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February 09

The Winter Olympics begin today!

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The Winter Olympics begin today!

Grades K – 12
Calendar Activity Type Historical Figure & Event





The Winter Olympic Games, held every four years, include competitions in biathlon, bobsled and skeleton, curling, figure skating, hockey, luge, ski and snowboard, and speedskating. According to The Olympic Museum, the purpose of the Games is to create a “better world through sport practiced in a spirit of peace, excellence, friendship and respect.” In celebration of the world event students participate in a variety of activities centered on the 2018 PyeongChang Games.




Write about the Olympic Games!

  • Be a reporter and write about the result of an Olympic event or the Opening or Closing Ceremonies. Publish your story with the Printing Press interactive.
  • Create onomatopoeic sports poems about the Winter Olympic events, draw illustrations, and compile their work in a flip book.
  • Write and perform a speech after winning a gold medal.
  • Create original poems about the Opening Ceremonies.  Have students write down adjectives to describe what they see, hear, and feel during the Opening Ceremonies of the 2018 Winter Olympics.  As a class compile the adjectives and create original poems about the ceremonies.
  • Do some procedure writing; write about the rules of a specific event or create a new Olympic event.

Get creative with the Olympic Games!

  • Design a stamp to commemorate the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics.
  • The Olympics are a great time to study the world.  Use a variety of maps and flags to learn about the location and symbols of different countries. Imagine a new country has been formed – where would it be located? What would the flag look like?

Think critically about the Olympic Games!

  • Use a Venn diagram to compare the ancient Olympic Games to the modern Olympic Games.
  • Soohorang (수호랑), a white tiger, and Bandabi (반다비), an Asiatic black bear, are the official mascots of the 2018 Winter Olympics and Paralympics. Create your own mascot for the Olympic Games and write about why you created your mascot and what it represents.

Celebrate the peace surrounding the Olympic Games!

  • The Olympic Truce is a valuable part of the Olympic Games that supports peace and sportsmanship.  Learn more about the Olympic Truce and create a "Truce Wall" display.  Have students post their meanings of peace, friendship, sportsmanship, as well as, pictures that the students have created that symbolize these themes.
  • Nominate a Torchbearer.  Being asked to be an Olympic Torchbearer is a high honor. Ask the students to work in groups and to each think of someone they know who they believe could be a worthy candidate to carry the Flame, and to write a short paragraph in which they give their reasons. Once this is completed, they fold over their paper and pass it on to the next person in the group.  Repeat the process multiple times to create a list of worthy candidates to carry the Flame.  Ask them to share their writing with the group and to identify any similar personal qualities and values shown by the nominees.

Have fun with the Olympic Games!

  • Make and decorate cookies representing the Olympic Rings.  Decorate each cookie with a different color frosting. Lay out the cookies on a plate in the pattern of the Olympic rings. Discuss why each ring is a different color and interlocked.  Enjoy and Eat!
  • Plan some games in your neighborhood that are like the Olympic Games. Create and hand out medals to those who win or participate.



  • The Olympic Symbols

    This document gives a brief description, history, and meaning of the Olympic symbols.

  • The Olympics

    This website, from EDSITEment, provides a rich history of the Olympic games.

  • PyeongChang 2018 Olympics

    This official website for the 2018 Winter Olympics contains information, schedules, news, photos, and video for the Winter Games.

  • Winter Games Lesson Plans

    A wide range of teaching tools are available from The Olympic Museum. These materials were created with the help of teachers and education experts in the fields and are available to any teacher who wishes to address these Olympic themes.


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Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

A Race With Grace: Sports Poetry in Motion

In this lesson, athletics, aesthetics, and poetics intersect in new ways as developing literacy learners experiment together with the forms of language.


Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Swish! Pow! Whack! Teaching Onomatopoeia Through Sports Poetry

Students explore poetry about sports, looking closely at the use of onomatopoeia. After viewing a segment of a sporting event, students create their own onomatopoeic sports poems.


Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

Peace Poems and Picasso Doves: Literature, Art, Technology, and Poetry

Students apply think-aloud strategies to reading and to composition of artwork and poetry. They research symbols of peace as they prewrite, compose, and publish their poetry.


Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

The Peace Journey: Using Process Drama in the Classroom

What does peace mean to you? In this lesson, students attempt to answer this question as they write and perform a short skit that reflects their ideas of peace.


Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Exploring World Cultures Through Folk Tales

Journey around the world with students as they read a Japanese, African, or Welsh folk tale, create a visual depiction of the tale, research the tale's culture, and present findings.


Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Critical Media Literacy: TV Programs

By critically analyzing popular television programs, students develop an awareness of the messages that are portrayed through the media.