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Friday, December 27, 2013

2014 Winter Olympics - Sochi

I bought the most adorable Winter Olympics clipart the other day from Educasong so I have been busy making some fun things. See, isn't that just adorable!!
I've never been hugely interested in the Olympics. I watch the opening ceremony and a few of the events when I stumbled on them. To be honest, I had to do LOTS of research about Sochi and the Olympics to create these items. This took WAY more time than I had planned. :)

Here is what I created. I first created a "My Winter Olympics Book". The first few pages give information about the first Olympics, a map of Sochi & Russia, city facts, the sporting events, the medals, etc. Then there are other pages that you can include in the book to keep everything Olympic together, or you can use them separately as worksheets, activities, etc. There is a ABC order cut and glue page, a parts of speech cut and glue page, a venn diagram, research pages to learn about your favorite 3 sports, a medal count chart for your favorite countries, create your own medal, and I even threw in a memory game for fun. There are 25 printable pages for you.

To find "My 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Book" click here.

The other item I made is a math center based on 3rd grade Common Core and TEKS. It covers a large variety of skills: place value, rounding, word problems, multiplication, addition, subtraction, reasonableness, time, etc.  This one also took me awhile. First, I hate writing word problems. But to make this even better I spent tons of time online reading Olympic webpages. Once I found any type of information based on numbers, my brain began spinning and I turned it into a math problem. So each math problem is based on real Olympic facts. This way the students will be learning about the Olympics along with practicing their math skills. There are 16 cards/word problems, a directions page, recording sheet, and answer key.

To find my "Winter Olympics Math Center" click here.

Last, but not least, since I have had such a huge amount of traffic for these Winter Olympic Centers, I made 4 Language Arts Centers.  
To purchase my LA centers click here.

Included are:
1. "Gold Medal Synonyms"- 12 sets of synonym cards cards to help improve vocabulary. Comes with student direction page, 24 cards, recording sheet for accountability, and answer key.

2. "Olympic Analogies" - 12 analogy cards and 12 matching gold medal answer cards to those cards. Comes with 24 cards, student directions page, recording sheet for accountability, and answer key. * Also an extra analogy worksheet/homework page and answer key with an Olympic theme.

3. "Olympic Main Idea and Details" - 6 different paragraphs that all contain Olympic information and facts. Students choose an Olympic paragraph and complete a Main Idea and Detail graphic Organizer. Comes with 6 paragraphs, student directions page, and graphic organizer.

4. "Winter Olympic Facts and Opinions' - 20 different fact and opinion cards that include information about the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Students sort the cards then complete the recording sheet. Comes with 20 cards, student directions page, recording sheet for accountability, and answer key.

THEN I had so many hits on these Winter Olympic items I cranked out a few more after everyone went to bed at night.
I made a PowerPoint, because every teacher loves a good PowerPoint to get the facts across, plus it is a great introduction.

Here it is for you. Click here. It is 25 fact filled pages.

The last thing I made was a similar Winter Olympics Book, but this one is geared for the PreSchool- Kindergarten age. It is 29 pages with a few little facts for them, coloring pages, making a gold medal activity, and a few other cute things for the younger ones.

Click here for the Pre-School & Kindergarten Book.

Here is a picture of my son doing one of of the activities in this little PreK book.
Creating his own Olympic medal.

*** Don't forget to go over to my Pinterest page to see my collection of Olympic Crafts and Ideas I have put together.

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