A Teaching Strategy for Use With Library and Archives Canada's Canadian Olympians Website
In this project, students will research a sport of their choice and present their findings to the class in various media.
Social Studies (History), Language Arts and Visual Arts
Social Studies Outcomes for this project (History):
In completing this project, students will:
Arts Outcomes (Visual Arts):
Language Arts Outcomes:
(O/V) Oral and Visual Communication
These Language Arts Outcomes correspond to:
Student Demonstration of Learning
Students will use Library and Archives Canada's (NLC) Canadian Olympians website and other sources to prepare a presentation on a sport of their choice. They will consider the achievements of Canadian athletes in this sport, and will produce a poster advertising its merits and the merits of exercise.
Students may choose to bring some equipment and clothing from home.
Library and Archives Canada's For Teachers website
Library and Archives Canada's For Students website
Library and Archives Canada's ARCHIVED - Celebrating Women's Achievements website
Canadian Olympic Committee
International Olympic Committee
History of the Games
CBC Sports: Olympics
The Canadian Encyclopedia
Also refer to print encyclopedias.
Enhancing Student Interest
This activity could be timed to coincide with the Olympic Games, or with some other major sporting event.
Small Group Work
Students select a sport which interests them, and which is a part of the Olympic Games. They will be preparing a presentation on this sport. They should begin with a description of the sport or event, including:
Students should then answer the following questions:
Much of this information can be inferred from images on the Canadian Olympians site. Students should also use the images from Canadian Olympians to consider the human side of competition, for example:
Students should create a list of the benefits of participating in the sport they have chosen.
If possible, students should be able to display the equipment used in their sport and show how it is used. This may require extra room.
Students may also choose appropriate music to accompany their presentation. They can employ slides, an overhead projector, posters, or other visual aids.
Each group should produce a poster advertising the sport.
It should communicate: