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Creating an Olympic Multi-Event Game open in new window
Lesson Plan
Students will create a new multi-event sport for the Olympic Games. The students will name this sport, describe each of its events, and provide a rationale for why it should be considered by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as a new event for future Olympics.
Grade Level(s): 6-8

Current Events Newspaper open in new window
Lesson Plan
In small groups, students will gather current events about the Olympics for a two-week period of time. Students will work in small groups to create a short newspaper about a Summer Olympics to be held in the future using the patterns they discovered in the news articles.
Grade Level(s): 6-8

Gold Medals open in new window
Lesson Plan
Make your own gold medals with your students.
Grade Level(s): Preschool, K, 1-2, 3-5, 6-8

High Tech Olympics: Let it Be? open in new window
Lesson Plan
Technology continues to streamline, redesign, and infiltrate clothing, equipment and training programs, optimizing athletic performance to produce a "winner." Are we really producing better athletes, or are we producing better technology? Students will be asked to answer a similar question in an opinion paper after reading several articles on the topic.
Grade Level(s): 9-12

Nations on Parade open in new window
Lesson Plan
In this lesson, students will research one of the countries attending the Summer Olympics. They will create a tri-fold travel brochure highlighting the climate, geography/map, traditional dress, national flag, and Olympic connections.
Grade Level(s): 1-2, 3-5

Olympic Area Lesson open in new window
Lesson Plan
Students will apply their knowledge of area and perimeter of a variety of shapes to determine area and perimeter of complex shapes and to solve real problems related to the Olympics.
Grade Level(s): 6-8

Olympic Mascots open in new window
Lesson Plan
After learning about the mascots for Athens 2004 and a variety of mascots from past Olympic Games, students will create a Mascot Mini-Poster to describe an imaginary mascot for an Olympic Games of the future.
Grade Level(s): 3-5

Olympic Odes open in new window
Lesson Plan
In this lesson students are transported back in time to ancient Greece to examine the tradition of epinician odes composed by poets for winners of Olympic events.
Grade Level(s): 6-8, 9-12

Olympic Poster Design open in new window
Lesson Plan
After learning more about the spirit and goals of the Olympics, students will create their own Olympic posters incorporating specific design elements.
Grade Level(s): 6-8

Olympic Sports open in new window
Lesson Plan
This lesson will familiarize students with the sports of the Summer Olympic Games. Each student will research one event and make a brief oral presentation to the class.
Grade Level(s): 3-5

Olympic Training Table open in new window
Lesson Plan
Each Olympic athlete has specific nutritional needs depending on age, height, weight, and training intensity. This lesson is intended as an application activity to conclude a unit on nutrition and is intended to be cross-curricular with social studies within the study of the culture.
Grade Level(s): 6-8, 9-12

Quest for Gold: Unit Plan open in new window
Lesson Plan
An introduction to the Olympic Games with a focus on the Athens 2004 games. Students explore a range of sites to learn about Olympic Games heroes in the past and present. They track events and issues as they happen and write a profile of a sports person involved in the Olympic Games. An integrated English/Social Studies unit.
Grade Level(s): 3-5, 6-8

The Spirit of Olympic Art open in new window
Lesson Plan
The first recorded art was sports art when cavemen depicted their hunting scenes. Explore why sports art is important, where can it be found, what can be learned from the sports art, what purposes it serves, who makes it, and what motivates people to make sports art.
Grade Level(s): 6-8

Venn There - Done That open in new window
Lesson Plan
In this lesson students will compare the triathlon with the modern pentathlon using the Venn Diagram. They will examine the criteria used for creating a multi-event sport, create a new one, then develop a poster promoting this new multi-event sport.
Grade Level(s): 1-2, 3-5

You Are What You Eat: Fueling The Olympic Fire open in new window
Lesson Plan
Students will research and compare the dietary/nutritional needs of average middle school students and a world-class athlete. Students will create a well-balanced menu based on a typical day for each person. The balanced menu will include caloric intake and a breakdown of fats, carbohydrates, and proteins for the day.
Grade Level(s): 6-8

Olympics Printables open in new window
Lots of printables for the Olympics.
Grade Level(s): K, 1-2, 3-5

Daily Life in Ancient Greece open in new window
Resource Site
Learn all about the culture of ancient Greece, including their behavior at the Olympics..
Grade Level(s): 3-5, 6-8


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