Many of you are preparing to head back to school, or may have already started. As educators, we are always looking for creative ways to connect with our students. The games we have created are a great way to get your students excited about learning.
We have come up with our top 5 ways to incorporate the Summer Games into your classroom.
1. Medal Count Math
Throughout the Summer Games, you could have your students track the number of medals the United States earns in gold, silver, and bronze. You could also have them track other countries. Then you could do simple math activities that involve the basic operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication) and could even incorporate probability as well!
2. Reach for the Gold Reading
Reading books could become a fun competition in your classroom. You could create an “Olympic” themed reading log where students track either their minutes read or number of books read. Then they could be awarded certificates or medals at the end of the month. We have found a list compiled by Scholastic that could become part of a Reach for the Gold Reading program in your classroom. Below, you can click on our reading log for August which focuses on a reading competition.
The Olympic Games have a rich history. Have your students complete a webquest where they will learn about the origin of the Olympics, the modern-day Olympics and even perform a skit at the end. You can find this webquest by clicking here.
4. Math Games
Students love competing against each other. One perfect subject to incorporate competition would be math. Let’s say you are reviewing for a test on multiplication. It would be very easy to create 4-5 different stations for review, and I’m sure many of you have done this already. But to take it the next step would be to turn these stations into Olympic events. Divide your class into groups of 4-5. Have them come up with a team name that relates to what your are learning about (example: Multiplication Monsters). For each station, set guidelines as to how you will determine which team finishes first. Maybe it’s first one done, or most correct in a given time period. After each event, do an updated medal count for each group. Continue the games until the last event. You can spruce this up by having an Opening and Closing Ceremony as well. Don’t forget to talk about sportsmanship too! Below you will find our Multiplication Games activity all set to go for classroom use!
5. Biography of Heroes
The Olympics are a time to think about sportsmanship, peace, hard work, and coming together as a global community. A great activity you could do with your students would be for them to research a hero that matches the above ideals and to write a report about how they can be considered a hero. There are many non-fiction books about firefighters, police officers and everyday heroes. We also found a great post from The Reading Room that lists 20 great books that feature a hero in fiction. As a culminating activity, you could have your students share their reports with the class and even display them in the room with the theme of each hero: courage, dedication, social justice…
The Summer Olympics go from August 5th-21st. We hope that you can incorporate some of the above ideas into your classroom during this world-wide event!
(Just a reminder, if you are a teacher creating resources about the games, there are copyright/trademark restrictions. You can not use the words “Olympics, Summer Games, and Winter Games.” You also cannot use the Olympic rings or any other symbol associated with the games.)