We designed this unit for our M.Ed. program's math methods course. Being in a math placement for student teaching, we wanted to create a unit based on a relevant theme that would interest our students. Our London Olympics unit consists of four full lesson plans with created student handouts. The lessons are designed around 7th grade common core standards: ratios and proportional relationships, expressions and equations, geometry, and statistics and probability.
The lessons go through a student's trip to the 2012 summer Olympics. The unit will progress through the sequence of lessons. Each lesson will be emphasizing a different strand of math for the seventh grade. The topics in each lesson will flow smoothly and in an order that makes sense. Students will begin by planning a trip to the Olympic games by calculating different prices using expressions and equations. Then, after arriving at the games, they will visit the Olympics store where they will use ratios and proportions to calculate how many things they can buy with $100. After that, students will visit the Olympic village where they will use geometry to construct scale representations of things such as the Olympic pool and track. Finally, students will compete in their own Olympic games and study statistics. They will participate in two activities, a free throw competition and 200m dash, where they will collect data as a class and analyze the data using graphs.
This unit is perfect for OAA testing review or an end-of-the-year review of concepts in a fun way. We will be using this unit soon with our own students!
If you purchase this unit, you will receive:
-A document of all Common Core standards covered
-4 complete lesson plans
-All student handouts necessary for the lessons