Ancient Rome Lesson Plans and Classroom Activities

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Appropriate grade or age levels are included with the lesson plans.

The number of lesson plans available online for this topic is enormous.  This site can not and does not index all lesson resources relating to things Roman. That would be impossible, as sites appear and disappear with astonishing rapidity.  The following provides some idea of what is available and will hopefully be a good starting point. 


*While many lesson plan sites have a subscription fee or otherwise sell their lesson plans (that is an additional feature of some of the sites found here)  all lesson plans and collections of lesson plans listed here are free.




The Alphabet is Historic: The Roman Alphabet is our Alphabet__ "The Romans developed the alphabet we still use today. In this lesson we will introduce the Romans and ask how their alphabet got to us."  You will find goals, procedure and needed materials. - From National Endowment for the Humanities - 

Ancient Rome__ Here is a collection of lesson plans, classroom activities and general resources about ancient Rome. - From - 

Ancient Rome __ "Leaders of the Roman army and enemies of Rome are known to us not as faceless soldiers but as real men."  Goals, procedure, materials. - From -

Ancient Rome - FREE Ancient History Lesson Plans & Games for Kids __ Lesson plans, information for teachers, games, video and more. - From -

Ancient Rome Introduction __ "Given whole class discussion as well as the viewing of a video, the student will identify the characteristics of daily life of Ancient Rome."  Materials and procedure.  A PDF file - From -

Ancient Rome lesson plans for elementary school teachers__ You will find a collection of lessons covering a wide spectrum of ancient Roman subjects.  Goals, procedure and materials needed. - from - 


Ancient Rome Lesson Plans for K-12 teachers __ Collection of lesson plans about ancient Rome for all grade levels. - From -

Ancient Rome Teaching Theme- Lesson Plans, Teaching Ideas__ You will find everything mentioned in the title plus a lot more. - From -

Ancient Rome Theme Unit __ Theme unit, quizzes, printables and other resources for a class on ancient Rome - From -

Ancient Rome Worksheets __ You will find several printable worksheets and bulletin board sets. - From - 

Animals in Myths and Real Life__ "Research the role of lions, elephants, and bears in ancient Roman life and mythology."  A lesson based on the images found in a mosaic floor from ancient Rome.  Goals, procedure, an image of the mosaic floor and other needed materials. - From Art Institute of Chicago - 

BBC - Romans - Lesson Plans__ You will find two lesson plans.  One for online use and one for offline.  goals, procedure and materials needed. - From BBC - 

Dictator For A Day __ "experience and analyze the pros and cons of a dictatorship; and apply these ideas to their understanding of life in ancient Rome."  Goals and procedure - From -


Free Printable Ancient Rome Lesson Plans and Activities __ You will find links for free printable lesson plans, activities, resources, projects, study guides and materials for ancient Rome study." - From -

An Interview With the Past: Ancient Roman and US Government Leader __ "Students were to research their characters and gather information about the government they led and the kind of leader they were. For the presentation of this information, they needed to provide this through a modern day television interview show. The purpose of this is to have students understand the importance of ancient Rome’s political system and the impact it had on governments around the world, especially our own government." - From -  

I Got a Lava Livin' to do in Pompeii__ This webquest makes an excellent classroom activity.  "While you are living during this dramatic and explosive time in history, you will keep a personal journal. Your journal will record thoughts, observations, daily chores and activities for yourself and others around you. Include information describing yourself and what type of person you are. Be sure to record any signs you feel might have forwarned the city of the impending diaster. You need to provide detailed descriptions so archelogists in the future can document life in 79 A.D., Pompeii."  Goals, procedure. - From University of California, Santa Barbara/Designed by Robin McCulley and Kim Castagna - 

Latin: The Language of Ancient Rome __ "In this lesson students will learn about the Latin language and Ancient Rome."  Materials and procedure - From -


Legacy of the Roman Empire __ A lesson about the Roman Empire and Vindolanda, a Roman fort in northern Britain. Goals, procedure and materials. - From -

A Lesson Plan Introducing Ancient Rome __ "This article contains an Ancient Rome lesson plan from its beginnings to the Roman Republic. The lesson plan contains notes, vocabulary, a time line assignment and an extension activity on the history of Ancient Rome." - From -  

Portrait of a Ruler __ Here is a lesson based on the emperor Hadrian which is a "hands on" study of Roman art.  Goals, procedure and materials. - From Art Institute of Chicago -

The relevance of ancient Roman architecture, culture, and language are explored in this Pantheon lesson __ Students research via the internet, various aspects of the monument over the course of two days. - Goals and materials - From -

Roman Art Lesson__ This is a lesson plan on Roman Art. There are follow-up questions and additional links are included for more study and illustrations. Goal, procedure and materials needed. - From -


The Roman Empire: in the First Century. For Educators __ "The Roman Empire in the First Century provides a detailed look at the emperors of the time as well as other important historical figures. In addition, students are able to learn about the daily life of ancient Romans. They will gain a better understanding of the significant achievements and contributions made by the Romans."  Goals, procedure, materials. - From PBS - 

The Violence of Ancient Rome __ "This lesson focuses on the extreme violence that permeated Roman society and how that violence may have attributed to the downfall of the Roman Empire."  Goals and procedure. A PDF file - From -

Worksheets - Romans __ Several free printable worksheets about ancient Rome - From -  



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