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Winter or summer, the Olympics provide teaching opportunities across the curriculum for students of all ages. Browse these options for curriculum connections to light the Olympic flame in your classroom.

If you wish to narrow this list of Olympics-related resources for a specific topic and grade level, try entering your topic and Olympics as search terms in the TeachersFirst keyword search, setting the grade level you seek, as well.

 

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Ready or Not, Let the Games Begin - Esri

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This story map, created for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil, takes you through different facets of preparation for the Olympics. Scroll through to read about the city, construction...more
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This story map, created for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil, takes you through different facets of preparation for the Olympics. Scroll through to read about the city, construction of venues, and difficulties faced including the Zika virus, security, and pollution issues. Images, maps, and graphs all work together to provide an excellent overview of the stage set for the 2016 Summer Games.

tag(s): maps (288), olympics (47), pollution (66), south america (39), sports (96)

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Ready or Not was created using Story Map, reviewed here. Use Story Map to create your own stories for any subject, perhaps an overview of the Olympics at the end of the games or a profile of a notable Olympic athlete. View this story together with your class, then divide students into groups to learn more about Brazil and South America. Include this site with your current events discussions as you compare security threats across the globe, pollution issues, or health concerns such as the Zika virus.

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USA Today Rio Olympics Guide - YouTube - USA Today

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Stay up to date with the latest news and information from the Rio Summer Olympics with these videos from USA Today. Topics include how to watch little-known sports such as ...more
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Stay up to date with the latest news and information from the Rio Summer Olympics with these videos from USA Today. Topics include how to watch little-known sports such as wrestling and archery. Subscribe to this channel to receive updates as new content is added. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): olympics (47), south america (39), sports (96)

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Share videos with your students as you follow the Summer Olympic games from your classroom. Use the "how to watch" sports videos as a model, then have students create their own videos describing how to watch their favorite sport. Share their videos on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here. Research Olympic athletes and their countries, then have cooperative learning groups create podcasts sharing news about the Olympics. Use a site such as podOmatic, reviewed here to complete a podcasting project.

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Rio 2016 Olympics - International Olympic Committee

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Keep up to date with the latest 2016 Summer Olympic news from Rio de Janeiro at the official site of the Olympic Games. Follow individual sports through links featuring background ...more
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Keep up to date with the latest 2016 Summer Olympic news from Rio de Janeiro at the official site of the Olympic Games. Follow individual sports through links featuring background on each event, photo galleries, and features on Olympians to watch. Learn more about the athletes and countries by choosing the respective links. Follow this site for the latest information on results, medal counts, photos, videos, and all things Olympic.

tag(s): olympics (47), south america (39), sports (96), summer (12)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard and allow students to explore on their own. Create a bulletin board to display the latest medal counts, have students update daily with information from the Olympics site. Have students create a simple infographic on their favorite sport using Easel.ly, reviewed here or Venngage reviewed here. Have cooperative learning groups create daily podcasts to share the latest news from the Olympics. Use a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here).

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Rio 2016: 16 Fun Facts - NBC News

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Get into the excitement of the Summer 2016 Olympic Games with these 16 fun facts! These facts include information about the host city, Rio de Janiero, as well as facts ...more
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Get into the excitement of the Summer 2016 Olympic Games with these 16 fun facts! These facts include information about the host city, Rio de Janiero, as well as facts about Olympic games and events. This article provides just enough information to whet your appetite for the games, and learn more about the events!
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tag(s): olympics (47), south america (39)

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Share one fact a day with students as you count down toward the beginning of the 2016 Summer Games, August 5 to 21, 2016. Use this information as a learning center and have students conduct research to learn more about the Olympic Games and Brazil. Challenge students to create a daily annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here, with information gathered from their research. Have students create timelines (with music, photos, videos, and more) using Capzles, reviewed here, to show the training process of Olympic athletes. Create a quick poll (with no membership required) using SurveyRock, reviewed here, to find out how many students plan on watching the Olympics, guesses for the number of medals earned by your country, or their choice for potential host cities. Alternatively, if your school starts after the Olympics are over, use these facts for a discussion of the Olympics. Create a quick poll (with no membership required) using SurveyRock, reviewed here, to find out how many students watched the Olympics. Those students could then share with their peers what they learned from the Rio Olympics using any of the tools suggested above.

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NBC Learn Free Resources - NBCUniversal Media, NBC News

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This collection of free streaming videos, mostly under six minutes, supports school curriculum using material from NBC News, one of the largest news archives in the world. Topics include...more
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This collection of free streaming videos, mostly under six minutes, supports school curriculum using material from NBC News, one of the largest news archives in the world. Topics include language arts, humanities and social sciences, and parenting information. The majority of videos feature STEM content. Specific sample topics include: Mysteries of the Brain, Writers Speak to Kids, Science of NFL Football, and many others. All videos include transcripts. Some have lesson plans and/or activities which are available in a side tab in the video window when launched. Most have closed captioning, and a few have a Spanish language option. The majority of NBC Learn, the educational arm of NBC News, is fee-based. This review is for the free material.
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tag(s): brain (72), civil rights (117), news (261), olympics (47), pi (22), sports (96), STEM (134), sustainability (19), video (253)

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This site is perfect for flipped or blended learning classrooms but will spark interest in most classroom lessons. Use the search box in the upper right corner to find free content of interest. NBC Learn uses a proprietary media player "Cue Card," and provides suggestions if you are having trouble playing. The whole class can watch the videos, many of which are parts of a series. Have individuals or small groups view and share information. The transcripts and close captioning will be helpful for struggling learners. Transcripts can be used alone for informational text reading practice.

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Heroes! - The Olympic Museum

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What makes someone a hero? Explore the four different types of heroes from various periods in history with this virtual exhibition. Scroll through time periods to view images of heroes...more
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What makes someone a hero? Explore the four different types of heroes from various periods in history with this virtual exhibition. Scroll through time periods to view images of heroes through several Olympic periods. Learn about the influences of media and other outside sources on society's perceptions of heroic qualities.

tag(s): greeks (30), heroes (24), journalism (46), olympics (47), sports (96)

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Include this site as part of any unit on the Olympic Games or heroes. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Piktochart, reviewed here. Challenge students to create an annotated image of someone they consider to be a hero, including text boxes, video, and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, to compare and contrast two different heroes.
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Science of the Summer Olympics - NBC and the National Science Foundation

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The ten videos on this site highlight events and people that captured the public's imagination during past Summer Olympics. Each featured video has several lessons accompanying it....more
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The ten videos on this site highlight events and people that captured the public's imagination during past Summer Olympics. Each featured video has several lessons accompanying it. These lessons emphasize some aspect of engineering science or technology behind the athlete or event. In addition to the lesson plans, a transcript of the video is available. The series of film clips are part of a larger site in which some parts require payment, but this part is free.
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Share these short clips on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Challenge students to research an athlete in the current Olympics or the science of their favorite sport. Have students present their findings using Swipe, reviewed here, or Powtoon, reviewed here.
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History on the Net - Heather Wheeler

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History on the Net contains a wide variety of resources for a broad range of history topics. Begin a search by exploring history topics or by searching resources such as ...more
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History on the Net contains a wide variety of resources for a broad range of history topics. Begin a search by exploring history topics or by searching resources such as online lessons or worksheets. Explore the Titanic, World War I, Vikings, Mayans, and so much more! Look through a large selection of reference materials: dictionaries, timelines, and more. History on the Net is a great starting point when looking for lessons and materials for teaching history across the ages!
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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Make a shortcut to this site on classroom computers and use it as a center. Use this site as the starting point for individual or group projects. This site is a perfect addition to use with President's Day activities, when learning about the Olympics, or as part of a Black History Month lesson. Be sure to include this site on your class web page for students to access both in and outside of class. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here, or Venngage, reviewed here. Have students use Fakebook, reviewed here, to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about a president, a passenger on the Titanic, a famous scientist, or another person learned about on this site.
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Science and Engineering of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games - NBC Learn

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Explore ten dynamic videos all related to the winter Olympics. This site, updated in 2014, was created in partnership by NBC Learn, NBC Sports, and the National Science Foundation....more
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Explore ten dynamic videos all related to the winter Olympics. This site, updated in 2014, was created in partnership by NBC Learn, NBC Sports, and the National Science Foundation. View the free videos and explore the engineering, science, technology, and math behind many of your favorite Olympic events. Topics vary from Science of Snow to Physics of Figure Skating to Olympic Movement and Robotic Design. Most videos are 5-6 minutes in length.
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Use these video clips to bring the Olympics alive in your science or math classes. Great for current events and STEM lessons, these clips are quick and simple - yet full of information. Share the clips on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Or better yet, challenge cooperative learning groups to view one of the videos and create a project to share with the class demonstrating the science (or math) concepts highlighted in the video. For quick projects, create electronic graphics of important words using a tool such as Typogenerator (reviewed here) or Wordle (reviewed here).
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TeachersFirst's Resources for the Sochi Olympics - TeachersFirst

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Find resources to help you learn more about the Sochi Olympics, 2014. Explore the curriculum-related projects and classroom activities centered around the Olympic winter games in Sochi....more
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Find resources to help you learn more about the Sochi Olympics, 2014. Explore the curriculum-related projects and classroom activities centered around the Olympic winter games in Sochi.

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Use these resources to plan a special lesson or unit within your curriculum during the Olympics. Share articles for practice with informational text. Include the Olympics in study of world cultures, lessons on health and fitness, or discussions about personal goal setting and persistence. Share the link on your class web page for students to access both in and out of class for enrichment or individual projects.

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Fractions of a Second: An Olympic Musical - The New York Times

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This very interesting site offers a musical look at the amount of time between finishers in several different Olympic events such as Alpine Skiing and Bobsledding. View each event and...more
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This very interesting site offers a musical look at the amount of time between finishers in several different Olympic events such as Alpine Skiing and Bobsledding. View each event and the winning time along with dots on a timeline representing the next finisher's times. Click the play icon to hear a tone representing each contestant crossing the finish line. This is an excellent visual and audio display of how close some events really are!
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View this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector and listen together to the different spacings of finishes by event. Challenge students to create timelines of finishes for other Olympic events (with music, photos, videos, and more) using Capzles (reviewed here).

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Winter Olympics: Sport by Sport - ESPN

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Learn about Olympic winter sports with this interesting guide from ESPN. Although geared toward the 2010 games, this site contains valuable information for any Winter Olympics competition....more
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Learn about Olympic winter sports with this interesting guide from ESPN. Although geared toward the 2010 games, this site contains valuable information for any Winter Olympics competition. Choose a sport to view basic facts, important dates, and information on stars of the sport. Choose the history link to learn about previous Winter Olympics with information such as dates, key moments, and medal winners.

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Share this site with students to provide an overview of Winter Olympic sports, the history, and some of the key figures in each event. Have groups of students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here or Venngage reviewed here.
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Sochi 2014 Olympics - Olympic.org

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Follow the official website of the Olympic movement to stay up to date on the latest on the 2014 Sochi Winter Games. Read news articles, watch videos, or view photos ...more
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Follow the official website of the Olympic movement to stay up to date on the latest on the 2014 Sochi Winter Games. Read news articles, watch videos, or view photos of latest events. Short articles offer information about Sochi such as information on the city and the sports venues, the election naming Sochi as the host site for the Olympics, and information about other candidate cities. Choose links at the bottom of the page to explore similar information for other Olympic host cities both past and future.
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Bookmark and share this site with students to stay current on Olympic news and information. Have students explore the site on their own then choose an article to share with the class. Create a newspaper about the Olympics using a site such as Zinepal (reviewed here). Click to "Start with a blank e-Book." Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here or Venngage reviewed here.
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2014 Sochi Olympics Fast Facts - CNN

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Prepare for the 2014 Olympics with these fast facts about Sochi, Russia. Information includes a short background on the city of Sochi. There is also background on controversies surrounding...more
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Prepare for the 2014 Olympics with these fast facts about Sochi, Russia. Information includes a short background on the city of Sochi. There is also background on controversies surrounding the choice of a Russian city for the Winter Olympics. Explore an interesting timeline beginning with the choice of Sochi for the 2014 Olympics through November 2013 with the Olympic torch's involvement with a spacewalk as part of the Olympic torch relay.
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Share information from this article as part of your preparation for the Winter Olympics. Have students create timelines (with music, photos, videos, and more) using Capzles (reviewed here).

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Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics - Organizing Committee of the XXII Olympic Winter Games

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Welcome to the official home of the 2014 Olympic Winter and Paralympic Games. Explore the site to learn about Olympic events, the culture of Sochi, and view schedules for all ...more
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Welcome to the official home of the 2014 Olympic Winter and Paralympic Games. Explore the site to learn about Olympic events, the culture of Sochi, and view schedules for all events. Choose the mascots link to learn more about the Olympic mascots and their place within the Olympic games. Some portions of the site may appear in Russian, choose the link at the top of the page to view in English.
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Bookmark this site to use as a resource during the Olympic games to find information on scheduled events and venues. Share the Paralympics portion of the site as part of your unit on disabilities. Have students create timelines of the Olympic Games (with music, photos, videos, and more) using Capzles (reviewed here). Have students use facts from this site to make Bingo cards, or board games for small groups to enjoy. Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on values on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Ask your students to visit the site and create a multimedia presentation about teamwork. Have students make a mash-up using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge Tools reviewed here. Have students use Fakebook (reviewed here) to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about any of the Olympic athletes past or present.
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NBC Sochi 2014 - NBC

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If you are looking for a general informational site about the 2014 Olympics, this is the site for you! Learn about the sports (alpine skiing, curling, freestyle skiing, snowboarding,...more
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If you are looking for a general informational site about the 2014 Olympics, this is the site for you! Learn about the sports (alpine skiing, curling, freestyle skiing, snowboarding, and more), view video clips, watch a countdown (with days, hours, minutes and seconds), and more. Read and follow the information on athletes to watch as the games begin.
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This is a great site to use for research about the 2014 Olympics. Share the video clips on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have individual students view different video clips and then write about what they learned on your class Olympic Wiki. Not comfortable with wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through.

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Innovative Classroom - Innovative Classroom

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Find "ready to use" lessons, thematic units, classroom management ideas, and much more at this one-stop resource for elementary teachers. Explore the reproducibles section to find templates...more
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Find "ready to use" lessons, thematic units, classroom management ideas, and much more at this one-stop resource for elementary teachers. Explore the reproducibles section to find templates for science observation, an excellent Problems with Dice activity, and an Internet usage survey. After choosing a reproducible, be sure to look on the right side of the page for other reproducibles not listed on the main page. The Innovative Classroom also contains an extensive list of center activity ideas, class certificates, and bulletin board suggestions. Be prepared to spend a lot of time here finding and saving ideas!
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Bookmark this site for use throughout the year. Explore the center activities to use in your classroom. Search lessons for ideas to incorporate. Print behavior and classroom management ideas for use with students.
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History for Kids - history-for-kids.com

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Join lyrical rhyming adventures of history in poetry! Find poems summarizing famous people or periods from history. Explore the topics in the left sidebar: Ancient History, Middle Ages,...more
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Join lyrical rhyming adventures of history in poetry! Find poems summarizing famous people or periods from history. Explore the topics in the left sidebar: Ancient History, Middle Ages, British History, American History, Myths & Legends, and Pirates. The American History poems include: The California Gold Rush, The Statue of Liberty, The Moon Landing, The Voyage of the Mayflower, The Boston Tea Party, and a few others. Each poem includes additional facts about the event or people, along with drawings submitted by students. You will also find coloring pages, interviews, jokes, and more. Be aware: this site does include a lot of advertisements. At the time of this review, all advertisements were completely "kid-appropriate." However, it may be wise to advise students not to click on any of the links/pictures.
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Make history (and mythology) come alive in your classroom with a little rhythm and rhyme! Use the poems to supplement your instruction while even adding tambourines, clapping, tapping, or toe tapping reaching all learners. Share the actual poem on your projector or Interactive whiteboard. If you want students to have a hard copy of the poem (to use as a study guide), print it out. Otherwise, save paper and share the link on your class website. If you can't find the history or mythology topic you are studying, it is time for your students to make their own rhymes. Have students create poems for photos and images using UtellStory, reviewed here. This tool allows narrating and adding text to a picture.To find Creative Commons images for student poems (with credit, of course), try PhotoPin, reviewed here. Have a poetry day featuring what you have studied in history. Be sure to add your students' projects to your class website or blog. Gifted students will enjoy the challenge while struggling learners will enjoy the reinforcement of the main ideas.

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The Olympics: Math Puzzles and a Game - Lets Play Math!

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1 to 8
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Find a collection of wonderful math resources for elementary students related to the Olympic games. Although the blog was originally created in 2008, many of the activities and sites...more
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Find a collection of wonderful math resources for elementary students related to the Olympic games. Although the blog was originally created in 2008, many of the activities and sites have been updated. Find word games sorted by event and grade level (such as Summer Olympic Swimming for grades 1 and 2). Many of the lesson plans include national math standards. Some great research ideas are also offered, such as exploring the Olympics through time. Explore previous medal counts before predicting this year's medals through the Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger link.
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tag(s): charts and graphs (195), data (148), estimation (46), logic (235), mean (25), median (22), mode (15), olympics (47), operations (126)

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Explore previous medal counts with your students and ask them to predict this year's counts and graph as the games occur. Compare all three sets of data to find trends and abnormalities. Have students create online posters on paper or do it together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here or PicLits (reviewed here. Create posters of favorite Olympic athletes, sports, or competing nations. Create a link on classroom computers to the Math Playground Olympics game and challenge students to find out how much they know about the Olympics.
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Long Jump Challenge - eChalk

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Practice math facts with this easy to use interactive featuring long jumpers (perfect during Olympic years). Choose from three different levels of difficulty and from addition, subtraction,...more
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Practice math facts with this easy to use interactive featuring long jumpers (perfect during Olympic years). Choose from three different levels of difficulty and from addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, or a mix of all operations. Before beginning, decide to play with 5 or 10 questions for each round and you are ready to begin. Correct responses move the jumper one meter and quick responses add an additional meter to score. When finished, the length of the jump is displayed along with a prompt to play again at the same level or move up in difficulty.

tag(s): addition (251), division (172), multiplication (227), olympics (47), operations (126), subtraction (208)

In the Classroom

This site is great for using on the interactive whiteboard or classroom computers as a center activity. Use during the Summer Olympics as a fun way to incorporate math into current events. Create a chart of long jumps performed during the Olympics and compare student results from the game to actual jumps. Create a class chart of students' scores at different levels of difficulty and challenge students to move up in difficulty levels for each concept. Create a link to the site on your classroom website or blog to share with parents for at-home practice.
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