Olympics Unit 2016

It’s been one week since we wrapped up our 4R Olympics unit, and I think I’ve finally recovered enough to write a post about it! ¬†ūüėČ

We started this unit the first week of school with an Opening Ceremony. ¬†Each student picked a country out of a hat, then created their country’s flag and a torch to carry. ¬†At our Opening Ceremony, students heard their name and country announced, then did a lap (or two, or three…) around the playground carrying their flag and torch. ¬†This Opening Ceremony marked the start of our events competition.

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There were 10 events that students competed in over our two week unit.  They ranged from artistic (design) events to researching Olympians, and learning about different host cities over the years.  Students could choose which events to participate in, and which order to do them.  They were not required to do all events.  Points were given for each event turned in, and based on how well each event was done, and how many were done, students received a point total at the end of the unit.  Medals were given based on how many points were earned (500=bronze, 750=silver, 1000=gold).

During our unit, we were blessed to have two different guest speakers come and talk to both 4th grade classes about their experiences.

Our first guest was Judy Walker, a former fencer from the 1956 and 1960 Olympics.  She told us about how she got into fencing, what it was like to make friends with people from other countries, and other experiences she had while participating in the games.

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Our other guest was Steve Doudt, who participated in the 1996 and 2000 Paralympic Games, in sitting volleyball. He shared how the Olympics and Paralympics are similar and different, and also talked about the hard work that goes into training for the games.

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For our Closing Ceremony, students were awarded their medals or certificates, based on the number of points earned during our unit.  We had 5 golds this year, and a pretty even mix of levels throughout the class.  Everyone worked hard on the events, and it was fun celebrating together at the end.  (Thanks to our awesome room moms who made us Olympics treats to enjoy!)

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This is always such an awesome unit to do, and especially exciting because it only comes around every 4 years. ¬†Look out, kindergarteners…you’ll be next!! ¬†ūüôā

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Olympic Closing Ceremony

Today was the last day of our Olympic unit. ¬†All events were turned in by the end of the day Wednesday (no late work accepted!!), and the last two nights were full of much grading, organizing, and preparing for our ceremony today. ¬†Medals were awarded based on the number of points each student earned. ¬†500 = Bronze, 750 = Silver, and 1000 = Gold. ¬†Certificates were given for amounts less than 500. ¬†We had a final medal count of 13 Gold, 1 Silver, and 4 Bronze medals, and 2 Certificates. ¬†Great work, 4th graders!! ¬†ūüôā

For our Closing Ceremony, we read each child’s name, the number of points they earned, and handed out the appropriate prize. ¬†Then each student got to stand on our “podium” and have their picture taken with their award and the American flag. ¬†Michael Phelps, eat your heart out! ¬†ūüôā ¬†Once the medals were all handed out, we enjoyed an amazing Olympic treat (courtesy of Pinterest and a wonderfully creative room mom!), and received a packet of all the events that were turned in to take home, all graded and scored for the competition.

And now, a few pictures from our day:

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Medals all ready for the ceremony to start!!

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Our highest point winner!  (Check out that podium!  Good stuff.)

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Group photo. ¬†It took quite a few takes to get a good one…but they look great, don’t they? ¬†ūüôā

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Check out the awesome cookie!  Such a great treat for our last day.  (And we had some leftover torch treat ingredients to munch on as well.)

“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” ¬†Philippians 4:13

Olympic Guest Speaker

Today we had a guest speaker come in to talk to the 4th grade classes about the Olympics. ¬†Her name was Judy Walker, and she is Samuel A.’s grandma. ¬†She was in the Olympics in 1956 and 1960 for fencing. ¬†She had some really cool stories from her trips to Melbourne, Australia, and Rome, Italy. ¬†She also talked to us about different parts of the Olympics and the different Olympic sports. ¬†There was time to ask questions at the end, and our 4th graders had some great things to ask her. ¬†We were also able to answer some of her questions since we’ve been studying the Olympics for the last week.

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Many thanks again to our guest speaker for teaching us more about the Olympics.

Only 5 more school days left for the 4R Olympic Games. ¬†Closing Ceremony is next week Friday. ¬†ūüôā

Olympic Opening Ceremony!

Today was our Opening Ceremony for our Olympic unit. ¬†We spent some time earlier in the week assigning countries to each child. ¬†They colored their country’s flag, and also made a torch to carry.

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Torches ready to go for the Opening Ceremony!

So, when today arrived, we gathered our flags, torches, and the laptop with Olympic music and made our way out to the playground for the Parade of Nations. ¬†(Let’s all take a moment to thank God that the rain came yesterday instead of today. ¬†It was absolutely gorgeous outside!) ¬†Each child’s name and country was announced, and they took a lap around the parking lot area of the playground while holding up their flag and torch (some chose to do quite a few laps!).

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We were very excited! ¬†Check out the paraders in the background…all very into the Parade of Nations. ¬†ūüôā

Once our country introductions were done, and we had completed many laps of the playground, we took a group picture and got ready to head back inside for more Olympic fun.

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While the warm weather was great, the Sun made our pictures a little interesting.

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Once back inside, we enjoyed a yummy “torch” treat before starting our Olympic art projects for the day. ¬†A fun and exciting (and yummy!) Opening Ceremony for the 4R Olympics!!

4R Olympic games continue until Wednesday, August 29th.  All events are due that day.  Closing Ceremony will be on Friday, August 31st, when medals for events will be awarded.  Stay tuned for more updates on our Olympic unit!!

“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13