To study ways of living in ancient Greek city-states.
1 class period
Students begin this activity by reading an outline describing the city-states of ancient Greece and the war that was fought between the two leading city-states, Sparta and Athens. Information on the outline is then used during the playing of “The Greek War Game.”
The class is divided into two teams, one representing Sparta and the other Athens. The two sides will fight against each other in the Peloponnesian War. A diagram on the third activity sheet represents the battlefield. It includes a map of ancient Greece which has been divided into 16 sections –– 1A, 1B, etc. Both Sparta and Athens have their army and navy “hidden” in various squares. Both occupy 8 spaces; a few spaces will contain both Spartans and Athenians.
Complete game rules are provided on the lesson pages, as well as the questions used to play the game.
Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment or used as a review exercise later in the school year.