The Olympics

A WebQuest for 3rd Grade

Designed by: Mrs. Myers

Introduction | Task | Process | Resources |Conclusion | Evaluation


The 2010 Winter Olympics will be having it's Opening Ceremonies on Friday, February 12, 2010 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. To understand why we have the Olympics, you must research the history behind the Ancient Olympics in Greece. There are many similarities and differences between the Olympics today and the very first Olympics held in 776 B.C. You will learn many new and interesting facts to share with your classmates and family.

The Task

Using the Internet, you will work with a partner to learn about the Olympics in Ancient Greece.

1. Read and collect facts about Ancient Greece and the first Olympic games.

2. Label, collect and record your information on index cards. Include at least four (4) WOW facts. A WOW fact is information that no one else may know and will say, "WOW" when you tell them.

3. Using the information from your note cards, write a 3-4 paragraph report that includes your WOW facts.

4. Create four (4) questions of your own to ask your classmates. You must use 4 of the 6 "who", "what", "where", "when", "why", "how" questions we've been using in class. You must use 4 DIFFERENT question words. (For example: a who question, what question, why question, where question). These questions must be written on the Olympic Ring cards worksheet.

5. Using the map of Ancient Greece, find and label where the first Olympics were held.

6. Using the world map, find and label 4 countries where the Olympics have been held from the first Olympics to today.

7. Answer the questions on the Olympics comprehension worksheet and turn it in for a Reading grade. You MUST RESTATE your answers for full credit.

8. Click on Ancient Greeks: The Olympic Games and read all of the info listed. Then scroll down to the "Activities" section and take the Olympics quiz. How did you do?

9. Complete the self-evaluation to see how well you did. Turn in the sheet to your teacher.

Just for Fun:

When you are finished with your research, you may get back on the Ancient Greeks: The Olympic Games website to complete the other activities, complete riddles and scrambled word activities about the Olympics and go on "cyberhunts"!


The Process

1. You will use the internet, index cards, Ancient Greece map, world map, Olympic Rings question cards, Reading comprehension worksheet and a self-evaluation form to find information and complete this webquest.

2. With a partner, use the Internet sites below to read and record your information.

Note: The **Links are easier to read and contain a lot of interesting information

The Ancient Olympics

Ancient Greece Information and answers can be found by looking at the "Olympics" link and the "Geography" link.

**The Story of the Winter Olympics Created by students--easy to read

**Ancient Greece (BBC Schools) Be sure to click on all of the topics: The Statue of Zeus, What was the Sacred Truce?, Events at the Games, Spectators, The Nastiest Event?, Women at Olympia

**Kids Library: The Ancient Olympic Games

**Olympic Rings The first two paragraphs

**2010 Winter Olympic Events

Olympics Links MUCH MORE info

3. Use the following headings on your index cards to record your information. (One heading per index card).

  • Time Period and Location of the First Olympics
  • Purpose of the First Olympics
  • Participants of the First Olympics
  • Sports that were a part of the the First Olympics
  • Events/Sports of the 2010 Winter Olympics
  • Olympic Rings-What they Mean
4. On your own, write a three to four paragraph report on the Olympic Rings paper. This should include ALL the information from your index cards plus four (4) "WOW" facts. Do NOT forget a topic sentence and a conclusion sentence. When finished, use your writing checklist to check your own work before handing in your report.

5. With your partner, come up with four (4) who, what, where...... questions to ask your classmates. Record these questions neatly on the Olympic Rings cards worksheet.

6. Work with a partner, to complete the map work. Find and label the first Olympic games on the Ancient Greece map. Find and label four (4) other countries where the Olympics have been held in recent years on your world map.

7. On your own, complete the worksheet by RESTATING your answers. Turn in for a Reading grade.

8. Complete the self-evaluation to see how well you think you've done.

Just For Fun:

Riddles/Scrambled Words and More!

Vancouver CyberHunt

Scholastic Olympic CyberHunt

Great Job! You are done!!!!



1. You will use the following internet sites:


2. These sites are for fun when you are finished with your research:

3. You might not need to visit each of the websites listed above. Read through the information and only use what you need!



Report Form

Olympic Rings Question Cards

Olympics Comprehension Sheet

Self-Evaluation Form


You have researched and taken notes about the Ancient Olympics.
Now that you are an expert about the Olympics and its history, think about what sport you would want to compete in. Why?
Is there more you want to know about the Olympics? What about the Summer Olympics? Now you know where to look for cool facts and fun games!
What were the most interesting facts you learned about the Olympics?

What webquest should we do next?


You will be evaluated on:

1. How neatly you completed index cards, report and Olympic Rings questions.

2. How well you included all of the important information asked for, as well as, at least 4"WOW" facts.

3. Your maps are labeled correctly.

4. Questions on worksheet are RESTATED adequately.

5. The self-evaluation you used to grade yourself on. Found below:

The rubric used to evaulate the report is:

3-Gold Medal

2-Silver Medal

1-Bronze Medal



Report length


Wrote 3-4 paragraphs using complete thoughts, including an interesting, attention getting topic sentence and conclusion sentence.


Wrote 2 paragraphs using semi-complete thoughts.


Wrote 1 paragraph with semi-complete or incomplete thoughts.

Indented each new paragraph. Did not skip a line between paragraphs. Used mostly correct punctuation, capitals and spelling.
Indented 2 out of the 3-4 paragraphs. Skipped a line between or or two paragraphs. Use somewhat correct punctuation, capitals, and spelling.
Did not indent or indented only one paragraph. Skipped lines throughout. No consistent correct punctuation, capitals or spelling.





Uses interesting or complex vocabulary.
Uses typical third grade vocabulary.

Simplistic vocabulary i.e. big, slow


Complexity of thought



Presented facts accurately from resources and includes 4 "wow" facts.
Information copied with 75% accuracy.

Inaccurate or incomplete information