1. Using the websites below, either have students research the information about the Olympic Games, or summarize the information and show them the images to explain the basis for the Olympic flag and Opening Ceremony.
2. If available from the library, play a video of the Olympic games, emphasizing the opening ceremony, specifically the Winter 2006 games that Mrs. Laura Bush attended.
3. Assemble students in small groups. Announce that an “Olympic Games” is going to be held at their school. Ask each group to design an Olympic flag, using symbols they think represent their country, town, and school, on a piece of paper.
4. When each group has completed its flag, look at its design. Once approved, give students in each group a piece of poster board and other art materials so they can construct their flag.
5. When flags are complete, hang them around the room.
6. As the second phase of the lesson, have the same groups decide how they would organize and design their own Olympic games. Ask them to answer questions such as:
- Who would they invite?
- What would the invitation look like?
- What sports would be represented?
- What theme would they use?
- What music should be played?
- What would the stadium look like?
- What would the uniforms look like?
7. Each group should write the answers to these questions in the form of a proposal for the Games.
8. Ask the class to vote for the best proposal.
Interview with Laura Bush at the 2006 Olympics
History of the Olympics
History of the Olympic Flag and Other Symbols
More on the Olympic Flag and Symbols
Official Website of the 2006 Winter Games
This lesson was developed by Marian Maxfield, Kent State University