I always love the years that the Olympics come around because they are such a great learning opportunity for children, the world over. This summer’s Olympic games will be completed before we head back to school, so I’m trying to find ways to bring them into the classroom anyways.
- Project Britain Teaching Resources
- Teacher Vision
- Official Olympics Historical Site
- Education World
- London 2012
Some things I might try…
- Math Olympics game at Math Playground
- AIMS Math Events for Olympics
- Have students create their own graphs of the final medal counts of different countries and compare, find range, median, mean and mode
- Calculate the distances that different athletes traveled to get to the games in London
- Divide up the class into country groups to research about different countries that entered the Olympics
- Choose an Olympian to research. Create a timeline of the Olympian’s life.
- Take a virtual tour of the Olympic village.
- Research the first Olympics in Ancient Greece.
- Watch the Time Warp Trio’s “My Big Fat Greek Olympics” and do related activities
- G is for Gold Medal
- Magic Tree House Hour of the Olympics and Research Guide
- The Summer Olympics
- Book Ideas from Scholastic
- Biography Resources of Olympians
- Look up the rules to an Olympic event. Write them in a way that would make sense to kids.
- Web Quest
- Make a bulletin board to teach others about the Olympics
- The Why Files
- Create a machine that will launch a “shot put.” Use trial and error to figure out how to make it launch into a particular target.
- Science of the Winter Olympics resource