Comparing the Ancient and Modern Olympics: a venn Diagramming Activity




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Comparing the Ancient and Modern Olympics: A Venn Diagramming Activity


Subjects: Educational Technology; Language Arts: English; Social Studies: Civics, World History

Grades: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Brief Description
Students create Venn diagrams comparing and contrasting today's Olympic Games with games held during the days of the ancient Greeks.

Objectives
Students

  • research the history of the ancient Olympic Games.

  • read current news reports and watch TV coverage of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.

  • use a graphic organizer (Venn diagram) to show how history has changed the Games. write a brief essay that compares the Games of today to the Games of the ancient Greeks.

Keywords
ancient, essay, graphic organizer, Greece, Olympic Games, Venn diagram, winter, writing

Materials Needed


  • Venn diagram forms

  • library and/or Internet resources about the Olympic Games

Lesson Plan
Students can complete this activity in the classroom, the library or media center, or the computer lab.
Provide students with a simple Venn diagram form. You can find a printable form at the following places on the Web:
Laura Candler's File Cabinet: Graphic Organizers
abc-teach's Graphic Organizers


Another resource! Students can create their entire Venn diagram with Education World's editable Venn diagram. They simply type in each field of the Venn diagram form and save to create and print a comparative diagram.

In this activity, students work in the library or online to learn about the Olympic Games of ancient and modern times. How are the games similar? How are they different? What do they have in common? Students use a Venn format to create a diagram showing the similarities and differences. The students write information specific to the ancient Olympic Games in Section A of the diagram (the part of the left circle that does not intersect with the other circle). They write information specific to today's games Section B of the diagram (the part of the right circle that does not intersect with the other circle). They write information that is common to both in the area where the two circles intersect/overlap.

Following are some online resources students might use as they learn about the Olympic Games:

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