The Summer Olympics are back in 2021! Aren’t you pumped? In 2020, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Olympic Games were canceled for the first time since World War II. The Summer Olympics have only been canceled four times in history since 1896.
People worldwide anticipate the Summer Olympics every four years. Everyone has their favorite games to watch—from gymnastics to swimming to basketball. Not only is history frequently made at these events, but occasionally, they bring out controversy. That’s what makes the Games a great resource for real-world, engaging lessons that will leave a lasting impression on students.
Olympics Activities for Elementary and Middle School Students
The following Olympics activities for elementary and middle school students will get your kids researching and learning more about the Summer Games. Five thought-provoking social studies and language arts activities will show students the impact of the Games on world history. Five math activities will help them see how math works in the sports world. Read on!
Social Studies and Language Arts Activities
Activity 1: Timeline Activity (Social Studies), Grades 4–6
The Summer Olympic Games have been disrupted, postponed, or canceled at least eight times in history. In this downloadable PDF timeline activity, your students will research the events that significantly affected the games. If your students get stuck, this resource has the answers you’ll need to help them out.
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