Crooked Billet Elementary School fifth graders have been celebrating the Sochi Winter Olympics with a series of special events for their peers. First, the class’ Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony, which coincided with the actual Opening Ceremony Feb. 7, discussed the symbols and history of the Olympics.
“I still remember doing an Olympic project when I was in third grade. I want my students to have fun while they learn and produce a final project,” fifth grade teacher Tiffany Hood said. “I want this to be something they remember for years to come.”
Hood’s students hosted their Opening Ceremony, starting with a PowerPoint presentation about the history of the Winter Olympics and a discussion on the significance of the torch, rings and medals. Following the presentation, her students tested their school mates’ knowledge of the Winter Olympic sports with a charades game.
In the weeks during the Olympics, the class has kept a bulletin board to show off how many medals the American teams win and how other countries have done. This display is paired with the class’ Olympic torch art project.
The final Olympic event was Feb. 19, where the fifth graders shared their knowledge of the winter sports. They set up modified relay races for biathlon, figure skating, cross country skiing, hockey, speed skating and luge so all of the students could compete.
“I hope these activities encourage students to engage in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics because it is a great learning opportunity that only happens every four years,” Hood said. “Through this project, students can build their public speaking, research and communications skills, which will benefit them in years to come. This is a unique opportunity to engage our students through a global event.”
The Crooked Billet Home and School Association assisted Hood with the Olympic events by purchasing flags; patriotic bracelets and pencils; and gold medals for the whole school.