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Ancient Rome Unit Study Submitted by JoAnn S.

GradeRange: 3rd - 8th

Library List:

Read aloud:
Titus: a Comrade of the Cross by Florence Morse Kingsley
The Greatest Story Ever Told by Fulton Oursler (audio)
Science in Ancient Rome by Jacqueline L. Harris
Exploring Ancient Civilizations: Rome by Tracey Ann Schofield
The Bible
Classical Kids: An Activity Guide to Life in Ancient Greece and Rome by Laurie Carlson
Lives of Famous Romans by Olivia Coolidge and Milton Johnson
3rd - 6th list:
The Story of the Romans by H. A. Guerber
Roman life by John Guy
Buried city of Pompeii by Shelley Tanaka
Detectives in Togas by Henry Winterfeld
7th - 8th list:
Pompeii: The Vanished City by Dale Brown, editor
Ides of April by Mary Ray
Roman life by John Guy

Years covered 753 BC to 476 AD

Story of the Romans

Ongoing activities:
Timeline - do a timeline of kings, consuls and emperors that ruled the Roman Empire.
Vocabulary
Add to notebook

Vocabulary:
republic, myth, hierarchy, vexilla, javelin, aqueduct, architecturally, chariot, monarchy, senate, patricians, plebeians, dictator, assassinate, consuls, equestrian, magistrate, brigades, auxiliary, legion, cohort, gods, goddess, temple, oracle, papyrus, illiterate, extravagant, emulated, camber, gradient, contradiction, paradox

People to record:
1. Julius Caesar
2. Constantine
3. Nero
4. Romulus
5. King Numa Pompilius
6. Spartacus
7. The Apostle Peter
8. The Apostle Paul
9. Cleopatra
10. Mark Anthony
11. Queen Boudicca
12. Jesus Christ
13. Augustine
14. Marius
15. Trajan
16. Justinian
17. Cicero
18. Marcus Aurelius
Record birth, death, and where they were from. Also note how they were significant in the history of Rome. What were their accomplishments? What is your opinion of these people? What can you learn from them?
How to write a biography

Do a timeline of kings, consuls and emperors that ruled the Roman Empire

Things to record:
1. The Ponte Fabricio
2. Pompey’s Theater
3. Servian Wall
4. Via Appia
5. Aqua Appia
6. Via Flaminia
7. coins
8. concrete
9. The Ara Pacis
10. Colosseum
11. The Pantheon
12. Hadrian’s Wall
13. Emperor Hadrian’s holiday palace
14. Baths of Caracalla
15. The Aurelian wall
16. St. Peter’s cathedral
17. road systems
18. Cloaca Maxima Sewer
19. the 12 month calendar
20. roman numerals
21. The Forum
22. The Circus Maximus
23. The Temple of Jupiter
Record what these things are and when they were created. Also find pictures or written descriptions of them for your notebook. Also note why they were significant.

Events to record:
1. the founding of Rome
2. The conquering of Alba Longa
3. Rome becomes a republic
4. The office of Tribune
5. Invasion by Celtic Gauls
6. Punic Wars
7. Rome conquers Iberia
8. Rome defeats Macedonian
9. Conquest of Greece
10. Conquest of North Africa
11. Slave Revolt in southern Italy
12. Conquest over Gaul
13. Rome attacks Britian
14. Battle of Actium
15. Volcano Vesuvius erupts
16. the division of the empire
17. Battle at Milvian Bridge
18. Fall of the Western Empire
19. persecution of Christians
20. Christianity made state religion
21. Invasion of the Huns
22. Germans attack
Record when these events took place, who was involved, and the outcome. How did these events affect the history of Rome? Record how these people, things, or events have affected us today.

Useful Links:
The Roman Empire Children’s Section
The Roman Empire
Wonderful photos of the ruins of Roman architecture
History for kids Ancient Rome
Eyewitness to history
The Roman Way
Ancient Rome clipart
Life of Ancient Romans

Week 1 Geography of Rome
Read aloud: Exploring Ancient Civilizations Rome
Kids read: Roman life
Map of the Roman Empire
Map of the Roman Empire
Map of the Roman Empire at its greatest extent
Activities:
Have the kids do this Ancient Rome word search

Week 2 Government and Military of Rome
Read aloud: Lives of Famous Romans, Titus: A Comrade of the Cross
Kids read: Detectives in Togas, Ides of April
Online reading: Pictorial tour of the Empire, The Roman Empire,
Activities:
Dressing for Battle coloring page

Week 3 The Art and Architecture of Rome
Read aloud: Science in Ancient Rome
Kids read: Buried City of Pompeii, Pompeii: The Vanished City
Online reading: Virtual tour of Pompeii, Roman Architecture, Images of Roman architecture, Pictorial tour of Rome
Activities:
Make a mosaic
Make an arch
Cement project
Construct an aqueduct online activity

Week 4 Life of Romans – religion, education, occupations, food, entertainment, clothing, death, birth
Read aloud: Classical Kids
Kids read: Story of the Romans
Online reading: Roman gods, Roman dress, The games, Real roman recipes, Roman ball games, Roman board games, You wouldn’t want to be a gladiator, Marriage
Activities:
Have each child pick a person of Rome to be. They will then do research to find out about how that person would have lived.
People of Rome: Slave, Gladiator, Emperor, Soldier, Farmer, Child, Average citizen, Wealthy citizen
Questions they should answer.
1. What kind of house did they live in?
2. Explain what they did for a living?
3. What kind of food did they eat?
4. What did they do for fun?
5. What did they wear?
6. What kind of education did they receive?
Printable maze
Shopping – click on shopping spree activity *math
Terrible tombstones
Coloring picture of Roman gods
Coloring picture of a roman coin
Make a pocket money pouch

Week 5 Christianity
Read aloud: The Bible, Greatest Story Ever Told
Online reading: Church history timeline, Paul is a prisoner in Rome, Stories about Jesus
Activities:
God so love the world coloring page
Make a beaded cross hanging
Make a beaded Jesus faith necklace
He lives magnet
Why do we have BC and AD years?

Week 6 Finish up any projects undone
Also throw a Roman festival for family and friends. Be sure to display your projects and notebook. Serve authentic Roman meals and play games from Roman times.