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Resources for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia

2014 Winter Olympic Games – Sochi, Russia

The Winter Olympics begin February 7 and end February 23, 2014

Learn more about the location and news at National Geographic: Sochi, Russia

Official Winter Olympics site: http://www.sochi2014.com/en  At the site, students can track and graph information as it is published. Each sport has its own link. History of previous Winter Olympic medals and winners for researching and graphing is found at http://www.sochi2014.com/en/medal-history?year=2010. There is a dropdown menu from other olympics.

Mascots (younger students): http://talisman.sochi2014.com/en/#/   This link has some cute videos that tell amusing stories about animals of the region. The audio is in Russian with closed caption in English or French.                          Lesson Ideas:

  • have students find another animal from the region and create their own mascot and write a story of how it was chosen (reading & writing)

  • research the actual mascot animal and its habitat in Russia (reading & writing, science)

  • make an infographic of the various mascots with images (tech class)

  • list the particular character traits of each mascot; compare and contrast (writing)

  • draw/create a unique mascot with detail (art)

  • research mascots from all the Winter Olympics, a menu is available (history, writing)

Sites with Links, Resources, and Lesson Plans

Australian Olympic Team: Winter Olympic Games Lesson Plans  Terrific resource with numerous links and ideas for implementation; divided into age levels and curriculum subject. Printables available.

Education World: Countdown to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games

Teacher Vision: 2014 Winter Olympics Games: Russia

K-12 Teaching and Learning from the UNC School of Education (Physical Education):  Winter Olympics – What a blast!  This site has lesson plans that cover the full spectrum of learning for P.E. with several sports and provides ideas for applying to other subject areas.

NBC Learn: Science & Engineering of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games  Lesson plans and activities provided by the National Science Teachers Association

Larry Ferlazzo: The Best Sites for Learning About the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games  Larry always has a great compilation of resources, soon to be published. You can look at his past resources for previous games and find ideas. Keep checking back at the site!

TeachersFirst: a search result of Winter Olympic sites and resources at the TeachersFirst website

Published by Leanna K Johnson, St. Paul Lutheran School in Farmington, MO  USA

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