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Countdown to the Winter Olympic Games The Winter Olympic Games is a teachable moment that comes along only once every four years, so the Education World team has gathered lesson ideas to help you teach to the moment. Included Lessons to teach history, vocabulary, decimals, sportsmanship, and more! The world awaits the Winter Olympic Games which will be held for days from February in PyeongChang, Gangwon Province, the Republic of Korea.  The competition program for PyeongChang includes six exciting new events snowboard big air mens and womens, speed skating mass start mens and womens, cing mixed doubles and the Alpine team event. This means that the total number of gold medal events will be the most ever contested at an Olympic Winter Games to date. Whether theyre athletes or couch potatoes, whether theyre rooting for their fellow countrymen and women, for the mostskilled winter athletes, or for the underdogs, savvy and creative teachers are busy developing lessons and activities that will capitalize on their students interest in the Games. Where to begin? Why not start with the following complete lesson plans from Education World? Click on any activity headline below to link to a complete teaching resource! Appropriate grade levels for each activity are indicated in parentheses. Then see the bottom of this for additional lesson ideas. GOLD MEDAL LESSONS Teacher Planet Winter Olympic Resources Teacher Planet offers lesson plans that discuss various aspects of the Winter Olympics. They also provide worksheets, hands on activities and classroom resources like clip art. Winter Olympic History Year By Year Historic stats about the Winter Olympic Games provide the data. Students create the chart. Teaching master included. Grades Comparing the Ancient and Modern Olympics A Venn Diagramming Activity A Venn diagram helps students compare and contrast todays Olympics with the Olympics of the ancient Greeks. Grades Olympic Biographies Students create a book of biographies profiling mous past Olympic athletes. Grades Character Education Lesson Olympics Students plan and stage a classroom Olympics! Grades Olympic Trivia Challenge Students find scinating cts about the Summer Olympic Games and Olympic history. Grades A Measure of Greatness Students participate in a variety of Olympic activities involving measurement. Grades K Be sure to see more Winter Olympic Games activities in our other article, Let the Games Begin! Let the Learning Begin!.   More Winter Olympic Games Lesson Ideas The Olympic Games offer a perfect opportunity to teach about world geography and culture. In the opening ceremonies, athletes from many countries will dress in costumes reflecting the cultures of their homelands. The athletes will carry flags of their native countries too. The Olympic Parade of Nations provides a perfect opportunity for students to research and report on countries of the world. draw the flags of countries whose athletes are competing. learn to say hello in different languages. compare and contrast countries according to and population. calculate the distance between your home and the homes of some of the athletes. a world map to show the countries whose athletes will be in Sochi. But thats just the beginning! Weve got plenty more ideas to follow… Track the Weather. Use your vorite weather source to keep track of the weather at the Games. You might arrange students into groups and assign each group to track the weather at different parts of the school day. Students can use the easytouse Create a Graph tool to illustrate the temperature data they collect in graph form. Sports Talk. Assign each student, or a pair of students, to track each of the winter Olympic Sports. They can keep the class informed about the sport, its competitors, how the sport is judged, terminology related to it, and more. Good basic sources of information include the official Olympics site and NBCs site.  Read a Schedule. When are the different Olympic events scheduled to take place? NBC offers a Complete Olympic Schedule. Ask students questions such as On what date does the figure skating competition begin?, On how many days do bobsledding finals take place, or Which competition starts first the alpine skiing competition or the free skiing competition? Tracking the Medals Race. Have each student track the medal results for a different country. Create a chart and update it daily so that in the end you have a chart that looks like this Final Medal Standings chart. Math for young students. Invite students to use the Lillehammer Winter Olympic Medal Standing Chart to answer the math questions on Math Word Problems Olympic Medals prinle work sheet. Teachers might let students complete this work sheet while online or they might print out and copy or post the chart for students to use.ANSWER KEY . more; . medals; . medals; . South Korea; . more; . gold medals; . bronze medals; . Canada; . teams; . medals.] Math for older students. Hand out copies of Medal Math prinle work sheet. The Teaching Master provides word problem practice in adding decimals and other math concepts all related, of course, to the Winter Olympics.ANSWER KEY . Syd, Peter, Hans; . Shelley, Christie, Annlee; . Michela Fijini, seconds. Geography. Invite students to work in pairs to complete this activity. Provide each student with a copy of a world map on which s/he can write. Need a prinle outline map? Click one of these links , , , Students might use this source to learn about the sites of Winter Olympic competitions dating back to the first Games in . Challenge students to use atlases, the Internet, and other resources to locate on their maps the sites of all the Winter Games. They can write the year on the map; for example, the year will appear on the map at the location of Chamonix, France. OLYMPIC LESSONS CAUGHT ON THE NET We searched the Net to see what other lesson ideas we might find. The following online lessons include some that relate to previous Olympic Games because creative teachers will be able to adapt those activities to the current games. Approximate grade levels for many activities appear in parentheses. Mr. Donns Ancient Greek Olympics Simulation Unit Grades Journey Through the Olympic Games WebQuestWinter Olympics in the Gym Grades Fractions in Olympics Grades Olympic Leaders Grades Winter Olympic Games Project Grades Article by Gary Hopkins Education World® Education World Updated //      

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Rosa Parks Changed The Rules Subjects Arts Humanities Language Arts Literature Visual Arts Social Studies Civics Economics History U.S. History Regions/Cultures Grade K Brief Description Students complete a diagram of the Montgomery bus that carried Rosa Parks into the history books. Work sheet included. Objectives Students willReturn to Five Lessons in Black History learn the story of Rosa Parks. learn about the rules for white people and for black people on buses in Montgomery, Alabama, in . follow directions to complete a diagram illustrating seating arrangements and rules on buses in Montgomery, Alabama, in . role play the scene on the bus on that December day in when Rosa Parks refused to move to the back of the bus. Keywords Rosa Parks, Black History, African American, Montgomery, bus, boycott, role play, drama Materials Needed a childrens book about the story of Rosa Parks optional Rosa Parks Changed the Rules work sheet, one copy per student provided Lesson Plan In this activity, students listen to or read a selection describing the events of December , . Then they read the rules that people had to follow on the bus. They label an illustration of the bus to reflect those rules. Read aloud to students a book about Rosa Parks. If you are unable to locate a book, you can read the story that follows Rosa Parks was a seamstress in Montgomery, Alabama. One December day, almost years ago, Rosa got on the bus to go to work. She took a seat in the first row of the section in the back of the bus that was reserved for black people like Rosa. A short time later, the bus stopped to pick up another passenger. A white person wanted to get on the bus, but there no more seats at the front of the bus, which was reserved for white people. The driver asked Rosa to move to the back of the bus so the white person could sit down. But Rosa would not move. News of Rosas refusal to give up her seat spread quickly through Montgomery. Just a few days later black people across the city stopped riding the bus. They walked to work instead. The bus company lost lots of money because only white people rode the bus. Black people in Montgomery walked to work for almost a year. Finally, the rules were changed. The new rules let black people sit in any seat on the bus. Black people in Montgomery had Rosa to thank for the new bus rules. After sharing Rosas story, distribute to each student a copy of the Rosa Parks Changed the Rules work sheet. Have students read the at the top of the that tells about the rules that were usually followed on buses in Montgomery, Alabama, in . Then call on students to read those rules aloud. Discuss the rules in relation to Rosas story, and have students do the activity on the work sheet. Extension activities Share photos of the actual bus that carried Rosa Parks into the history books. For s and details about the bus, visit What If I Dont Move to the Back of the Bus? A photo of the bus before it was restored can be found here. View a brief video recreation of the events of December , Assessment Check students work sheets to see if they made proper inferences and followed directions. The drivers area at the front of the bus should be ed blue. The re box at the front of the bus should be ed green, The two long seats cing each other, and the first three rows of seats the white section should be ed red. The five rows of seats at the back end of the bus should be ed black. The words Front Door should appear by the front door of the bus. The words Back Door should appear by the back door of the bus. The words Standing Room should appear in the area with no seats at the back of the bus. Lesson Plan Source Education World Submitted By Gary Hopkins Click to return to this weeks Lesson Planning article, Lessons in Black History. See additional lessons and resources on Education Worlds special Black History Month archive . Updated //

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