Comparing the Ancient and Modern Olympics: A Venn Diagram
Young scholars compare and contrast today's Olympic Games to those held in ancient Greece. They read newspapers, conduct Internet research, watch TV coverage of current Olympic Games and organize their findings on a Venn diagram.
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Navigation in the Ancient Mediterranean and Beyond
Ancient texts, like Homer's Odyssey, mentions navigating ships by observing constellations. Pupils learn about the link between history and astronomy as they relate to navigation in the Bronze Age. Scholars complete two hands-on...
9th - 11th Science CCSS: Adaptable
My Big Fat Greek Olympics
The Olympic Games are indeed a significant and far-reaching cultural component in our international community today, but from where do they originate? Where do our traditions stem from, and how do we choose the sports that constitute...
5th - 7th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Modern Olympic Games Cloze
Although somewhat similar to the ancient Olympic Games, the modern Olympic Games introduced different sports, adopted new values, and brought countries together. In a cloze activity, class members read about the modern Olympics and...
3rd - 5th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Comparing Modern and Ancient Ideas of Ethnicity and Identity
Explore ethnicity and identity with a research and writing assignment. Class members conduct online research, looking in particular at images and carefully noting down their sources on notecards. They read about identity and compose...
6th - 10th 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...
8th - 10th Social Studies & History
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...
4th - 6th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The Ancient Ingenuity of Water Harvesting
Water is essential to life on earth. How is it then, that people can survive in desert regions with very limited access to fresh water? Through ingenious architecture and engineering, communities in India's Golden Desert have been able...
17 mins 7th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable
The Victor's Virtue: A Cultural History of Sport
Pupils explore the meaning of the ancient Greek word aretê and the place of virtue in historical athletic competition and modern sports. They begin by reading an informational text on the goal of sports in education, and then evaluate...
10th - Higher Ed Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable