2018 Winter Olympic Websites for Students


I've been planning a lot of learning fun all centered around the Winter Olympics for the next two weeks. Actually, in all honesty, we are really just working on the same lessons and activities I would normally be teaching this time of year...just with an Olympic twist!

I promise to share everything we do on the blog in the coming days and weeks!

One of the major activities we will be working on is writing nonfiction text structure magazines. This is a fantastic project created by Mary from Teaching With a Mountain View. It's always a class favorite and I've been waiting anxiously for four years to do this with a Winter Olympic's theme again (I did this back during the Sochi Winter Olympics and my fifth graders LOVED it).

So, my fourth graders will be working as journalists over these next two weeks (more to come on this soon) and researching and writing a magazine about the Winter Olympics. We will be using a variety of sources for our research...from reading passages, to videos, to articles online.

As for those articles online? It was actually a bit tough to find ones that were kid-friendly...it took me some time to find a good list of sites! So I wanted to share the list I came up with after a great deal of searching...in hopes to save you some time if you want to do this with your class.

I have a wide range of reading abilities in my classroom (as I'm sure many of you do!) so I wanted a mix of visual, easy-to-read websites, as well as more challenging ones for my high-ability readers.

There are four main sites we will be using for our Internet research (there's also a list of all links sorted by sport at the end of this post):

DK FIND OUT
This site is not centered on the Winter Olympics, but features some wonderful visuals that will be helpful for newcomer English Language Learners or lower-ability readers. There is information on skiing, snowboarding, and ice hockey available here.

CBC KIDS OLYMPICS
This is another easy-to-read, visual website that serves as a great introduction to each winter sport. There are videos as well, but they don't seem to be working at this time (disappointed!!) but I have other videos I will share with you in a later post.

PYEONGCHANG 2018
The official PyeoChang website has more difficult text than the previous sites and is a great challenge for higher-ability readers. There is a ton of information on each winter sport. If you click on "overview", you will also find some awesome infographics and bulleted lists of important information:


KIDDLE
Kiddle features information on all winter sports (except for nordic combined). There are many great photographs and descriptions of each sport. 

To save time in searching through these sites, I gave our classroom website a bit of a makeover. Each page features links to a specific winter sport, all organized and ready for my students to read:



I have a list of all the the links we be using sorted by each sport below...just in case you would like to try the same in your class:

ALPINE SKIING
https://www.dkfindout.com/us/sports/skiing/
http://www.cbc.ca/cbckidsolympics/sports/alpine-skiing
https://kids.kiddle.co/Alpine_skiing

BOBSLEIGH
https://www.dkfindout.com/us/sports/ice-hockey/
http://www.cbc.ca/cbckidsolympics/sports/ice-hockey
https://kids.kiddle.co/Ice_hockey

LUGE
http://www.cbc.ca/cbckidsolympics/sports/luge
https://kids.kiddle.co/Luge

NORDIC COMBINED
http://www.cbc.ca/cbckidsolympics/sports/nordic-combined

SHORT TRACK
http://www.cbc.ca/cbckidsolympics/sports/short-track-speed-skating
https://kids.kiddle.co/Short_track_speed_skating

SKELETON
http://www.cbc.ca/cbckidsolympics/sports/skeleton
https://kids.kiddle.co/Skeleton_(sport)

SKI JUMPING
http://www.cbc.ca/cbckidsolympics/sports/ski-jumping
https://kids.kiddle.co/Ski_jumping

SNOWBOARDING
https://www.dkfindout.com/us/sports/snowboarding/
http://www.cbc.ca/cbckidsolympics/sports/snowboarding
https://kids.kiddle.co/Snowboarding

SPEED SKATING
http://www.cbc.ca/cbckidsolympics/sports/speed-skating
https://kids.kiddle.co/Speed_skating


Thanks so much for reading! I hope these links will save you some time in your Olympics learning!

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