Summer Olympics

Summer Olympics Day 4: Team USA

Summer Olympics Day 4: Team USA

Team USA Today we learned about this year’s U.S. team.  Read:   page 42-45 in Olympics by Dennis B. Fradin and explore the Team USA Home. Discuss: Team USA Facts 530 athletes Youngest: Katie Ledecky, 15, swimming Oldest: Karen O’Connor, 54, equestrian Females: 269 Males: 261 Mothers: 13 Fathers: 54 Five-time Olympians: 7 Four-time Olympians: 21 Comprehension Questions: What does USA stand for? United States...

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Summer Olympics Day 3: Sporting Events

Summer Olympics Day 3: Sporting Events

Sporting Events Today we learned about some of the events that athletes can participate in at the Summer Olympics. Read: pages 33- 41 in Olympics by Dennis B. Fradin and some more information about the 2012 London Olympics. Discuss: The ancient Olympic Games were just a one-day event until 684 BC, when they were extended to three days. In the 5th century B.C., the Games were extended again to cover five days of events. The ancient Games...

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Summer Olympics Day 2: Modern Olympics

Summer Olympics Day 2: Modern Olympics

Modern Olympics Today we learned a little about London and some of the countries participating in the Summer Games.  We also learned what some of the modern events are.  We had fun with the Olympic Rings and the Olympic Torch too. Read:  page 17-32 in Olympics by Dennis B. Fradin Discuss: The International Olympic Committee was founded in 1894 and the first modern Olympics were held two years later in 1896 in Athens, Greece. The Olympic Games...

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Summer Olymics Day 1: Olympics History

Summer Olymics Day 1: Olympics History

Olympics History  We decided to start out our Summer Olympics unit study by learning the history behind the Olympics. Read:  page 5-16 in Olympics by Dennis B. Fradin Discuss: The first Ancient Olympic Games can be traced back to 776 BC (about 3,000 years ago). There was just one race called a stade (180 meters long). Then more and more events were added. The Games were dedicated to the Olympian gods and were staged on the ancient plains of...

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Summer Olympics Unit Study

Summer Olympics Unit Study

In this unit study we learned about the Summer Olympics of 2012. We also created our own backyard Olympics and made a chart to keep track of the medal count. This unit study is geared for elementary students with 4 days worth of lessons. Here is the official site for the  2012 Summer Olympics http://www.olympic.org/.  I did this unit study with my 1st grader and would recommend it for kindergarten through 3rd grade. Summer Olympics Unit...

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