Grade 6
Grade 6
Unit 5: Brainstorms
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Bellerophon and the Flying Horse
by Pamela Oldfield

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Greek Myths  
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From the Student Web Page
Connect to this link:

  1. Click on The Story of Midas. Read it and answer the questions that follow.
  2. Go back to the main page and click on Answer Key for Midas Questions. Check your answers to see how you did.
  3. Go back to the main page and click on Skills: Greek Vocabulary 1 under Skill and Work Sheets.
  4. Complete the exercises. Find an online dictionary to help with the definitions.
About the Site

This site is intended for use as a teaching resource. It was designed by teachers with the goal of improving a student's reading ability and achievement scores.

Lesson Objectives

  • Students will use the Internet to read the story of Midas.

  • Students will answer questions about Midas and check their answers.

  • Students will complete a work sheet testing their knowledge of words with Greek origins.

Suggested Additional Activities

  • Ask students if they’ve ever heard of the expression "the Midas touch." Have students think about other popular expressions and create a reference book including them. Have each entry consist of the saying, its meaning, and an illustration.

  • Have students click on Play: King Midas. Help them choose their roles and then have them print scripts out and perform the play for another class.

From the Student Web Page
Connect to this link:

  1. Click Hercules.
  2. Click the right arrow at the top of the page to read about each of the 12 Labors of Hercules.
  3. Why did Hercules undertake these tasks?
About the Site

Mythweb is a site that offers simple text and whimsical drawings to introduce young people to the heroes, gods, and monsters of Greek mythology. The site is sponsored by Fleet Gazelle of San Francisco. As students read about the labors of Hercules, they will encounter references to other mythological characters. You may want to encourage them to view other parts of the main site for additional information. Preview the site to better direct student research.

What to Do

  1. Have students click the right pointing arrow to continue reading about Hercules.

  2. When students have completed the section, ask them to discuss how Hercules was able to accomplish his feats. Did he use only his strength? How did he use his wits, too?

  3. You may want to have students click Home three times to reach the main Mythweb site. From there, have students click Today and read about the words and terms we use today that are taken from Greek mythology.

  4. Have students write sentences using words such as Herculean, Protean, or other terms derived from Greek mythology.