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Summer SAVY 2017, Session 1/Day 1- Mirror of Mythology (Rising 2nd/3rd, Dr. Mall)

Posted by on Monday, June 12, 2017 in SAVY.

Greetings!
Today in Mirror of Mythology, we had a fantastic time!  We started with a game to get to know each other and shared some information about ourselves, and then we created a chart to help me see what they know and what they want to know about Greek mythology.  Our big word for today was connections, and how we can connect different events with an emphasis on how the Greeks have influenced our culture.  From the Percy Jackson series to the alphabet and even some of the words that we use (did you know the word Panic and pandemonium came from the myth of Pan?), we are connected to the Greek culture.
After making those connections, we started learning about the origin of Zeus, Hades, and Poseidon and the war between them and the Titans.  We made connections with other cultures, and how cultures create myths like these to explain events and occurences.  They were fascinated that Atlas (which is who the atlas with maps in it) was forced to hold the world on his shoulders and that Oceanus was an ancient Titan that was the personification of the sea.  They really began connecting ideas in our own culture and were fascinated that so many things we know in our world are from the Greeks.  We also discussed how locally the Titans are based on mythology, which explains their sword, and how the Parthenon here is a replica of the actual Parthenon in Greece.  Only a few had been to the Parthenon or gone inside of it, so that might be something they could do this summer.  The statue of Athena inside of the Parthenon is amazing!  You could also go online and look at the pictures and see it if you don’t have the time to actually go.  It is one of the most accurate representations in the world, so it is really awesome that it is here!
Tomorrow, we will continue learning about the gods and goddesses and continue to make those amazing connections.  They are very curious about the different myths, and found it interesting that there could be so many different variations of the same story. However, when myths are passed on by word of mouth (like in the game telephone), they can change, and they really were fascinated by that!
Have a great night!
Dr. Mall