ancient Greece

Life in Ancient Greece Mini-Lesson

Objective: Students will learn how the roles of men and women were different during ancient Greek times.

Suggested Time: 15 minutes

Reading Level: Upper Elementary

Teacher Background

The land of Greece is made up of mainland Greece and the numerous islands scattered throughout the Aegean and Adriatic Seas. It is a MORE

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  1. A Visual Overview: Show the slideshow of photos to your class. Each has a descriptive caption and kid-friendly copy for your students to read. (Please note that there is also more extensive teacher note copy just for you.)
  2. Creative Caption Review: Once you've been through the slideshow for an overview, go back through it again. This time ask students to explain why the captions do (or do not!) work. (Example: Do you think the caption "Well Women" is a good one for the drawings of the women collecting water at the public fountain? Why or why not?)

Click the thumbnail slides below to see the captions and kid-friendly copy up close.

  1. Continue the Conversation: Ask students if they think it would be a good idea for modern day soldiers to have to pay for their own equipment. Have them explain their positions with supporting reasons.
  2. Write about it: Have students write a paragraph describing what they think they would've liked and disliked about ancient Greek society if they had lived back then.

Extension Activities

Reinforcements: These worksheets will be useful as you further develop your teaching unit. The Word Power worksheet will give your students vocabulary practice with key terms from this mini-lesson and the related activity will help reinforce key concepts on ancient Greece.


Life in Ancient Greece Word Power
Grade: 4 - 6
Students practice vocabulary relevant to life in ancient Greece by using each defined word in a sentence.



A Greek Education
Grade: 3 - 6
Students learn how boys were educated in ancient Greece, write using the Greek alphabet, and match each Greek educator to his job.



Excerpted from:

Eyewitness: Ancient Greece

This book provides an in-depth, comprehensive look at the history and culture of ancient Greece with a unique integration of words and pictures.

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