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October 27, 1999 Update
Remember, the "Kids' Versions" are aimed at K-6.

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The team generated the following reports: Try the following activities:
Abeja - Olive the Greek History You Ever Need to Know!
Kid's Version Available

Abeja declares her love for the olive, touching on Greek gods, Poseidon, Athena, the Greek landscape and environmental destruction.

The olive is practically mythical in Morocco- what food or foods in your country hold similar importance? Research the origin of this food in your culture- are there any stories or myths built surrounding the food? If not, make one up- establish a connection between the food and your culture's roots.

Kavitha - The Ancient Olympics: the Earliest "Time Out!"

Kavitha enters into a dream of being an Olympic athlete, and leads a tour of ancient Greece and the first Olympic Games. Includes information on athletes, ruins, festivals, Zeus, women, Theodosius I and II and Nike.

What would your role been if you had been alive during the ancient Olympics? Would you have been a competitor? What event? Would you have been an artisan, peddling your wares? Or, if a woman, would you have tried to sneak in as a man? Write one or two paragraphs depicting your fabricated experience or write a short news piece describing upcoming events.

Monica - The Athena Game Show

Monica writes a creative piece about the goddess Athena and the city of Athens. Includes information on gods and goddesses and heroes/heroines, as well as historical sites such as the Acropolis, Pantheon, and the Oracle of Delphi.

Break the class up into groups. Have them look over a book of Greek Myths and pick a story that particularly intrigues them and report on it to the rest of the class. Or get bold and have them create a short skit depicting the myth - both the performers and the viewers will remember a lot more than if they just do a "report!"

Making a Difference - The Parthenon Temple: Reuniting a symbol of world cultural heritage

Have the British lost their marbles? Find out more about the Parthenon marbles. How they got to England and why some think they should be back in Athens where they belong.

Discuss both sides of the issue. What do the students think? Have them write a letter of opinion to Tony Blair, the Prime Minister of Great Britain.

Making a Difference - Just Do It…or forever hold your peace!

NIKE athletic gear is using too much third world "slave labor". In places like Indonesia, workers have long hours and little pay. Plus they endure dangerous working conditions. Find out in this dispatch how to "Just don't buy it" and give help to give the factory workers a better work life.

Practically everyone in America owns a NIKE product of some kind. The popularity of their products is overwhelming. Have the students tally up how many NIKE products they own and how much money they have spent on them. Compare the cost of the items with the amount paid to the people who make them. How long would it take for a factory worker to save up enough money to buy a full NIKE outfit? Then have a "NIKE Awareness Day" where the students see if they can ALL not wear a single piece of NIKE merchandise. This day can be repeated monthly or even weekly as a protest of NIKE's labor practices.

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