Ancient Greek Olympics
As part of his fabulous Ancient Civilizations site, Don Donn has added an Ancient Olympics page. As with all of his material, much history is there to be learned, but students will never forget their own Olympic challenges in such events as tongue twisters, sticky-ball and humming.
Focus on Respect: United States Olympic Committee - Materials for Teachers
“Focus on Respect” includes a 16-page student newspaper supplement and a teacher's guide. The supplement focuses on issues such as self-respect, teamwork, integrity, discipline, tolerance, fairness, courage, and respect for others through stories about Olympic athletes who exemplify those ideals. The teacher's guide addresses the same issues and ideals and connects them to the real world through the application of newspaper stories and features. It includes recommended activities, which require students to apply their understanding of the topic. Students will enjoy learning that they have much in common with these great champions who faced challenges and obstacles in their lives.
Hour of the Olympics
Integrate a study of the Olympics with your reading time. Here are a set of activities, an online comprehension quiz, and vocabulary support for Mary PopeOsborne’s Magic Tree House book, Hour of the Olympics.
Olympic Curriculum Guide
Designed as an interdisciplinary thematic unit aligned to California standards for grades 3-5, students use the Olympics to learn about health, history-social science, math, science, language arts, and art.
The Olympic Games of Ancient Greece
Your task is to discover as much as you can about the Olympic Games in Ancient Greece. Try to find as many new and unique facts as possible. Your task is to:
- Briefly describe one of the Olympic events
- Find a map of Ancient Greece and label where the first Games were held
- Create 3 questions for your class to answer
- If you were an athlete, which game would you participate in and why?
Olympic Games: An Historic Proposal
Learn about the ancient Olympics while at the same time thinking about the future. Your group will create a proposal and a brochure for the events of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. The Proposal will design an Olympic Games that allows the spectators and athletes to experience the ancient tradition like no other modern Olympics has ever done.
Going for the Gold!
Playing host to the Olympics is a role that many cities would love to play. Selection for a host city for the 2010 Winter Olympic games will begin shortly. Canada wants to be selected! To guarantee making a strong proposal to the selection committee, Canada will conduct a preliminary competition among five cities to determine which Canadian city will vie for the right to host the 2010 Olympic games. You are a member of a team assigned to develop and present a proposal for one of these cities.
Picking a Site for the Olympic Games
You are part of the international committee which has been invited to recommend the best sites for the 2012 (Summer) and 2014 (Winter) Olympic Games. Your job is to persuade the Olympic Committee that the site you have selected is the best choice. You are representing Korea and have concerns that the wealthy countries of the West have been over-represented as sites for the Olympics in the last several years. You feel that the opportunity to host the games is very important for a country's prestige and economic development and, though your country has too recently hosted the games to be considered again, you are sensitive to those issues in selecting another country.