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Ch 7: Myths for Elementary School

About This Chapter

Use this resource as a pleasant way to augment your lessons on mythology. Our lively lessons bring several Greek myths and the stories of the constellations to life and can be adapted to use as homework help, test preparation and more.

Myths for Elementary School - Chapter Summary

Let this chapter help you walk your elementary school students through Hercules's labors, the story of Persephone, the legend of the Headless Horseman and more. The flexibility built into this resource enables you to use the lessons to help students with homework assignments, assist them as they prepare for tests or augment normal classroom instruction. Your students will have fun working their way through these clever little lessons, none of which lasts more than ten minutes. Gauge your students' retention using the lesson quizzes, and monitor their overall mastery of the information using the test at the end of the chapter.

Who It's For

Kids who need extra help with myths will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There's no faster or easier way to learn about myths.

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding myths
  • Students with learning disabilities or need a little extra help learning myths
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning English language arts (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient and convenient way to learn about myths
  • Students who struggle to understand their English language arts teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra English language arts resources

How It Works

  • Find lessons in the chapter that cover myth-related topics your student needs to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson with your student or read through the text lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts and highlighted vocab words to reinforce learning about myths.
  • Test your student's understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify your student understands myths by completing the Myths for Elementary School chapter exam.

32 Lessons in Chapter 7: Myths for Elementary School
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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Lesson for Kids

1. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Lesson for Kids

''The Legend of Sleepy Hollow'' tells the story of a schoolteacher named Ichabod Crane and his experiences with the Headless Horseman. Join Ichabod Crane and the people of Sleepy Hollow on this adventure and explore the supernatural theme of the tale.

Constellation Myths Lesson for Kids

2. Constellation Myths Lesson for Kids

This lesson will give a brief overview of constellations. It will also then go into detail about the myths surrounding a few of the most popular constellations.

Myth of Persephone Lesson for Kids

3. Myth of Persephone Lesson for Kids

Have you ever wondered why we have seasons? Well, the Ancient Greeks wondered, too! Read the following summary of the myth of Persephone to learn how Greek mythology explains the changing seasons.

The Myth of Hercules: Lesson for Kids

4. The Myth of Hercules: Lesson for Kids

Hercules is one of the most talked about people in all of history. From his famous father to his famous might, Hercules is a mythological character who's hard to forget.

The 12 Labors of Hercules: Lesson for Kids

5. The 12 Labors of Hercules: Lesson for Kids

Hercules was one of the greatest mythological characters in all of history. In this lesson, learn about the twelve labors that tested Hercules and made him a hero.

Fables Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples

6. Fables Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples

Learn about the type of story called a fable. Explore what defines a fable and common characteristics of fables. Finally, discover the work of Aesop and see examples of his most famous fables.

Folktale Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples

7. Folktale Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples

Discover the exciting world of folktales. Learn what defines a story as a folktale, the characteristics of folktales, and the purpose of folktales. Finally, explore some examples of famous folktales.

Different Versions of Cinderella Around the World

8. Different Versions of Cinderella Around the World

This lesson will look at the Cinderella story throughout history. From China to England, we will explore different versions of the tale from around the world.

Animal Myths: Lesson for Kids

9. Animal Myths: Lesson for Kids

While myths can be quite entertaining, the purpose of them is a lot more than that. Myths were meant to explain things that stumped a culture-why is the sky blue? This lesson covers three quite interesting myths involving some of your favorite animals!

Greek Mythology: Lesson for Kids

10. Greek Mythology: Lesson for Kids

While we may find Greek mythology entertaining, it was a source of information for those in ancient Greece. Read the following lesson to learn how the earth came to be and how Zeus, the king of the gods, came to power.

What Is a Myth? - Lesson for Kids

11. What Is a Myth? - Lesson for Kids

Myths are stories that have been told for centuries and used to explain a natural phenomenon or teach a lesson. Discover the world of myths, learn about oral traditions and the lessons embedded in myths, and how myths are still relevant.

Egyptian Mythology: Lesson for Kids

12. Egyptian Mythology: Lesson for Kids

Many cultures have stories to explain things that they don't understand, but Egyptian mythology was a little bit different than most. Read the following lesson to see what makes Egyptian mythology unique and learn about some of the major gods.

Norse Mythology: Lesson for Kids

13. Norse Mythology: Lesson for Kids

The traditional tales of Norse mythology were passed down from Norse culture that began over a thousand years ago. Discover some of the main characters as well as famous stories of this culture's myths.

King Midas Story: Lesson for Kids

14. King Midas Story: Lesson for Kids

The story of King Midas and The Golden Touch reminds readers of two very important things: remember what really matters and be careful what you wish for. Read this lesson to learn how the Ancient Greeks taught these valuable life lessons.

Achilles Myth: Lesson for Kids

15. Achilles Myth: Lesson for Kids

Have you ever heard anyone refer to a weakness as their 'Achilles heel'? This common reference comes from the story of Achilles in Greek mythology, and in this lesson you'll learn more about the story behind this common saying.

Creation Myths: Lesson for Kids

16. Creation Myths: Lesson for Kids

For as long as people have been around, they've wondered how the earth, its people, and its animals came to be. Cultures explained this through elaborate stories called myths, and this lesson covers two such creation myths.

Chinese Folktales: Lesson for Kids

17. Chinese Folktales: Lesson for Kids

Chinese people are traditionally fond of stories. In this lesson, you will learn the meaning of a folktale and examine the meaning of a couple Chinese folktales.

American Legends & Folktales: Lesson for Kids

18. American Legends & Folktales: Lesson for Kids

Who doesn't love a good folktale? They are some of the most fun stories! While there are folktales and legends all over the world, this lesson will focus on a few of the most popular folktales and legends from America.

Theseus & the Minotaur: Lesson for Kids

19. Theseus & the Minotaur: Lesson for Kids

Theseus and the Minotaur is a myth that shows how two warring kings find peace in quite an unusual way. Read on to learn what the strange arrangement is and how an unlikely character saves the day.

Prometheus Myth: Lesson for Kids

20. Prometheus Myth: Lesson for Kids

The myth of Prometheus is one of the more complicated stories of friendship we know. When Prometheus betrays the king of the gods - Zeus - Zeus arranges the unthinkable!

Icarus & Daedalus Story: Lesson for Kids

21. Icarus & Daedalus Story: Lesson for Kids

The story of an inventor named Daedalus and his son Icarus is one of ancient Greek mythology. Learn about their time in Crete, the construction of the infamous labyrinth, and their daring flight to freedom after being held captive.

Orpheus & Eurydice Myth: Lesson for Kids

22. Orpheus & Eurydice Myth: Lesson for Kids

Explore the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Discover the characters and gods in the myth, how Orpheus tries to rescue his wife from the underworld, and how temptation causes him to disobey Hades' warning.

Story of Pandora's Box: Lesson for Kids

23. Story of Pandora's Box: Lesson for Kids

Pandora's Box is a myth about a curious young woman whose actions lead to disaster. Meet Pandora as she is being created by the gods, peek into the forbidden box that Zeus gifts Pandora, and learn how curiosity can have consequences.

Cyclops Lesson for Kids: Story, Facts & Myth

24. Cyclops Lesson for Kids: Story, Facts & Myth

What is big, dangerous and has only one eye? In this lesson, we will learn some of the stories, myths and facts behind the incredible Cyclops, a favorite monster from ancient times.

African American Short Stories: Lesson for Kids

25. African American Short Stories: Lesson for Kids

In this lesson, you will learn about African American short stories and some of their history, ranging from age-old folk tales to original works from some of the Harlem Renaissance's most influential writers.

Dragon Myths & Legends: Lesson for Kids

26. Dragon Myths & Legends: Lesson for Kids

If you like stories about dragons, this is the lesson to pay attention to. We'll learn the difference between a myth and a legend then look at an example of a dragon in each.

George and the Dragon Story: Lesson for Kids

27. George and the Dragon Story: Lesson for Kids

This lesson will tell you about the story of George and the dragon. Keep reading to learn how George saves a princess and an entire town from an evil dragon!

Are Dragons Real? - Lesson for Kids

28. Are Dragons Real? - Lesson for Kids

Many human cultures have invented mythical creatures, huge lizards that fly and breathe fire, called dragons. In this lesson, learn about the origins of these myths in different cultures, as well as animals that are as close to dragons as you'll see.

Anansi the Spider Stories: Lesson for Kids

29. Anansi the Spider Stories: Lesson for Kids

Discover Anansi the Spider, a common character in West African tales. Explore the characteristics of Anansi, some of the myths about him, and how Anansi stories spread to other parts of the world.

Dragons in Greek Mythology: Lesson for Kids

30. Dragons in Greek Mythology: Lesson for Kids

Learn about the famous dragons in Greek mythology, like Ladon, the Lernaean Hydra, and Python. Some Greek dragons had scary powers like the ability to re-grow their own heads. This lesson also covers dragon-slaying heroes like Heracles.

European Dragon Lesson for Kids: Names & Mythology

31. European Dragon Lesson for Kids: Names & Mythology

Dragons have been a part of mythology and literature for hundreds of years. In this lesson, you'll learn about the European dragon. Read on to find out what it looked like and how it behaved, and discover some famous dragons.

European Dragon vs. Chinese Dragon: Lesson for Kids

32. European Dragon vs. Chinese Dragon: Lesson for Kids

Did you know that there are several different types of dragons, including European and Chinese dragons? Which type would you like to meet? Read on to find out!

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