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Coming up on the Olympics? Be sure your middle schoolers understand the dynamic and ancient history of this global tradition. They begin by recalling traditions parents have passed down, considering their relevance and ways they might be improved. Next, scholars investigate Pierre de Coubertin and the history of the Olympics as they read two informational illustrated texts. Although the texts aren't linked into the lesson plan, you can find them online. There are several synthesis activities to choose from; kids could write an essay on the spirit of the games, draw a timeline tracing Olympic history, write out the rules to a new game, or even come up with an awards ceremony plan in small groups.