(See more activities and links on the Olympics page.)
The Olympic Connection–The first Olympic Games were held to honor Zeus, king of the gods. This is just one example of how myths have become part of the world’s culture, with references to mythology all around us.
Myths are great stories that teach about text structure, characterization, plot, theme, sequence–beginning, middle and end. They take us into history, learning about the geography, politics and cultures of ancient times. They help teach us about human values–greed, jealousy, selfishness, vanity, misbehavior, misunderstandings, and the consequences for some of those behaviors, and the rewards of resourcefulness and honor.
Check out the library’s collection of books about mythology–both nonfiction and fiction!
Be careful to preview some of the books; many of the stories are not for the youngest students. Also ask for the “Mythology and the Common Core” article available in the library, with
activities and curriculum ideas.
Check out some of these web pages:
Rick Riordan’s website
Myths Brainstorming Machine–interactive whiteboard myth creator
Reader’s Theater Scripts for Myths (for purchase)