unit has been designed to be completed in nine weeks,
covering two, 1 - 3 hour lessons per week. This is a very
short introduction to the subject. For a more detailed study,
customize the unit to the length you desire by choosing how
much material you cover and how long you take to cover it.
More than enough materials is suggested so that you can pick
and choose what will work for your family.
can print off the free Ancient
Rome Timeline Pieces and Timeline to
use in your own homeschool. These are pdf documents so
you will need the free Acrobat
Reader to print them. If you have a laser printer,
the timeline pieces will look professionally printed.
The clipart used in this timeline is from Art Explosion
history based unit should include a timeline study of the
major historical events, a biographical examination of the
major people living in these civilizations, an investigation
into the major discoveries or accomplishments of each civilization,
an understanding of specific terminology, and map and culture
studies of the various civilizations and their modern counterparts.
Follow up with a review lesson and quizzes, if desired. Read
over General Directions for Cindy's
Unit Studies for more information. For help in this area,
The Checklist includes a list
of major events, major people, discoveries/accomplishments,
terms, culture studies, and much more.
a notebook for each unit. Include a timeline, map studies,
biographical sketches, dictionary of terms, copies of
worksheets and composition projects, and photos of crafts
or other hands-on projects. At the end of each year, select
a representative sample and place in your child's portfolio.
books written for children about Ancient Rome cover the same
topics but in a different order; therefore, you can use any
children's book(s) on Ancient Rome that you are able to acquire
for this unit. As you go through the lesson plan, read a chapter
in your particular book that covers the topic(s) for that
lesson. You may need more than one book to cover every topic.
Rome by George Moore. This resource includes
short reading topics, worksheets, and arts & craft suggestions.
Black & white illustrations. Created for Gr. 4-7.
Rome Activity Book,
Hands-On Heritage by EduPress. Arts, crafts, cooking and
historical aids. This is the best resource I can find for
hands-on activities for K-6. Create Roman jewelry, cook
a Roman feast, create clay pottery, and much more. Check
online for a new-used copy or obtain from local
educational stores. ISBN 1564720322.
Ancient Rome (Discovery Series)
by Dr. Paul Roberts. Covers every aspect of Roman life
and history; however there is very little information
on Christians during this period. I recommend it because
of the colorful illustrations, excellent historical
information, and it's easy to obtain. This, along with The
Story of the World, would make
a great unit study for primary age children. 64 pgs., oversize,
color illus. ISBN 076075070X.
Ancient Rome: Read and Color Learning Fun (ARRCLF) by EduPress.
A great resource to use with your K-6th graders who like to
color. While you are reading from your textbook, tear out
(or copy) an appropriate page in this coloring book for your
children to color. Not recommended for kids who hate to color.
Rome, Thematic Unit by TCM.
Lots of informative worksheets and composition projects and
a few activities. For kids who struggle with writing, do
orally. 4th-8th grade. ISBN 1557345961.
Atlas for Young People, Ancient Rome by Mike
Corbishley is an excellent book that could be used for all
grade levels as a read-aloud. Unfortunately, this book is
out of print. If you can find one used, grab it. ISBN 0816019703.
Detectives: The Romans by Philip Ardagh. A unique
way to learn about Ancient Rome - solve a mystery. It's up
to you to unmask the kidnapper of the emperor's son. You will
follow clues, look at pictures, and collect points while solving
the mystery and learning all about life in the Roman empire.
Grades 3-6. ISBN 0333900936.
Pockets: Ancient Civilizations by Evan
grades 1-3. Use the Ancient Rome section only (pgs. 58-68)
and save the rest for another unit. In each section,
you will find the following: a reproducible pocket label,
four picture dictionary words, a fact sheet of background
information for the teacher, a reproducible student information
booklet complete with illustrations, a postcard
of a famous monument, two puppets to show the clothing,
arts and crafts projects, plus writing activities.
Story of the World, Ancient Times, Volume 1
by Susan Wise Bauer. Rome is covered in chapters
27 (Rise of Rome: Romulus and Remus), 28 (Roman
Empire, gods, builders, gladiators), 29 (Rome's
war with Carthage), 34 (Julius Caesar), 35 (Caesar's
conquests, Cleopatra), 36 (1st Roman prince), 37
(Beginning of Christianity), 38 (End of Ancient
Jewish Nation), 39 (Nero and Christian persecution,
Constantine), 40 (Rome divides into 2 kingdoms),
41 (Barbarians attack Rome), 42 (end of Rome).
This is written in a conversational tone which
makes it easy to listen to for all ages. You can
even order the Audio
CD's instead! Very few illustrations;
however, it does cover Christianity in Rome very
well. ISBN 0971412901. Gr 1-8
Story of the World, Activity
Book One: The Ancient Times (SOTWAB)
I recommend this for moms who like to do crafts and have
the time to get the materials together. Lots of fun activities
and some recipes included. Not recommended for busy moms
or children who do not enjoy crafts. Use pages 119-149. Save
remainder of book for other units.Grades 1-8. ISBN 0971412952.
Rome, Read and Color Learning Fun, pg. 3, Map of Roman Empire
Rome Activity Book, pg. 4-5, Ancient Roman Empire Map Study
Rome Thematic Unit, pg. 17. Where did the Roman Empire Start?
Rome Thematic Unit, pgs. 59-60, Growing an Empire: Rome
Rome Thematic Unit, pg. 23, Democracy or Republic?
Josh's Outline Map Book, page 2, Ancient Rome, show
the approximate location of the Ancient Roman Empire. Mark
the location of Rome, Alps, Colosseum, Mediterranean Sea,
Tiber River, Constantinople, Palestine, Bethlehem, Nazareth,
Gaul, Carthage, and Sicily
Women in Ancient Rome
Fiona Macdonald. Learn about the role of women in Ancient
Rome. Chapters include What is a Woman? Family Life,
Health and Beauty, Women at Home, Women at Work, Women
and Religion and Famous Women. Very interesting to
compare with women today. (Caution: some content is
suitable only for older girls.) 48 pgs. oversized,
color illustrations. ISBN 0872265706. 7th+
for Fun: The Colosseum. If you can't see this video,
BC Circus Maximus begun
pg. 12, Toys & Games
pg. 21-22, Colosseum & Gladiators
Rome Activity Book, pg. 34, Theater, Make a mask.
Rome Activity Book, pg. 42-43, Games
Rome Activity Book, pg. 46-47, Gladiators & Chariot
Rome Thematic Unit, pg. 47, Chariot Races.
Rome Thematic Unit, pg. 48, A Trip to the Baths.
Ancient Civilizations for Children: Rome. Join archaeologist
Arizona Smith and a young detective-in-training as they
unlock the clues ancient Rome, including a visit to Pompeii.
Ages 8-12. Video. ISBN 1572251433. Try the local library
for this video.
Rome by Daniel Cohen. This book is out of print
worth trying to find because it does a great job of telling
the story of the rulers of Rome with an easy-to-understand
text and lots of color illustrations. For grades 3rd-4th+.
Librarian Who Measured the Earth by Kathyrn
Laskey. The life of Eratosthenes of Cyrene, geographer and
head of library in Alexandria, who used geometry to calculate
the circumference of the earth in around 200 B.C. ISBN 0316515264.
48 pages. 1994. Gr 2-5
Diaries: Cleopatra by Kristiana Gregory.
ISBN 0590819755. 221 pages. While her father is in hiding
after attempts on his life, twelve-year-old Cleopatra
records in her diary how she fears for her own safety
and hopes to survive to become Queen of Egypt some day.
1999. Gr 4+
Mini Books. 96 pages. 2003. Hamlet, Julius
Caesar, King Lear, Macbeth, A Midsummer's Nights Dream,
Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo and Juliet, and The Tempest.
8 reproducible, comic-style booklets. ISBN 0439366011.
Shakespeare: Hamlet by Jeanette Sanderson.
2003. Ready-to-go folders features a short, well-known scene
accompanied by pop-out notes that explain his old English
and make it easy for kids to understand. Also includes a
reproducible page that explores literary devices, plus quick
and easy activities that extend the scene and help kids
comprehend and enjoy the rest of the play. ISBN 0439404215.
Also available: Midsummer's Night Dream, Julius Caesar,
Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet. Gr 5+
Ancient Cities of the Bible by Michael Carroll.
Learn about the ancient world through archaeology. Written
from a Christian perspective. Covers Old and New Testament
cities. Excellent. 48 pgs. color, ISBN 0781436958. Gr 3+
230 Persian wars break out and barbarian invasions begin
303-305 Great Persecution of Christians
324 Constantine ruler of the Empire.
325 Nicene Creed written, the chief articles of the Christian
330 Constantine Moves to Byzantium which is renamed Constantinople.
AD 337 Constantine is baptized as a Christian
380 Theodosius I establishes Christianity as the official
religion of the Empire
395 At Theodosius's death, his will splits the Roman
Empire into Western Empire & Eastern Empire (Byzantine
447 Attila the Hun attacks Rome
476 end of Western Empire. Beginning of the Middle Ages
1453 Ottoman Turks besiege Constantinople. End of Byzantine
Empire. Constantinople becomes Istanbul; Religion is Islam.
pg. 31, Bust of Emperor Hadrian
Rome Thematic Unit, pg. 32, Christians and the Roman World.
Rome Thematic Unit, pg. 30, the Decline and Fall.
pg. 134-139, Rome & the Christians (craft-salt dough
map, activities-make a secret symbol, make a catacomb,
make your own lyre, make Constantine's shield, cooking-make
an edible shield cheesecake.
pg. 139-142, Rome Begins to Weaken (map work, coloring page,
craft-design a celtic border, activities-celtic feast, Roman
pg. 142-145, Attacking Barbarians (map work, coloring page,
craft-Barbarian bracelet, activity-reassemble a Roman pot,
art-draw Attila the Hun)
pg. 145-149, End of Rome (map work, coloring page, craft-emperor's
scepter, craft-collage, activity-Roman Feast
The Robe, the persecution of early Christians
Rome, How it Affects You Today by Richard
Maybury. Written in a letter format, this book is an interesting
way to learn about Rome, Economics, and how history repeats
itself. Controversial, but worth the read. 7th-12th. ISBN
Multi Media Collections: Ancient Rome (Multimedia Kits)
by TCM. MacWin
CD. Contains hundreds of exportable items--photographs,
drawings, documents, video clips, and audio clips.
Students can use this to create multimedia presentations
of Ancient Rome for an end-of-unit project. Great
for the Visual
Auditory Learner and students who love
computer projects. ISBN 0743930940.
From the Past: The Romans by Gillian Chapman.
Learn about the Roman Empire by making crafts. Great for
the Visual Learner.
Crafts include: making mosaics, mosaic games, scrolls,
mosaic clock, columns from cardboard, temple and shrines
from boxes, plaster paperweight, terra cotta lamps from
clay, Imperial bust from cardboard and paper machè,
Roman coins from clay, drawing of gladiators, chariot
and horse from cardboard, periscope from cardboard, and
Roman ruins desk organizer. Gr 3+ ISBN 157572734X.
of Egypt by Leonora Hornblow, 69-30 BC (Landmark), 5th+
in Togas by Henry Winterfield, Historical
Fiction, 2002. 249 pages. In an effort to save a boy wrongly
accused, a group of young friends living in ancient Rome
search for the culprit who scrawled graffiti on the temple
wall. Originally published 1959. 2002. ISBN 0152162801.
Mystery of the Roman Ransom
by Henry Winterfield. Historical Fiction, 2002. 217
pages. The purchase of a slave for their teacher leads
a group of schoolboys in ancient Rome into a dangerous
intrigue.ISBN 0152162682. Gr 4+
Josh's Outline Map Book, page 32, Italy, show
the location (approximate) of: color
the country of Italy and label the city of Rome, major
cities, waterways, mountains, and landmarks. Compare
the ancient Roman empire and with Rome today.
a notebook containing drawings, magazine pictures,
photos, or written information about the countries'
family life, food, homes, work, entertainment, government,
religion, education. crafts, etc.
History of Rome - Videos from History Channel (You
may wish to view ahead of time before showing to younger
see if it's suitable.) Each segment is about 10 minutes.