The Winter Olympics are upon us! I love this opportunity to spend time as a family rooting for our country and cheering on the tremendous efforts of our athletes. Watching the Olympics and paying attention to the personal stories about the athletes offers talking points — we can talk about dedication, perseverance, and overcoming adversity. As the events take place, we will see a variety of responses to both success and defeat. How do the athletes respond to their circumstances? This microcosm of intense success and failure is rich with opportunity to identify moral fortitude.
In addition to lessons of character, the olympics is also full of opportunities to learn about other cultures. Choose a country or two and spend some time studying it. Learn about their food, their dress, and their religion. Follow their wins and losses in the Olympic events. Here are sites to guide you.
Sites to follow the 2018 Winter Olympics
- The International Olympic Committee. This site is full of all the information you might be interested in regarding all Olympic Games, past and present, you’ll also find information about these Olympic Games.
- The PyeongChangThis site is dedicated to the 2018 games. It’s easy to navigate and will help you determine what the sports are, what the events are, and who the winners are.
Free Winter Olympic Printables
Here are some free resources to download to help you track the 2018 Winter Olympics.
- A world map. This is just one of many maps included in WonderMaps by Bright Ideas Press. By opening the layers panel, you’ll be able to toggle different features on or off. You can choose to include (or remove) the color overlay, physical features, continent names, and bodies of water.
- Olympic Event Card. Use this to learn about your favorite events. This card includes a space for you to put a picture of the event. Keep track of the medal winners for these events. Use the attached Olympic 2018 Flags printable to cut out flags and place them on it.
- Olympic 2018 Flags. This printable is designed to go with the Olympic Event Card. Sorted by continent, it’s fun to just look through this list and see who is competing in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
- Olympics 2018 Medals by Country. Use this to keep track of the medal winnings of each country.
- Country Fact File. This graphic organizer comes from North Star Geography, published by Bright Ideas Press. Use this to guide your research as you dig more deeply into other cultures.
Free Winter Olympic Printables
Enter your email and receive these fun downloads to assist in your studies of the Winter Olympics: World map, Olympic Event Card, Olympic 2018 Flags, Olympics 2018 Medals by Country, Country Fact File
However you choose to take part in the Olympic Games, enjoy the spectacle of nations joining together to celebrate commitment, dedication, and excellence!
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