Ancient Greece Unit for Middle School

Ancient Greece Unit with Free Unit Sample

Are you looking for a unit to teach Ancient Greece? Look no further. This unit has it all. Digital, printable, and interactive activities make this unit both engaging and flexible.

Ancient Greece Unit Routine

This unit contains 11 lessons on Ancient Greece. Each lesson follows the same routine. Day 12 is set aside for a unit test and for students to give a demonstration.

Check out the Ancient Greece Unit with this free sample.

Activity #1 – Ancient Greece Vocabulary

Ancient Greece Unit for Upper Elementary Students - Try it out with a free sample of Lesson 1.


First, present the vocabulary words. Definitions are included in the Google Slide presentation to help with this.

Study – Next have students practice using the words.

Paper Option #1 – Have students create a vocabulary card for each word. 

Digital Option #2 – The vocabulary practice pages in Google Slides have a box on the left sides of the pages for students to type definitions.

Practice – Finally students complete a practice exercise found in the vocabulary booklet or the digital option found in Google Slides.

Activity #2 – Read Ancient Greece Article

 Ancient Greece Unit for Upper Elementary Students - Try it out with a free sample of Lesson 1.


Next, have students read the assigned article(s). You have three options for presenting this article to students.

  • Have students read the assignment online on my website. One advantage to this is the website contains extra pages that are not presented using the other two methods. This is great for differentiated instruction as you can assign additional reading material to your more advanced students. Another advantage is students go directly to the website to read. This means no downloading to Google Drive or making printable copies.
  • The articles are provided as Google Slides. Only the focus articles are provided. These articles are designed in text boxes, so students can highlight and/or add notes to the articles.
  • A printable of the article is provided. This is the option you will need if you don’t have individual devices. Printables are also great to have in case the Internet is down or working slowly.

Activity #3Ancient Greece  Discussion with Note Taking

Ancient Greece Unit for Upper Elementary Students - Try it out with a free sample of Lesson 1.


A Google Slide presentation with accompanying pages/slides for note-taking is provided for each lesson. The Google Slide presentation aids in the discussion of the article and emphasizes important details in the lesson. On the handout, students write or type notes [depending on which version you opt to use] in a “Graffiti Notes” [also referred to as “Doodle Notes”] exercise.

Lessons include:

  • Ancient Greece Introduction
  • The Location and Early History of Greece
  • Government
  • Religion
  • Daily Life
  • Architecture and Technology
  • Olympics
  • Literature and Philosophers
  • The Persian Wars
  • Athens and Sparta and Philip II
  • Alexander the Great

Activity #4 – Technology Integration

At the end of each Google Slide presentation,  videos present the same material in short clips. [Note: I have no control over people removing their videos from the Internet. Because of this, I have tried to provide more than one video option for each lesson.] I find that presenting the lesson’s information using different media really aids in student retention of the material.

Activity # 5 – Quiz

Ancient Greece Unit for Upper Elementary Students - Try it out with a free sample of Lesson 1.


Ancient Greece Unit for Upper Elementary Students - Try it out with a free sample of Lesson 1.

A short quiz in both Google Forms and printable versions is provided for each lesson. Depending on the level of your students, this can be an open-notes or closed-notes quiz. 

Activity # 6 – Hands-On Activity

Activity 6 includes hands-on activities that work with the lesson. Some lessons include interactive Google Slides where students move pieces around. Students label maps, make timelines, etc. Some lessons contain links to sections of my website where students can complete online crossword puzzles, play hangman, and so on. Other lessons include craft suggestions and recipes that can be done in the classroom. I like to include at least two short crafts or one longer craft for each unit.

Additional Resources

    • A Letter to Parents – This letter contains a link to projects created by my students for students to get ideas.
    • Mini-Lesson on How to Give a Demonstration
  • Project Grading Rubric
  • Grading Rubric for the Unit


Check out the Ancient Greece Unit with this free sample, or check out the unit on TPT. Get the full unit here.

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