Introduction to Ancient Greece Essential Questions: How does the geography influence the development of ancient civilizations? How do ancient cultures influence our world today? Day 4: The Greek Gods and Goddesses and the First Olympics Connection: Yesterday you learned about daily life in ancient Greece and how fishing was an important part of their daily lives due to their location on the Mediterranean Sea. Today we will learn about some of the Greek gods and goddesses. We will also learn about the connection of the early Greeks to our modern day Olympics. Teaching Point: We can learn about the traditions of ancient cultures to help us understand how they lived. Active Engagement: [Show SMARTBoard Greek Gods.] Consider what you learned about the lives of people in ancient Greece. How does what you learned about the gods and goddesses connect to what you learned yesterday about life in ancient Greece? [Show the SMARTBoard Greece Lesson 9 Olympics.] Discuss how the early Olympics compare to the Olympics today. Turn and talk to your neighbor. [Pass out a piece of construction paper to each student.] Fold your paper in half. On the left side, draw a picture of the early Olympics. On the right side, draw a picture showing how the Olympics have changed. *Note: If time, read pages 20-23 of If I Were a Kid in Ancient Greece. Link: Today we learned about some of the early Greek gods and goddesses. We also learned how the Olympics originated in ancient Greece. Tomorrow we will summarize our learning by completing minibooks about ancient Greece. We will also learn how the Greeks contributed to our world today.