Lesson Plan

Olympic Games

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The Olympic Games are the subject of a differentiated lesson for a middle school classroom. Activities include researching the events in the ancient games and comparing them to events in the modern Olympics, gathering acts about why Theodosius II suspended the ancient games, and why Baron Pierre de Coubertin founded the International Olympic Committee.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have class members create a graphic that compares the events in the original games to those in the modern games
  • Laminate the playing cards to permit reuse
Classroom Considerations
  • Designed as a follow-up to the first lesson in the series that contrasts life in the city-states of Athens and Sparta
  • Requires color copies of multiple worksheets
  • Although designed for Hong Kong classrooms, the lesson is easily adapted to any middle school study of the games
  • Class members should have previously studied Greek gods and goddesses
  • Includes an exit ticket and models of student work
  • The tools for differentiation, forms A and B, are not included in the resource
  • The link to the video of the highlights of the Beijing Olympic Games doesn't work; however, other videos are available on the internet