The first Winter Olympic Games were held in 1924 in Chamonix, France. The first games included Alpine and Cross-Country Skiing, Figure Skating, Ice Hockey, Nordic Combined, Ski Jumping, and Speed Skating. Originally the Winter Games were held during the same year as the Summer Games until 1992, when it was decided to have alternating 4-year cycles. Over the past 90 years the Winter Games have grown from 7 games to 98. The 2014 Winter Olympics will be the first time the Winter Games will be hosted by Russia. The games start Friday, February 7th.
The Olympics in the classroom:
The Sochi 2014 Winter Games Facebook page gives visitors fun facts, historic looks, and countdowns to the games. You can go back and look at the Olympic Torch Relay and witness the many “firsts” for the torch relay. For example, Russia sent the torch to the International Space Station, took the torch to the North Pole, and took the torch underwater.
Activity Village provides parents and teachers with free coloring pages, activities, crafts, and recipes.
The Australian Olympic Team has posted multiple free Winter Games Lesson Plans.
Teacher Vison celebrates the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi and Krasnaya Polyana, Russia with printable resources, activities, worksheets, reference materials, and lesson plans. These resources will help students learn about past and present Olympic games, Olympic symbols and traditions, sports history, and more.
Let us, at Knowledge Tree, help get your classroom ready to cheer on your favorite countries during the Winter Olympics!
“The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph, but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered, but to have fought well.”