Social Studies

History Quest: Ancient Greece (Social Studies for Grades 4-6)

Travel back in time to ancient Greece in this 6-week course that uses story-telling and hands-on activities to bring the story of humankind alive. May be taken as a stand-alone class.
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40 minutes

per class

4x per week

over 6 weeks


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Mon Aug 1

Aug 1 - Sep 9 (6 weeks)
Mo, Tu, Th, Fr, We
10pm - 10:40pm
Outside 6am-10pm in your local time.

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Class Experience

Upon completing this class, students will have an understanding of:
-What ancient civilizations have in common
-Basic people, places, and customs of ancient Mesopotamia
I am a Colorado-certified teacher with over 20 years experience teaching children in grades K-8.  I have taught in many settings, including public schools, private schools, and homeschool environments. 
Students are required to read one chapter from History Quest each week.  They may read the chapter independently, listen as an adult reads it aloud, or listen to the audio book, available here for $29:

Additionally, students may need to complete some parts of the research project outside of class.  They will be given several class periods to work on this, but still may need extra time to put the project together.  
Students will be required to keep a notebook for this class.  This can be any 3-ring binder where they can add and remove pages as needed.  

Students will also need to purchase the History Quest chapter book and the History Quest Study Guide (see below).  The study guide includes pages needed for notebooking throughout the entire year.  Due to copyright laws, I am unable to provide copies to students.  However, when you purchase the Study Guide, you can use it for all other classes in this series.   IF STUDENTS ALREADY HAVE A COPY OF THESE FROM PART 1, THEY DO NOT NEED TO PURCHASE ANOTHER COPY.  

History Quest Study Guide, available in print or as a digital copy for about $30.  Used for the entire year:

History Quest Chapter Book, available in print ($22), digitally ($16) or as an audio book ($30).  Used for the entire year:

Audio Book:
Print Book or ebook:

Additionally, students will need supplies for hands-on projects.  A detailed list of supplies will be provided upon enrollment.  Most of the supplies needed are common things you will find around your home.  These include things like, paper, colored pencils, tape, flour, mixing bowls, etc.  
Students are assessed informally though class discussions.  A written test or teacher evaluation will be provided at the parent's request.  
2 hours 40 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
History has many circumstances where we can question the perspective of the events.  For example, one group of people “conquers” another group, or a group of people form a religion around a certain set of beliefs. I make every effort to include multiple perspectives or ask questions that encourage students to think about different viewpoints.  I explain to students often that there are multiple ways to construct history, because there are so many people involved in any one part of it.  That’s what makes it so interesting!  Students are always free to ask questions and state opinions in a respectable way.  If controversial topics arise, my practice is to point out that not everyone believes the same thing, and it’s our job to try to see things from everyone’s point of view if we are to create a fair picture of what happened in the past.  

Additionally, history is not always pretty.  Death, mistreatment, and other uncomfortable concepts may disturb sensitive students.  I will make every effort to give parents a heads-up to any sensitive topics like this, and welcome any parent to reach out with questions or concerns they may have about their student.  
Resources Used
History Quest curriculum

The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia
D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths
DK Eyewitness Books: Ancient Greece
Where is the Parthenon? by Roberta Edwards
Tools of the Ancient Greeks, by Kris Bordessa

Books used in this class
"History Quest: Early Times" Chapter Book
-This book was written with the intention of offering an unbiased story-telling approach to history.  The author explains that "for me, it was very important that History Quest refuse to promote a predetermined agenda.  Most people understand that scientific work is best done when scientists approach data without preconceptions so that the data can determine conclusions.  The same can be said about historical work.  The abuse of history to advance a political ideological, or religious agenda disturbs me greatly.  But despite my devotion to an accurate and unbiased presentation, I, like all history writers, have my own inevitable subjective perspective.  I do try hard to mitigate that, and I worked in tandem with a wonderful publisher and editor, whose perspectives challenged and complemented my own.”

"So You Think You've Got It Bad?  A Kid's Life in Ancient Greece" by Chae Strathie
This book uses humor to introduce kids to daily life in Ancient Greece.  As we read, we ask the question: Was it like this for everyone?

"The Trojan Horse" by Emily Little
This book tells the famous story of how the Trojan Horse was used to win a war.  

The following books are used to introduce students to some of the famous people from ancient Greece:
"Alexander the Great" by Demi
"What's Your Angle Pythagoras" by Julie Ellis
"The Librarian Who Measured the Earth" by Kathryn Lasky
"Herodotus and the Road to History" by Jeanne Bendick
"Galen and the Gateway to Medicine" by Jeanne Bendick
"Archimedes and the Door to Science" by Jeanne Bendick


Kim Musolff
Lives in the United States
MindSpark Learning Founder & Teacher
159 total reviews
118 completed classes

About Me

Hi! I'm a Colorado-certified elementary teacher and a veteran homeschool parent of 4 children.  For over 20 years, I've taught hundreds of children in grades PreK-8 in a variety of settings.  In 2016 I founded and ran a microschool for 3 years,... 
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