WINTER OLYMPICS 2018
These engaging activities will bring the Winter Olympics to your classroom. Using two motivating videos, they will spark an interest in the Winter Olympics and create a memorable lesson to assist you through the winter months.
Part 1 – ‘The fearless are here’
Show the image above and ask the following questions as a warm up activity. (Students work in groups to answer)
- Q – What does this symbol represent?
A – The five continents – Africa, Asia, America, Oceania and Europe.
- Q – Where is the winter Olympics being held this year?
A – PyeongChang – South Korea
- Q – Where and when is the next Winter Olympics?
A – Beijing 2022
- Q – How many winter Olympic sports can you name?
A – There are 15 – See the image below
While Watching (see video below): Tell the Ss they are going to watch an advertisement for the winter Olympics. They have to watch and write down the sports they see.
Watch again and answer the following questions:
- What is the meaning of the video?
Ex. Every athlete faces fears and overcomes them.
- What fears do the athletes face?
Ex. Time, competition, world is watching etc.
Show students the following description from the makers of the video:
“Via the thrilling and abstract journey of a luger, skier, curler, snowboarder, ski jumper and ice skater, the film depicts the psychological and physical obstacles Winter Olympics athletes face in their quest to be the best in the world.”
- Post watching activity: Ask Ss to discuss some fears they have faced in their life and what they did to overcome them.
Homework suggestion: Ss research an athlete competing in the winter Olympics and write about their achievements and background.
- Ex. ‘How Mikaela Shiffrin Became the Best Skier in the World’: An excellent example of the challenges an athlete has to face: http://time.com/5127838/mikaela-shiffrin-2018-winter-olympics/
Part 2 – ‘Passion. Connected.’
Start with a context: Ask Ss if they are excited about the Winter Olympics. Tell them that today is their lucky day because they can win a ticket for the Winter Olympics, but first, they have to complete some tasks.
- Show the video above and ask Ss to write down the sports they see.
- skiing, speed skating, figure skating, bobsleigh, short track, skeleton, luge, Ski Jumping, Biathlon, curling, ice hokey, snowboarding,
- Ask Ss – What sport would you choose to see if you won a ticket?
- Ask Ss to provide a reason for their choice.
- Tell Ss that in order to win an Olympic ticket they have to put a bid in for their country to host the Winter Olympics 2026.
- In teams they will have to design a logo, a mascot and create a motto.
Ask Ss the following questions:
- Q – What is the mascot for this Winter Olympics?
A – The white tiger
- Q – Why do you think this animal was chosen? What does it represent?
Ask Ss to think about the colour and characteristics of the white tiger.
Explain that the white tiger is considered as Korea’s guardian animal:
A – It symbolizes protection, challenging spirit and passion.
For more information check out the official website- https://www.pyeongchang2018.com/en/mascots#section1
- Show the emblem image (above) and ask Ss – What does the emblem mean?
Ask Ss to think about the shapes. Encourage Ss to be creative in their answers.
‘The emblem symbolises a world open to everyone. It combines the image of ice and snow, winter sports stars (athletes), and people from all over the world, coming together in PyeongChang where heaven meets earth.’ – https://www.pyeongchang2018.com/en/design
- In teams, Ss design a mascot and an emblem for their countries bid for the Winter Olympics 2026. (Provide poster paper and pens) Ss have to consider the meaning and symbolism of their choices.
- Tell Ss that the motto for this years Winter Olympics is ‘Passion. Connected’. When the students have completed the task, ask them to think of a motto for their Winter Olympics.
- Facilitate a poster presentation where students show other teams their designs and explain their reasons.
- Ss complete a simple rubric while listening and vote on their favourite poster and presentation.
- Reveal the winner and give the them a big round of applause and happy smiles. Explain that unfortunately the Winter Olympic committee have withdrawn their free ticket – Don’t worry, it’s too cold anyway and it’s much more comfortable watching the sports on TV with a cup of tea 😛 (Choose your prize – be as creative as you want)
We hope you enjoyed this lesson. If you added anything or made some changes, please let us know how you got on. We are all ears. Stay warm and happy teaching.