Sunday, April 27, 2014

Greek Mythology at the Met!

Sarcophagus with garlands and the myth of Theseus and Ariadne
I couldn't wait to bring my first grade students to The Metropolitan Museum of Art to explore Greek Mythology through art.  

I knew it would be an amazing experience because we have been studying the stories for a while and I secured an incredibly patient and knowledgeable docent, Patrizia, to usher us through the morning. 

 We weren't disappointed. 

It turns out that the museum has created an art adventure entitled Percy Jackson & The Olympians based on the book The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.  Each child was given a treasure map with keepsake cards containing pictures and facts about the Greek, Roman and European art as well as quotes from the book.  
It was fun to watch slightly surprised and impressed tourists gather around our students as they expertly answered Patrizia's questions and retold the stories with confidence and excitement.  

Patrizia gave us a wonderful Mythology Fandex to take back to the classroom and a free Family Pass for each child.  

When we returned to school the exhausted children wrote beautiful narratives about the experience.  

There is nothing quite like the thrill of experiencing New York City with a bunch of 6-year-olds!  


Steve Reed said...

It's cool that the museum goes to such lengths to produce an experience that will be meaningful to young kids. I'm sure it's eye-opening to go anywhere with them, though isn't it?!

Gary said...

It must have been great fun to create the Percy Jackson treasure map. What a wonderful idea!

We have trips to the New Victory Theater and The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum this week. More adventures await and I cannot wait.


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