Interactive school posters offer students a variety of fun and interesting ways to apply their knowledge and insight in some of their classes. The Thanksgiving Olympiad Activity poster is geared for high school students with appropriate algebraic and geometric skills, and involves basic applications of probability. Because it reflects a holiday theme, the activity should be given around Thanksgiving.
Use the two 8.5" x 11" colored masters to produce enough colored back-to-back copies for a classroom set. It is advisable to have the copies laminated for future use. The "Thanksgiving Olympiad " activity could be used as either an individual or group challenge.
Read to the students who will be participating in this activity the Background and Procedure information that is listed below.
Background: In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast, which is now known as the first Thanksgiving. While cooking methods and table etiquette have changed as the holiday has evolved, the meal is still consumed today with the same spirit of celebration.
Let us imagine that the camaraderie that existed between the Native Americans and the Pilgrims extended to a friendly competition, thus giving rise to the first Thanksgiving Olympiad. Let us imagine further that this Olympiad involved challenges that pitted European tradition against Native American culture and required tests of strength, speed, and agility, as well as academic prowess.
Procedure: To test your understanding of the events that might have occurred nearly 400 years ago, complete the challenges below.
To enhance student motivation, a "Gold Medal from the First Thanksgiving Olympiad" award is included as a black line master.