Black-Figure Vase

Black-Figure Vase

We know a lot about ancient Greece by studying their vases, which illustrated everyday life. Want to tell future archaeologists about your life? Make your own Greek-style vase.
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Make A Roman Coin

Make A Roman Coin

From Ancient Civilizations: Romans!

Coins were introduced to ancient Rome around 270 BCE. Before then, Romans traded goods for other goods. Roman coins were made of gold, silver, or bronze and often had the face of the emperor on one side.

Collar Necklace

Collar Necklace

From Ancient Civilizations: Egyptians!

A fancy, ancient Egyptian collar necklace is called a wesekh. They were originally amulets used to help protect people in the afterlife.

Design a Cup

Design a Cup

From Ancient Civilizations: Aztecs, Maya, Incas!

Become an ancient Aztec or Maya artisan in this activity.

Uncovering Your Family History

Uncovering Your Family History

From Tools of the Ancient Romans

Like the stories surrounding the beginnings of Rome, most families have stories that have been passed down from generation to generation that may or may not be completely true.



PSLA Teaching and Learning – Literature Review
“A growing set of non fiction books for students in grades 3-6. Seventeen titles are now available with more planned. Each title provides clear background information on the topic with clearly explained key terms and a timeline of developments.  Includes index, glossary, metric conversions, and lists of related YouTube videos for viewing. Each of the 25 projects listed includes a supplies list, step by step instructions, and notes if adult supervision is necessary.
THOUGHTS: Great ideas for science fair or independent or group or group projects for students.”

Praise for Explore Ancient Egypt by Carmella Van Vleet
Calliope Magazine
"Explore Ancient Egypt! 25 Great Projects, Activities, Experiments will certainly intrigue readers and have them eagerly turning the pages to check out the next activity. The sidebars with information make excellent complements."

Praise for Explore Ancient Rome! by Carmella Van Vleet
DIG Magazine
“Explore Ancient Rome! By Carmella Van Vleet offers a variety of projects, accompanied by explanatory history text, designed to stimulate readers’ interest in this ancient culture. Among them are making an aqueduct, designing a villa, creating an oscillum and designing a theater mask.”

Praise for Explore Ancient Greece! by Carmella Van Vleet
School Library Journal
“Fun book about an otherwise daunting culture. Kids will enjoy the format of the book with its cartoon-like drawings and jokes. The text is punctuated with fun fonts and sidebars that enrich the historical narrative of the text. Very fun activities make learning about this culture a great experience. This book a worthwhile addition to your library.”

Detailed Book Description

Who invented democracy? Where were the Olympics first held? Who were some of the first people to use math?

All of these questions and more are explored in Ancient Civilizations: Greeks! With 25 Social Studies Projects for Kids. In this book, kids ages 7 to 10 learn about ancient Greek homes, food, playtime, clothing, conquests, arts and entertainment, gods, and more. Fascinating links between today’s world and ancient Greek culture offer opportunities for real-world connections and fun STEAM activities promote critical and creative thinking. Through STEAM projects, essential questions, and fascinating facts, kids meet the major figures in ancient Greek history, such as Aristotle, Archimedes, Homer, Pythagoras, and Socrates, and explore the sites of ancient architectural wonders such as the statue of Zeus at Olympia, the Parthenon, the theater of Epidaurus, and the palace of Knossos.

Ancient Civilizations: Greeks! is part of a set of four Explore Ancient Civilization books that bring to life the vibrant cultures of the distant past. The other titles in this series are Ancient Civilizations: Egyptians!, Ancient Civilizations: Romans!, and Ancient Civilizations: Aztecs, Maya, Incas!

Try these hands-on social studies projects!

  • Craft an oil lamp
  • Design a long jump hand weight
  • Play Medusa freeze tag
  • Learn to think like an archaeologist
Available In:
Paperback, $14.95
Hardcover, $19.95
Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Maps | Glossary | Resources | Index
Specs: 8x10 size | 4-color | 96 pages
Subject: Social Studies
Content Focus: Ancient Civilizations



Welcome to Ancient Greece!
Make a Field Notebook
Play "Storm the Acropolis"

Chapter 1
Welcome Home!
Make a Model of an  Oil Lamp
Make a Courtyard Column
Make a Mosaic

Chapter 2
Let’s Eat!
Make a Kylix
Make Olive Oil Soap
Host a Symposium
Black-Figure Vase

Chapter 3
Dress for Success
Make a Chiton
Make a Brooch
Olive Oil Foot Scrub

Chapter 4
School, Socrates, and Science
Poetry Scroll
Pump It Up!

Chapter 5
The Olympics and Theater
Make a Laurel Wreath
Long-Jump Contest
Theater Mask

Chapter 6
Democracy and War
 Jury Tokens
Make a Water Clock
Defend Yourself!

Chapter 7
Gods, Goddesses, and Myths
Post-and-Lintel Experiment
Glossary Scavenger Hunt

Metric Conversions
Essential Questions