Lesson Plan: Reaching for the Olympic Facts (Grade 5)


In this lesson, students will research and briefly paraphrase basic facts about the Olympics and an Olympic event. Includes AASL, CCSS, McREL standards.



• Inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge. (AASL 1)

• Draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge. (AASL 2)

• Share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of our democratic society. (AASL 3)

• Pursue personal and aesthetic growth. (AASL 4)

• Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently. (CCSS 6)

• Use electronic media to gather information (e.g., databases, Internet, CD-ROM, television shows, videos, pull-down menus, word searches). (McREL 3)

• Summarize and paraphrases information found in texts (e.g., retells the main ideas and significant supporting details of a reading selection). (McREL 11)



• Research and briefly paraphrase basic facts about the Olympics.

• Research and briefly describe an Olympic event by paraphrasing.


1. The social studies teacher introduces the lesson by showing a short Olympic video clip.

2. The school librarian suggests Olympic resources and describes the worksheet.

3. The teachers guide student research.

4. Small student groups answer the worksheet questions about the Olympic rings, winter and summer Olympic events, and then describe one event in the bottom worksheet circles.

Teaching Team

School librarian and social studies teachers.

Suggested Sources

Butterfield, Moira. Events. North Mankato, MN: Sea-to-Sea Publications, 2012.

Enchantedlearning.com. “The Olympic Games.” Updated 2015. Retrieved from http://www.enchantedlearning.com/olympics/

Factmonster. “Olympic Fun Facts.” Updated 2016. Retrieved from http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0771580.html

Hurley, Michael. Great Olympic Moments. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann Library, 2012.

Kidskonnect. “Olympic Facts.” Updated 2016. Retrieved from https://kidskonnect.com/sports/olympics/

Kortemeier, Todd. Inside the Olympics. North Mankato, MN: The Child’s World, Inc., 2016.

Olympic.org. Video Galleries. Updated 2015. Retrieved from http://www.olympic.org/videos

Rosenberg, Jennifer. Interesting Olympic Facts. Updated 2016. Retrieved from http://history1900s.about.com/od/greateventsofthecentury/a/olympicfacts.htm

Team USA. Updated 2016. Retrieved from http://www.teamusa.org/usa

Additional Selections from SLC:

Gifford, Clive. Gymnastics. Olympic Sports series. Amicus, 2011.

Malaspina, Ann. Touch the Sky. Albert Whitman & Company, 2012.

Peters, Chris. Great Moments in Olympic Ice Hockey. Great Moments in Olympic Sports series. ABDO, 2015.

This lesson plan is excerpted from Standards-Based Lesson Plans for the Busy Elementary School Librarian by Joyce Keeling. Libraries Unlimited. Copyright © 2017.

About the Author

Joyce Keeling, EdS, is a school librarian and teacher for elementary and middle school library students at Clarion-Goldfield-Dows Schools, Clarion, IA. She holds a batchelor’s in elementary teaching, a master’s in K-12 library, and a doctorate in curriculum and teaching.


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