Please refer to our DISCLOSURE STATEMENT.
The Winter Olympics are upon us! (In case you couldn’t tell by the non-stop commercials . . .) The Olympics start on Friday, February 9th and end on Sunday, February 25th.
Some of you are super excited, while others of you are all like, Meh. . .
STOP. RIGHT. THERE.
Before you discount the Winter Olympics as another yawn fest because you don’t like sports (or whatever other reason you tell yourself), you may be missing out on one of the most fun learning opportunities for the kids!
How to Learn with a Winter Olympics Unit Study
Incorporating the olympics into your classroom learning doesn’t have to be all about the sports. (Although, that’s a great opportunity to explore some sports you don’t know about!)
In addition to sports, you also have the opportunity to learn about:
• Geography of the country
• History of the country
• Culture of the country (including school children there, music, food, industry, etc.)
• Language of the country
• Fashion for the Olympics (I’m lookin’ at you super cute but ridiculously expensive Team USA mittens)
and so much more!
Your Olympics unit study is only limited by your imagination! (But, just in case your imagination is lacking right now, we have some great suggestions below!)
Winter Olympic Activities, Lesson Plans, Worksheets, and Printables
Here are some great resources to help you build a unit study on the Winter Olympics!
Lessons for Olympics
• View the official website of the Winter Olympics
• Learn more about the 15 winter sports in the Winter Olympics
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• Learn about the mascot, Soohorang:
“‘Sooho’ comes from the Korean word for protection, while ‘rang’ comes from the middle letter of ‘Ho-rang-i,’ the word for ‘tiger.’ It is also the last letter of ‘Jeong-seon A-ri-rang,’ which is a traditional folk song from the Gangwon Province, which is where the Games will be held.” [TV Guide]
• Watch a video about Soohorang, the mascot of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018
• Learn about the Opening Ceremony (February 9th)
• Learn about how they choose Olympic locations
Lessons on South Korea
• Learn about the location of the Olympics with a South Korean study unit (free, but sign-up required)
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Lessons on Asia
Best Children’s Books About Olympics
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