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Recreating the Past: Making Our Own Polis

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As we enter our final quarter of the school year, I am excited to have the opportunity to explore and teach about a civilization that has had such a rich, vibrant and important past–Ancient Greece!

To begin this final unit on ancient Greece, the students had the opportunity to put themselves in the shoes of those they often meet on vacation, tour guides. The students grouped up and created posters based on the research they conducted. The students were tasked in creating posters that informed their readers of what to expect when visiting ancient Greece: from the geographical features to everyday life. Below you can see photos of their finished products:

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As we took a closer look on everyday life in ancient Greece, the students were able to see how the ancient Greeks organized themselves into city-states called polis. Interestingly enough, the ancient Greeks did not view themselves as natives to the country of Greece but instead associated themselves more to the city-state they lived in! In addition, each city state was unique different. Some put more importance on education and the arts–Athens– while others put more importance on warfare and their army–Sparta. While city-states differed in many ways, there were certain features that each city-state contained. These characteristics included a city wall, an acropolis, an agora, farmland located outside the city walls and most importantly temples.

With all this knowledge under their belt students were tasked with another project that required them to create their own polis! Students worked in pairs creating a 3D version of their imagined polis. I was impressed with the students’ ability to plan and collaborate with one another. There was clear teamwork going on between the pairs of students as they supported each others’ ideas or made compromises to create an agreed upon polis. Additionally, I enjoyed seeing students bring out their creative side. The Gr. 4 students brought their ideas to life as they used various materials to create their polis–from clay, to popsicle sticks, to toothpicks and even sand! I am proud of the work the kids have created thus far in this unit and cannot wait to see what the next few weeks have in store for us! Below you can see photos of their polis:

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