5th Grade Olympics Research
As part of our English Language Arts (ELA) unit, my fifth grade students researched the Olympics. This research included a background exploration of the Olympics’ origin, past and present Olympians, and sports athletes can compete in.
Students participated in a Google+ Hangout with Brian and Taylor Fletcher, hosted by Liberty Mutual. While we did not get to talk directly with the skiing brothers, we did get a shout out and one of our typed questions answered!
Skype with Olympian Gold Medalist Skater and TV Analyst Scott Hamilton
On Monday, January 27, 2014 students welcomed 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist Scott Hamilton into our classroom via Skype. I connected with Mr. Hamilton on Skype, and his fabulous assistant Michelle helped coordinate the scheduling. During the Skype students learned about Scott’s background, what it was like to be in the Olympics, the training Hamilton put in to be successful, and what it is like to be a TV analyst today. I am extremely thankful that he was willing to take twenty minutes out of his busy day to speak with twenty-five of the most amazing fifth graders around!
Skype with 2012 Olympic Silver Medalist Kelci Bryant
On Thursday, February 13, 2014 our fifth grade students welcomed Kelci Bryant into our classroom. Kelci placed fourth in the 2008 Olympics, and won the silver medal in the 2012 Olympics. I connected with Kelci through Skype, and later emailed to arrange the visit. During the Skype Kelci shared her background, training schedule, Olympic experience, and what she is doing now. We were even able to see the silver medal!
After the Skype, students reflected on the experience. A few posts are below.
As part of our Olympic Research Unit, students chose an Olympian to study. Students were given the task of learning all they could about their athlete and then writing a research report from the athlete's perspective. Finally, students compiled all their information, links, videos, etc., into a ThingLink. The completed ThingLinks can be found on the Symbaloo below.