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Go for the Gold! An Olympic Activity

This activity brings the thrill of the Olympic Games to the classroom as students learn everything from the ancient history of the Olympics to Greek root words.


3–5, 6–8

Activity Type

  • Computer Lab Activities

Go for the Gold! offers a look into the Olympic Games from its past in ancient Greece to the present-day international event. Students will take on several roles throughout the project, from an athlete to a journalist. Each learning activity focuses students on different aspects of the games, from Greek root words to current events, and allows them to practice different skill sets, from writing to oral presentations.

  • With an article on the History of the Games — combined with an interactive slideshow — students gather thorough knowledge of the Olympic Games.
  • In My Backyard shares how the location of each Olympic's is chosen. Then, students choose an argument for why their hometown should be the site of the next Olympic Games. Students learn how to support the argument, and write and present a speech.
  • In Get in the Game, students can play "It’s Greek to Me," which teaches Greek prefixes and roots, or become a reporter, writing headlines, bylines, and captions to create a printable newspaper article.

Learning Objectives

Scholastic's online activities are designed to support the teaching of standards-based skills. While participating in the Go for the Gold! project, students become proficient with several of these skills:

  • Use web technology to learn about ancient Greece and the Olympic Games
  • Build vocabulary skills
  • Explore the history of the Olympic Games
  • Make connections between Greek and English
  • Make and record a persuasive speech
  • Write a newspaper article on the Olympics
  • Create connections between the modern Olympics and past Olympic Games
  • Understand the contributions of ancient Greece to today's world

Susan Cheyney

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