World History and Geography: Ancient Greek Civilizations

Have an Olympic Games coming up? Explain the history of the games while also teaching about Ancient Greek culture and civilizations. A scaffolded set of 24 tasks enhances learning and active engagement with the material in any classroom.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Flip your classroom by providing the invitation followed by a short video about the history of the Olympic Games for learners to view at home before introducing the lesson. This will also help to scaffold learning
Classroom Considerations
  • Consider using both social studies and ELA departments for this lesson
  • The plan expects you to create some mini-lessons beforehand
Pros
  • Scaffolded to build learning before using more advanced critical and creative thinking skills in later tasks
  • Easy ability to differentiate learning with many individualized tasks
Cons
  • Requires planning separate mini-lessons