The Twelve Labors of Hercules Lesson Plan

Instructor: Artem Cheprasov

Artem has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

This lesson plan utilizes a text lesson and quiz, discussion questions and a hands-on art activity to help your students learn more about and appreciate the 12 labors of Hercules.

Learning Objectives

Once students have finished everything outlined in this lesson, they should be able to:

  • Discuss who Hercules was
  • Identify and describe the 12 labors of Hercules


30-60 minutes without the activity


  • Handouts of the text lesson The 12 Labors of Hercules: Lesson for Kids, one for each student
  • Images of the 12 labors
  • Poster board - various colors
  • Colored construction paper and cardboard
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Makers, colored pencils, and crayons
  • Magazines that can be cut up

Curriculum Standards


Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.


Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.


Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Key Terms

  • Hercules
  • Twelve labors
  • Hydra
  • Amazons



  • Warm-up your class with a couple of questions:
    • What is a myth/mythology?
    • Who was Hercules?
    • What was he famous for?


  • Hang the images of the 12 labors on the board.
  • Pass out The 12 Labors of Hercules: Lesson for Kids text
  • Read this lesson together as a class
  • Once you've read through the entire lesson, pause for a quick discussion:
    • Describe Hercules and his significance to/in Ancient Greek mythology
    • Describe who King Eurystheus of Tiryns was
    • How long was Hercules given to complete his twelve labors?
    • What was the hydra monster?
    • Who were the Amazons?

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