Welcome to the month named after Julius Caesar, the man who created the Julian calendar, the one we use to this day. Aside from that short stint in France during the French Revolution, and a few other instances……… I’m starting to prepare for next school year, and when I saw Julius Caesar had a July birthday (just like me), I snatched him up right away! I knew I wanted to create a Julius Caesar unit for elementary kids and add to our history lessons here at Adventures in Mommydom. Especially since I love our Roman history lessons.
Julius Caesar is an interesting individual and one whom many of the later Caesars emulated themselves after. Julius Caesar was incredibly ambitious and changed Rome from a republic to an empire.
So why study have a Julius Caesar Unit for elementary? Why not wait until high school?
- Ummm…. he’s cool?
- There are several saying and phrases that came from him, or from plays about him, watch Star Trek 6 and you’ll hear several. Kids are great at memorizing.
- Rome set the tenor for many great empires, and he changed Rome fundamentally. Julius Caesar set Rome on the path of an empire. Many empires and nations echoed the path of Rome in history. It’s worth studying to learn about it. Learning a bit about this in elementary sets the groundwork for it in high school.
- I want to start preparing my kids for lessons they’ll get in high school by requiring easier versions now.
What’s in this Julius Caesar Unit for elementary?
- a short biography of Julius Caesar written on about a 3rd-grade reading level.
- questions to answer about the reading
- a simple art study for a statue of Caesar
- a simple analysis of Antony’s funeral speech from Julius Caesar
- a brief geography study of the Rubicon and the significance of “crossing the Rubicon.”
All told, I’d guess this Julius Caesar unit for elementary will take an hour or two to complete. I can’t guarantee that because we haven’t used it yet. But we will, oh yes we will……. Maybe not in so threatening a way……
Okay, I’ve had too much sugar…… Click on the picture below to get the unit.
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