Olympics - Winter

The modern Olympic games started in 1894. The first edition of the games was held in Athens in 1896 and had a mere 245 competitors from 14 different countries. Today, the Olympics have changed not only in size but also in tradition. Instead of holding an event every four years, there is a Summer Olympic games held every four years and two years later there is a Winter Olympic games which is also held every four years. This gives the excited public the opportunity to experience an Olympic event every two years.

Today the Winter Olympics has 102 events in 15 sports which range from Alpine skiing to Figure skating. In 2018, a total of 93 teams have qualified at least one athlete and six nations: Ecuador, Eritrea, Kosovo, Malaysia, Nigeria and Singapore are scheduled to make their Winter Olympics debut.

Bringing The WInter Olympics to Your Classroom with Teaching Resources

While the actual event is one that is fantastic classroom fun, you don't have to wait every four years to teach your young students about the Winter Olympics. In fact, it's a great addition to many units. You might integrate a lesson on the Winter Olympics with a unit on Ancient Greece, Olympic Traditions, Health and Fitness, or Cultures and Traditions.

Teacher Planet offers lesson plans that discuss various aspects of the Winter Olympics. They also provide worksheets, hands on activities and classroom resources like clip art. You may also find the additional teaching resources helpful to round out your unit on the Winter Olympics.