-19;  24-35
– A Child’s History of the World-  Chapter 36:  Thine is the Kingdom…”

–  Daily Life in Ancient Rome
Life in the City
The Country Life
Language of the Ancient Romans
Roman Numerals
What Did the Ancient Romans Eat?
Fashion in Ancient Rome
Jobs in Ancient Rome
Homes in Rome
Ancient Roman Inscriptions
What Was it Like in Roman Britain ?

Growing Up Roman (5 minutes)
Daily Life in Rome    (3 minutes)
Some Things That Are Best Said in Latin
What Did the Romans Eat ?
How to Make Pompeiian Bread
Roman Fashion   (about 3 minutes)
5 Things You Didn’t Know About Roman Clothing   (about 4 minutes)
Supersizers Eat- Ancient Rome
(Edited version- about 52 minutes… you can skip the beginning and ending <the supersized part> if you need to shorten watch time)

–  DK Find Out !   Speak Like a Roman
Roman Translation Game
Learn Some Words in Latin      (Interactive)
Latin Inscription Translations Game 
Roman Numerals Game
5 Fun Games to Test Your Roman Numeral Skills  (Online Games)
Latin Matching Game

*Day 2-  Society 

-“The Ancient Romans”  p. 36-39
-A Child’s History of the World-  Chapter 37: Blood and Thunder
–  Roman Entertainment:
The Roman Forum
The Baths    or   Ancient Roman Baths
The Colosseum
Circus MaximusRoman Chariots 
Theatre In Rome 
–  Dining In Rome
The Campus    (I never knew this !  Makes LOTS of sense now haha)
How To Play Rota     (The Romans loved board games- try this one!)
Holidays and Festivals of Ancient Rome

Roman Entertainment (about 2 minutes)
The Roman Colosseum   (about 6 minutes)
Circus Maximus   (Drive Thru History Clip- about 4 minutes)
How to Play Several Roman Games   (about 3 minutes)

Explore the Baths at Caracalla
Interactive-  Explore the Colosseum 
Rota Online Game
Play Interactive Game of Tic-Tac-Toe
or for an extra challenge, play Tic-Tac-Toe Squares
Virtual Tour of Roman Bath

*Day 3- Architecture, Art, and Science

– The Ancient Romans-  p. 20-23;  38-39
– Story of the World (Vol 1)-  Chapter 28:  The Roman Empire
–  Roman Buildings
–  Roads of Rome
–  Roman Art & Architecture
–  Rome’s Engineering and Construction
–  Ancient Roman Art


Roman Architecture  (about 10 minutes-  HOW did they build it ? Amazing !)
The Roman Aqueducts    (about 4 minutes)
Introduction to Living in Ancient Rome  (Looking for a Place to Live in Ancient Rome- 4 minutes)
–  Naval Battles… in the Colosseum ?
The Pantheon  (Roman Architecture-  for the Littles-  about 8 minutes)
The Pantheon   (about 5 minutes)
Roman Roads    (about 2 minutes)
Roman Engineering
(Want to bring some upper level science thoughts into this unit ?    This is best for older kids, but covers some GREAT connections in history, sciences, geography, art, and even philosophy !!  About 12 minutes)

Roman Art History   (about 9 minutes)
The Secret of the Arch    (A science/history lesson- about 6 minutes)
Inside Greek & Roman Art   (about 7 minutes)


Walk Through Time- A Roman Road    (game)
Construct an Aqueduct
–  DK Find Out !  The Forum
Real Roman Recipes
Explore Rome’s Ancient Mosaics 
How to Draw the Colosseum for Kids
Take a Virtual Tour of Rome   (includes LOTS of the places we’ve read about!)


*WEEK 3 :  Who’s Who of Ancient Rome

*If you are including this book, read Part IV this week.
No assigned pages.

*Day 1- Emperors

– The Ancient Romans-   p. 54-57
–  Story of the World  (Vol 1)-   Chapter 36: The First Roman Prince
–> You may want to split this reading up into 2 days
– A Child’s History of the World- Chapter 38: A Good Emperor and a Bad Son

Emperors of the Roman Empire
Julius Caesar    (not officially an emperor)
(Bible study note:  This is the Caesar Augustus mentioned in Luke 2:1,  when Jesus was born)
(Bible study note: Tiberius was the Emperor of Rome during the time John the Baptist was preaching in the wilderness and during the time that Jesus began his ministry)
(Bible study note:  Claudius is the emperor who expelled all Jews from Rome.  He ruled during Paul and Barnabas’ missionary journeys)
(Bible study note:  This is the same Nero that Paul appealed to in Acts 25:11.  The historian Eusebius wrote that Nero was the one who gave the orders for Paul to be beheaded & Peter to be crucified)
– Who Was Hadrian ?


Who Were the Roman Emperors ?   (BBC- about 2 minutes)
The Roman Emperors Song  
Constantine  and  the Edict of Milan (Animated – about 3 minutes)
->Note:  The end of the video contains the makers personal opinions… nothing harmful in my opinion, but you may want to preview)

DK Find Out!  The Roman Emperors
Play the Roman Emperor Game 
Interactive Augustun Family Tree

*Day 2- Friends & Foes of Rome

–  Cicero in Ancient Rome
–  Hannibal and the Punic Wars
–  Gaius Marius
–  Spartacus
–  Famous Women of Rome
–  Galen of Pergamon
Roman Philosophers 

Famous Men of Rome   (Full Audiobook !)
The Lost City of Pompeii     (about 3 minutes)
Masters in Time – Escape From Pompeii  (Animated- about 24 minutes)
The People of Pompeii-   Lost in Time       (about 30 minutes)

–  DK Find Out !  Pompeii    (Be sure to click through the photo gallery !)

– People & Places Vocabulary
You should find them from your reading…if not, try looking  HERE  OR   HERE

*Day 3-  Gods, Goddesses, and Christianity

– Story of the World  (Vol 1)-  Chapters 37 and 39
+Ch. 37: The Beginning of Christianity
+Ch. 39: Rome and the Christians

Roman Gods & Mythology
– Ancient Roman Life and Gods
The Roman Gods
Compare the Greek and Roman Gods
The Roman Empire and Christianity
The Early Church & the Spread of Christianity
Christianity in Rome 
(Not entirely accurate, but a good intro for younger students)
Audiobook/Songs  about Rome’s Gods and Goddesses
How the Planets Got Their Name


–  Roman Mythology   (about 8 minutes)
–  Virgil’s  Aeneid
–  The Storykeepers-  Episode 1    (about 22 minutes)
(This is an animated series of Christian stories set in Ancient Rome !  So excited to find these !   There are lots of episodes  –>  find them HERE)
–  “Herodian Empire”  (Drive Thru History Excerpt-  2 minutes)
–  Who Was Jesus ?       (about 1 hour)
–  Rome- Paul in Prison     (Drive Thru History-  about 5 minutes)
–  Paul In Rome 
(Good video of modern Rome, ancient places- about 9 minutes)


DK Find Out !  Roman Gods and Goddesses
Roman Gods Matching Game
Explore LOTS of Roman Mythological Figures & Their Stories
Paul of Tarsus
(To keep reading about Paul, click the tab at the bottom right of the page)
–  Paul in Rome


*WEEK 4 :  The Fall of Rome & It’s Legacy

*Day 1-  Rome’s History of Wars

– The Ancient Romans-   p. 46-53
– Story of the World  (Vol. 1) –  Chapters 40-41
+Ch. 40- Rome Begins to Weaken
+Ch. 41- The Attacking Barbarians
– A Child’s History of the World- Chapter 40:  Barbarian Invaders

Ancient Rome’s History of Battles
Rome in Britain
The Provinces of Rome 
(Roman rule had spread very far… too far.  This will help explain the fall we read about in Day 2 this week)
“The Barbarians”
Listen to the Story of Boudicca’s Revolt


–  Why Did Hadrian Build a Wall ?     (about 2 minutes)
–  Hannibal    (Drive Thru History-  about 6 minutes)
The Hannibal Song   😀
Herodian Empire  (Drive Thru History Excerpt-  2 minutes)
The Siege of Jerusalem   (14 minutes)
**This series has 4 parts if you’d like to watch more.
The map visuals are very good in these videos.  Helps to put things in
Rome and Jerusalem at War  (18 minutes)
**NOTE !!  This video, while not graphic, includes some clear descriptions of Nero’s persecutions.  You may want to preview before watching.

Romans In Scotland   (Interactive Game)
–  Explore Hadrian’s Wall Gallery


*Day 2- Roman Empire Falls

– Story of the World  (Vol 1)-  Chapter 42: The End of Rome
The Roman Empire Splits in Two
Emperor Valens and the Barbarians
Rome Falls
The Fall of Rome
476  AD
8 Reasons Rome Fell   (What do you think of #7 ?)

The Roman Empire Falls     (Best for older students- about 51 minutes)

–  Map of the “Barbarians”

– People & Places Vocabulary
You should find them from your reading…if not, try looking  HERE  OR   HERE

*Day 3- Rome’s Legacy

–  Legacy of Rome
The Roman Calendar
– Rome’s Legacy in Britain
+Part 1
+Part 2
10 Inventions to Thank the Romans For


Stinky History- The Toilet 
(seriously educational…and if you have any 8-10 year old boys, this video is for them… OK who am I kidding… watch this video.  The guys making it giggled their way through the whole thing!  )
The Legacy of Ancient Rome Song   (about 3 minutes)
–  Hey Romans Song 
Top 5 Roman Inventions     (about 5 minutes)


*WEEK 5 : Ancient Rome – Explore It More!  Week


Make a Roman Mosaic   OR  Make THIS Sweet  Roman Mosaic !!
Make a Model Roman Villa
–  Make Roman Honey Cookies
Make a Roman Board Game  (a version of Tic-Tac-Toe)
–  Make Your Own Roman Imperial Helmet   (printable templates)
Ancient Rome Coloring Pages
Try making a Roman Catapult !
Ancient Roman Costume
Re-create an Aqueduct 
Cook An Ancient Roman Feast
Fashion a 15 Minute No Sew Toga !

*Week 6: Rome !  Read and Enjoy It !  Week

*Book Suggestions:

(You can find others on the Ancient Rome Booklist  as well)
– “Mystery of the Roman Ransom”  and  “Detectives in Togas
– “Fountain of Life
– “The Bronze Bow

Best books for Ancient Rome Unit

*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 6).  The reading might fire up some pretty creative ideas for notebook pages too!

*Week 7 –  Rome – Notebook It !
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 history 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 Roman Empire/Romulus Story     (753 BC)
2. Romans Overthrow Etruscans                                  (509  BC)
3. Punic Wars                                                                        (264-146 BC)
4. Julius Caesar                                                                     ( 45 BC)
5. Augustus                                                                              ( 27 BC)
6. The Colosseum                                                                  ( 69-79 BC)
7. Mount Vesuvius Erupts                                                  ( 79 BC)
8. Constantine                                                                         ( 306 AD)
9. Fall of the Roman Empire                                              ( 476 AD)

*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 :
Roman dress, 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 Rome printable pack   HERE 
from Homeschool Share .
Ancient Rome Coloring Pages 

*Day 3-

+ Review the 9 index cards.
–> If you want ALL these cards ready for you to print and go, you can find the ones I made specifically for this unit  HERE  !

ancient rome people places and events

+ Do a Candy Quiz on these today !  
You’ll find a whole list of ideas for games with the Printable Cards!

Free World History Curriculum
Part 5:  The Middle Ages & the Renaissance

The Middle Ages History Unit   gothic arch of middle ages books

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*Be sure to look at “other sellers” for the used (MUCH cheaper) version of “The Ancient Romans” book below.


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

*This is a brief list of some “extras” for this unit.  I will post a separate book list of all my favorites separately.


Be sure to follow my Ancient History Pinterest Boards.

I will be adding to them frequently !
* Ancient Civilizations Board
* Ancient Egypt Board
* Ancient Greece Board
* Ancient Rome Board
* Middle Ages Board
You’ll find 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 !!
Middle Ages Book List

Ancient Rome Book List
Ancient Greece Book List
Ancient Egypt Book List 
Ancient Civilizations & the Old Testament Book List

**Also,  check out the next part of this series
FREE Early American History Curriculum
columbus discovers america native americans and the revolutionary war free early american history curriculum



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