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Themes for the Olympic Games 2008

Green Games, Technological Games, and People’s Games

Students will identify the rights and responsibilities of consumers and use this information to evaluate health and recreational services and products in the community.

Students will:

  • be able to recognise instances of: environmental injustice, technological inequalities, and issues relating to respect for people as individuals.

Notes: Students have considered the integral nature of sport and the Olympic Games and have made choices around sports that they feel best represent the youth culture. The purpose of this lesson is to explore the three themes associated with the Beijing Olympic Games 2008 and discuss why these themes might have been chosen. Lesson 7 – Wearing a message will lead on to a critique of the issues associated with these themes.

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)

In the original five groups, give students a rubbish bag and the string or elastic to connect them as a team. Students must:

  • collect as much rubbish from around the school as possible
  • consider the environmental issues that Beijing would face when organising a Youth Olympic Games.

Key questions

  • What were some of the many environmental issues China would have to consider in preparation for the Youth 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 sports equipment and new for the same game.

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

List of ideas:

  • tennis racquets – old vs. new
  • softball – playing with and without mitts (wooden bats vs. aluminium bats)
  • compare old footwear, uniforms, etc, with new fabrics and materials.

It may mean students work in smaller groups with different sports equipment and rotate around 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)

 Students participate as a class in this activity. On the call ‘people-to-people’ they run to a partner. Teacher calls the name of a body part to be touched to the same body part as their partner, ie elbow to elbow. Teacher continues with calls but when again calls ‘people-to-people’, all class members run to find a new partner, etc.

Key questions

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

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