Lesson Plan

Greek Gods

Students will select a Greek God of their choice and research to pull out information as to what their god's temple might have looked like.
Erika M.
Substitute Teacher/Grad Student
Frostburg State University
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My Grades 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Social Studies

Students will be able to... 

  • comprehend the text selection on Religion, Philosophy, and the Arts on pages 174-180 of the Social Studies textbook.
  • They will then choose an Olympian of their choice, and research to answer questions on the class wiki.
  • Draw what their god's temple may have looked like according to the research they found using the tool Scoot and Doodle.
  • Present their new knowledge in front of the class.
  • Engage in a meaningful discussion about what they have learned from others.
English Language Arts
Social Studies
Grades 6
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook/Attention Getter

Activity: Conversing

The teacher will lead a discussion:

We have been talking about Greece the past couple of days. We talked about the Athenians, Spartans, and the Trojans. Today we're going to learn about some major Olympian's of Greece. Has anyone ever heard of the following?:

  • Zeus
  • Poseidon
  • Hades
  • Hestia
  • Hera
  • Ares
  • Athena
  • Apollo
  • Aphrodite
  • Hermes
  • Artemis
  • Hephaestus


Student Instructions

Students will respond to the discussion.

2 Direct Instruction

Activity: Reading

The teacher will instruct students to open their Prentice Hall- World Studies The Ancient World textbook. Then the teacher will  explain that as a class they will read and discuss  pages 174-180.

Student Instructions

Students will open their Prentice Hall- World Studies The Ancient World textbook. We will read and discuss  pages 174-180.

3 Guided Practice

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The teacher will explain that they are using laptops and accessing their class wiki. Questions about their particular God will be posted on the wiki. Each student is to pick one of the Gods and answer the questions, posting in a different colored font so to keep the text easy and manageable.

Student Instructions

Access the class wiki. Pick one of the listed Gods. Begin your research and answer the set of questions on the wiki page. Make sure that you are choosing a different font from the post above you. This makes the text easier to read, and show all of the different responses.

4 Independent Practice

Instruct students after posting on the wiki, they are to use Scoot and Doodle to draw a picture of what a temple made for their God may have looked like.

Student Instructions

After posting to the class wiki the answers to the response questions, you will access Scoot and Doodle. You will then draw a picture of a temple that might have been built to honor your particular God.

5 Wrap-Up

Now that we have finished the activities , you are going to be given the opportunity to share with your classmates the information you found and the temple that you drew.

Student Instructions

Now that you have successfully answered the questions about your God, and drew a corresponding temple, you are going to present to the class. Some of you may have overlapping information, but all of your temples should be different. Pay attention because we will have a discussion at the end about what we have learned from others.