The Olympics are a great chance to talk to your students about different types of sports and the host countries. I love the Olympics for many different reasons. Countries send their best athletes to compete in many different types of sports. The host country is put in a spotlight and we can learn something new about a place we might not of known abut. There are also amazing stories of people over coming incredible odds. The Olympics is a great event that we can all learn from and enjoy.
I put together a list of resources from online that can be used in upper elementary classes when teaching or simply discussing the Olympics.
Time For Kids - This site give you Olympic Coverage, Athlete Features, and other Olympic information.
Official Olympic Site - This is your one stop shop for everything in news.
The Science of the Olympics - NBC has put together short videos that explain the science behind different Olympic sports and other elements of the games. The videos include definitions for science words that are used. Gotta love that!!
Olympic Math Puzzles and Games - There are different types of puzzles and games on this site that are Olympic themed.
Book List 1 - The Educators' Spin On It has compiled a list of books fiction and non-fiction about the Olympics. This list includes book for students at all levels.
Book List 2 - This list focuses on 4th and 5th grade books.
Olympic Project - Guilford Hills Elementary has resources for students projects that focus on different sports.
Ancient Olympics - Mr Donn has many different resources for the Greek Olympics. This is focused on summer games but does explain how the games started.
Below are a list of sites with facts about Russia that you can use with your students to learn more about the host country.
National Geographic Kids from Russia
Fun Russia Facts for Kids A Kids Life in Russia