Thematic Units - The Summer Olympics

The Summer Olympics

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Lesson Plans & Activities

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The Teacher's Corner Resources Printable Olympic Worksheets & Ideas for UseGrades Various
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The Teacher's Corner Resources Printable Olympics Puzzle Worksheets Grades Various
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The Teacher's Corner Resources Letter Recognition Grades Kindergarten
This is a fun way for students to practice their letters. Make paper gold medals for each letter for each child. Child is to watch teacher make the letter and then write the letter. The teacher can trace the letter on the child's back to help the child remember how to make the letter. Is a fun game and everybody "wins" a gold medal for each letter
Submitted by: Jeanne

The Teacher's Corner Resources World Geography Bulletin Board Grades Any
This is a great bulletin board for both the Olympics and beginning of the year. Place a map of the world up on one bulletin board. Because of the Olympic's start date, this is a great bulletin board to start the year. Follow the newspaper as the Olympics are going on and place either a yellow (gold), silver, or red (bronze) thumb tack in the places that received 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place. You can even have the students graph the results as they come in! You can create long-term projects by students picking a country of their choice, and doing a report. It also helps to study the different countries of the world!
Submitted by: Jaime Boyce- Special Education Teacher jboyce357@email-removed

A Measure of Greatness Grade K-5
Students participate in a variety of Olympic-type activities involving measurement.

Ancient Olympic Cyber Hunt Grades Intermediate
Students are provided with questions and web sites to learn more about the Ancient Olympics.

Athletes are What They Eat Grade Intermediate
Lead your students on a cyber-search to learn about how the body works, from strong muscles to good nutrition. (This lesson refers to previous Olympics but can be used for the 2008 games.)

Classroom Olympic Activities Grades Lower Primary
In this InfoQuest you will be doing a task related to the Olympics. Choose one task you would like to do.  (This lesson refers to previous Olympics but can be used for the 2008 games.)

Education World Grades Various
"As the Games begin, Education World offers you ten gold-medal lessons about the Summer Olympics. Included: Activities that involve students in creating time lines and graphs, writing biographies of famous Olympians, and much more!" (This site is from the last summer games but still contains some great resources.)

Enchanted Learning
This site offers tremendous resources.

Faces of the Olympics Grade 4-High School
"This project aims to develop student skills while researching the stories behind the Olympics."

Fractions in the Olympics Grades 4-6
This game encourages children to add unit fractions with the same or different denominators.

Gateway to the Summer Games Grades Intermediate
"Are you looking for Olympic-themed lesson plans to use in your classroom? Search no further!" (This site is from the last summer games but still contains some great resources.)

Hour of the Olympics
A complete unit that accompanies Mary Pope Osborne's book. Includes vocabulary, questions, and activities.

Learning From the Past Grades 6-8
Students will compare and contrast the modern and ancient Olympic Games. Students will consider how people use ideas from the past to enrich the present.

Make Your Own Olympics Grades Various
You can easily create your own backyard Olympic games! Make fun events for your family or invite the whole neighborhood to participate. The best part is, you don't have to be a world-class athlete to participate in these Olympic games.

Nursery Rhyme Olympics Grades PreK
Students play games based on nursery rhymes and the Olympics.

Olympic Activities Grades Various
"Plano ISD students and their teachers are taking advantage of the learning opportunities presented by the 2004 Olympic Games currently underway in Athens, Greece. Check out these bright ideas recently reported by our faculty and staff." (This lesson refers to previous Olympics but can be used for the 2008 games.)

Olympic Biographies Grade 3-8
Students create a book of biographies of profiling famous past Olympic athletes.

Olympic Curriculum Guide Grade 3-5
"The Olympic Games concept is thematic and interdisciplinary. The curriculum guide provides flexible plans addressing the California State Education Framework in Language Arts, Social Studies and Geography, Mathematics and Science, and Physical Education and Health."

Olympic Competition Grades K-2
This lesson introduces students to the modern and ancient Olympic Games . They will discuss the concept of competition, see pictures of people participating in Olympic sports, and compare and contrast ancient and modern sports. Students will conclude by drawing pictures of themselves participating in both the ancient and the modern games.

Olympic Graphs Grades 6-12
Students create graphs comparing present and past winning results (points or times) of various Olympic sports. (This lesson refers to previous Olympics but can be used for the 2008 games.)

Olympic Symbols Grades All
Students will learn about the Olympic torch, the Olympic rings and the Olympic medals, and design the back of an Olympic medal. (This lesson refers to previous Olympics but can be used for the 2008 games.)

Olympic Trivia Challenge Grades 6-12
Students work in small groups to find fascinating facts about the Summer Olympic Games and Olympic history. (This lesson refers to previous Olympics but can be used for the 2008 games.)

Olympics Art Fun Grades PreK-2
Students create medals, Olympic rings, and torches using common materials.

Olympics Quest
Congratulations...Your team has been hired by our committee to determine the best site to hold the next Summer or Winter Olympic Games. Our panel of judges will assess your committee's site selection based on your ability to assure them of the suitability of the location based on climate, geography, politics, economics, history and lore of the area.

Olympic Time Lines Grades 3-12
Students use library or online sources to create time lines of various events that took place during the modern Olympic Games.

Olympic Torch Concentration Puzzle
A fun online game for your students. (Let students know how to handle the pop-up add on this site.)

Preschool Olympic Theme Grade PreK
A collection of activities to use with preschool-aged children.

So You Want to Compete in the Olympics? A WebQuest Grades 3-12
The International Olympic Committee has decided to hold a Junior Olympics during the next Summer Olympic Games. The committee has invited students from around the world to form teams and participate in that event. You and other students in your class hope to try out for the Junior Olympics, but first you have to plan how you will prepare for the competition.

Summer Olympic Events Grades GR Level H
Teaching aids and lesson plans based on a booklet explaining the Summer Olympic events downloadable in PDF format.

Track a Sport Grades 6-12
Students track the results of various sports during the Olympic Games.

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Web Sites (Olympic and Culture)

2012 Summer Olympic Games
Find facts, news and photos - sponsored by National Geographic.

ABC Arts Online
Winged Sandals - Greek Myths - Cartoons

Ancient Greece
Learn about the history of Greece.

The Ancient Olympics
Introduce your students to the fascinating world of Ancient Greece by studying the Olympic Games, then and now. Sponsored by Scholastic.

London 2012
The official site of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

London Olympics Countdown
A great collection of resources.

Enchanted Learning
This site offers tremendous resources.

FactMonster
This site contains almost every Olympic resource you and your students will need for the 2012 Games.

Go For the Gold
The Olympic Games student activities - sponsored by Scholastic.

Greek Mythology
Facts, quiz, Greek & Roman names, and more!

International Olympic Committee
Official site of the International Olympic Committee.

The Official Mascots of the London 2012 Olympic Games
Meet Wenlock and Mandeville.

The Official Website of the London 2012 Torch Relay
Learn about the relay. This could become a great mapping activity for students.

The Olympics
A great collection of web sites and lesson plans.

Sports and Olympic Games Coloring Pages
Enjoy free Sports and Olympic Games Coloring Pages suitable for toddlers, preschool and kindergarten.

United States Olympic Committee Online
"Official site of the USOC. A great place to follow the Olympic Trials.

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Books

Always Dream (Positively for Kids Series)
by Kristi Yamaguchi

Ancient Olympics (Olympic Library)
by Richard Tames

Athletics Field : Pole Vault, Long Jump, Hammer, Javelin, & Lots, Lots More (Page, Jason. Zeke's Olympic Pocket Guide.)
by Jason Page

Athletics, Track : 100 Meters, 200 Meters, Relays, Hurdles, & Lots, Lots More (Page, Jason. Zeke's Olympic Pocket Guide.)
by Jason Page

Ball Games : Soccer, Table Tennis, Handball, Hockey, Badminton, & Lots, Lots More (Page, Jason. Zeke's Olympic Pocket Guide.)
by Jason Page

Celebrate the Spirit : The Olympic Games
by Cleve Dheensaw

Chronicle of the Olympics (Updated Edition)
by Anc DK Publishing

Combat : Fencing, Judo, Wrestling, Boxing, Taekwondo, and Lots, Lots More (Page, Jason. Zeke's Olympic Pocket Guide.)
by Jason Page

Cycling (True Book)
by Christin Ditchfield

Eyewitness Readers: Going for Gold (Level 4, Grades 2-4)
by Andrew Donkin

First to the Wall, 100 Years of Olympic Swimming
by Kelly A. Gonsalves

Go for Gold : Olympic Stories of Courage & Inspiration
by Elliot Johnson

Gold Medal! : An Event-Based Science Module
by Russell Wright

Great African Americans in the Olympics (Outstanding African Americans Series)
by Shaun Hunter

Gymnastics (True Book)
by Christin Ditchfield

Hour of the Olympics (Magic Tree House, #16)
by Mary Pope Osborne

Inside the Olympic Industry : Power, Politics, and Activism
by Helen Jefferson Lenskyi

Jesse Owens, Olympic Hero (Easy Biographies)
by Francene Sabin

Martial Arts (True Book)
by Bob Knotts

Olympic Black Women
by Martha Ward Plowden

Olympic Dreams (High Hurdles, No 1)
by Lauraine Snelling

Olympic Games, Past, Present & Future : Passing the Torch to a New Millennium
by Matina K. Psyhogeos

Olympic Gold (Info Adventure)
by Philippa Perry

Olympic Jokes : Funny Side Up Series
by James R. Rothaus

Olympic Summer Games 2000

Olympics (Unit Study Adventure)
by Amanda Bennett

Olympics!
by B. G. Hennessy

Run With Me, Nike! (Odyssey (Smithsonian Institution).)
by Cassandra Case

Running Towards Sydney 2000 - The Olympic Flame and Torch
by Janet Cahill

Stop! the Watch : A Book of Everyday, Ordinary, Anybody Olympics
by Klutz Press

Swimming : Sprints, Medleys, Diving, Water Polo, & Lots, Lots More (Page, Jason. Zeke's Olympic Pocket Guide.)
by Jason Page

Swimming and Diving (True Book)
by Christin Ditchfield

The Ancient Greek Olympics
by Richard Woff

The Ancient Olympic Games
by Judith Swaddling

The Complete Book of the Summer Olympics : Sydney 2000 Edition
by David Wallechinsky

The Olympic Dream and Spirit Volume 1: Stories of courage, perseverance and dedication
by Bob Schaller, Mary Lou Retton, Dan O'Brien, Mary Joe Fernandez, Bela Karolyi

The Olympic Dream and Spirit Volume 2: Life Lessons from Olympic journeys
by Bob Schaller, Dominique Moceanu, Ruthie Bolton-Holifield, Kristine

The Olympic Dream and Spirit Volume 3: Growing Through Commitment, Challenge and Goal-Setting
by Bob Schaller, Andre Agassi, Bart Conner, Carla McGhee, Brooke Bennett

The Olympic Games : Athens 1896-Sydney 2000
by Dorling Kindersley

The Olympic Marathon
by David E. Martin

The Original Olympics (Ancient Greece)
by Stewart Ross

The Summer Olympics (True Books)
by Bob Knotts

Track and Field (True Book)
by Bob Knotts

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