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Olympics In Space Curriculum

Unit 1: The Terrestrial Olympics

Day 1

UDL
Lesson 1

Grade: 5th Grade

Time: 1 hour

Content Area: Social Science/Language Arts

Goals

 

Objectives

Students will research and describe the history of the Olympics and create a presentation.

Standards

Language arts:

RI5.5, RI5.6, RI5.7, RI5.10

Listening and Speaking:

SL5.1, SL5.1a, SL5.1b, SL5.1c, SL5.2,

Methods

 

Introduction -

Whole group

Create and show a Google slide presentation on images of the Olympics.  Begin the lesson with a discussion with clip of the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics. Then ask the students the following questions:

         1. How many of you have watched the Olympics on television?

         2. What kinds of sports do you see in the Olympics today?

         3. Do you know where the first Olympic games were held?

         4. Do you think that sports that are played today are the same sports that were played in the very first Olympics?

         5. Would you like to participate in any Olympic games?

After the discussion, show the students the Brainpop video, titled “Olympics.”  Have another discussion about their knowledge on the Summer Olympic games.  Students will complete the graphic organizer

Guided practice-

Whole group

Students will get read two passages on the history on the Olympics.  Students will answer the questions based on the passages on Olympic history.  Students will then have a discussion about the history of the Olympics.  Students, with the help of the teacher, will create a KWL chart.

Independent practice -

Groups

Students will be placed in pairs and students will create a Google slides presentation on the history of the Olympics.  This presentation will be continued in the next lessons.

Assessment

 
 

Informal assessment:

Students will take a quiz on the history of the Olympics.

Materials

 
 

        Brainpop video - “Olympics”

        Chromebooks

        Video clip of 2012 London Olympics Opening Ceremonies https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QL_uG2GSZo

        Graphic organizer on Brainpop video - Olympics

        Quiz on history of Olympics

        Website: https://www.olympic.org/ancient-olympic-games/history

        Website: http://www.history.com/topics/olympic-games

        Website: http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/athens_games/history.htm

        Website: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdHHus8IgYA

Day 2

UDL

Lesson 2

Grade: 5th Grade

Time: 1 hour

Content Area: Social Science/Language Arts

Goals

 

Objectives

Students compare, present, and discuss the changes in the Olympics from ancient Greeks to present day.

Standards

Language arts:

RI5.5, RI5.6, RI5.7, RI5.10

Listening and Speaking:

SL5.1, SL5.1a, SL5.1b, SL5.1c, SL5.2,

Methods

 

Introduction -

Whole group

Have a discussion about the Olympics and Olympic games.  Write a list of the Olympic games that they learned from yesterday’s research.  Write any other information on the board.

Guided practice-

Whole group

Students will watch the YouTube video and discuss.  Students will read two more passages, “Flame for Rio Olympics is lit at birthplace of ancient games,” and “The Olympics: Then and Now.” 

Independent practice -

Groups

Students will then work in threes and continue their presentation about the Olympics and include the information how different the Olympic games were at the beginning and now.  Once students are finished, they will then present preliminary finding to class.

Assessment

 
 

Informal assessment:

Students will take a quiz on the changes that have happened since the beginning of the Olympics to present day.

Materials

 
 

        Brainpop video - “Olympics”

        Chromebooks

        Quiz on Changes to the Olympics

        Newsela passage, “Flame for Rio Olympics is lit at birthplace of ancient games”

        Readworks passage, “The Olympics: Then and Now

        Website: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdHHus8IgYA

Olympics in Space Unit 2: Conditions on Other Planets

UDL

Lesson 3

Grade: 5th Grade

Time: 2 class periods

Content Area: Science

Goals

 

Objectives

In groups, students will obtain data from their chosen planet and present the proportional gravity conditions and other factors that might give them an advantage or disadvantage in the Olympics. This will help students demonstrate data in a clear and visual way to an audience. They will describe and interpret information in a multi-media method, continuing their presentation from the previous unit.

NGSS

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS):

        5-PS2 Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions

        5-ESS1 Earth’s Place in the Universe

Methods

 

Introduction -

Whole group

Hook

 I will show the class a video on gravitonic data on the Earth’s moon. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JM21GBJecx0

Guided Instruction

I will explain to my students what the force of gravity means and that that gravity on the moon is different than gravity on the Earth. Using data I collected from NASA, I will show them a graphical representation of the differences of activities on the moon and Earth. I will make convincing arguments about a person’s ability to succeed in certain Olympic events when they come from the moon. Each group will sign up for a planet or planetary object to have their own olympic event on.

Demonstration

Going to https://www.exploratorium.edu/ronh/weight/, I will demonstrate if my weight on Earth is 100, my moon weight is 16.6. 100/16.6 is 6.024, so the gravity on the Moon is that of Earth. Show how that affects Jumping, Throwing and Running. I will ask if they think other planets have different gravitational effects?   

Independent practice -

Groups

Students will break into previous groups. They will use the internet to research gravity on a different planet and its fraction compared to earth.  They will use https://www.exploratorium.edu/ronh/weight/ to select their body and to find their weight on their chosen world, then calculate the fraction of gravity on their solar system body.

Instructional goals

All students need to describe and explain how they predict they will do in the Olympics through research evidence such as gravity conditions and other conditions on their respective planet. They will make inferences and convincing arguments based on analysis of data.

Outcomes of Unit

Students will apply findings and research from first unit to a presentation of their choosing. All students need to describe and explain why they think will do better or worse in the Olympics on their body through research evidence such as gravity conditions and other conditions on their respective planet. They will select an appropriate representation for displaying their claims. They will make inferences and convincing arguments based on analysis of data.

Closing

The class will discuss their predictions of the effects of gravity on other planets on the olympic events.  Explain in the next unit, they will calculate and make graphs of the data

Materials

 
 

Laptops

Powerpoint, Prezi, etc.

Poster Paper

Markers

Glue

Projector

Assessment

 
 

Student work will be evaluated for accuracy of calculations and predictions. Suggestions will be added to help their accuracy on the next unit.

Olympics In Space Unit 3: The Space Olympics

Day 1

UDL
Lesson 4

Grade: 5th Grade

Time: 1 hour

Content Area: Math/Language Arts

Goals

 

Objectives

Students will create graphs with a spreadsheet and interpret the data.

Standards

Math:

Represent and interpret data: MD.B.2

Methods

 

Introduction -

Whole group

Show a video of the world records in women’s weight lifting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jd_shyxNhEY

The video shows the top lifts in the different weight classes (48/53/58/63/69/75/+75 kg). There are 2 techniques. The first is called snatch where the weight is lifted in one step. The second is called clean and jerk. Let students know that 1 kg = 2.205 lbs.

Ask the students to explain why there are different weight classes.

To visualize the difference in records you can create a bar graph. The records for men and women are here:

http://www.iwf.net/results/world-records/?ranking_curprog=current&ranking_agegroup=Senior&ranking_gender=w&x=16&y=9

Guided practice -

Whole group

Students will use their chromebooks to create a new Google Sheet. Using the data from the IWF website, show students how to record the records for women and men in the snatch category. Follow the example spreadsheet. Show students how to create a chart by highlighting the column headers and data for the women and selecting Insert -> Chart. Show students how to move and change the size of the chart. The students will add the chart for the men on their own.

Discuss the differences between the women’s chart and the men’s chart.

Ask students to create a third chart with the top weight for women and the top weight for men.

Independent practice -

Groups

Students will be placed in pairs and find an olympic sport that has individual men’s and women’s equivalents. Students will find the top achievements in that sport and graph the results for men and women.

Assessment

 
 

Informal assessment:

Teacher will walk around class and review students work to determine if they can create charts.

Materials

 
 

        Chromebooks

        Video clip of women’s weightlifting records: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jd_shyxNhEY

        Google Sheets

        Website of weightlifting records: http://www.iwf.net/results/world-records/?ranking_curprog=current&ranking_agegroup=Senior&ranking_gender=m&x=17&y=8

        Website for other world records:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_world_records_in_athleticshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdHHus8IgYA

Day 2

UDL
Lesson 5

Grade: 5th Grade

Time: 1 hour

Content Area: Math/Language Arts

Goals

 

Objectives

Students will compare the results of how athletes would perform on a different planet and present it to the class.

Standards

Math:

Represent and interpret data: MD.B.2

Language arts:

RI5.5, RI5.6, RI5.7, RI5.10

Listening and Speaking:

SL5.1, SL5.1a, SL5.1b, SL5.1c, SL5.2,

Methods

 

Introduction -

Whole group

Have a discussion about how the graphs that were created in the last lesson could be used in their presentations. Show students how to save the graphs as images to add to their presentations.

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Independent practice -

Groups

Students will work in their previous groups to add data and graphs to their presentations for the sport they chose. Students will decide which parts each group member will present and rehearse their presentations. When students are ready they will present to the class.

Assessment

 
 

Students will present their final work to the class and be graded using the presentation rubric.

Materials

 
 

        Chromebooks

        Google Sheets

        Presentation tools: Google Slides, Powerpoint, Prezi, etc.

        Projector