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Olympic Games Lessons: Graph the Olympic Medals Printable

Graph the Olympic Medals Printable

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Looking to track the olympic medals this year? We are heading into an exciting Summer Olympics season with the Paris Olympics beginning shortly.  I love doing fun and educational activities with my kids related to the Olympic Games.  Today I have a ton of Olympic Games lesson ideas to share with you.  Plus, I made a printable Graph the Olympic Medals printable. These ideas are a great way to get into the spirit of the Olympics! It’s an incredible resource for parents, teachers and homeschoolers!

The Olympic Games offer a amazing opportunity to learn so many things about the world and about different athletic events. One great way to engage kids during the Olympics is by tracking the medal counts of various countries. This activity not only helps kids develop an interest in olympic sports but also enhances their math skills and understanding of geography and world cultures. I have a printable Olympic medals graph for you to use.  Download it at the end of the post.  

Along with the Medal Tracking sheet, I have more ways to use the olympics in your lesson plans to develop math skills!  Read on for all of these awesome ideas. These olympic teaching ideas are great for many ages! You can use these teaching ideas for elementary school, middle school and high school.  There are ideas here that will work for Prek – 12th!

See my Other Olympics Posts: Graph the Olympic Rings, & Learn about the history of the Ancient Olympic Games with this Greek Olympics Lesson Ideas For Kids.

Why Track the Olympic Medals?

Tracking Olympic medals is a low prep activity that provides several educational benefits.  

  • Math Skills: Kids can develop various math skills by using this olympic medal bar graph. They are counting medals, comparing totals, and creating graphs. This uses addition, subtraction, teaches the parts of a graph, and data analysis skills.
  • Geography: When tracking the medals, they can also be learning about different countries and their locations on the map. 
  • Cultural Awareness: This activity will get kids curious about discovering interesting facts about the countries and the athletes participating in the Olympics. 
  • Analytical Thinking: Kids will learn to analyze patterns and trends in medal counts to see who is winning.
  • Physical Education: Kids are learning more about the olympic sports. It also gets them excited about increasing their own physical activity and abilities. 

How to Do the Olympic Medal Tracking Activity

Materials Needed:

  • World map or globe (optional, but more fun!)
  • Markers, pencils or crayons
  • My olympic medals printable worksheets
  • Internet access or live television to get the daily updates

To begin this activity, you will want to begin by gauging the knowledge kids already have about the Olympics.  For younger kids, you may want to start by explaining the history and significance of the Olympic Games. Talk about the various sports and how the different countries are competing for medals.

Next, be sure to print out my printable Olympic Medal Tracking Sheet. It uses a bar graph to track the medals. It also includes 3 printable Olympic medals to design and color. 

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olympic medal count printable

Choose 10 countries that you want to track.  Your own (of course!) and any others that interest you. Or, you may just want to choose to do a medal count of the top countries who are earning the most medals. You can print a few copies of the tracking sheet to do more countries. 

Each day, check the latest medal counts from a reliable source. This can be the official Olympic website or live news. Update the medal count tracker with the new counts by coloring in the bar graphs.  You can different colors for gold medals, silver medals, and bronze medals to make the chart look more interesting. This chart is not exclusive to the Summer Olympics. It can also be used to track the Winter Olympics and even the Special Olympic Games. 

There are some printable medals included in this set as well so you can color your own medal to wear. Or, turn it into a craft for kids to design their own gold medals. 

Learn About the Olympics With a Geography or Social Studies Focus! 

Use a world map or globe to locate the countries winning medals. Check out my Map the Olympics Activity with printable country flags to help you out!  Mark the countries with colored pins or stickers. This can help kids visualize which parts of the world are excelling in different sports.

Learn more about the gold medalists from different countries. What foreign languages do they speak. How long have they been training for the sport in which they are competing?  What is it like in their country of origin?

Cooking International Recipes: Find recipes from a few different countries that participate in the Olympics. Cook and taste the dishes together.  As you eat, discuss the country’s culture and its Olympic history.

International Music and Dance: Listen to music from various countries and learn some of the traditional dances from those countries. Talk about how their cultures are represented in the Olympics. The opening and closing ceremonies often show a great cultural representation. 

Country Research Projects: Let kids choose a country to research.  They can learn about the country’s culture, famous athletes, history, and previous Olympic performances. Have them present the information by creating a poster or graphic to share what they learn. Or have them write it up into a report. 

Cool Olympic Math Teaching Ideas:

Following are more fun Olympic math activities that can help kids develop their math skills while learning about the games. I know most of you are not in the classroom at this time of year, so use these ideas at home with your kids! They are great for homeschoolers or parents who like to add extra learning for their kids in the Summer.  They are also fun for Library Summer Reading programs. You can use them again when the Winter Olympics roll around, too. 

Try my Olympic Ring Graph activity with your kids!  It’s a fun math + art combo!

Find the Average: Calculate the total number of medals won by a continent or figure out the average number of medals per country.

Distance Measurement: Go outside and measure the distances of various Olympic events, such as the long jump, javelin throw, or marathon (you’ll need to drive this one!). Kids can also practice converting between units (meters to feet, kilometers to miles).

Calculate Average Scores: Find the average scores for different events, like gymnastics or diving. You can use actual scores from past Olympics to calculate the mean, median, and mode.

Speed and Time Calculation: Calculate and compare the speed of different athletes in various races by dividing the distance by the time taken. Compare speeds of sprinters, swimmers, and cyclists. 

Probability and Statistics: Discuss the probability of different outcomes, such as a particular country winning a medal in a certain event. Use past data and current knowledge of the skills of the athletes to calculate probabilities.

Olympic Budgeting: Create a budget for hosting the Olympics, including costs for venues, security, and ceremonies. Look at past expenses to get ideas of costs. Kids can work on adding and subtracting large numbers and managing expenses.

Area and Perimeter of Fields and Tracks: Calculate the area and perimeter of different sports fields and tracks, like a soccer field, swimming pool, or running track.

Scoring Systems: Study the scoring systems of various sports, such as gymnastics, figure skating, or boxing. Create problems where kids need to calculate final scores based on judges’ scores or points.

Olympic Time Zones: Learn about the time zones of different countries participating in the Olympics. Calculate the time differences and practice converting times.

These activities can help kids apply math skills in an engaging and real-world way!  It’s always fun to do math when you can see it’s purpose and value. 

EVEN MORE Educational Olympics Activities: 

To make learning about the Olympics even more enriching, consider adding these activities:

Olympic Flag Craft: Teach about the history and symbolism of the Olympic Rings flag. Let them draw and create their own olympic flags. 

Make an Olympic Torch: We made a torch out of a flashlight & tissue paper. This fun activity is in my Greek Olympics post. 

Learn the Science: There is a lot of physics involved in many of the sporting events. Learn about the forces at work and how they contribute to the athletes success. 

Olympic Art Project:  Using art supplies like paint, clay, or collage materials, help kids create art inspired by the Olympic Games. They could draw scenes from past games, sculpt an Olympic torch, or make a collage of famous Olympic moments, draw designs of past olympic medals, or whatever they come up with.  This is great for fine motor skills if working with younger kids. 

Host Your Own Mini Olympics at Home: Organize a mini Olympics with events like pillowcase races, long jump, or a ball toss. Have a go at some of the official olympic sports. You can do this with the summer sports or the winter sports.  Check out our mini Olympics! We also learned about the history of the Olympic Games.

Olympic Writing Skills: Have kids to write daily reports or journal entries about the events they watched and the medal updates. Have them write about their favorite athletes or sports. This enhances their writing and comprehension skills.

Olympic Reading: Read books and stories about the Olympics or different athletes who have competed.. What lessons do these stories teach about sportsmanship, dedication, and even international friendship.

Watch Olympic Highlights and Documentaries: Watch highlights from past Olympic Games or documentaries about famous Olympians. Discuss what you watched and what it taught you about the spirit of the Olympics. These documentaries are a great way to learn many valuable lessons and olympics facts! 

Design an Olympic Mascot:  Did you know there have been Olympic unique mascots for each host city since 1932?  Show kids past Olympic mascots and talk about their meaning or significance. Let them design their own mascots for a future Olympics.

Design and Build an Olympic Stadium: This would be a great STEM Project for a small group of kids. Give them some supplies and let them design and then build a stadium for the main events of the Olympics. 

Celebrating Achievements:  As the Olympics progress, celebrate the achievements of the athletes and the countries. Host your own Olympic awards ceremonies where kids can share all that they have learned. Award them their own olympic medals with these fun ones!

These activities, can help kids gain a well-rounded understanding of the Olympics. Obviously you will not do all of these activities, but I hope there are enough for you to choose some that will give you a better understanding of the history, cultural significance, and athletic skills involved in these amazing games. Children will not only learn valuable skills but they also can gain a greater appreciation for the diversity and spirit of the Olympic Games. 

 

Don’t forget to grab the Olympic Medals Printable Tracking Sheet!

See More Olympics Content from My Site:

Map the Olympics
Olympic Ring Graph
Greek Olympics Lesson Ideas For Kids

 

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