Posted by: Dawn26 at 06 May 2008 18:42 I have to organise a lesson for a group of yr 7-9 on The Olympics. Any ideas? I have no budget so can't get any one in. 2 | Posted by: curlysue82 at 06 May 2008 19:18 Not directly connected but could you do a lesson on achievement and success and do lots of group work activities? The 4 C's of drama - Co-operation, concentration, confidence and communication. Whole class activities like getting themselves in order of height without talking, then alphabetical. Then split them into groups and give them 10 seconds to make the shape of different objects and things like that. Paired task where they can only talk gibberish and the class guess what the situation is. And maybe give stickers in the plenary for the one who co-operated the best, communicated the best, etc. Like your own drama olympics! 3 | Posted by: pendryl at 07 May 2008 00:39 Building on the last post, what about theatre sports activities, lots of different improvisations activities in teams against each other ?! Then you compare the role of the actor with the athelete - working together/training/risk taking/challenge/celebration/identity ets etc 4 | Posted by: poor tom at 07 May 2008 06:52 Save on budget by insisting on authentic Olympian costumes!! Sorry - couldn't resist. Do you mean Ancient Greek Olympics or the modern Beijing/London operations? You'll not mean that mountain range in Washington state where I once had a wonderfully romantic long weekend, while enjoying redwoods, volcanoes (Mt St Helens in distance,) seal colonies, seabirds etc? 5 | Posted by: resources4drama at 07 May 2008 08:25 Not sure how long your lesson is but... Get a long list of Olympic sports. In groups, they are to choose as many as possible and perform them (al equipment mimed) as if in a vintage silent film. Get some silent film music to play in the background (hundreds of sites on internet - try googling "perfessor bill"). In every activity, something has to go wrong. (The end comes off the hammer; the rope breaks in the tug of war). Have some fantasy sports if you wish - Olympic chess, the PS3 relay. Have an announcer to link one event to another, film it (in black and white if possible) and watch it back. Perhaps keep coming back to the marathon runners (slow motion? Chariots of Fire). If enough students, make several groups who can then perform to each other.