Sunday, February 9, 2014

Da, Da, Dada, Da, Da....The Olympics Are Here!

   How excited are you when you here the Olympics anthem? Maybe I am just a little obsessed, but I cannot get enough of all of the coverage the past couple of days. I have mentioned before that I am not that big of a sports fan, but the Olympics are different. It is a time to celebrate your country, root on the athletes that have worked their whole lives to get close to the medals podium, and see the pride in the athletes faces at the finish line. It is a perfect way for my classroom kiddos to see perseverance and the 7 habits in action!
   This week we will celebrate the Olympics classroom style! I am planning on using our 20 minute free choice reading block to learn, play, and love everything the Olympics stands for. Here are just a couple pictures and ideas of what my kiddos will be working on and I will post more pictures throughout the week (in between my parent/teacher conferences of course)! I purchased all the materials for our activities at the Dollar Tree. 
   Spelling hockey anyone?!?!?
    My kiddos will be working together in their table teams to be making "goals" based on the clues I give from their spelling words. We will tape the blue suffix cups around the tables. Kiddos will take turns at their table to try and score a goal by using the duster hockey stick to hit the plastic cups spelling puck into the suffix nets. Here is a look at how I am storing them until tomorrow. Everything kiddos will need are in one gallon baggie. My teammates will be using these too throughout the week.
    My kiddos will also be Snow "Blowing" with Equations. Just like the cups above we will have cups with numbers and then tape around the tables. Kiddos will have ping-pong balls that they will have to blow into the correct answer cup. I cannot wait to take pictures of this game!!!
   And what is the Olympics without some medals??? We will be making gold medal cookies on Thursday which just so happens to be our Valentine's card exchange. Look at my little kiddos proudly wearing his medal.
   I got all of the supplies, except the cookies, at the Dollar Tree. The gold wrapping paper actually has silver on the inside so you can make both medals. My dollar tree also had silver ribbon that would work perfectly for silver medals. Here is how my kiddos will make their cookie medals. 
   And we are also using my Olympic Math & Literacy centers the next two weeks. You can grab this pack in my store by clicking on the image below. 
Well it is off to watch the games with my kiddos! 

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