Citius, Altius, Fortius. Those are the Latin words for the Olympic motto, which in today's language means "Swifter, Higher, Stronger." The best athletes from around the world exemplify that creed as they compete in the Olympic Games. As the Games get underway, Education World offers you ten gold-medal lessons. Included: Activities that involve students in creating time lines and graphs, writing biographies of famous Olympians, and much more.
In the name of all competitors, I promise that we shall take part in these Olympic Games, respecting and abiding by the rules that govern them, in the true spirit of sportsmanship, for the glory of sport and the honor of our teams.
-- Olympic Oath, written by Baron Pierre du Coubertin, founder of the modern Olympics.
Click any headline below for a complete teaching resource. (Notations in parentheses indicate approximate grade levels for each activity.)
Create Your Own Classroom Olympics
Complete activites that emphasize skills and knowledge as well as a little luck. (Grades 3-12)
Comparing Ancient and Modern Olympic Games
Create a Venn diagram to compare the Games of today and ancient times. (Grades 3-12)
Olympic Time Lines
Students use library or online sources to create time lines of various events that took place during the modern Olympic Games. (Grades 3-12)
Students create a book of biographies profiling famous past Olympic athletes. (Grades 3-8)
Track a Sport
Students track the results of various sports during the Olympic Games. (Grades 6-12)
Olympics Art Fun
Students create medals, Olympic rings, and torches using common materials. (Pre-K-2)
Students create graphs comparing present and past winning results of various Olympic sports. (Grades 6-12)
Character Education Lesson: Olympics
Students plan and stage a classroom Olympics. (Grades 6-8)
Olympic Trivia Challenge
Students find fascinating facts about the Summer Olympic Games and Olympic history. (Grades 6-12)
A Measure of Greatness
Students participate in a variety of Olympic-type activities involving measurement. (Grades K-5)
OLYMPIC LESSONS CAUGHT ON THE NET
Still looking for lessons? We searched the World Wide Web and uncovered the lessons below. We've included some lessons relating to the previous Olympic Games, knowing that creative teachers will be able to adapt them to this year's Olympics. Approximate grade levels for many activities appear in parentheses.
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Links and activities updated 05/31/2012