First Olympic Games Teacher Resources
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Understanding the Modern Olympic Games
Do you know when and where the first Olympic Games were held? Do you know what each of the five rings in the Olympic symbol represent? Your pupils will learn about the birth and development of the modern Olympic Games, and will conclude by writing brief essays considering the perspective of an Olympic athlete.
4th - 6th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The Birth of the Ancient Games: The Olympics
This exercise includes a lengthy article on the history of the Olympics as well as a map of Ancient Greece. The last page includes 15 reading comprehension questions about the passage. A fairly thorough look at this topic - geared toward high school classes based on the reading comprehension level.
8th - 10th Social Studies & History
The Olympic Games: beyond the medals
Students are given a handout, "The Olympic Principles and Traditions." They read the handout and discuss how the principles and traditions relate to the Olympic Games today. Students complete a map of ancient Greece, identifying key locations in the story of the ancient Olympic Games.
6th - 10th Social Studies & History
The Olympic Medal: It's All Greek to Us!
Students view a graphic of the Athens of 2004 Olympic medal. They discuss the symbols on the medal. Students view the "Greek Alphabet animation" and name the letters in the two Greek words on the medal, They transcribe Greek text by substituting the equivalent English letters.
3rd - 5th Social Studies & History
Ancient Greece Predicting Outcomes
Sixth graders explore world history by utilizing a SMART board. In this Greek history lesson, 6th graders read different Ancient Greece scenarios and match them with a selection from a list of probable outcomes. Students identify Mt. Vesuvius, the first Olympics and Rome while completing the lesson.
6th Social Studies & History
Toys and the more distant past
First graders research the history of toys and games. In this toys and games lesson plan, 1st graders read books and look at paintings from the past and discuss the toys and games that were played. Then they paint themselves playing a game or with a toy.
1st Visual & Performing Arts
Students explore the boycott of the 1980 Olympics by the United States. In this Olympic boycott lesson, students conduct research to identify the reasons behind the boycott as well as opinions regarding the boycott. Students participate in a class debate about the boycott.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History
Go For the Gold!: Ancient Olympics For Grades 4-8
Students create an ancient Greek newspaper with articles about the Olympics. They perform online research on the pentathalon. Students discuss present-day atheletes. They create a map of cities where the olympics were held.
4th - 8th Social Studies & History
Go For the Gold!: Ancient Olympics
Middle schoolers explore the Ancient Olympics In this ancient Olympics instructional activity, students conduct research on several ancient Greek topics that pertain to the Olympics. Middle schoolers then compare those athletes to the athletes of today.
6th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts
Running Rings Around the Competition
learners explore the debate behind Beijing's bid to host the 2008 Olympics from the perspectives of different groups involved. They then 'cast votes' as members of the International Olympic Committee as to which city should be chosen.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History