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Content Spotlight: Olympics

You and your class can participate in the activities below or learn more about the Olympics.

Social Media Activities

  1. Who is your favorite Olympian and why? Share it with us on Facebook.
  2. Winter Olympics or Summer Olympics? Which do you like best and why? Let us know on Facebook.
  3. What is your favorite Olympic sport and why? Let us know on Facebook.

Classroom Activities

English Language Olympics (All Learners)

Materials:

Instructions:

Divide the class into groups of four students. Each group will draw the flag of a country which they will represent in the English Language Olympics. For the duration of the (real) Olympics, play one game per class (or less, depending on your schedule). For each game, there will be 3 winners who will receive a Gold (3 points), Silver (2 points), or Bronze medal (1 point). The country, or team, with the most points at the end of the Olympics wins.

Download an example lesson plan

The Olympics

“When I grow up, I want to be the best at sliding heavy stones on ice (also known as delivery in the sport of curling)!” Okay, so you’ve probably never heard a child say that. And, to many of us, devoting your life to a sport may seem extreme. So why does the world find the Olympics so fascinating? Well, sports give us the opportunity to come together peacefully and celebrate the human spirit. And there is no better example of this ideal than the Olympic Games. The Olympic Games teach us to dream big, to work hard to achieve our goals, and to excel to be the best.

In almost every Olympic Games, new records are set and broken and it could be by someone from your country - whether it is Usain Bolt shattering the world record for the 100 meter dash, Ye Shiwen setting the world record in the 400 meter individual medley in swimming, or Michael Phelps winning a record 22 Olympic medals. That’s beauty of the Olympic Games - anyone can win, regardless of nationality or background. As the U.S. Gold Medalist Wilma Rudolph said, “Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.”

This year, the Winter Olympics will be held in Sochi, Russia. You can learn more about the Olympics at the Official Website of the Olympics.

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