Athens vs Sparta
Language and Literature. I thought this section could use a bit more info so we downloaded some printables off various homeschool websites about Homer, The Iliad, and the Odyssey (on the left side) and included them in our pocket book.
Religion and Mythology. Arguably the most funnest section. My girls loved learning about Greek gods and heroes; myths and legends. We listened to stories on CD in the car, read numerous books out loud and created this nifty little guidebook...ya know, lest we forget what Hermes winged sandals look like.
but, now that we're studying ancient Rome, I need to have them do a comparison sheet between the Greek gods and the Roman gods (since those pesky Romans changed all their names...grrrrr). Just when you think Zeus is king, you realize, no, actually it's Jupiter. Sorry, kids.
Work and School. This section included a craft idea for making Spartan coins...rather large Spartan coins...which I'm sure will buy us alot of gum.
Military Power. Wars wars wars...if only they had cable TV.
In the Art & Architecture section we were inspired to paint frescoes. We chose the dolphin scene suggested in the book. The girls painted their fresco scene with watercolors. They also made mosaic tile patterns (not pictured), made a 3D pop-up of the Parthenon, and recreated a Greek vase drawing.
We'll definitely do more history pockets. I don't think we'll do one for ancient Rome, and they don't seem to have anything for the middle ages (where we're headed next in our history studies, ya know, after summer), but we'll definitely do one of the colonial America pockets when we get to that point. I kinda regret not doing one for ancient Egypt. But not to worry...we repeat our history semesters every 4 years, so we'll be revisiting Egypt again at grades 5 and 8. Wheeeeeeee!
I also picked up a Greek activity book from the library that had some short but sweet information in it, including a number of craft projects. One in particular I thought the girls would like (and didn't require a special trip to the craft store) was creating a medusa head out of construction paper.
So we did.