The kids, after our trip to Europe this summer, they decided we wanted to study Ancient Rome. Last year they decided to study Ancient Greece, without knowing much about it, and we ended up having a whole lot of fun with that unit. At that same time we learned about the Percy Jackson books, and since then it has been one book after another, reading and listening to them on CD. They have learned a lot about the Greek gods and goddesses. They always ask me “who was so and so’s parents and who was the god of this or that.” They are doing it to quiz me because they know all of their gods and even though we studied them together I don’t remember much anymore. That was a whole year ago! They live it every day in their playing, in the books, in the jokes. It is fun to listen to them.
So even talking about Ancient Rome it made Siena not want to study them. She felt that Ancient Romans had just copied her most favorite civilization. So when we went to Chester while in England for a tour with an Ancient Roman Soldier we knew we were going to get a chance at learning something knew in a much more fun way. Very hands on, seeing it, hearing it from someone with great passion. The best way to learn, in my opinion. And as I wrote in that post few weeks ago, our guide convinced Siena to give the Romans a chance.
And we had a lot of fun the past few weeks.
As many other units in the past, we like the History Pockets books. To study Ancient Rome I used both the 1-3 grade level and the 4+ grades and we did all the activities and projects from both of these books.
The shields. His clothes. How the soldier’s training was, what they did on their days off, how the cities were laid, the amphitheaters, oh so much. We even made a Roman Soldier helmet, that I’ll share later.
These are the books and videos we used in no specific order.
- History Pockets : Ancient Rome, Grades 4-6+.
- History Pocket : Ancient Civilizations, Grades 1-3.
- Roman Fort (Fly on the Wall series) by Mick Manning.
- Ancient Civilizations for Children : Ancient Rome (Schlessinger Media.)
- This is Rome by Miroslav Sasek.
- Ancient Roman Art by Susie Hodge.
- The Imagination Station : Attack at the Arena by Marianne Hering.
- See You Later Gladiator (Time Warp Trip #9) by Jon Scieszka.
- Inside Ancient Rome by David Stewart.
- Fierce Fighters: Gladiators and Roman Soldiers by Charlotte Guillain.
- Ancient Rome by Simon James.
- Rome : In Spectacular Cross-Section by Stephen Biesty.
- Julius Caesar : Conqueror and Dictator by James Thorne.
- Augustus : The First Emperor by Fiona Forsyth.
- I wonder Why Romans Wore Togas by Fiona MacDonald.
- Life in Ancient Rome by Shilpa Mehta-Jones.
- Ancient Rome Revealed (DK) by Peter Chrisp.
- The Roman Colosseum : The story of the world’s most famous stadium and its deadly games by Elizabeth Mann.
- Exploring the Life, Myth, and Art of Ancient Rome by Tony Allan.
- The Romans (Hands-On History) by Fiona Macdonald.
- The Kingfisher Book of the Ancient World : From the Ice Age to the Fall of Rome by Hazel Mary Martell.
- Ancient Rome (e.guides Google, DK) by Peter Chrisp.
- The Ancient Romans : Their Lives and Their World by Paul Roberts.
- The Crafts and Culture of The Romans by Joann Javinelly.
- Classical Kids : An activity Guide to Life in Ancient Greece and Rome by Laurie Carlson.
- Explore Ancient Rome! by Carmella Van Vleet.
- Ancient Rome by Philip Steele.
- The Romans : Gods, Emperors and Dormice by Marcia Williams.
- Eyewitness Mythology (DK Eyewitness Books).
- Vacation Under the Volcano (Magic Tree House #13) by Mary Pope Osborne.
- Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #14: Ancient Rome and Pompeii (Non-Fcition Companion Book) by Mary Pope Osborne.
Websites we used:
- The Romans in Britain.
- Ancient Rome.
- National Geographic Kids.
- Coloring pages.
- About Roman Standards.
And of course, we sent a postcard.