I really wish (sounds weird, I know...) that I was teaching during the Summer Olympics as there are so many great teaching opportunities that can cover so many subject areas and grade levels.
Here are a few fun suggestions for those of you teaching this summer (or even for those of you who are back to school in August)
- Follow an athlete from your hometown, state or province. See what kind of background information you can find on them and then track their progress at the Games.
- Create a new Olympic sport and test out the activity with your classmates / students.
- Keep track of the medal count and work out the percentage of gold, silver and bronze that your country wins. Create a poster to track the medal count.
- Have students "adopt" an athlete from another country - find out their story and a little bit about their country and then share with the class.
- "Adopt" another country to cheer for and find out as much as you can about their athletes.
- Make a medal count prediction and award the person who came closest.
- Research London, England and find out what they did to prepare for the Games.
- Research the history of the Olympics and have students present some of the main ideas to the class.
- Have your own Olympic games - but keep it light and fun and combine athletic events with math and literacy events.
- I'm sure that there are 100s more engaging activities that you can do to highlight the Olympics. Share your favorite below!
Hope you're all having a fantastic summer! Let the Games begin!