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.
GradesK to 8
In the ClassroomUse the activities to reinforce skills as you teach them or allow advanced students to move ahead. Be sure to include a link to this one on your teacher website for parents and kids to enjoy together at home.
Grades7 to 12
In the ClassroomShare this site as a real-world extension of a biology class on anatomical structures or in a career exploration activity. Students can navigate on their own computers or access the site from your teacher web page for use outside of class. Guidance counselors may want to include it among career links they offer to middle and high school students. Use this site during the Olympic games to discuss injuries that athletes may endure.
Grades3 to 6
In the ClassroomThis 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.
Grades9 to 12
In the ClassroomThis 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.
Grades8 to 12
In the ClassroomUse 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.
Grades4 to 10
In the ClassroomWhy 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.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomUse 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.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomUse 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.
Grades6 to 12
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