homeschool olympic games rio 2016 middle school

Homeschooling during the Olympic Games is great! There are so many fun ways to break up the usual school routine to make learning fun and relevant. This year, however, I found that a lot of ideas just did not seem to work now that I have two middle schoolers. We’ve already learned about the first Olympic games, completed a lapbook, and created our own Olympic games complete with medals, flag, and laurel crowns. These things are great in elementary school, but we’ve already done them and needed more of a challenge.  So, I decided to create two assignments as part of our Olympic unit for middle school. I’m using these in both fifth and seventh grade.

 

Assignment 1: Writing a Biography of an Olympian

I was already planning to focus on writing skills rather than grammar lessons at the beginning of this year (though they do a lot of writing all the time). So, I wrote up an assignment that gives them a chance to pick an athlete they want to research and write a biographical essay about that athlete. My son chose Carli Lloyd, and my daughter chose Simone Biles. You can assign whatever length you find appropriate based on your timeline and grade level.

Download a printable PDF of the biography assignment here.

 

Assignment 2: Using Olympic Data to Practice Statistics

Both kids needed to work on statistics in math this year, so I decided to make it a little more interesting by letting them look at Olympic results. I developed a short assignment including histograms, mean/median/mode, range/min/max, and stem and leaf plots with Olympic data. Both my 5th grader and 7th grader were easily able to complete the assignment and understand the concepts.

Download a printable PDF of the statistics assignment here.

 

Something Extra For Moms

If you’ve been reading the blog or know me in real life, you already know that I live by my Erin Condren planner. So, I was excited to find these two cool printables for my fellow planner lovers to use this month! Go check out the cute planner printables from these two girls:

 

 

What is your favorite summer Olympic event? It’s hard for me to pick just one. I love soccer, basketball, gymnastics, swimming, and track!

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