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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: Mark Twain Olympics
Purpose of Activity:
Using the Olympic Theme to promote an "all school" interdisciplinary event as a culmination of the school year.
Suggested Grade Level:
K-5
Materials Needed:
A variety of equipment such as balls; bats; jump ropes; basketballs; beachball; etc; The equipment used depends upon events you choose to implement;
Lesson Plan:
Description of Idea

During the last week of the year all of our
students are placed into 12 teams to represent
countries of the world. All of the students
participate in a school-wide Olympics that involves 4 rounds
of fun activities. Each team, which is comprised of
children from K-5, rotates to one of 4 areas for
participation:

Basketball shots and bowling in the gym

Fun Relay Races on our field

Accuracy Stations on our blacktop playground

Computer Challenge in the computer lab

Prior to the event, children make
Olympic posters and country flags in art class, learn
about their country in social studies, learn songs of
their country in music, and practice events and learn
dances in P.E. class.

The Olympics begins with a parade
of nations to our field, and is followed by a
flagpole ceremony and rendition of the torch bearer relay,
lighting of the Olympic flame, and participants pledge.

We then begin the activities with two 25 minute rounds
in the morning; break for lunch; and two 25 minute
rounds in the afternoon. Teachers and special personnel
serve as judges; parents help at events; and 5th grade
students are team captains. We conclude Olympics with a
Popsicle treat time at the flagpole!

The children play
for the fun of the activities. No ribbons are awarded
because every child is a winner! Each child and teacher
receives a certificate and a Popsicle! The children have
the opportunity to purchase Olympic T-shirts each
year. It's a real happening at Mark Twain and a super
tradition. Everyone gets involved and that's the secret to
it's success!

To learn more about this idea and see the description of the events they used, visit the following Web site:

Learn more about Mr. Imergoot's Field Day
Author:
Mike Imergoot who teaches at Mark Twain Elementary School in Brentwood, MO. Posted on PEC: 9/22/2001.
This lesson plan was provided courtesy of P.E. Central (www.pecentral.org).
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