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Activities and Fireworks for Greek Heroes and Monsters

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September 24-28

Workshop Activities

1. Craft – Theater Masks

2. Key Points – Greek Heroes and Monsters

3. Collaborative – Land Formations

4. Writing – Mythical Creatures

5. Math/Logic – Ancient Measuring

6. Genius Principle - Heroes

7. Big Activity – Greek Theater

8. Movement - Golden Fleece

Minecraft Activities

  1. Fly with Icarus

  2. Explore the labyrinth

  3. Go on a quest for the golden fleece

  4. Build challenge: Create a monster

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  • 10/31 Calico Ghost Town

  • 11/14 Solar Tour and Demo

  • 11/28 Prosthetics Tour


Read through the fireworks and choose about five that you think might interest your child. Allow him or her to select 1-3 of them.

  • Learn about Greek heroes that are not from mythology:

  • Pretend you are a reporter. You get to interview one of the Greek heroes. Which would you interview? What questions would you ask? How do you think your questions would be answered? Write your conversation. If you like, you can also have a friend pretend to be the Greek hero that you interview.

  • Research a Greek hero. Find out the basic facts about this hero, including the what, when, where, how and why about this person. Write about why this person is considered a significant figure from history. How does this person influence us today?

  • Play an ancient Greece trivia game:

  • Make your own Greek Myths:

  • Animated Aesop's Fables:

  • Make Pandora's Box.

  • Do a Greek play project:

  • Make a labyrinth.

  • Zeus gave Pandora a box (in ancient Greece this was called a jar) but warned her never to open it. Pandora, who was created to be curious, couldn’t stay away from the box and the urge to open the box overcame her. Horrible things flew out of the box including greed, envy, hatred, pain, disease, hunger, poverty, war, and death. All of life’s miseries had been let out into the world. Pandora slammed the lid of the box back down. The last thing remaining inside of the box was hope. Ever since, humans have been able to hold onto this hope in order to survive the wickedness that Pandora had let out. Make your own Pandora's box.

  • Odysseus was away from home for many years. How many months in a year? How many weeks in a month? Do some calendar activities:

  • Write your own animal fable with a moral – like Aesop did.

  • Create a board game based on the adventures of Greek heroes and heroines. Good stories to use would include: Jason's quest for the Golden Fleece, the Labors of Hercules, the adventures of Theseus, or Odysseus and the Cyclops, Sisyphus and the rock (like Chutes and Ladders?).

  • Design your own mythical creature. Describe at least three physical characteristics such as hair, head, body, hands, etc. Give the creature character traits such as helpful to humans, can't go out in daylight, eats mice, etc. Draw the creature. Name the creature.

  • Retell a Greek myth in first person point of view, assuming the identity of a hero like Odysseus, Prometheus or Theseus.

  • Make a mask of one of the characters in ancient Greek mythology.

  • Choose a Greek hero or monster to be for Halloween and start working on the costume.

  • Disguises are used several times in the Odyssey. Make your own disguises.

  • How long has Odysseus been away from home now? Make a timeline of Odysseus's experiences.

  • Use mashed potatoes or other food to design an island. Include a variety of land formations in your island. For example, make a cove, a mountain, a canyon cliff, lake, etc. Show the island to your family. Point out the land formations you made. Enjoy eating your island!

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