Free Ancient Greeks Lesson Plan for 4th Grade Students

Topic: Ancient Greeks

Objectives & Outcomes

  • Students will understand the importance of the Ancient Greeks and the contributions they made to civilization.


  • Pictures or illustrations of Ancient Greek artifacts
  • Handouts with information about Ancient Greek history and culture


  • Ask students if they know what the Ancient Greeks are.
  • Ask for a few examples of things that the Ancient Greeks are famous for.
  • Provide a brief overview of the history of the Ancient Greeks, emphasizing their accomplishments in the areas of art, architecture, literature, and science.

Direct Instruction

  • Show students pictures or videos of Ancient Greek art and architecture.
  • Discuss the unique and innovative features of Ancient Greek art and architecture, such as the use of the Classical Orders in architecture, the use of color and perspective in art, and the use of dramatic and theatrical staging in theater.
  • Explain how the Ancient Greeks made important contributions to science and mathematics, such as the development of trigonometry and the establishment of a standard unit of measurement (the meter).

Guided Practice

  • Have students work in pairs to create a collage of Ancient Greek art and architecture, using the provided materials.
  • Walk around the room and provide feedback and guidance as needed.

Independent Practice

  • Give students time to work on their collages independently.


  • Have students share their collages with the class and explain the meaning of each image and how it relates to Ancient Greece.
  • Review the major achievements and contributions of the Ancient Greeks.


  • Observe students during the independent activity and give feedback on their understanding of the topic. Use the collages as a form of assessment to see if students can effectively communicate their understanding of the Ancient Greeks.

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