Greek Mythology Unit Resources and Activities







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Posted on Jan 27 2014 - 1:00am by Jill
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Greek Mythology Unit Resources and Activities - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

Welcome to the tenth installment of the Popping Book Nook!  This wonderful FREE book club includes a lot of your favorite bloggers and takes a themed monthly topic and selects a book that is appropriate to the theme.  Then, on the last Monday of the month, we all present our books and something that ties in with the books and present a fun hands on learning opportunity such as a craft, project, diagram, report, collage, etc. directly related to the book on our blogs through the Poppins Book Nook.  These will not be planned out, or mapped, or set items that you need to create, it is simply up to the participant to reach into their bag of tricks and secrets and share something themed related to the book that they selected to inspire those around them to have some book fun of their own!  The age range of each project will also be selected by the participant so it can range from Pre-K to 12th, the sky is the limit.  Please make sure to follow along with the Poppins Book Nook on Facebook or on Pinterest!

I hope that you and your children have fun learning about what all the other participants are doing with the theme of Greek Mythology this month. Last month was pets and animals, so this month’s fantastic new theme is anything related to the Greek Mythology!  I do feel that Greek Mythology is something that your child has to be emotionally ready for, which will vary from child to child since some of the characters and creatures that you will be introduced to can be very daunting if your child is not emotionally ready. Only you know your child best, so please use your best judgment when entering into the topic for this month. The kids and I used two books for various parts of our lessons for this theme, Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief and the Random House Book of Greek Myths.

We are HUGE fans in our household of both the Percy Jackson book series and the movies. I myself am most certainly not Rick Riordan’s target audience, but I am still a massive supporter of his books. I find them engaging, fun, and you just simply lose track of time when reading the books.

Introduction to Greek Mythology Lapbook

Introduction to Greek Mythology Lapbook - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

Knowing that in 4th grade I needed to cover Greek Mythology with my son Beck I searched and searched but did not find a unit study or lapbook that I was happy with so I created this one. We did 5 lessons a week, enjoying 19 lessons in total, I created and laid it out for my son to be self-guided so he could work through the lapbook on his own. The material covered followed along as he worked his way through the Random House Book of Greek Myths. The lessons are varied and kept Beck’s interest as he learned about Greek Mythology, Gods, Goddesses, morals, and the places it all happened in and around through the varied lapbooking techniques. Not only did he have fun, but he also learned a lot of about Greek Mythology that caused him to branch out and research it more on his own too.

To learn more about my Introduction to Greek Mythology Lapbook visit HERE.

Greek Mythology Themed Writing Paper

Greek Mythology Themed Writing Paper - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

My son Beck used these themed writing papers for creative writing assignments that I gave him throughout reading Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief. I found that after reading a chapter he was so engaged in the characters, plot, and overall exciting fast paced world of Percy Jackson that I would give him a verbal writing prompt for him to write several paragraphs on (he used the back of the paper as well). The themed writing paper just made these writing assignments come to life for him and made it fun too. To learn more about my Greek Mythology Themed Writing Paper visit HERE.

My Book of Greek Mythology

My Book of Greek Mythology - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

My daughter Elizabeth is too young at this point, in my opinion, for the Introduction to Greek Mythology Lapbook that I created. However; she adores learning about Greek Mythology so I wanted to make sure to both include and engage her when Beck and I were reading the Random House Book of Greek Myths so I created this reader of Greek Mythology that she can color and then read to me. It gives a brief description of some of the core Gods and Goddesses that is perfect for younger readers. I had her color one page each day we did a lesson. To learn more about My Book of Greek Mythology visit HERE.

Make a Medusa Snake Hat

Make a Medusa Snake Hat - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

The character that stood out in my daughter’s mind the most every time we read this story is Medusa. While she is cold and uncaring, she is also as clever as they come in most circumstances. So we set out to make our own Medusa Snake Hats.

Make a Medusa Snake Hat - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

To make your own Medusa Snake Hat you will need the following supplies:

  • 1 piece of brown construction paper
  • 1 piece of green construction paper
  • 1 piece of red felt
  • Goggly eyes
  • Glue
  • Stapler or tape

To make your own Medusa Snake Hat start by cutting out 2 rectangular strips of brown construction paper. Then cut out 8-10 snake shapes out of the green construction paper (I made ours look like a thermometer body so that they would easily hang down off the hat when attached.) Next, cut out ‘Y’ shapes out of the red felt for snake tongues so that they look like this:

Make a Medusa Snake Hat - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

Then, glue on the tongues to the side that you will want to be the back of the snakes like this:

Make a Medusa Snake Hat - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

Next, glue on the googly eyes and allow time to dry completely. Once your eyes are completely dried they should look like this:

Make a Medusa Snake Hat - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

To finish, simply staple (or tape) the brown construction paper rectangles together to fit your child’s head for a hat and tape the snakes to the inside of the hat. Do not skip the googly eyes on this project as they will make a hissing/rattling sound every time your child moves their head. Voila! You now have your very own Medusa Snake Hat for hours of role playing fun:

Make a Medusa Snake Hat - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

Are you looking for more Greek Mythology resources? Check out these free sites:

Thank you for taking the time to read about our Medusa Snake Hats, Greek Mythology Lapbook, Greek Mythology Reader, and Greek Mythology themed writing paper. Here are some other Greek Mythology themed storybooks that your child may enjoy:

 

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Poppins Book Nook Giveaway! Every month the Poppins Book Nook group will be offering readers a chance to win a brand new storybook that ties in with our theme for the month. This month one lucky winner will win a copy of D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths!  The winner must reside within the United States. Just enter the Rafflecopter below to win:

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  • I love her Medusa snake hat. That's very cute.

    • Thank you Ticia! She is wearing it today with a pretty pink dress, jeans, Crocs, and the hat of course finishes the ensemble 🙂

  • You always have the best resources! I should have looked throug your stuff before I made mine!

    • Aw, thank you Cassie for your kind words! You know I love your creations and there can never be "too many" resources out there for everyone to use 🙂

  • Those are some cute snakes! Glad you found a way to include her, and now I can take advantage of it for my girls! lol

    • I would love to see pictures if your girls make these hats Ashley 🙂

  • D says he's jealous that Elizabeth's googly eyes stuck on! 🙂

  • Wow! What an amazing resource! I could just use your unit for the entire month! Thanks so much for sharing!!

  • teachingyoungchildren

    I also wrote about Percy Jackson series that my seven year old absolutely adores. It's funny – she is extremely sensitive to scary themes, but not when she can firmly place them into a fantasy world. She had a bit of problems with zombie soldiers in Titan's Curse, but no problems whatsoever visiting Tartarus in House of Hades. A lot of good discussions were happening here about themes in Percy Jackson books!