Zero to hero
We receive a letter telling us that there is a locket buried within the school grounds. We decide to follow the clues and find a capsule containing a detailed set of instructions. We learn that these instructions are to help Hercules become a real god.
We begin by putting into chronological order some of the major events that occurred in Ancient Greece. We also label key places on a map of Ancient Greece. We meet Athena who tells us about the founding of Athens and how it got its name. We decide that we can help Hercules undertake these tasks and write a letter to him informing him that we will help him become a god.
After learning about how Athens got its name, Athena informs us of another story about a beautiful, young girl named medusa. We are shocked to learn that Medusa was transformed into a monster with snakes for hair. Intrigued by her story, we create a comic strip retelling the story. She then tells us of another Ancient Greek myth – that of Illiad and the Odyssey. We decide to focus on the Trojan war. We will design and make our own Trojan horse and evaluate this process. We imagine writing a diary of being inside the Trojan horse and write a diary of our experiences.
We are then introduced to Zeus by Athena. Zeus, in turn introduces us to the rest of the Greek gods. We make top trump cards highlighting each of the gods special talents and abilities. We note that the Greek gods are quite harsh when it comes to handing out punishments. We decide to look at how Christians respond to justice and fairness.
Zeus then introduces us to his Wife Hera. She explains some of the aspects of the Ancient Greek lifestyle. We learn about some of the foods they ate and taste a few. We learn about how rich people and slaves led different lives and we make a Venn diagram to show the pros and cons.
Zeus then tells us about the how the Ancient Greeks invented the Olympics and we compare how the Olympics has changed form then to now. For art, we paint our own Greek Olympic plate. We will go outside and imagine being at the very first Olympics – thinking about the atmosphere and the types of events they would have had. We will then move onto looking at amphitheatres. We will learn of the Ancient Greeks love for the performing plays and providing live entertainment. We will write our own plays and perform them in the classroom which we will turn into mini-theatres.
We then meet mathematicians Pythagoras and Archimedes who tell us about education. We will go to a Greek school and learn about Archamede’s famous discovery of water displacement. We will even conduct our own experiment to see why water levels rise when objects are placed in them. When we meet Pythagarus, he instructs us on how to write our names in Ancient Greek. He will also teach us their number system and we shall complete some simple problems.
Finally, we shall look at democracy and compare how democracy works compared to Ancient Greek times. We shall then decide what our own version of democracy should look like and write an argument based upon what we think.