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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

Beijing is committed to hosting “green, inclusive, open and clean” Olympic Winter Games. The initiatives include sustainable management of venues, low carbon programmes and sustainable sourcing.

Source – International Olympic Committee | Beijing 2022 committed hosting “green, inclusive, open and clean” Games

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

Technological advances will become a key part of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games, as smart robots, 5G-enhanced "bullet-time" camera arrays and cloud-based broadcasting are tested in a major venue for the games.

Source – Global Times | Beijing Winter Olympics underpinned by technological advances

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 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.

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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