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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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Bodyworks Games - ASTC Science World Society

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3 to 6
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This online exhibition includes frequently updated articles of interest, online games and videos, and other fun stuff to helps kids understand the sophisticated workings of the human...more
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This online exhibition includes frequently updated articles of interest, online games and videos, and other fun stuff to helps kids understand the sophisticated workings of the human body. Students can practice using their own fine motor skills, view some amazing (and slightly gross) scenes of body systems at work, watch what happens when food is digested, and observe the invasion of a common cold virus. Click on Bodyworks Games to find several interactives including Nutrient Roundup and Muscle Hustle. Some of the games open in pop-up windows. Make sure your pop-up blocker is set to allow them to open.

tag(s): body systems (57), nutrition (154), olympics (47)

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This site is an excellent addition to a science lesson on the human body, health class, Olympic unit, and more! Treat your students to the interactives on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Then set up a "health and science" computer center using the various games and activities. Many of the games are excellent review activities.
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Interactive Body - BBC

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High school biology students will find a wealth of information about human body systems and structures in this interactive site. Visitors can choose to investigate muscles, organs,...more
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High school biology students will find a wealth of information about human body systems and structures in this interactive site. Visitors can choose to investigate muscles, organs, the skeleton, or the nervous system, and participate in click-and-drag activities that are quite challenging. Students must select correct placement and rotation of each part of the body, but the site provides hints along the way. Helpful animations and descriptive information round out this interactive, anatomical activity.

tag(s): body systems (57), olympics (47)

In the Classroom

This site is ideal for an interactive whiteboard or projector. Use this site as an anticipatory set for systems of the body or Olympic (or other sports) events.
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Archaeology's Ancient Olympics Guide - Archaeological Institute of America

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8 to 12
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This informative site delves into the ancient tradition of the Olympic games and provides brief, but interesting essays on Olympic myths, games for women, and the history behind Olympic...more
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This informative site delves into the ancient tradition of the Olympic games and provides brief, but interesting essays on Olympic myths, games for women, and the history behind Olympic competition. There is also a new link all about the cultural heritage of Beijing.

tag(s): greece (26), greek (41), greeks (30), olympics (47), sports (96)

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Use this site for a jigsaw activity on the culture importance of the festival of Olympia in ancient Greek society. Have students work with partners and read the interviews about Beijing.

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Science and the Olympics - WhyFiles

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This site was developed for the 1996 Atlanta games, and updated in 2013. It offers some timeless information about the science behind the sports that is useful during any Olympic ...more
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This site was developed for the 1996 Atlanta games, and updated in 2013. It offers some timeless information about the science behind the sports that is useful during any Olympic year! The WhyFiles presentation shows the hundreds of scientific connections to modern sports. There are eight main categories (for example, Ancient Olympics, Computers In Sports, and Sports Doctors: Athletic Ethics). Although this site isn't highly interactive, there are some explicitly detailed photographs and extensive information on all topics highlighted.

tag(s): olympics (47), sports (96)

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Why not do an eight day unit based on this website. Highlight a new category each day on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Or divide your students into small groups and assign each group one of the eight topics to explore. This site would tie into social studies, health, physical education, technology, and other subject areas.

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1936 Olympics - Smithsonian Holocaust Museum

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This site, based on an exhibit from the American Holocaust Museum, uses the 1936 games as a starting point for a visual synopsis of the evolution of the Nazi regime, ...more
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This site, based on an exhibit from the American Holocaust Museum, uses the 1936 games as a starting point for a visual synopsis of the evolution of the Nazi regime, with a particular focus on its racial and ethnic policies. The result is a succinct, though stark, introduction that should be useful for many students. The site features an online exhibition with video clips, pictures, and articles of interest.

tag(s): german (64), germany (28), olympics (47), world war 2 (142)

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Use this site to spark a discussion and study of the role of the Olympics in politics and foreign policy (especially during an Olympic year as an extension of your study of current events). You may want to share some of the video clips on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Why not have a class debate about the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.
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Documenting a Democracy

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The Australian government prepared this site to commemorate the centennial of confederation, celebrated in 2001. It contains a large collection of facts, images and information about...more
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The Australian government prepared this site to commemorate the centennial of confederation, celebrated in 2001. It contains a large collection of facts, images and information about the country that hosted the 2000 Olympics. There are also detailed maps and a timeline.

tag(s): australia (35), olympics (47)

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Use this site to research and learn more about the "land down under." Assign different regions to groups of students to investigate. Each region includes pictures and information. Have students create a mini-research multimedia project to share with the class.

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Sochi 2014: An Olympic Preview - The Atlantic

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6 to 12
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Take a look at Sochi, Russia as it prepares for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. This site offers 26 images starting in December 2012 showing progress in constructing Olympic venues ...more
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Take a look at Sochi, Russia as it prepares for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. This site offers 26 images starting in December 2012 showing progress in constructing Olympic venues and infrastructure in preparation for the February 2014 event. Some images demonstrate the effect on local people as well as showing construction progress.
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tag(s): olympics (47), russia (38), sports (96)

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Use images from this site as story starters. For example - use image 17 showing the family with their demolished home and ask students to write about the Olympics from their point of view. Challenge students to find current images of construction projects and compare progress made since 2012. Have students create maps of Olympic venues using Animaps (reviewed here). Students can add text, images, and location stops!

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