Third Grade AIM

Know & Go

Growth Mindset - Reflecting on past mistakes & 4 Types of Greek Governments

Today we wrote in our Growth Mindset journals about a time when we made a mistake and someone pointed it out to us. We tracked our internal thinking and the steps we took to correct the mistake!


Then we participated in a really fun simulation of the four types of ancient Greek governments (we actually only got through 3 today). I could tell that by experiencing each type of government they were able to understand the difference between all of them. During the simulation students completed reflection questions and used visual images to capture important information.


Monarchy - All students sat on the floor except for our king and his son (prince) who sat in comfy chairs. Those on the floor had no power and could not speak to the king unless given permission. The king and prince were given any special privileges that they commanded, including eating their own snacks and demanding that everyone else pay half of their snacks as a tax. Our king selected the background music that we all had to listen to while we bowed (avoiding eye contact) to our monarchy. Tragically our king passed away so of course his son became our new leader. The prince happily selected our background music etc.,


Oligarchy - (Greek word meaning a few) A group of wealthy aristocrats took over power and created a Oligarchy government. Students on the floor again had no power, while our handful of leaders sat on very comfortable chairs and ate their snacks with their shoes off. They collectively selected our background music and rearranged how the class was sitting per their command.


Tyranny - Discontent with the Oligarchy in ancient Greece led to the rise of a new style of leadership called tyrants. Again, those on the floor had no power after our leader literally seized power out of my hands! Our tyrant laid down the law and had a great time bossing everyone around - he was really funny!


Next week we will thankfully learn about democracy and explore how different city-states ran their own governments.

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Karen Szeryk

Gifted & Talented

Norton Elementary