Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Summer Olympics Unit

I took a break from planning for next year to put together a relaxed unit on the upcoming Olympic Games.  I don't plan on making this a formal study- we are on summer break after all!

Instead I plan to-

1. Watch the games as much as possible, starting with the opening ceremony.

2. Make a few fun decorations and Olympics-themed crafts to celebrate opening night (links below).

3. Ask the kids to pick an event or two to follow (the boys just finished archery class, so that might be good).

4. Use the medal chart (link below) to keep track of wins.

5.  Bookmark the websites below in a special folder for the kids to check out when they want.

6. Set up a book basket with books about the Olympics for casual reading.  This won't be required independent reading, but it may become lunchtime reading for a few weeks. All books listed are ones we already own or can borrow from the library, with the exception of  Great Moments in the Summer Olympics.

I will make the lapbooks listed optional. They might feel too "schooly" (my kids are very protective of their summer break;)). If we don't get to them, no big deal. Our main focus will be reading and watching the games.

Websites to Visit
Official Olympics Site
Time For Kids-Olympics
Olympic Challenge
BBC Olympic Games
Olympics Schedule

Reading List
DK Going For Gold
Hour of the Olympics  
Magic Tree House Fact Checker #10
Swifter, Higher, Stronger
Great Moments in the Summer Olympics
America's Champion Swimmer
Wilma Unlimited
How to Train a T-Rex and Win 8 Gold Medals

Projects
Medal Chart to keep track of wins
Olympics paper chain
Olympics Bingo
Olympics pizza and Olympics cake
Olympics Bookmarks

Printable Resources
Summer Olympics Lapbook
Another Olympics lapbook


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