Teaching About the Olympics: A Teacher’s Resource

The Guardian compiled a useless list of Olympics resources and websites for teachers:

The Olympic Games: a short animated history – video
It’s a bit cheeky in parts, but this witty and sweetly animated potted history of the Olympic games takes us from Ancient Greece’s nude athletes and the first Paralympic gold medalist to present day.

London Olympics in charts: from medals to competitors, how do the 1908, 1948 and 2012 games compare?
A bit more sport history here. What kind of Olympics were London’s events in 1908 and 1948 – and how have they changed since? In the first of our series of articles based on a unique collection of parliamentary data, we show how London’s third Olympics compares.

London 2012: Olympic bodies – interactive
This is a fascinating insight into what it takes to build an Olympic body. From what they eat to how they train, athletes including Andy Murray, Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah and Victoria Pendleton reveal the physical and mental challenges of Olympic sport.

Could you be a medallist? Find out with our brilliant retro interactive
Here, our interactive team has used race times data to bring athletic achievement to life. In this game-style interactive (inspired by the beloved 8-bit games of my childhood) students can see how their personal best in the 100m, 10km, 100m freestyle swim and bicycle road race compares against the all-time greats – and whether their time would have earned a place on the podium. Could be fun follow up for sports day? For the ICT teachers among you, here’s some info on how it was built too.

Poetry Parnassus interactive map: verse from each Olympic nation
A wonderful English resource inspired by the Poetry Parnassus, and tied into the Cultural Olympiad, this interactive map takes you on a tour of the world’s finest poetry with works from competing Olympic nations. We particularly enjoyed the Marshall Islands’ Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner’s moving piece history project.

Click on this link to see more Olympic lesson ideas.

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