The summer Olympics is a great way to get kids involved in learning! You can include Venn diagrams, books, KWL charts, traditions, STEM and so much more to your lessons that relate to summer sports. Because students are seeing the events at home, they will be more engaged in your lessons. I love to invite guest speakers to the classroom if you can find someone who trains for the Olympics in your area. Also, parents also take an interest in the Olympics, so why not get them involved in a home STEM project? Here is one for Field Hockey.
- Print out the net and field.
- Tape a paper-clip to a pencil to make a hockey stick
- Fold the net to stand upright
- Have a crumbled piece of paper to use as a puck
STUDENTS LOVE IT!
Do an ancient Greek history lesson about the reason the torch is always a symbol of the games. Include learning about each sports event in your unit. You can even have students host their own Olympics at school. Sponsorship is a big part of the Olympics. Students can design their own logos, shirts, hats, or write a letter to ask for sponsorship. Next, have students discover the meaning of the five rings.
Students love to learn about the medals that Olympians receive for winning at the Olympics. Let them design their own. Then, have them research the history of the medals.
Maybe you don’t have time to do a whole unit on summer sports. You could do an interactive notebook on Fun Fridays!
Read about the Winter Olympic Resources