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Learners 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.
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 search the Internet to answer questions about the history of the Olympics. In this Olympic research activity, students are assigned countries and search the online sites to complete a scavenger hunt for the topic. Students take a test on their knowledge of the history and traditions of the Olympics.
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.
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.