We are very excited to see skateboarding as an event in the Tokyo Olympics. Skateboarding is athletic, artistic and difficult to master. Why has it taken so long to become an Olympic sport? What events will you be able to watch? How are skateboard runs and tricks judged? Is there a possibility of bias in the judging? ... and who is well-known that we should make sure to watch?
The activity: Skateboarding.pdf
CCSS: 6.SP.A, 6.SP.B, MP1
For members we have an editable Word docx, the Olympics schedule of events, and solutions.
Past Olympic activities
Lighting the Olympic Torch - The 2020 Olympic Torch was lit in Olympia, Greece on March 12, 2020. Because of the world wide pandemic, the relay was paused and the lit Torch was safe-guarded during the pause. On March 25, 2021 the Torch relay was again resumed and traveled throughout Japan on its trip to the Olympic games opening ceremony. The Torch is now in Tokyo and on July 23 it will be carried to light the Olympic Cauldron at the Opening Ceremonies.
This activity is about the parabolic mirror that was used and the lighting of the torch in the traditional manner.
How high can a gymnastic score be? - Updated for 2021! Don't you wonder how gymnasts' scores are determined and what the top score could be? (It's not a 10 anymore!) Let your students begin to understand the scoring while they come to grips with what is required now, what a high score is, how to calculate it and what to look for in the 2021 Women's competition.
Which Olympic sport do you want to watch - updated for 2021!
Students decide which sports are judged subjectively and which are judged by strictly measurable quantities. In an effort to understand the possibility of bias from judges, students calculate the percentages of objectively judged Olympic events.