So, who is excited to watch the upcoming 2012 summer Olympics? Not only do I love to watch the best athletes in the world compete, but I am fascinated with their stories. Our students can learn so much about different cultures through units focusing on the Olympics. An Olympics unit can also be cross curricular. I did a search inside our community using the keyword “Olympics” and found many resources and posts about using the Olympics to teach different subject areas such as Science of the Olympic Winter Games from ScienceNetLinks and The Olympic Medal: It's All Greek to Us! from EDSITEment.
What is your favorite Olympic activity/lesson plan you do with your students?
I'm definitely excited for the Olympics, though while everyone else is watching the swimming and rhythmic gymnastics events I feel like the only one watching the distance running, archery, and triathlon events!
I really like this tool from Science Careers that was created in 2004 for the Athens Summer Olympics -- it focuses on careers in sports and exercise science. I think it gives a unique perspective on the Olympics by showing how much real science goes into training these amazing athletes.
Glad you found some of our Olympic resources! We have a Reaching for Olympic Glory collection page focused on the science behind the sports. Also, last week the Science live chat covered the Science at the Olympics. Experts discussed innovations that help athletes and issues with drugs. You can view the transcript here. The follow-up on blood doping can be found here.
The London 2012 International Education program has developed new learning resources with an international flavor. The resources are available online in English (Advanced level and Basic level), French and Spanish.
Another good resource is Common Sense Media's 2012 Olympics Guide for Families. The article includes links to Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, Apps, and resources that are fun for kids.
A comment from the article states: "Through live feeds, athletes' blogs, message boards, photos, videos, and more, you and your kids will be able to get an up-close and personal view that plain old TV can't provide. If you know where to look, how to find the good stuff, and what to talk to your kids about, your family can experience the 2012 Olympic Games in a way that's fun, social, inspiring, and even a little educational, too."
Check it out and share what you think of these resources.
Also be sure to take a look at NBC's launch of a new video series called “Science of the Summer Olympics: Engineering in Sports.” This 10-part series explores the engineering and technology behind individual summer Olympic events.
See the related article in eSchool News titled, "NBC launches new educational video series about the Summer Olympics."
These videos would make good discussion starters to use with students in the classroom during the first week of school. Can you think of ways to incorporate any of thes videos into your curriculum?
What fun! It is exciting to hear about the different lesson plans, YouTube videos and websites devoted to the Olympics!
My neighbors are doing an engaging activity with their 6 and 5 year old children to get them interested in the Olympics. Each family member got to pick 6 countries (leaving off the top medal contenders such as, the US and China to make it more fair). Their dad helped them pick teams so they had some that would surely win medals. Then every time one of their countries earns a medal, they get points…3 points for gold, 2 for silver and 1 for bronze. So the kids are learning about different countries and recognizing their flags. The 6 year girl has Hungry and she went to the world map to learn where the country was located. They are also practicing math skills by tallying their medals and keeping a running record. They have their charts pasted on the refrigerator so they can update them frequently.
incorporates a number of lessons and reviewed websites. The three major themes we discuss are:
One of my favorites resources within this feature is the EDSITEment lesson The Olympic Medal: It's All Greek to Us! Students learn that the Athens 2004 Olympic medal uses an inscription from a victory ode by the ancient poet, Pindar. This elementary "text" helps students practice reading ancient Greek and reinforces the link between ancient Greek culture and the modern Olympic Games.