TeachersFirst's Resources for the Olympics
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.
Grades1 to 8
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In the ClassroomExplore 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.
Grades3 to 6
In the ClassroomThis 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.
Grades1 to 12
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In the ClassroomImmerse your students into your studies with a close up in depth look through virtual field trips. Visit places where time, money, and mileage inhibit your dreams for bringing your students into wondrous worlds. Find ways to visit where your class has never gone before. Create a personalized field trip to meet your every need with the detailed tutorials given. Find ways to motivate your most reluctant learners. ESL/ELL learners will appreciate the visit. Reach all types of learners through a class visit. Use field trips as a whole class anticipatory guide, a center activity, a home connection, or even as extra credit. Challenge your gifted students to be guides to their own learning. Make your class go global!
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomShare the video clips on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Introduce the mascots to your students and discuss their relevance. Have students research various athletes or sports and create a multimedia presentation. Use the Olympics as the theme for your study of world geography. 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). Have cooperative learning groups create online books using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here.
Grades4 to 12
In the ClassroomThis site is excellent for an interactive whiteboard or projector. Use this site during a biology unit on the heart, brain, skeletons, or digestive system. Use the site during a unit on the Olympics, while you discuss how all systems work together. Assign small groups to investigate one particular system of the body and prepare a multimedia presentation to share with the class. Have students create online posters on paper using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) or PicLits (reviewed here).
Grades3 to 12
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In the ClassroomShare these videos on an interactive whiteboard or projector, being sure to have student use the whiteboard tools as you pause the video so students can draw lines to illustrate forces and other concepts. Have student groups watch different videos and report back on the theoretical science AND the actual results from that sport, connecting the science concepts to the actual results they see in competition. Even younger students can benefit from the videos as an overview of more advanced concepts, provided you preview vocabulary, then stop and discuss more challenging words during the video. Your students will want the link to this site, so share it on your class web page. You can also embed the videos right in your web page, blog, or wiki. Have students write about the embedded piece, adding their own commentary of the actual Olympics based on the video.
GradesK to 6
In the ClassroomUse the archives to find activities sorted by season and math strands making it easy to find just the right activity for whatever strand you are teaching. Then allow students to learn through exploration and constructivist learning. Mark this site in your Favorites as a regular stop to look for seasonal alternatives. Consider sharing some areas of the site with parents for students to find math activities that are fun to retain skills over long breaks. Take photos of the completed projects and have students demonstrate their understanding of the concepts by narrating one of the photos using Slidestory, reviewed here.
GradesK to 5
In the ClassroomTake advantage of the ideas presented at this site (if you are a member or not). Share certain maps or handouts on your interactive whiteboard. Use this site to teach your students more about the history of the games.
Grades4 to 12
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In the ClassroomThis site gives wonderful opportunities for visual, interactive lessons and enrichment. Include an in-class activity based on this site in your unit on body systems and/or list the link on your teacher web page for students to review before the unit test. If you have an interactive whiteboard, consider using the site as the unit introduction, as well. Share this site during the Olympic games to learn more about the muscles and systems required for the various sports. Have cooperative learning groups investigate a specific body system and complete a multimedia project. Have groups create online books using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here.
Grades2 to 12
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