Lesson Ideas for the Olympics

olympics homeschoolWith the Olympics now in full swing, learning opportunities abound. There are so many possible lesson ideas and unit studies that correlate with the events in Vancouver, from sports lessons to writing to history and geography.

If you’re looking to incorporate the games into your schooling, here are some ideas to help get you started:

  • Host your own Olympics. You don’t have to do the same sports you see on television. Try games like tug-of-war, relay races, and obstacle courses. You might even have a bubble gum blowing contest. Create medals using colored cardstock and ribbons, and award them as prizes for first, second, and third place.
  • Investigate the history of the Olympics. Where were the first Olympics held? What were they like, and how are they similar or different from the Olympic games today?
  • Create a lapbook or unit study about the host country, Canada.
  • During the awards ceremony, the national anthem of the gold medal winner’s country is played. Write down the names of the anthems you hear, and find out the words to the songs. Do the songs have something in common?
  • Choose a country represented in the Olympic games, and study that country. Begin with the country’s participation in the games: find out how many athletes are competing and the events they are competing in. Then find out about their homeland and what the people, government, and culture is like.
  • Imagine you are an Olympic athlete, and you’ve just won (or lost) your event. Write a journal or diary entry describing what happened and how you feel.
  • Watch an event on television all the way through to the medal ceremony. Write a newspaper article and report on the activities.
  • Create your own Olympic vocabulary list. Find out what sports are included in the winter Olympics and describe each sport. Sports to include are: downhill skiing, cross country skiing, Super G, slalom, biathlon, freestyle aerials, freestyle moguls, nordic combined, snowboarding, ski jumping, luge, bobsleigh, skeleton, curling, ice dancing, figure skating, ice hockey, speed skating, and short track.
  • Choose your favorite sport of the winter Olympics. Find out what type of training an athlete needs to make it to the Olympic Games.

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  1. Something that we are doing as a math lesson integrated into the Olympic study we are undertaking is to do a virtual field trip to the Olympics. My daughter is having to calculate the cost of the trip based on the number of members in our family, how we are traveling, how long we are going to stay, what we are going to do there and what we will have to buy. I am also going to have her calculate how many hours she would have to work a minimum wage job to save for the trip.

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