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Olympics

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Recommended Books:

  • Elympics by X. J. Kennedy
  • Olympig! by Victoria Jamieson
  • Winners Never Quit! by Mia Hamm

Facts:

  • The Olympic Games are an international sports competition with thousands of athletes from more than 200 nations
  • Olympic Games are held every two years; rotating between Summer and Winter games
  • The five circles represent five continents: yellow for Asia, black for Africa, blue for Europe, red for the Americas and green for Oceania/Australia
  • Three medals are awarded: Gold (first place), Silver (second place) and Bronze (third place)
  • The Olympic Village houses all the athletes and their coaches during the games to keep them separate from the public for security reasons
Target Vocabulary: ancient, athlete, competition, games, Greeks, international, medal, nation, Olympian, sport, torch

Ancient Games:

  • The first Olympic games were held in 776 B.C. in Olympia, Greece in honor of Zeus (Greek God/Ruler of the gods and Mount Olympus)
  • Greek legend states that Hercules started the Olympics
  • Originally, only men who spoke Greek could compete
  • Ancient Olympic Sports ~ brief descriptions and images of Greek vases depicting athletes
Lesson Points To Cover:
  • What does ancient mean?
  • Who were the ancient Greeks and where did they live? (locate Greece on the map)
  • Were all Greeks considered Olympians? (distinction between Olympians and other Greeks)
  • Who are the Olympians now? (modern time athletes competing in Olympics)
  • Which country do they represent? (country of birth or citizenship)
  • There are two types of sports: individual and team
Summer Games:
  • The 2012 Summer Games will be held in London, England from July 27 through August 12 – it will be the 30th Summer Olympic Games
  • Currently, there are 29 sports represented in the Summer Games including archery, basketball, boxing, diving, equestrian, football, gymnastics, rowing, swimming, tennis, triathlon, volleyball and wrestling
  • The 2016 Summer Games are scheduled in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Winter Games:
  • The 2014 Winter Games will be held Sochi, Russia from February 7 through the 23 – it will be the 22nd Winter Olympic Games
  • Currently, there are 15 sports represented in the Winter Games including Alpine skiing, bobsleigh, cross-country skiing, figure skating, ice hockey, luge, Nordic combined, ski jumping, snowboarding and speed skating
  • The 2018 Winter Games are scheduled in Pyeongchang, South Korea

Paralympic Games:

  • Olympic games specific to athletes with disabilities
  • They are held immediately following the Summer and Winter Olympics

Our Olympian won 4 gold medals and 3 silver medals during our mini Olympics.

Activities: As you watch events on television, point out competing countries on a map to reference geographical locations around the world. You can also host your own mini Olympics for a day or over a week. I made a name & number tag with the Olympic rings logo which was taped to the back of his shirt. He felt like a real Olympian! I kept a tally of points and awarded medals. Some game ideas include:

  • Simon Says
  • Jumping, Hoping, Leaping or Hopscotch
  • Relay activities
  • Throwing and Catching
  • Timed activities such as how fast can you…. or how long (amount of time) can you….
  • Distance activities such as how far can you
  • Dice, board, card or matching games
  • Musical Chairs
  • Swimming, basketball, soccer, etc.
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