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- Stephanie S., Teacher
- Lone Tree, CO
Pompeii Teacher Resources
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Sixth graders imagine themselves as citizens of Pompeii in 79 A.D. and record their daily activities in journals. In this journalistic role-play, they accurately portray an identity, give realistic descriptions of time and place, and present insights about life in Pompeii.
High schoolers read "The Eruption of Vesuvius" and "Flight from Disaster," watch slide show of archaeological ruins in Pompeii and Herculaneum, discuss Roman culture, view Powerpoint presentation on graffiti found in Pompeii and Herculaneum, and write their own graffiti in Latin.
Students have a more visual idea of the private life of the population of a Roman town like Pompeii. Students improve their ICT skills in using the class conference on the school's FirstClass system, writing in Word and copying a picture and inserting it into a Word document.
Sixth graders explore volcanoes. For this cross curriculum geography and narrative writing lesson, 6th graders view a PowerPoint presentation and discuss the destruction of Pompeii. Students read articles found on the web and complete related worksheets. Students write a narrative piece pretending to be a character witnessing a volcanic eruption.
Sixth graders experience a sensory exploration of the city of Pompeii through vocabulary exercises, interactive websites, multiple readings, and personal writing activities. They produce a vocabulary game on MS Power Point, a news article/report on the events of Pompeii, and a sensory poem using Inspiration.
Sixth graders create journal entries from the point of view of Roman identities during the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. They discuss the legacies of Roman art and architecture, technology, science, literature, language and law. They investigate how earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, and floods change human and wildlife habitats.
Third graders will research the Ring of Fire and be able to share their findings with their partner. They will also demonstrate volcanic eruptions using a baking soda and vinegar volcano model. Then they will discover how continental drifting takes place. Inquiry based activities are included.
Third graders read the story "Pompeii...Buried Alive." They locate Italy on a world map and define the term artifact. Students conduct an artifact dig on the playground. Students study the characteristics of mosaics and their significance within the Italian culture during the time of Pompeii. They create a paper mosaic.