Sixth Graders Explore Significance of Greek Gods and Goddesses

Sixth Graders Explore Significance of Greek Gods and Goddesses photo

Sixth grade students – who have been studying ancient Greece in Eric Rudolph’s and Colleen Slattery’s social studies classes – recently demonstrated their knowledge by completing an extensive research report on a Greek god or goddess of their choice and sharing their findings with their classmates.

Having studied the ancient civilization’s geography and government, as well as mythology and daily life for men and women, the students were challenged to write a report on one god or goddess. They were tasked with describing their family history and appearance, explaining the symbol that represents the god or goddess, summarizing one myth they played a key role in, and explaining how the god or goddess influenced Greek culture. 

“The students prepared short presentations about what they learned,” Slattery said. “In addition to presenting key facts or interesting myths to the class, some students were extremely creative and either dressed up or brought in props, such as tridents and armor, to go along with their presentation.” 

Throughout the research process, the students worked closely with library media specialist Linda Costelloe to navigate databases and used NoodleTools, a platform that helps students record and organize their notecards. 

Before beginning their studies on ancient Greece, Slattery said the students read “The Lightning Thief” by Rick Riordan in their English language arts classes and were eager to further explore some of the gods and goddesses mentioned in the book.