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OLYMPICS 2000
The Olympics in Syndey, Australia , can give the physical education teacher a vast array of information to include in class as an integration project to share with the school . It can be a wonderful public relations tool to inform the students , classroom teachers and the community that something special happens in our classes. Include the classroom teachers in planning and coordinating the activities . In this way , they will come to understand more about our program , and in turn , will make them understand what the students do in physical education class .
The following links will include :
   Internet projects
   Participation with other schools
   Classroom learning center
   Activity sheets
   Resources
   Links( culture , sports , clothing , housing , nutrition)
By clicking on the toolbar entitled , KIDS , will bring you to zones on the left side of the page. At the bottom of the page will be a TEACHERS link for the activity sheets. They can be accessed with Acrobat Reader(pdf) for interesting projects for ages 7 -14 and up . All of this can be found at the following links:
http://www.olympics.com
http://www.nbcolympics.com
Also , there is a homepage from familyeducation.com site that can be used for more integration activities:
http://www.qnet.com/~moonbase/miniflag/
http://familyeducation.com/nj/mcgowan(click on Olympic link at left menu)
http://www.ucs.mun.ca/~jblancha/curropening.htm
(may have to type in instead of clicking link)
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EXAMPLES TO BE USED WITH OTHER ITINERANTS:
MUSIC - play national anthems of the countries
ART- make posters , flags , signs , boundry markers
COMPUTER - data base , spreadsheets , record keeping
LIBRARY - read books and resources
CAFETERIA - posters about nutrition , prizes , cultural treats
NURSE -just in case of accidents

B. FEATURED AUTHOR AND LESSON: MICHAELA MONOHAN
Michaela Monohan, 25, who is vying for a spot on Ireland's relay race team, creates top-notch lessons for Kiko when she is not training for the games. Michaela will know by the end of this month whether she has a qualifying time and will be heading for the summer games in Sydney. Kiko is proud to be her sponsor.
Check out the lessons she created on the 2000 Olympic Games:
* On the history of the Olympics:

http://www.kiko.com/mmonahan2/2000-olympic-games-introduction?news2b1
http://www.edgate.com/summergames
http://www.kiko.com/gercer/olympic-games-2000

Welcome to the Summer Olympics Internet Project
Sydney Olympics: September 15 - October 1, 2000
Olympic Classroom Activities

September 15 - October 1
"Make it an Olympic year: Strive to do your personal best!"
Olympic Classroom Activities
The 2000 Summer Olympic games will take place during the month of September this year, giving us the unique opportunity to use it as a theme in our classroom, team, grade or entire school. The following is a list of possible academic activities for grades 3 through 7 utilizing the Olympic theme. Areas covered include Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science, Health, and Technology
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE LINKS ABOVE ARE IN HTML FORM AND WILL DIRECT YOU TO THAT SITE . BUT THE LINKS THAT FOLLOW AREN'T(BLUE) AND MUST BE TYPED IN YOR BROWSER. SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE. THE BLUE LINKS IN THE TABLE ARE RESOURCES AND CAN'T BE LINKED..........
Activity
Subject
Area
Web Resources
Proficie ncy
Outcome
Make Olympic windsocks to hang in your room or down the hallway: Draw and color the rings using a compass and graph paper. Place rings on a piece of 12" x 18" white construction paper laid lengthwise and write Sydney 2000. Turn the paper so that it makes a cylinder. Glue, tape, or staple. Make a hanger by putting a piece of string or yarn through two holes that have been made at the top of the windsock with a paper punch. Give each child one 8" strip of crepe paper streamer of each of the colors of the Olympic rings: blue, black, red, yellow, green. These should be glued evenly around the bottom of the windsock so that they hang down.
Math
Origin of the Olympic Rings
Drawing the Olympic Rings Logo
Read "Legend of the Mascots" and learn about the three mascots of the 2000 Olympics. ; Vote for and graph the class' favorite Olympic event and favorite mascot (Millie the echidna, Syd the platypus, or Olly the Kookaburra). Submit the class vote to this school in Boardman, Ohio, that is tabulating your votes:
LA, Math, Tech
Legend of the Mascots
Market Street Elementary School
4M24
Learn all about the host country of Australia at the library or at one of these web sites. Write a research report about the kookaburra, echidna, platypus or any animal that is native to Australia.
SS, Science
~kware/"All About Australia
Australian Facts & Statistics
Australian Animals
4W, 6R11, 6W
Study the flags of participating nations. Have each classroom (or group of children) make a different flag. Hang for display.
SS
Graph the number of gold, silver, and bronze medals won by the US.
Math, Tech
4M24, 6M21, 6M22
Calculate and graph the winning country based on three criteria: (a) total number of medals won, (b) weighted by medal type, e.g., gold=5 points, silver=3 points, bronze=1 point; and (c) number of medals as a percentage of each country's population; Calculate and compare various statistics about participating countries such as percentage from each hemisphere, continent or time zone. Calculate the cost of a week long stay in Sydney and convert to various other monetary units.
Math
The Currency Site
4M3, 6M8, 6M9, 6M10, 6M21, 6M22
Hold a class or school Olympics competition (T&F events, Math Olympics, Geography Olympics, etc.); Hold at least one event involving measurement, such as the Long Jump. Measure results in terms of yards and meters, inches and centemeters.
Math
4M17 , 4M19, 6M17
Determine the area, perimeter, distance, etc., of the various playing fields or courses of Olympic events, i.e., soccer field, baseball diamond, olympic swimming pool, tennis court, marathon, etc. Determine appropriate measurement instrument and unit needed for each. Measure in both the American and metric systems.
Math
4M19 , 4M20, 6M16
Create a database with each participating country. After identifying what resource to use, add specific country data such as population, continent, time zone, hemisphere, capital, language, monetary units, etc., into an Olympic Database. Keep track of the medals won by each country as well. Locate each country on a world map.
SS, Math, Tech
4C7, 4C8, 4M24, 6C8, 6C9
Learn about the woodlands and wetlands at Sydney's Olympic Park in Homebush Bay. Investigate and report on the various eco systems within Australia.
Science
Australia Ecosystems
Flora and fauna of Homebush Bay
6S17, 6W
Take a photo of each child with a digital camera. Print out just the head and glue it down on a piece of paper or import the photo into a drawing program. Students will then draw the rest of their bodies doing their favorite Olympic sport. Students will then write about themselves as if they were a participant in the Olympics.
LA, Tech
4W
Visit the Olympic Museum and learn about the or igin of the Olympic games. Make the flag of Greece. Write a paragraph comparing and contrasting the Olympics then and now. Create a timeline of the Olympic games and add any significant historic events that happened each year.
LA, SS
Olympic Museum
The Olympic games
4R7, 4W, 4C1a, 6C1b
Students can compose Olympic questions and then Ask Millie the Echidna, one of the official Olympic mascots, at her website.
LA, Tech
ask Millie
4W
Find a classroom in Australia to exchange friendly letters via e-mail.
LA, Tech
E PALS
4W, 4W9
Have students plan a trip to the 2000 Olympics using HyperStudio or PowerPoint. You might track your expenses in a table or spreadsheet and include airfare, lodging, local transportation, meals, entrance into the Olympic events and of course, money for souvenirs. Plan each day of the trip by writing about where you'll go, what you'll do and see, and how many miles you'll travel. Don't forget to research the climate, current season and predict the weather of Australia so you'll know what to pack.
LA, Math, SS, Science
Sydney Games 2000
4C7, 4M8, 4M11, 4M18, 4S13, 4W, 6M6, 6W
Write a persuasive letter to the Olympic Committee about why Cincinnati should host the 2012 Olympic Games
LA
Cincinnati 2012
Cincinnati 2012 venues plan
4W, 6W
Design a mascot for the 2012 Games in Cincinnati based on research of animals from Ohio and write a paragraph about why you chose the mascot
SS, LA
Ohio History Central
4C, 4W, 6W
Participate in one of the following Olympic WebQuests:
Math

Math Lesson 1 on Olympics

4M24, 6M21, 6M22

Math
Math Olympics
4M24, 6M21, 6M22, 4W, 6W
Health, LA
Quest for Olympic Gold
4S19, 4W, 6W
Olympic Web Sites:
Kids' Guide to Olympic Sports: http://www.olympics.com/eng/kids/sportzone/kids_guide/
Official Site of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games: http://www.olympics.com/
Sydney Games 2000: http://www.sydneygames-2000.net/
Olympic Museum: http://www.museum.olympic.org/
Cincinnati 2012: http://www.cincinnati2012.com/index.html
Cincinnati 2012 venues plan: http://enquirer.com/editions/1999/03/28/spt_cincinnati_2012.html
Australian Web Sites:
~kware/"All About Australia
Australian Facts & Statistics
Greece Web Sites:
Greece: http://www.grecian.net/GREECE/
Proficiency Outcomes:
http://www.chuh.org/standards/proficiency/
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OLYMPICS WEBQUEST:
http://www.maltar.org.il/k12/arazim/attar/webquest.html
Writing a guide to the Olympic Games for some
alien visitors.... your students better know their
stuff!
http://pomo.kn.pacbell.com/wired/fil/pages/webancientgr1.html
WEBQUEST--GAMES OF THE ANCIENT OLYMPICS:
http://www.sinc.sunysb.edu/Class/est57280/kmeehan/webquest.htm
Are the Olympic sports the same today as they
were in Ancient Greece? Find out here, as your
students follow along with this webquest.
QUEST FOR OLYMPIC GOLD:
http://www.arlington.k12.va.us/schools/barrett/webquest/olympic/index.html
Students research info on nutrition and health this
time, understanding what athletes must achieve in
order to compete.
SYDNEY 2000 WEBQUEST:
http://facstaff.uww.edu/cni/webquest/olympics2/index.htm
So where is it the Olympics are going to be held?
Where's that?? (Just kidding!) All the world is
fascinated with Australia, and this webquest for
grades 3-5 will help inform students of Australian
geography and culture. . . . with a little Aussie lingo
along the way!
ALL ABOUT THE OLYMPICS, PAST AND PRESENT:
http://www.sofweb.vic.edu.au/resource/olympic.htm
Need some resources for your webquests? Or how
about just plain old research resources on Australia
and the Olympics? This site offers a whole bevy of
everything Olympian--a great resource!
FURTHER OLYMPIC RESOURCES--EDNA'S ONLINE
OLYMPIC PAGE:
http://www.edna.edu.au/edna/publish/system/edures/olympics.html

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1. Ocean Olympians: Units available for K-3, 4-8, 9-12 -- teaches about the Olympic Games and the adaptations that make animals everyday Olympians.
http://www.seaworld.org/Olympians/olympians.html
2. The Horizon Project: Follow along as five athletes from five different continents train, dream, prepare, and share on their journey to the Olympics 2000.
http://www.horizon.olympic.org/e/horizon_pro_e.html
3. The Northern Territory School Students' Virtual Olympic Games: lessons, units, and activities for all grade levels from Australia.
http://www.schools.nt.edu.au/shapes/vog/index.htm
4. Three main activities created by students at the university of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada: activities explore the Olympic tradition through the study of Ancient Greece and the Greek culture -- suitable for middle school and above
http://www.educ.uvic.ca/Faculty/sockenden/edb363/internetprojects/ancientgreece/test.html

Sydney Olympics: Sept. 15 -Oct. 1.
INTEGRATION PROJECT:
Teachers, why not use the Olympics for your back to school theme? I can't think of an easier theme to integrate into all of your subject areas, motivate students and spark a keen interest for a spectacular event. Research supports that both student motivation and achievement are significantly enhanced by measures that counter subject fragmentation and integrate learning with a real life event. When you connect the curriculum content to a larger theme, (Olympics) students begin to see that the content they are learning quite relevant. Student interest in school increases when they see meaningful applications that are of interest to them. Using the Olympic theme to integrate the curriculum provides learning experiences and activities which encourage creativity, exploration, imagination, research and results in higher achievement.
Integrated curriculum is familiar to most, if not all teachers. It's a vehicle that makes teaching far more exciting and enables students to take control of their own learning. An integrated Olympic theme will also provide for a wide range of interests, learning styles and differing levels of understanding and development.
How are students assessed using an integrated theme? Student learning is assessed through a variety of methods such as projects, portfolios, tests, observations, presentations and discussions. Student achievement is measured by the student's demonstration and evidence of learning of content and process (thinking and research skills).
Here are some sample ideas and sites to get you started.
Integrating with the Olympics
History
   Students develop an Olympic timeline.
   Students research their favourite sport/athlete.
   Students work in small groups to research a specific era in the Olympics.
   Research the history of the 'Ancient Olympic Games'.
Social Studies/Geography
   Locate the latitude and longitude of the Olympics....previous Olympics.
   Do a map and flag activity.
   Determine the type of land features that support the Olympics.
   Give your students maps of the world and have them plot the Olympics of the past .
Math
   Make bar graphs for the gold, silver and bronze medals won for each country, calculate the percentages for each country.
   Use the Olympic Statistics to develop some data for spreadsheet use.
   Predict the scores for races and highjumps etc.
   Use gym periods to measure student jumps, throws and running speeds.
   Participate in the Math Olympics
The Arts
   Design a Mascot.
   Design a Logo.
   Write a jingle to fund raise to send a specific athlete to the Olympics.
   Have your students present a home coming speech after just winning the gold medal.
Science
   Find out how the Olympic torch keeps burning.
   How else could you make an Olympic torch?
   Make Olympic windsocks or kites.
   Research to find out how Science and Technology are changing the games.
Health and Physical Education
   Develop a fitness and nutrition plan for an athlete.
   Research the effect of Steroids on athletes.
   Develop a 'Safety First' for upcoming athletes.
   Have a classroom olympics, let students invent some of the activities.
   Invent and play a new Olympic game.
Language
   Develop a game of Olympic Trivia.
   Write an Olympic news story.
   Keep a journal of the medal winners.
   Write a Biography of an Olympic athlete.
   Primary students can alphabetize the sport names.
   Make a co-operative Olympic Sports book, primary students will illustrate a page.
   Compare the Olympics of long ago to today
Related Links for Olympic Activities in the Classroom
Olympic Curriculum Guide
Official Olympic Site
EXTRA LINK
http://www.education-world.com





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