The 2018 Winter Olympics are just around the corner. I feel like the games sprung up on me pretty quickly this time around. Didn’t we just have the summer games? But that’s ok, because I do enjoy watching the different events, especially the more unique ones! I mean, where else would you get to watch curling? Or the Biathlon?? Super cool.
Maybe this week you will be doing things in your classroom that relate to the games. You really can tie them into any subject area!
Science and STEM
I plan to try at least one STEM activity I found some good ideas here from a TpT site that I may try. During the 2014 Olympics, NBC posted many videos about the physics of the events. Show some of these to your students as introductions to your lesson to get them pumped up about certain events and the science behind them!
You can take some of the information and create math problems. A great resource to use for that is here from WorkandMoney.com. For example, did you know that 3,000 athletes will be competing in the games. There are 15 “disciplines”, or types of these events. In total, there will be 102 events!
Just a few math ideas:
- Find out how many medals are expected to be given out (If each event gives a gold, silver and bronze medal)
- Calculate the percentage of gold medals the US wins (or total medals) as the games play out
- Keep track of all the different countries that medal
- Find how heavy those medals are and simulate it with other materials in your classroom
Social Studies or Economics
Why not make Olympic connections in your social studies or economics class? The history of the games is a great place to start. Assign mini research projects on the various countries competing. Students also may enjoy calculating the cost of traveling to PyeongChang for a “visit”.
For some writing projects, ask students what event would they most enjoy competing in for these Olympics? Maybe you can watch some of the highlights of the opening ceremonies on youtube later and students reflect on which parts they found intriguing or confusing, etc.
For more ideas as we go through these games, you can follow my Pinterest board here.
Enjoy the games and Go USA!