Today, I meet my students on the rug and tell my students I have some questions to ask them. I start by asking if my students like stories with magic. Almost all of my students instantly start saying, “Yes! I do!” Then I ask if the students like stories with mysterious creatures, and possibly even monsters. Of course, the students respond with “Yes! Yes!” Then I ask my students if they like stories that include battles, and now I think I’ve got everyone at some point saying “YES!”
Since I’ve got all the students very excited about stories with these components, I tell the students how excited I am because we are going to begin reading some stories that include magic, mysterious creatures, and sometimes, battles! I tell the students that we’re going to start reading Greek myths! As I flip to our anchor chart about Greek Mythology, I explain that Greek myths are stories told by the Ancient Greek people. The Ancient Greeks told these stories for a number of reasons, but the three biggest reasons were to:
-explain something in nature
-teach a lesson
-celebrate hero stories
Before we start reading the stories however, I want to give the kids an idea of the background of these myths, so today, I share the introduction pages of A Child’s Introduction to Greek Mythology: The Stories of Gods, Goddesses, Heroes, Monsters, and Other Mythical Creatures by Heather Alexander.
After we have read the introduction, the students now have an idea of how the Greek gods and goddesses came to be, but, what better way to keep track of how all of this information than through our very own Greek Mythology Family Tree Anchor Chart! I flip our easel paper to the next page to reveal our Greek Mythology Family Tree chart! I discuss with the students how we now know how these myths began, how the Titans were created, as well as the Olympians! A few students right away ask about why we don’t have all the gods and goddesses they know of up on this chart (my students have a bit of background as many of them have been reading the Percy Jackson series!). I tell the students that this is a perfect question, and so in order to answer their question, we’ll head back to our seats and talk about how we’ll learn about all the gods and goddesses!
Students head back to their seats as our paper passers help pass out our Greek Mythology Booklet cover page. As the students get their page, I ask them to put their name on it. Once everyone I has one, I explain to the students that over the next two weeks, we’ll be reading about and learning Greek mythology. To start though, each day, we’ll read a different myth. Many of the myths will include the Greek gods and/or goddesses, and sometimes, they may contain other characters as well. We’ll keep track of each story we read by creating a simple story map and keeping each map within their Greek Mythology booklet! We’ll also add any characters, gods, or goddesses to our family tree chart as well!
To close today, I ask the students to tuck their booklet cover into their red reading folders. I can hear the students commenting, such as “I can’t wait until we start reading tomorrow!”, and I know that I’ve got the students excited about our learning! What a fun couple of weeks this will be!