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Why do this problem?
can prompt pupils to discuss the various pieces of information and allocate points accordingly. Usually the information is numerical but here we also have the national flag and the year in which the golds were achieved to be considered.
You can print out sets of cards by downloading this file Children can play the game in groups of $2$ to $6$ so you will need an appropriate number of sets of cards for each grpup to have a complete set.
The activity could be introduced by getting the class to compare the information on just two cards, gradually extending this to larger sets of cards.
The pupils need to decide how they rate the value of the flags for each of the countries involved.
You may decide that the children should find out what countries the athletes come from or you may provide them with that information from here. They may decide that the information about the country of origin isn't relevant to the scoring of the game. They may decide that the most recent
results score higher than older results but the discussion will support them in interrogating the data available.
Just in case you or your pupils do not know how to play the game then here are some instructions:
- Any number of pupils can play.
- Deal out the cards.
- Pupils hold their cards so that others cannot see them but in a stack so that they can only see their top card.
- The pupil who starts chooses one piece of information from their top card.
- The other pupils read out the same piece of information from their top card.
- The pupils with the best (most, highest . . . etc) card wins and gains all those top cards from the other pupils and places them at the bottom of their own stack.
- That winner starts the next round.
How did you decide about the "value"of the flags/countries?
What further information would be good to use?
If the children find it difficult to work with all the information on the cards, they could focus on one aspect at a time.
The children could create more cards of their own.
Asafa Powell http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/49/Powell_2010-06-04_Bislett_Games_06.jpg/200px-Powell_2010-06-04_Bislett_Games_06.jpg
David Neville http://www.topnews.in/sports/files/images/David-Neville.jpeg
Florence Griffiths-Joyner http://www2.lhric.org/pocantico/womenenc/FLOJO_2.JPG
Jeremy Wariner http://www.jamesnava.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/jeremy-wariner.jpg
Kenny Harrison http://0.tqn.com/d/trackandfield/1/G/V/0/-/-/main-KennyHarrison.jpg
LAShawn Merritt http://mankindunplugged.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/LaShawnMerritt.jpg
Michael Johson http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_1ZDXUUzQ9hY/TKtFXXoviMI/AAAAAAAADHk/uXllvf4GMq8/s1600/MichaelJohnson2.jpg
Michael Frater http://img.thesun.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01365/frater_13_280x390_1365739a.jpg
Nesta Carter http://www4.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/Nesta+Carter+Aziz+Zakari+13th+IAAF+World+Athletics+7pyYFTYj_ral.jpg
Samuel Wanjiru http://www.amref.org/silo/images/samuel-wanjiru_205x290.jpg
Usain Bolt http://images.suite101.com/3209686_com_usain_bolt.jpg
Yelena Isinbayeva http://www.athleticsnews.net/images/yelena-isinbayeva12.jpg
Yelena Slesarenko http://www2.pictures.gi.zimbio.com/Olympics+Day+15+Athletics+fZKjoLv6BYQl.jpg
Francina Blanker-Koen http://www.smh.com.au/ffxImage/urlpicture_id_1076779976116_2004/02/17/350_fannyblankerskoen.jpg
Marie-Jose Perec http://www.olympic.org/Assets/MediaPlayer/Photos/1996/07/29/WAAAB024/WAAAB024_HD.jpg
Tonique Williams-Darling http://www.abc.net.au/reslib/200603/r74852_210663.jpg
Hildegard Falck http://cache3.asset-cache.net/xc/81355087.jpg?v=1&c=IWSAsset&k=2&d=77BFBA49EF8789215ABF3343C02EA548B15CEDE4A8E932E22D86374B926B47DB6C99C9F73E871ACE
Doina Besliu-Melinte http://www.olympic.org/Assets/MediaPlayer/Photos/Vancouver/Semaine_18oct%231/SPEED%20SKATING/02-M_1500m_Mark_Tuitert_NED_G-960.jpg
Hasely Crawford http://www.bestoftrinidad.com/olympics/crawford5.jpg
Valeriy Borzov http://i.ytimg.com/vi/73JPTcAZN64/0.jpg
Livio Berruti http://www.puntosport.net/puntosport-incorso/images/Image/Speciali/Intramontabili/Foto%20Intramontabili%20small/Berruti_roma60.jpg
Konstantinos Kenteris http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_hE0TRpE-p8U/SLrk37Y_bfI/AAAAAAAAJs4/TLzdqk1WKdc/s400/Kostas+Kenteris+1.jpg
Annegret Richter http://www.sporting-heroes.net/content/thumbnails/00098/09686-zoom.jpg