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Olympics 2008

Olympics 2008 Bring the Olympics Into Your Classroom

2008 Olympic Games, August 8 - 24: Beijing

Emblem: "Dancing Beijing"

Every emblem of the Olympics tells a story. The Beijing 2008 Olympic Games emblem "Chinese Seal, Dancing Beijing" is filled with Beijing's hospitality and hopes, and carries the city's commitment to the world ... read more

Theme: "One World One Dream"

"One World One Dream" fully reflects the essence and the universal values of the Olympic spirit -- Unity, Friendship, Progress, Harmony, Participation and Dream. It expresses the common wishes of people all over the world, inspired by the Olympic ideals, to strive for a bright future of Mankind ... read more

 

Lesson Plans

Here Come the Olympics -- Maryland and Washington D.C. are putting in a bid to host the 2012 Summer Olympics. Use this lesson plan to have your class build web pages in support for their bid while learning about Maryland tourism.
Grades 3, 4, 5

$10 Billion to Host the Winter Olympic Games: Is It worth It? -- In this EconEdLink lesson, students learn about costs and revenues related to the '98 Winter Games in Nagano. Discussion questions about estimated benefits and costs to the host city are presented.
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

Olympic Athletes and Moments in Time -- In this ARTSEDGE lesson, students research biographical information about a selected Olympic athlete. They assume the persona of that athlete and are interviewed. Students also conduct interviews of other students portraying the athletes they researched.
Grades 5, 6, 7, 8

The Olympic Medal: It's All Greek to Us! -- In this EDSITEment lesson, students learn the basics of the Greek alphabet and transliterate an Olympic Ode by the ancient poet Pindar. Students then learn the content and significance of the inscription on the Athens 2004 Olympic medal.
Grades 3, 4, 5

Olympic Competition -- This Xpeditions lesson introduces students to the ancient and modern Olympic Games. They discuss the concept of competition, see pictures of people participating in Olympic sports, and compare and contrast ancient and modern sports.
Grades K, 1, 2

When the Games Were Held at Olympia -- This page from EDSITEment features resources relating to the Olympics and presents information about 2004 Summer Games, along with a classroom activity focused on the Perseus Project.
Grades K-12

 

 

 

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