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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.
Students read and discuss "When the Games Began: Olympic Archaeology," examining the significance of the first Olympic Games in Greece. They research and reenact scenes from these Games and reflect on the Games' original importance.
Third graders examine the impact of the ancient olympic games in ancient Greece. They identify their influence on the sports of today as well. They discover the types of events and prizes given at the first Olympics.
In this reading for information worksheet, students read a one page text about the ancient Olympic games. Students answer 9 true and false questions.
In this pictograph worksheet, students use the descriptions about the medal winners in the first Olympics to help them complete a pictograph. Students choose their own symbol to use for the pictograph.
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. They analyze the contributions of ancient Greek society in helping to establish the foundations of the ancient Olympic Games.
In these Olympic history worksheets, students read about the ancient Olympic games and the modern games. Students complete a Venn diagram to compare and contrast the past and present Olympic games.
Learners study about famous Olympic athletes. They are introduced to a few that have earned gold medals to encourage interest. Students read to find out more about them to become with more equally famous Olympic Games stars.
You can take advantage of the history of the Olympic Games to teach about the contributions of the Ancient Greeks.
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.
Students engage in research in order to establish a context for comprehending the historical event of the Olympic Games being held in China. They use the internet and other resources to find information.
Pupils read an online article about the role of women in sports, particularly the Olympic games. They choose a female Olympian to research and write about.
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.
Students research the history of the Olympics. They compare their findings to the information found in the book Hour of the Olympics. They discuss and present the changes in the Olympic from ancient times to today.
Third graders examine the culture of ancient Greece. They complete a WebQuest to research information about daily life in ancient Greece, create a shoebox exhibit for a class ancient Greece museum, and stage Olympic games.
Students recognize the meanings and symbolism of the Olympic Flag and Torch and apply this to their own feelings of the classroom by creating their own symbol/flag to represent these feelings.
Students play instruments and discuss how they can become employed playing music. In this music lesson plan, students play music and respond to others playing music. They also discuss how they can have a career in playing music.
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.
Students examine the lives of Olympic athletes. In this interdisciplinary lesson, students discuss several accomplishments of Olympic athletes and research the lives of famous Olympic athletes.
Second graders explore world history by writing newspaper articles. In this Greek history lesson, 2nd graders investigate the geography and society of Ancient Greece by utilizing the Internet as a research tool. Students collaborate with their classmates to create an Ancient Greece newspaper while each student contributes a single article.

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