Poseidon's Protectors to the Rescue (6-8)
The purpose of the lesson is to teach the difference between myth and reality and that stewardship of the Earth’s resources is the responsibility of everyone. The learners will also use the information used in the watershed unit to write a letter supporting stewardship of water because it is a nonrenewable resource.
- tell the story of Poseidon.
- write a letter to Poseidon concerning good stewardship of their local watershed.
- tell in their own words the difference between the literary term, myth, and reality.
- A bookof Greek myths including the story of Poseidon to read aloud (See Bibliography for suggestions)
- Drawing paper and markers
- Poster board
- Paper and pencil
- Overhead projector, chalkboard, or dry erase board
- d'Aulaire, Ingri, d'Aulaire, Edgar Parin. D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths. Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 1992.
ISBN-10: 0440406943 ISBN-13: 978-0440406945
- Evans, Cheryl, Anne Millard, Rodney Matthews. Usborne Illustrated Guide to Greek Myths & Legends. Usborne Publishing Limited, 2003. ISBN: 0794504558
Anticipatory Set: Read the story of Poseidon and/or share information about the Greek god.
- Tell the learners that Poseidon is a mythical being created by the Greeks to explain their natural surroundings. Because of the storms at sea, it was often thought that Poseidon was an angry god.
- Ask: What do you think might anger Poseidon today? (water pollution)
- The Greeks thought of Poseidon as a fighter. What causes might he fight for today? (clean water)
- Ask learners to be a member of “Poseidon’s Protectors.” (Explain the meaning of the word Protectors as it relates to this activity: They are the “good guys and gals” in the group and their goal is to protect their watershed.)
- Continue with Assessment activity.
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