Olympians vs. Animals" before? If not, it's pretty fascinating. It appeared in the May 2012 issue of Scholastic SuperScience, though I have read it somewhere else with my students before. (I believe it was in one of Scholastic's non-fiction reproducible books.) It is an excellent article for making comparisons and main ideas/supporting details. An Olympic sprinter is compared to a cheetah. A rhino beetle is compared to a weight lifter. An Olympic swimmer is compared to a sailfish, and a flea is compared to an Olympic high jumper.
Here are some other resources:
- Teachervision (not to be confused with my website, Teachingvision.org) also offers some Olympics-related resources.
- The It's Greek to Me! game from Scholastic also came to my mind while I thought of Olympic resources I have used in the past. The vocabulary game focuses on roots on a few different levels- "archery" (easier) and "discus" (more challenging).
- Also, if you have any Olympians from your state, it is neat to teach your students about their accomplishments. When I conducted a search here, I was amazed to see how many Olympians come from Florida aside from Ryan Lochte.
- Here is a nice list relating to the 2012 Olympics from Projectbritain.com.
- Here is Cleverclassroom's Olympics 2012 Pinterest page!
- Here is a page citing all kinds of wonderful resources. Seeing this page was made a while ago, it may be slightly out-of-date, and not all links may work as they did when the person created the page.