Since the first day of school, August 1st, we've been studying the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics. We started off by learning about the Ancient Olympics with an entertatining TED video, moved into Olympic symbolism and the Modern Games and then ended our first week of school by creating our Rio-inspired Olympic torches to celebrate the Opening Ceremonies later that evening.
This past week, we separated into six work teams of 4 students each to complete country-specific Olympic-related research on Google Slides. Now, the students are preparing their oral presentations and unique events to demonstrate and hold our own indoor Olympic Games.
During the week of group presentations, we'll move toward our individual study of a certain sport and profile a respective Team USA Olympic Athlete competing in that event. Naturally, I had to update my Olympian Bio writing posters. I can't wait to use it this year!
I've also created a list of medal hopefuls at this year's Summer Olympics for Team USA which correspond with specific pages on biography.com and teamusa.org that give athlete profiles. There are 24 athletes, so each of my students has their very own Olympic Medalist to research. As far as medal standings go, I really love the aesthetics of the Google Olympics interface. Very sleek!
this resource and it's better than before! Check it out below!