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Concepts – Green Games, Technological Games, and People’s Games

Level 4 Achievement objective, D3/4

 Students will specify individual responsibilities and take collective action for the care and safety of other people and their school and in the wider community.

Learning objectives

Students will:

  • be able to recognise instances of: environmental injustice, technological inequalities, and issues relating to respect for people as individuals
  • take collective action to enhance their immediate environment in the three areas outlined above.

Three Olympic taonga for this lesson:

  • Green Games (rangimārie)
  • Technological Games
  • People’s Games (whenua)

Activity 1 – Green Games

 Green Olympics

Environmental protection is a key prerequisite for designing and constructing the Olympic Games' facilities, while strict ecological standards and systematic guarantee systems will be established.

 Environmentally friendly technologies and measures will be widely applied in environmental treatment to structures and venues. Urban and rural afforestation and environmental protection will be widely enhanced in an all-round manner. Environmental awareness will be promoted among the general public, with citizens greatly encouraged to make ‘green’ consumption choices and urged to actively participate in various environmental improvement activities to help better the capital's ecological standards and build a city better fit for all to enjoy.
 (from Beijing 2008 website)


Each group is given a rubbish bag and the string or elastic that connected them in lesson 1 – Amazing race and must:

  • collect as much rubbish from around the school as possible
  • consider one environmental issue in relation to physical activity in their school, for example, climbing trees – damage to trees; travel to school – bike vs. car.

Key questions

  • What were some of the many environmental issues China had to consider in preparation for the Olympic Games?
  • What have they done to address these issues?
  • Does it make China a better place?
  • What will they now have to do to sustain these changes?

Activity 2 – Technological Games

 Hi-tech Olympics

 A grand sporting event featuring high technology will be held by incorporating the latest domestic and international scientific and technological achievements. Beijing will upgrade its scientific innovative capabilities, boosting the industrialisation of high-tech achievements and popularising their use in daily life. The Beijing Olympic Games is to serve as a window to showcase the city's high-tech achievements and its innovative strength.
 (from Beijing 2008 website)

Play the same game twice, but make technological changes. Students must look in the gear shed and find old and new sports equipment for the same game.

 Note: You may have to source this equipment before the lesson.

Some ideas:

  • tennis racquets – old vs. new
  • softball – playing with and without mitts (wooden bats vs. aluminium bats)

It may mean students work in smaller groups with different sports equipment and rotate round activities.

Key questions

  • How have Olympic sports changed over the years?
  • What effect has the change in equipment had on sport?
  • What effect has the change in equipment had on people?
  • How could everyone have access to better equipment?

Activity 3 – People’s Games

 People’s Olympics

 The Beijing Olympic Games will be an occasion to spread modern Olympic ideas, while displaying splendid Chinese culture, Beijing's historical and cultural heritage, and its residents' positive attitudes. It will also be an opportunity to advance cultural exchanges, to deepen understanding and friendship between the peoples of the world, and to promote harmonious development between mankind and nature. It will be a time to promote healthy interaction between individuals and society and to foster mental and physical health. In line with the ‘people-oriented’ and ‘athletes-centered’ ideas, Beijing will spare no efforts to provide quality services and to build a natural and social environment that will satisfy all the Games' participants.
 (from Beijing 2008 website)

Perform the dragon dance and/or play a hand game with associated chant which represents a message to the world about the people’s games.

Key questions

  • What does the ‘People’s Games’ mean to you?
  • What do you think ‘People’s Games’ means to China?
  • Why do you think China chose to call these Olympic Games the ‘Peoples Games’?

Fly home as a class to New Zealand. (Laps of the field to represent this journey which is travelled together as a unit. Class must decided how best to do this.)

 Truce time:
 Discuss relevant information from this session. Each team is required to ask a question of the class.

 Deliver Chinese whisper:
 “China’s changes … How will the Olympic Games help?”

This could be researched for homework in preparation for the journey to follow. Research could include an investigation around human rights and environmental issues in China, for example: pollution, prisoners, gender equity, and China’s goals for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in these areas. (Read this article about human rights and the Olympic Games from the BBC website).

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