Put on Your Game Faces!
Our school will be in session during the Olympics so I’ll be incorporating a unit on the games into our curriculum. My school features students from at least 16 different countries, so those countries will serve as the basis for our study. Here are some of the Olympic-inspired, cross-curricular activities my students will participate in:
Reading: We’ll read about the participating countries as well as about the history and nature of the various games the athletes will engage in. The students will then develop reports highlighting information they uncovered in their research.
Math: We’ll create bar graphs that illustrate and compare the number of medals each country wins in each category.
Social Studies/Geography: We’ll compare and contrast aspects of our government to that of the other countries. We’ll also replicate maps of those countries.
Science: We’ll examine weather patterns of each represented country and discuss how these patterns may affect the athletes’ various event-training schedules.
As a final project, students will display their reports, graphs, and hypotheses in a “Parade of Nations” for the whole school to enjoy. We will conclude our games with a medal ceremony designed to recognize students’ hard work.
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