Ms. Wejman

May 18th, 2018

Homework ~ Week of May 21st

Room 207 Reading Homework ~ Week of May 21st.  Homework Due Friday, May 25th

Name:

Read the myth about Athena and then complete the tasks.    

Athena was the goddess of wisdom. She could get angry, but more typically, she was wise, and kind, and understanding. Athena was born very oddly. Her father was the mighty Zeus. But she did not have a mother. Instead, as the myth goes, she was born directly out of Zeus’ brain. Zeus loved all his children. But one of his favorites was Athena.

Athena held a powerful position in the ancient Greek god world. She was an Olympian, one of the council of 12, who held a seat on Mount Olympus. She also had a home there.

Here is a myth about Athena that shows how clever and practical she was.

As the story goes … The Competition, Athena & Poseidon

Nearly every town in ancient Greece had a god that looked after the townspeople. Towns rarely had more than one god to keep an eye on their best interests. Most gods did not share well. So usually, it was one town and if the town was lucky, one god to watch over it.

Poseidon loved watching over towns. He usually picked coastal towns since he was the Lord of the Sea. Poseidon was a very powerful god. His brothers were Zeus and Hades. Poseidon was a moody fellow, but he loved his wife and children and he loved attention. He liked having people build temples in his honor and bring him gifts. They were not very useful gifts for a god, but he enjoyed getting them anyway. As Greece grew and developed, new towns sprang up all the time. Poseidon was always on the lookout for new coastal towns.

He was not the only god who loved to be in charge. Athena, along with other gods, enjoyed that role as well. One day, both Athena and Poseidon claimed a new village.

Most of the time, humans were grateful when they were selected to be under the care of a god. But two gods? That was one too many. Poseidon wanted them to choose which god they wanted. But the people did not want to choose. They could see only trouble ahead if they did.

Athena, goddess of wisdom, daughter of Zeus, understood their worry. She challenged her uncle Poseidon to a contest. Both gods would give the town a gift. The townspeople could decide which gift was the more useful.

Poseidon slapped his specter against the side of the mountain. A stream appeared. The people were excited. A source of fresh water was so important! But when they tried to drink the water, they discovered it was not fresh at all. It was salt water!

Athena waved her arm and an olive tree appeared. The people nibbled at the olives. They were delicious! The people were excited. The olive tree would provide wood for building homes. Branches would provide kindling for kitchen stoves and fireplaces. The olives could be used for food. The fruit could pressed to release cooking oil. It was wonderful.

But theirs was a coastal village. The people could not risk angering the Lord of the Sea, the mighty Poseidon. As it turned out, they did not have to choose. Poseidon chose for them. He laughed his mighty laugh, sending waves crashing against the shoreline. Poseidon proclaimed his niece the winner!

That’s how a small village gained a most powerful and wise guardian, the goddess Athena, a guardian who helped them rise to fame. In her honor, they named their village Athens.

What is the theme of this myth?

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Why do you think this?

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Create a plot mountain of this myth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Illustrate a scene from this myth.  Write a caption explaining the picture.  

 

 

May 18th, 2018

Greek God or Goddess Report ~ Due Friday, June 1st

Name:

Date:

 

For the last book report of fourth grade, the readers of Room 207 will complete a Greek God or Goddess report.  Every fourth grader will be responsible for researching about the Greek God or Goddess or his or her choice. The report will be due on Friday, June 1st.  This report will count as part of the project portion of the reading grade.

 

Greek God or Goddess: ________________________________________

What is this Greek God or Goddess known for?

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Where did you learn the information about this Greek God or Goddess?

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What is a character trait to describe this Greek God or Goddess?

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Please list three reasons why you think this.  

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Illustrate a picture of this Greek God or Goddess.  Include a caption to explain the picture.

 

Write your own myth about this God or Goddess.  Your myth must include an exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution.  

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May 18th, 2018

Peek at the Week ~ Week of May 21st

Room 207

Peek at the Week

Week of May 21st-May 25th

 

Writing: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.  

For the past three weeks, the students have been practicing different writing skills as they fractured three different Greek myths.  This week, they will pick one to write as a final draft. As they draft their final copies, they will write a luring lead, use descriptive word choice, use dialogue to show how characters respond to a situation, write an unforgettable ending, and use correct spelling, capitalization, and punctuation.  All of these writing skills will be graded as they complete their final draft. Ask your fourth grader which myth he or she is choosing to fracture for the final draft.

 

Math: Build fractions from unit fractions.

We will begin the week with finding lines of symmetry in quilt patterns.  From there, we will spend the rest of the week computing fractions. First, we will add and subtract mixed numbers from data on a line plot.  Then, we will find the perimeter of a rectangle with lengths and widths that are mixed numbers. Finally, we will convert decimals to fractions solving word problems.  If students are comfortable solving the problems as a decimal, that is fine. Decimals are a big part of fifth grade math so the more exposure the students have to decimals the better.  

 

Reading: Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.  

During the last ⅛ of fourth grade, Greek Mythology will be the reading genre.  Throughout the week, the readers of fourth grade will be reading different well known myths.  As they are reading the myth, they will use specific text evidence to determine a theme. For homework, they will read a myth about the Greek Goddess Athena and complete activities about the myth.  The students all received a hard copy of this myth. Of course, the homework can also be found on the blog. For this genre’s book report, every fourth grader will research the Greek God or Goddess of his or her choice.  The fourth graders received a copy of the form today. All reports are due on Friday, June 1st.

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Homelink 8.4 Homelink 8.5 Homelink 8.6 Homelink 8.7 Math Homework Due
Reading Read myth about Athena and complete activities.   Reading Homework Due

 

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