Summer Olympics 2016: Teaching Ideas

Are you teaching summer school? Headed back to school early August? Or just looking for a fun and educational way to celebrate the Summer Olympics with your own kiddos at home?  I have the PERFECT set of resources for teaching about this exciting time!

How do they pick where to have the Olympics? This information reading passage (with comprehension questions) explains all about the Road to Rio!  Have students go back and highlight text to support their answers.  Or answer the questions aloud together.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Summer-Olympics-Rio-2016-Resources-and-No-Prep-Activities-2552939

Summer Olympic Photo Op!! How cute is this chalk picture by burgh baby?

The printables below cover inferencing, math and vocabulary skills! The All About the Summer Olympics page would be a great cumulative activity! On Summer Olympics Sports Match Up, students read the 3 clues and match the picture of the summer Olympic sport (not shown). 

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Summer-Olympics-Rio-2016-Resources-and-No-Prep-Activities-2552939

There are so many important Olympic symbols.  In this reading passage, students will learn all about how the Olympic torch makes its way to the opening ceremony!
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Summer-Olympics-Rio-2016-Resources-and-No-Prep-Activities-2552939

Your kiddos can enjoy a fun "torch" snack while reading all about it!
http://www.brit.co/olympics-party/
{source: Brit+Co}

Host your own backyard Olympics with these Olympic activities. Don't forget to finish with an medal ceremony! Use these FREE printable/editable medals!
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/FREEBIE-Game-Day-Medallions-2575548

Hope you found an idea or two for celebrating the Olympic games!!







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Ideas for the Last Days of School



Happy End of the School year!
   The last days of school can be the most  fun, memorable days of the year. Like many teachers, I do a countdown with a special event, activity or treat each day.  


And while I LOVE the idea of balloons, I am a little too lazy to follow through with keeping them afloat for so many days so I went with a paper chain instead.


My first year, to build excitement, I wrote the reward on the inside of the chain link in white crayon. Then, I chose one student who had an *outstanding* day to rip it off and color over the "secret message" with marker to reveal the reward. I might've also forced them to do this in rainbow color order. This was fun but I kept forgetting what day was coming up next and ended up taking them apart and trying to read white crayon to figure out what I needed to prepare for the next day (I should've just wrote the order down for myself somewhere... #hindsight #firstyearteacher)

This year, I printed out the chain links on Astrobrights. Pretty paper makes everything more fun!


Here are some of the themes/activities I use:

Teddy Bears and Teddy Grahams:
Students bring a stuffed teddy bear (or other animal) to school for the day. We also used Teddy Grahams for two different lessons: fractions and taste testing opinion writing

Flashlight Day:
We did almost EVERYTHING in the dark with flashlights (regular and finger-sized). You can read more about our day here.

Read and Freeze:
We wrap up our book buddies by reading outside and eating freezer pops. I pick them up at the Dollar Tree as soon as I see them in the store! This year, I also plan to add a game of Freeze Tag to this day.

Swap Seats: Students get to choose where they want to sit for the day!

Paper airplane contest: Students make paper airplanes and we test them outside with a friendly competition!

Bubbles and Bubblegum: Students can play with bubbles out at recess and enjoy chewing some bubblegum during a lesson.

Ice Cream Party: I email parents to ask them to send in toppings. I provide the ice cream.

Kickball Tournament: The 5 second grade classes play against each other. We have two games going at once and play until there is an ultimate winner! This takes ALL morning and we usually plan this for the second to last day of school.

Awards Day: I save this one for our final day. Our last day of school is always SUPER short (like less than 2 hours...I don't get it.) So I roll out the red bulletin board paper carpet, read No More Pencils, No More Books, No More Teacher's Dirty Looks  (Ha! It's the perfect last day read!) and hand out these free certificates to my students.


and GAME DAY

Let's talk about GAME DAY!

 I love to get them PUMPED UP, make it educational and also have the opportunity to talk about sportsmanship.  By this time of the year, my crew is always lively and  they get heated during competition so I know it is important to address this head on. We talk about individual vs. team events.  We discuss earning gold, silver and bronze.  We chat about congratulating our teammates AND others for a job well done.  We remind ourselves we are here to HAVE FUN!

Here is the line up for Game Day:



I love that I can incorporate games we play all year, review games AND then Rock Paper Scissors just for fun.  I got the idea for a RPS tourney from Mrs. Smith in 5th when she posted this pic on Instagram.


At the end of the day, I put together an awards ceremony.  I project a podium background on the SmartBoard and play some ceremony music as I hand out medals to each team.

Kids clap and cheer for each team which makes my teacher heart happy. 

It's one of those days you leave school smiling and know your kids left school excited.  I can't wait to do it again next year.  Actually...I can ; )

Need some ideas?





Happy almost summer break teaching to you!




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