4th Grade Research and Inquiry Resources
• Students will use the Internet to do research and inquiry on myths.
• Students will learn and write down facts about famous gods or heroes in myths.
• Students will switch worksheets with partners and research on the Web site to find out who their partners wrote about.
This Web site contains a great deal of kid• friendly information about Greek mythology. It also contains an illustrated encyclopedia of Greek mythology and several animated Greek myths.
• Have students work in small groups to read through one of the myths in the Heroes section or the Today section of the Web site. After they have read the entire myth, encourage the group to work together to act out the myth for the class. Students might want to write up a brief summary and list of characters to help them organize the information in the myth before they begin.
• Ask students to go to http://www.artsmia.org/world-myths/ and click on What is Myth? to learn more about myths. Then have students: click on Art by Theme at the top of the Web site and then click on a theme and several pieces or art to learn more. When they find a piece of art they particularly like, have students click on Story to read the myth behind the piece. Then have students summarize the myth in their own words.
read about several pieces of artwork from myths by clicking on View all Art. They can then click on Compare & Contrast at the top of the Web site and choose two pieces to write about. Students should think about the stories that the works of art represent, as well as the actual pieces of art. When they are done, ask students to click Printable Page and print out their essays to be displayed around the classroom.
find pieces of artwork they particularly like by clicking View all Art and work in a group to answer the Discussion Questions listed on their chosen pieces' individual pages. They might need to do additional reading on the Internet to find out more about the myths.