Friday, February 26, 2010

Winter Olympics Resources

Vancouver 2010 Part 1 is an amazing collection of 45 photographs from the 2010 Winter Olympics. They are beautiful photographs and could be used in many different ways in the classroom. At the conclusion of the Olympics, Part 2 will be available.  

Here are a few ideas for using these pictures in your classroom: 

  • Order the numbers seen in the photographs since many with several people in them contain numbers like picture #27
  • Give each student a photo and have them write a story about what was happening when it was taken
  • Have students research the sport in the photo
  • Use each one as a collective descriptive writing prompt
  • Have students write thought or speech bubbles for each picture when working on punctuation. 
Inside the Action is a site from the New York Times that takes you behind the scenes.  There are a number of videos that allow you to see the event from an Olympians perspective- like sliding down the luge at 90mph and following a snowboarder up and over the snowboard halfpipe.  During with the videos,  athletes and coaches explain the details of each event. 

Olympics Science is an NBC and National Science Association site where students can learn the science behind the Olympic events. 

There are many videos where students can learn about physics, motion, energy, biology, chemistry and math.  The site includes videos about Slapshot Physics, Aerial Physics, Figure Skating, Snowboarding, Alpine Skiing, Skates, Mathletes, Bobsled, Motion Inside the Body, Short Track, Modern Skis, Suit Up, Curling, Ski Jumping, Safety Gear, & The Internal Athlete.   There truly is so much math and science in athletics and these videos show students exactly how closely related science and math are  in everyday life.

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