The Lightning Thief tells the story of twelve-year-old Percy Jackson. On the first day of summer, Percy learns that he is half-human,half-god. He is taken to Camp Half-Blood in New York. At camp, Percy learns that his father is Poseidon, the god of the Sea.
When Zeus’s master bolt is stolen, Poseidon is blamed. Zeus tells Poseidon that he will declare war if the bolt is not returned to Mount Olympus by the summer solstice.
Percy sets out to retrieve the bolt from Hades. The reader follows Percy on this quest which takes him across the United States and back again.
Seven Activities to use with The Lightning Thief
Click on the images to go to printables and instructions for the activities. Some of the ideas will take you to different sites. After viewing the activity, close the window to return to this page.
Activity #1 [Coloring Pages]
This website has several pictures from the story that you can either color online or print. These would make great report covers.
Activity #2 [Youtube Video]
This video introduces the Olympian gods.
Activity #3 [Maps]
As students read the chapters set in Camp Half-Blood, they can use the details from the chapters to draw maps of the camp.
Activity #4 [Storyboard That]
Storyboard That has an entire section devoted to The Lightning Thief. Below is a picture of the “Character Traits” map. You will also find:
Activity #5 [The Book vs. The Movie]
[Free Activity ~ Mapping Percy’s Journey]
Have students map Percy’s travels across America as they read the story.
Activity #7 [Free Sample]
Download this free sample from
The Lightning Thief Book Unit.
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