Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Learning Life Lessons with the Olympic Games

It's Olympics time!  I absolutely love the olympics.  One of my earliest memories was watching Mary Lou Retton win gold at the 1984 summer olympics.  I've been hooked ever since.  The Olympic games teach students quite a bit about life and being citizens of the world.  From marching out proudly by country at the opening ceremony, to the games themselves, to the huge mingling of countries at the festive closing ceremonies, the Olympic games not only teaches students about hard work, sportsmanship, and dedication, but also it teaches about the world around us and how our differences are something to be celebrated.
Time For Kids Sochi 2014 Minisite

For homework tonight, my students are reading TIME for Kids: Athletes to Watch.  Tomorrow
morning at school, we're going to discuss their reading and start our two week mini-study of the Olympic Games.  I'm looking forward to seeing what questions my students ask, what lessons they learn, and how they'll apply what they learned to their own lives.  More to come on this in the coming weeks!

Resources for teaching the Olympic Games:

TIME for Kids special section: Sochi 2014 

Sports Illustrated for Kids Guide to Sochi 2014

Sochi 2014 Official Site

Cybraryman's Olympics Page- amazing collection of resources!

Ancient Olympic Games

American Women in the Olympics

From Candidate to Host City

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