Grade Levels: 6-8

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Olympics, and supports the standard of understanding the historical importance and social impact of this international cultural event. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Ask students:

  • Which Olympic event would you most like to see and why?
  • What do you think it takes to be an Olympic-level athlete?
  • If you were to compete in the Olympics, which sport would you choose and why?

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

  • Read the description on the Olympics topic page.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the following Related Reading articles: “Famous Faces” or “Way Back When”. Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: ENGAGE

Students express what they learned about the Olympics while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.

    • Make-a-Movie: Produce a mini-documentary about how the cultural significance of the Olympics has changed over time. (Essential Literacy Skill: Determine central ideas and summarize key details)
    • Make-a-Map: Create a timeline of events from Olympic history, beginning with its ancient Greek origins. (Essential  Literacy Skill: Cite specific evidence to support conclusions drawn)
    • Creative Coding: Code a digital museum exhibit featuring symbols and figures from Olympic history. (Essential Skill: Determine central ideas and summarize key details)
    • Primary Source Activity: Examine and analyze a photo from the 1936 Olympics. (Essential Literacy Skill: Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats)

Step 4: APPLY & ASSESS

Apply: Students take the Olympics Challenge, applying essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Olympics Quiz

Step 5: EXTEND LEARNING

Play Time Zone X: Olympics, an interactive timeline game that challenges students to put historical events in chronological order.

Continue to build understanding around traditions and events by exploring BrainPOP’s Culture Unit.

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Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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