At New Direction’s ( our co-op) I have been teaching the kids Greek mythology each week .
This past week we reviewed some of the Greek gods and the Story of Arachne who boasted to Athene that she was a better weaver then the goddess herself and was turned into a spider and forces to weave for all of eternity.
I incorporate a hands on activity for kids to do while I read to them and talk about the different gods and goddesses. This week they learned to weave and made pot holders with small looms. It was a huge hit.
The kids of course are fascinated by the 3 brothers Zeus, Poseidon and anything to do with Hades and the Underworld.
August House learning site has a section on their website called Story Cove with free, animated stories you can watch online.
They have an excellent selection. Maybe I am bias but I have always loved Aesop’s Fables and any kind of myths- particularly Native American and African ones.
The site has several sections and you can watch Aesops’ Fables online, Indian folktakes, West African folktales.
You do need flass to watch the stories, they are easy to navigate and use by even younger kids.
I highly recommend any of the books on this list. They are historical fiction for kids- suggested age range of 9-12 years. There are many historical fiction books available for girls- this list has some great historical fiction/novels for boys as well.
The list is complied from list of Geoffrey Bilson award winners and shortlisted entries from the last decade. All are superb quality.
THE GEOFFREY BILSON AWARD FOR HISTORICAL FICTION FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
Began 1988. Annual.
Awarded to an outstanding work of historical fiction published by a Canadian in the preceding year. Established in memory of a respected historian and children’s author who died in 1987, the award is administered by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre
2005 Noel, Michel – Good for Nothing“-Good for Nothing
From School Library Journal: Starred Review. Grade 9 Up – Kicked out of a residential school at age 15, unhappy back on the reserve, and overcome by the pressures of fitting in with a foster family in town, Nipishish is eventually rescued by his family and friends. Home again, this young Métis begins to find strength and purpose in his life through the traditions of his Anishnabe heritage and his activist legacy. A strong sense of community life, a love interest, and discovered political intrigue all add to this intimate portrait of a young man’s personal evolution. This first-person narrative unfolds in Quebec from 1959 to 1960, and some of the details are particular to that setting, but much of the struggle, within Nipishish himself, within his indigenous community, and with the outside world, is still relevant for many Indian people in both Canada and the U.S. Although Nipishish does fall into some of the traps that lead to the stereotypical behaviors reflected in the title, readers see the realistic depth of his character that contrasts with the prejudiced labels applied to him. Noël also does an admirable job of showing both strength and weakness, virtue and vice, among the white Canadians and the Anishnabe people alike. He has crafted a story of pain and triumph, with both universal appeal and cultural authenticity. Tanaka’s accomplished translation introduces an award-winning Canadian author to an English-speaking audience, and all libraries should take note. – Sean George, Memphis-Shelby County Public Library & Information Center, Memphis, TN
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Bradford, Karleen Angeline“>Angeline
Carter, Anne Laurel –Last Chance Bay“>Last Chance Bay
McKay, Sharon E. Esther
Matas, Carol Play ball!
2004 Doyle, Brian BOY O’ BOY
Galloway, Patricia The courtesan’s daughter
Little, Jean Brothers far from home
Major, Kevin Ann and Seamus
Stenhouse, Ted A dirty deed
2003 Clark, Joan THE WORD FOR HOME