Is your child fascinated by ancient Greek and Roman mythology? Help her put a new spin on her favorite myth by turning it into a mad lib game. Guaranteed to bring the giggles, this goofy activity also packs in a mythology lesson, writing practice, and a grammar review. Don't stop with just one—create a dozen mad lib myths and let the laughter keep on rolling!
Books on ancient Greek, Roman, or Egyptian mythology (an excellent reference for Greek mythology is D’Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths, available at most libraries)
What You Do:
Start by reviewing the gods of ancient Greece, Rome, and Egypt with your child.
Have her re-read some of her favorite myths, or read them aloud to you.
Ask her to chose a favorite myth and write a summary of it. If she's having trouble chosing, some perennial favorites from Greek mythology are Echo and Narcissus, Orpheus and Eurydice, and The Birth of Athena. She can handwrite her summary if she likes, but It’s easiest to type the summaries on a computer.
Go through her summary and replace at least one word per sentence with a blank line and indicate the appropriate part of speech next to the line in parentheses. If she typed the summary, delete the words and print it out. Otherwise you can simply erase the words.
Now it's time to play! Ask her to choose a word for each part of speech and write them in the appropriate blanks.
Once all the blanks are filled, have a good laugh as you read your new myth aloud!
Daniella K. Garran is a seventh grade social studies teacher who lives on Cape Cod. She has published several articles about project-based learning. She spends summers working as an assistant director of a camp on the Cape.