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The Greeks & Our Alphabet

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Background:

The ancient Greek education system was different in each city. For instance, the Spartans were known as good fighters so their education was based on sport and physical ability. In Athens, however, reading and writing were taught in addition to sport. We know a lot about the ancient Greeks because of their pottery and writings, which were a big part of their culture/life.

Map: Locate Greece on the map for reference (coloring page of Greece map)

Lesson Points To Cover:

  • The Greek alphabet is a set of 24 letters that is about 2,700 years old
  • The Greeks inherited it from the Phoenicians, who were traders from the Mediterranean coast
  • The Greek alphabet is the foundation for our alphabet
  • Today, the Greek alphabet letters are used as symbols for math and science or as names
Activity:
  • Discuss the Greek alphabetGreek Alphabet
  • Point out the letters A, B, E, I, K, M, N, and X to discuss how they are identical to ones we use in our alphabet in order and style.
  • Point out letters Z (zeta), H (eta), P (rho), Y (upsilon) and O (phi) to show how those letters/symbols were used as other letters in our alphabet
  • Use the Delta letter/symbol (Δ) to explain how the first letter of the name Delta (Greek fourth symbol) came to represent our fourth letter “D” to emphasize an example of how other letters were developed
  • Show image of Greek vase depicting a teacher and student with a writing tablet which shows the Greek alphabet on it
  • Ask the child(ren) to imagine what it was like to be a Greek student in ancient times. Have them draw a picture of themself dressed in Greek clothing learning the Greek alphabet.

Related Activities:

Songs & Poems: Alphabet themed; Vowel themed

Crafts: collection of alphabet themed crafts for kids

Games:

Online Games:

Related Information:

About the ancient Greece school system for kids

Spanish:

alphabet = el alfabeto

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