Thursday, February 11, 2010

2010 Winter Olympics

2010 Winter Olympics

Great lapbook resource from A Journey Through Learning ~
The 2010 Winter Olympics 2010 Lapbook with Study Guide

I purchased this unit this morning - it's on sale at Currclick for only $3.75!  It had everything I needed in it to teach my children about the Olympics prior to the opening ceremonies and great information that I think we will use as we watch!  I'm hoping to put a schedule up today or tomorrow showing how we are going to get the information in (since I'm late starting it) while enjoying the Olympics together!

Basic information on the 2010 Winter Olympics
From Wikipedia:
The 2010 Winter Olympics, officially the XXI Olympic Winter Games or the 21st Winter Olympics, will be a major international multi-sport event held on February 12–28, 2010, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, with some events held in the resort town of Whistler, British Columbia and in the Vancouver suburb of Richmond. Both the Olympic and Paralympic Games are being organized by the Vancouver Organizing Committee (VANOC). The 2010 Winter Olympics will be the third Olympics hosted by Canada, and the first by the province of British Columbia. Previously, Canada was home to the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Quebec and the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta.

Following Olympic tradition, then Vancouver mayor Sam Sullivan received the Olympic flag during the closing ceremony of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. The flag was raised on February 28, 2006, in a special ceremony, and will be on display at Vancouver City Hall until the Olympic opening ceremony. The event will be officially opened by Governor General Michaƫlle Jean.[3]

The Torch Relay
The clock counting down to the opening of Olympics Games in downtown Vancouver.Main article: 2010 Winter Olympics torch relay

The Olympic Torch Relay is the transfer of the Olympic flame from Ancient Olympia, Greece — where the first Olympic Games were held thousands of years ago — to the stadium of the city hosting the current Olympic Games. The flame arrives just in time for the Opening Ceremony.

For the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, the flame was lit in Olympia on October 22, 2009.  It will then travel from Greece, over the North Pole to Canada's High Arctic and on to the West Coast and Vancouver. The relay will start its long Canada journey from the British Columbia capital of Victoria. In Canada, the torch will travel approximately 45,000 kilometers over 106 days, making it the longest relay route within one country in Olympic history. The Olympic Torch will be carried by approximately 12,000 Canadians.

Lapbook Piece - World Map
You could use this map to track the torch relay or to identify the countries that are participating in the Olympics!


Fifteen winter sports events have been announced as part of the 2010 Winter Olympics. The eight sports categorized as ice sports are: bobsled, luge, skeleton, ice hockey, figure skating, speed skating, short track speed skating and curling. The three sports categorized as alpine skiing and snowboarding events are: alpine, freestyle and snowboarding. The four sports categorized as Nordic events are: biathlon, cross country skiing, ski jumping and nordic combined.
  1. Alpine skiing
  2. Biathlon
  3. Bobsleigh
  4. Cross-country skiing
  5. Curling
  6. Figure skating
  7. Freestyle skiing
  8. Ice hockey
  9. Luge
  10. Nordic combined
  11. Short track speed skating
  12. Skeleton
  13. Ski jumping
  14. Snowboarding
  15. Speed skating

Chenille Snowboader Craft

Crossed Hockey Sticks Craft

Olympic Games Resources from Homeschool Share

Ancient Greece & The Olympics Lapbook components
Ancient Olympic Events Lapbook Component
Famous Olympians Lapbook minit book
The Parthenon minit book

Resources from the Canadian Olympic 2010 webpages:
Spectator Guide
Schedule & Results
Search Athletes
Historical Medals
Fun craft for the kids - printables to create the 2010 Canadian Olympic Mascots: Print & Fold Mascots

Olympic Crafts for Kids
Olympic Crafts from Kaboose

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