30 pennies, 10 index cards per student
This unit focuses on
classical civilizations and on the rise
and fall of those civilizations as empires.
Write the word classical on the board and
ask students if they have ever heard of a
book, a movie, or a car referred to as a
“classic”. What do people mean when they
say something is a classic? List some
examples of classic movies, books, or
cars. Discuss what makes those items on the
list classical. Then tell students that
they are about to learn about the key
characteristics of classical civilizations.
These are civilizations whose legacies –
cultural, political, or otherwise – have
endured since their collapse. Demonstrate
the concept by handing every student a penny
and telling them to study the back of the
coin. What do they see? (The building they
see is the Lincoln Memorial in Washington,
DC and the words they see are: E PLURIBUS
UNUM which is Latin for “Out of many,
one.”) Tell students that the building is
designed like an ancient Greek temple and is
an example of how the classical architecture
of ancient Greece influences our society
today. The words are written in Latin, the
language of the ancient Roman Empire and the
basis for many of our English words today.
Ask students why they think those words in
Latin were put on the back of a penny.
Emphasize to students that even on a penny,
one can see how Greece and Rome continue to
influence our lives today.
Use a learning log
literacy strategy descriptions)
to have students keep a written record of
any examples of how the four classical
civilizations they are studying in this unit
influence their lives today. Distribute ten
index cards to each student and have them
staple the cards together to create their
logs. Entitle the log “Examples of how my
life and society are influenced by the
classical civilizations”. Remind students
to always date their entries in a learning
log. Have students write down their first
entry, the penny, and describe what they
observed on it about classical influences.
Instruct students to keep this log with them
when they’re at school, traveling to and
from school, and at home. As this unit
transpires, have them keep a list of all
examples of classical influences that they
come across in their daily lives. Have them
write a “G” for Greece, “R” for Rome, “P”
for Persia, and “C” for China to indicate
the origin of the example. Students can
share their log entries with a partner and
discuss similarities and differences in
Ancient History INDEX
Pete's PowerPoints Ancient Phoenicians,
Hittites, Assyrians - PowerPoint format,
(Variety of materials here!)
Grade 6, SS BLM
Ancient Greece - FREE presentations in
Ancient Greece for Kids - Daily Life,
Ancient Greek Gods & Goddesses
Mr. Dowling's Ancient Greece Page
Ancient Greece Think QuestMesopotamia:
An essay about cuneiform writing and
clay tablets. The site features an
interactive clay tablet repair game.
Daily Life in Ancient Greece This is
an easy-to-read resource on daily
activities of the ancient Greeks.
Includes classroom activities structured
as events in the Olympic games, lesson
plans, and descriptions of the cultures
of different Greek city-states. NOTE:
This site contains ads.
BBC: Ancient Greece: Athens This
site for kids has information about
Athens, Olympia, Corinth, as well as a
glossary, a timeline, and more. Click on
"Resources" for a link to the British
Museum ancient Greek collections
(through Children's Compass, a virtual
tour and instruction guide), sample
writing and audio recordings, printable
question sheets, maps, and art images.
NOTE: The Talk link leads to a message
Greek4Kids Click on a title to learn
about Greece from a child's perspective.
Includes photographs of popular food and
the best swimming pools. NOTE: The site
links to another Greece site that has
many external links.
The Ancient City of Athens Click on
"Sites and Monuments" to view images of
BBC: Ancient Greece: Athens
History for Kids
Presentations in PowerPoint format for
Ancient Rome for Kids - Index of Topics
The Roman Empire Think Quest Link
Rome This student-created site has
information about Rome. There are also
severalclassroom activities for making
your own Roman crafts.
Rome @ Mr. Dowling.com
BBC: The Romans This interactive
site on ancient Rome features
interactive games, printable activities,
and a glossary of terms. Also includes
quizzes and exploration questions. Flash
game. Click on the objects that don't
belong in ancient Rome.
Odyssey: Daily Life in Ancient Rome
Learn about the public and private lives
of Romans. Includes information about
mythology, household goods,
architecture, and funeral customs.
Ancient Rome Take a virtual tour of
the major ruins of ancient Rome. This
site has photographs and short
paragraphs about such sites as the
Colosseum, the Circus Maximus, and the
Nova Roma Try the interactive Roman
numeral converter. Enter either a Roman
numeral or a standard number and click
on "Convert." The site includes the
rules for using Roman numerals.
Pompeii Click on the links at the
bottom to learn more about Pompeii.
Includes photographs of Roman art.
Romans This site for children has
basic information about the Roman Empire
and citizens. Includes quizzes, a
puzzle, and pages for coloring.
Rome Reborn Take a virtual tour of
ancient Rome. Click on the "Gallery" to
see still images and video clips of the
Col. Roman Forum, Basilica Maxentius, and city streets.
NOVA: Lost Roman Treasure This site
is an interactive guide to a Roman
archaeological dig. The mosaics at
Zeugma have been flooded by the
Euphrates dam project; this site
provides photographs of the mosaics
prior to the damming, a virtual tour of
a Roman villa with the mosaics included,
and lesson plan suggestions that
incorporate both the site and the video
program. NOTE: The reading level may be
too difficult for elementary students,
but the photographs are useful.
History for Kids: Ancient Rome
Ancient Greece and Rome
The Persian Empire
The Persians This page is from the
History for Kids website.
Map of Persia - can use mouse to
make map larger.