Discover forty – yes, 40! – allusions to Greek mythology. Lesson plans, a list of 40 words from myths, a PowerPoint presentation, posters, cards, games, and an assessment will help your students learn these terms.
Created by master teacher Brenda Kovich, this set has everything you need to teach, reinforce, and assess students’ knowledge of allusions to mythology. It is also part of the Fourth Grade Literature Skills Bundle.
- How Did Greek Words Come into the English Language? – This page tells four ways Greek terms entered our language. It can be used as a teaching tool, poster, or handout.
- Word List – Two pages list and define all 40 terms covered by the cards. It’s perfect as a study guide.
- Words from Mythology Cards – Print these half-page cards back to back. On the front, you’ll find the word and its definition. The back features background information and a sample sentence.
- Words from Mythology Posters – Each of the 40 full-page posters presents the word, its meaning, a picture, background information, and a sentence containing the word.
- Allusions PowerPoint Presentation – The posters have also been saved as a PowerPoint, allowing you to present them as a slide show.
- Game Cards – Print these quarter-page cards back to back for flash cards or on one side for matching or concentration games.
- I Have, Who Has Game - Get the whole class involved in this interactive game. Up to 40 students can play.
- Assessment – The one-page assessment tests kids over 20 of the 40 terms.
- BONUS - A companion website houses all of these materials in one handy spot! In addition to everything listed above, you’ll receive a link to the website. Click here for a preview.
Like each of my fourth grade literature skills units, this resource is available in three formats:
- PowerPoint – for teachers who want a clear introduction to the standard (also includes terms, posters, and assessment)
- Practice – for teachers whose students need extra work on the standard (also includes terms and assessment)
- Unit (this resource) – *best value* for teachers who want a complete learning cycle: direct instruction, guided practice, independent practice, and assessment (PowerPoint, practice, additional resources, companion website)
You can choose the format that best fits your needs.
Terms and Characters Addressed:
- Achilles' heel - Achilles
- Adonis - Adonis
- amazon - Amazon
- arachnid - Arachne
- atlas - Atlas
- cereal - Ceres
- chaos - Chaos
- chronological - Chronos
- cupid - Cupid
- echo - Echo
- fate - the Fates
- fortune - Fortuna
- fury - the Furies
- gigantic - giants
- harpy - harpies
- Herculean - Hercules
- hypnosis - Hypnos
- iris - Iris
- jovial - Jove
- lunatic - Luna
- martial - Mars
- mercurial - Mercury
- Midas touch - Midas
- muse - the Muses
- narcissism - Narcissus
- nymph - nymphs
- ocean - Oceanus
- oracle - oracle
- Pandora's box - Pandora
- phobia - Phobos
- phoenix - phoenix
- psychology - Psyche
- siren - sirens
- tantalize - Tantalus
- titanic - Titans
- Trojan horse - Trojans
- typhoon - Typhon
- volcano - Vulcan
- zephyr - Zephyrus
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- CCSS RL.4.4 – Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology (e.g., Herculean).
- Florida CPALMS LAFS.4.RL.2.4 – Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology (e.g., Herculean).
I’m committed to continual improvement. This unit was updated and enhanced on August 22, 2018.