OH my goodness,
This was quite the undertaking for such a short time period- as you warned us it would be!! I enjoyed putting the project together along with the artifact box. It put me in the mind frame of the time and place that I will be studying. I can see how this will help with “setting ” the stage for learning. I was at Walmart calling my mom- What the heck do Greek people eat? What kind of tools did they use? What did they haul things in? So as a student having access to the artifact box and possibly creating one of their own for themselves will open those doors to discovery. I found the Unit Planning helped project what it was that I wanted to teach, and some sequential steps, also, what the students would be responsible for learing in a exploration or research type manner, and it guided how I could implement learning activities that were hands on while learning about ancient Greece. I tried to incorporate writing, math and english into the activities and of course I couldn’t leave out PE (the reason for the emphasis on olympics).
Overall I really enjoyed this activity now the test will be if I can pull it off with a group of 4th – to 6th graders using the plan and activities. My Motto is if its not fun for me it probably won’t be fun for you!! But I had a blast reading through the guide book and making and building the temples learning about the naked olympics. So, if I can have fun with it I am sure my students will and learn something while they are at it.
The only thing that slowed me up was putting it into this format, I have a system now that I hope will work. There has got to be something that would be more compatible with microsoft. When I first attempted this I thought all my pages looked great and then when I saved it to disk – WHAMMO no pictures and messed up spacing. It’s a good idea if I were able to just cut and paste the images and links right onto the open pages .