Our Olympic History lesson plan introduces students to the history of the Olympics, its origins, and the differences between the ancient Olympic Games and the modern games. Many students become interested in the Olympics, especially if they participate in one of the Olympic sports, or they may simply enjoy the ceremonies, activities and other events related to the games. During this lesson, students are asked to use their creativity and work with a partner to plan an Olympic City or a brochure encouraging people to come to the Olympics, including information from the lesson. Students are also asked to complete a chart comparing information about the Ancient and Modern Olympics, demonstrating their understanding of how the games have changed over the years.
At the end of the lesson, students will be able to identify the origin of the Olympics, compare ancient games with modern games, and list other important facts about the history of the Olympics.
Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.3.6, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.3.5, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.126.96.36.199