Roman history is rich and full, covering many centuries. Enhance your primary students understanding of the Romans with these enrichment lesson plan ideas and activities.
Rome was a land with a diverse culture. Involve your students with the history of the people through one of Rome’s own favorite medium, the theater. With over 200 holidays a year, Romans often celebrated and were entertained through the actors in various plays. While the players were all men and each played various parts, have your children create little skits that share what they are learning about the Romans. Allow them to dress the part by providing them with simple costumes including togas and simple masks.
Romans loved art. Many mosaics are still being discovered today. Primary students can easily create a similar, simple mosaic like the one found on this link. Provide them with graph paper with large squares. They can use any medium: paint, crayons, colored pencils or markers will work. Advanced students can work on more sophisticated, complicated mosaics like the ones found here.
Share Roman myths with your students. Read them aloud and talk about what each story means. Give each student a sheet of 12 x 18-inch drawing paper. Instruct them to fold it to form an eight page book. Check here if you need directions. Decorate the cover with the words “Roman Myths” and have them draw a picture and add their name. Have them decorate the inside pages with an illustration to go with myths you have read and write a few words about each myth. This is a quick way to assess their understanding of the information they have learned. Click here for a list of Roman myths.
Teach your students how to write the primary numbers from one to twelve. (I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII) Provide each student with a round sheet of paper that they can use to create a clock using the numbers they have learned. Provide them with colored construction paper for hands and a brad so the hands can be attached. Under each Roman numeral, write the Arabic number under it.
Children love food, especially when they get to make it. Build a lesson around Roman foods. Let the students fix the food and taste it. Foods varied between the poorer Romans and the rich Romans. Check this site for foods and recipes.
Look at some of the famous sayings that are attributed to the Romans. Check ThinkExist for a few. Have students work in groups to create banners or posters of some of their favorite sayings.
Rome wasn’t built in a day. Whether you have one day or a month to study the Romans with your primary students, take time to create lesson plans that make the information meaningful.