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  1. savestheday1121

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    Anyone have any ideas of ways to connect curriculum to the upcoming winter olympics? I was thinking about connecting to math in some way, as we keep track of medals, but not exactly sure.
     
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    Math: You could have the kids determine the percent of total medals won by each country.

    Or track the medal race on a variety of different types of graphs.

    Have the kids convert distances from meters to feet, miles and so on.

    You could have them convert the time schedule from Pacific time( right??) to Eastern time.

    Social Studies: have a Country of the Day. Highlight a different nation participating, their background, the geography which makes winter sports inviting to that country.
    - Or you could cover the history of the Olympics-- how they started in ancient Greece, the whole Sparta/Athens thing..

    English-- Tons of creative writing opps-- Imagine you're the hockey puck, what do you see/ feel/ hear.... Imagine how it feels to win an Olympic gold... Imagine being from an underdogl county, one that has very little chance of actually winning a medal. Why would you choose to compete (or not) anyway?

    Science: You can talk about how weather conditions effect the times and records being set. For example, the skiing events will have slower times on a windy day, unless the wind happens to be blowing in the direction they're going. And later in the day, the ski trails get icy-- what effect will that have on the racers?
    - You could talk about how the athletes dress so they can sweat and still not freeze to death while competing.
    - You can talk about aerodynamics-- what makes the perfect luge?
     
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    Someone yesterday posted a link to videos on NBC about the science of the Olympics: try Googling that phrase and see what comes up.
     
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    Thanks for the reminder TG, I promised to forward it to someone at school.
     
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    (smites forehead)

    Oh, duh: it was you, wasn't it?
     
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    No, it wasn't :)

    But I thought it looked interesting.
     
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    I am so in need of a brain transplant...
     
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    Alice--any chance you want to plan my unit for me? ;)

    I've got a group of huge sports fans--we are definitely going all-out Olympics. We're working on our force/motion/energy in science, so that works out very well.

    I LOVE the country of the day idea! I'll probably put the kids in pairs/groups and give them a country to research and track. But this gives us a way for my geography-obsessed students to learn about some more places. And the creative writing ideas were good too...
     
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    I would love to be able to do stuff like that!!!

    But it's not even marginally related to what I'm covering at the moment: altitude to the hypotenuse of a right triangle in Geometry or equations with rational coefficients in Algebra.
     
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    Hmmm...ski jumps are kinda like triangles, right?
     
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    To the OP, I have some Olympics links at school. I'll post them tomorrow.
     
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    We're doing a huge Olympic unit. A few of the activities we'll be doing:
    - a persuasive letter to the president of the IOC advocating for a new sport to be added to the games
    - a panel discussion about the use of performance-enhancing drugs
    - a look at past games looking for patterns and trends in medals won by various countries
    - art activites including designing medals, mascots, logos and team wear
    - a magazine based on one of the sports--including feature articles, athlete bios, advertising, information about the venue, etc.
    - a look at past Olympians
    - and much, much more--I'm a huge Olympic fan!
     
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    Ohhh, Mrs. C-- how cool!!!!
     
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    I'm definitely doing the Olympics, and I love all these ideas... I'm just a little sad that a lot of my ideas are more for upper elementary.
     
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    I have some links to some great Olympic sites; they have, of course, a distinctly Canadian slant, but have tremendous resources.

    dfleming-- www.vancouver2010.com the CTV Olympic site have some good lower elementary stuff, if I'm remembering right. www.olympicschool.ca may have some that's easily adaptable as well.
     
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    Just bumping this thread up, as the Olympics get closer...
     
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    Olympics and Social Studies

    I just wanted to offer up a few Social Studies lessons (history, geography, economics, civics) that I put together for the Summer Olympics. While they could not be used verbatim, several of the activities could be easily modified to center around the Winter Olympics. I created the lessons with third or fourth graders in mind, but I feel like they could be adapted to suit the needs and curriculum of 2nd to 5th grade. They are certainly not the best lessons plans I have ever created, but if you are looking for a jumping off point...
     
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