At least two new ideas I learned about mythology:
  • Mythology is not unique to Romans---Romans, Greeks, Egyptians, and the Vikings all believed in mythological gods, to name a few.
  • Hercules is teh greatest hero of Greek mythology. He was the son of the god Zeus and a mortal woman. Queen Hera tried to have Hercules killed by snakes as a baby, but he was found holding a strangled serpent in each hand. He was the strongest man ever. He possessed superhuman strength which he demonstrated throughout his life. He died from poisonous Hydra venom. Upon his death he made the transition from simply a hero to a full-fledged god.

One tip for how to read/navigate the websites I explored:
  • Don't hesitate to really explore the website completely before deciding if it has the information you need. Click on all the links, even if you're not sure what they're for, to familiarize yourself with the site.

AS A TEACHER, one informational feature I found especially useful and developmentally appropriate for fourth graders studying this topic is:
  • The flash site, winged sandals, http://wingedsandals.com , had a lot of great information regarding Greek mythology, presented in a really appealing way. It is set up as a town and as kids click on different buildings, they are directed towards different types of info. I think 4th graders would really enjoy exploring this site.



LESSON IDEA


"WHEN IN ROME..."
Welcome to Internet Workshop! Now you will have an opportunity to explore and learn like Jack and Annie do—only instead of time travel, you will use the internet to aide you in your discoveries and learning. Through reading Vacation under the Volcano, we were able to learn a little bit about ancient Roman life. What we learned, however, is only a tiny snapshot of all the aspects of Roman life. Here is your chance to further your knowledge! Using the websites I provide you with, you will now have a chance to do some research and gain some real insight as to what it was like to live in ancient Roman times. On the first website, you will look into some of the day-to-day aspects of a child’s life in ancient Rome. On the second website, you will explore some of ancient Rome’s crowning achievements, and darkest evils committed. Please complete this worksheet in its entirety.


Website #1: http://atschool.eduweb.co.uk/nettsch/time/romans.html
· Click on the link titled “A Child’s Life.” What were two common aspects of a child’s life in ancient Rome? How are they different or similar to your own life?
  • Click on the link titled “Fun and Games.” What did ancient Romans do for fun? Give one example of a game you would like to have played as a Roman child, and one example of something you might see at the amphitheatre.

Website #2:
http://www.roman-empire.net/children/index.html
  • Click on the link titled “Roman Achievements.” What do you think the greatest Roman achievement is? How does it still affect our world today?
  • Click on the link titled “Evils of Rome.” What do you think was the worst part of ancient Roman life? How would you feel if you lived in a world in which these evils existed?

EVALUATION RUBRIC

Website #1
Did the student accurately answer the question regarding Roman children’s lives? Did they relate it to their own life? (/5)
Did the student accurately answer both parts of this question: provide example of a child’s game, and provide an example of something seen at the amphitheatre. (
/5)


Website #2
Did the student describe what they think the most important Roman achievement was? Did they relate it to our current world? (/5)
Did the student provide their opinion of what the worst part of ancient Roman life was? Did they provide their opinion on how they would feel if they lived through it? (
/5)

Total: ___/20