TO THE TEACHEREnclosed is your
Olympian Gods Teaching Packet.
It replaces the
Intermediate/Middle School Teaching Packet
Primary Readiness Packet.
The overall theme of this packet is theGreek pantheon: Zeus, Hera, Hestia, Hephaestus, Aphrodite, Ares, Athena, Poseidon, Apollo,Artemis, Hermes, Hades, Demeter, and Dionysus.Although some material is reprinted from the previous packets, many of the activities in this packetare new. Some of the new activities are specifically keyed by page number to d’Aulaires’
Book of Greek Myths
in order to help teachers prepare their students for the National Mythology Exam.Other activities and informational pages are included for enrichment or extension. All materialsare geared toward children in grades three and above, and they include a variety of activities fordifferent levels of mythological expertise. The stories and activities supplement and complementmyths found in d’Aulaires’
Book of Greek Myths.
Additional packets are available from the Excellence Through Classics Committee. They focus onthe current theme of the National Mythology Exam and provide activities which reinforce andenrich that theme. These thematic materials are also appropriate for children in grades three andabove. The thematic teaching packets currently available are
Perseus and Mythological Monsters
The Underworld, Ancient Beginnings,
Heracles, Jason, Theseus,
The rewards of studying mythology are many. Knowledge of mythology increases theappreciation of literary reference, provides a basis for the understanding of art, aids in theacquisition of vocabulary, and helps to create historical perspective. An interest in mythology canbe a springboard to the study of foreign language, comparative mythology, anthropology,literature, art history, and world history.As you invite mythology into your classroom, it is our hope that you and your children will findthese packets enjoyable and useful.