Ancient Rome Comes to Life for Sixth-Graders

Ancient Rome Comes to Life for Sixth-Graders photo
Sixth-graders at Rye Neck Middle School – who have been studying about ancient Rome – participated in virtual learning workshops on April 10 with an expert from the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Through the interactive experience, the students – who spoke with the expert via a live, two-way video feed – gained a deeper appreciation for the culture and history of the ancient civilization. 

As part of the lesson, the students embarked on a journey that took them through the museum as they looked closely at classical artifacts that would have been inside a typical Roman home to better understand the day-to-day lives of Romans. They also practiced speaking and writing the Latin terms for each room, examined mosaics and learned about the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius that buried Pompeii, the ancient Roman city-town that has become a vast archaeological site. 

“Seeing firsthand how others might have lived gives [the students] a better understanding of ancient history,” said social studies teacher Allen Grant, who added that students will further explore in their classes ancient Rome’s government, architecture, art and philosophy. “Rome was an important civilization because we have copied many things they did, especially in government with democracy.”

Sixth-grader Laura Chillemi said she enjoyed the learning experience and was fascinated by the work of archaeologists, who have discovered the various artifacts. 

“It’s really cool because we actually get to see the artifacts instead of learning about them in a textbook,” she said. 

The virtual workshop program was generously sponsored by the Rye Neck PTSA High School/Middle School STEAM Committee, chaired by Susan Banker and faculty liaison Yvette Goldman.