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Olympics Beijing 2008 Unit Study Helps




Olympics Beijing 2008 Unit Study Helps


Our family is counting down the days for the Olympics. This worldwide event provides a great family time for patriotism and educational fun. The entire family can enjoy PE, biographies, Math, Arts, and Social Studies, all while making memories. I hope my ideas help you make the most of this year’s Olympics




Here are some fun things you can do with your family:


  • Kick off your family fun with an Olympic opening ceremony pajama party!




  • Design an Olympics poster. You can use poster board or add an 81/2 x 11 size sheet of paper everyday highlighting what you learned and the events you enjoyed. As the days go by you can tape them together and enjoy watching your Mini poster grow into a beautiful mural showcasing all the fun you had learning together.
  • Make a travel brochure of China. Research online and at the library to include facts and images. This can be done on the computer or have the younger ones cut out images printed from the computer.
  • Make a postcard from each country represented at the Olympics. You can use half a sheet of cardstock for this and actually mail them out to friends and family telling them what you learned about the country.
  • Look up missionaries from China and pray for them and send them your postcards or make letters or cards telling them what you have learned and that your family is praying for them.
  • Make flags out of construction paper for each country represented and hang on string for all to see. You can quiz the kids on which country each flag is from.
  • Read Eric Lidell’s biography and then watch Chariots of Fire on DVD. Coincidently he ministered in China. How cool is that?!
  • Watch Mulan, the Disney Classic Folk tale.
  • Make an Olympics notebook. Have the kids design the cover with the logo or anything they desire that depicts the Olympics (below are some facts on the logo, slogan, etc., include those in your notebook too.
  • Make the kids gold medals to wear if the USA wins an event. Here is a picture of my littles having breakfast wearing the medals, proud to be Americans. We always stand and sing the anthem for the USA too



  • Notebooking the Olympics: take pictures of the fun and include them in your notebook, cut out articles and images form magazines and newspaper and share all the Olympic news with dad at dinner time. Then add your favorite headlines and images to your notebook. You may also use the internet for the latest news and follow-ups for the previous days events. Use the Olympics official website. Create a chart to graph the different sporting events and each teams progress an include in you notebook. Make a page for each sport and highlight the winner and the country he represents. Make a page of each country represented at the Olympics. Have a special section highlighting China.
  • Order Chinese take-out for dinner and eat watching the events. Or better yet make your own Chinese food. Or as you learn about the different countries try some of their recipes.
  • Visit an Oriental Market and talk to natives ask them questions about there favorite places in china or favorite foods to eat. Buy some treats to make at home or maybe a trinket or two to remember the field trip.
  • Visit Disney’s Epcot China pavilion. Watch their 360 degree movie and talk to Chinese cas tmembers. Have them write you name in Chinese. Try the food and pick up a treat and their various food venues to eat while you watch their special native performances. Don’t forget to take pictures!




  • Visit your library and look up books about the Olympics and China.
  • Mold clay models of your favorite athlete or sport.
  • Draw or paint (get creative use chalk, pastels, watercolors) your favorite sport or athlete
  • But plain t-shirts oversized for everyone and iron-on the Olympics logo and wear them while you watch. We like doing this as pajama shirts.
  • Create a mural and add to it every day. You can use a roll of butcher paper or you can buy rolls of paper at a teacher store. It can also be a collage of drawings, words that are being learned, and cut-out pictures. Make sure siblings don’t mess with each other’s additions. Take a picture of all you do and include in your notebook
  • Try out the different sports. We enjoyed watching volleyball last Olympics but didn’t have a ball or net so we used balloons and our coffee table was the net. It’s what we remember best


  • End of Olympics Bash: Have friends over for a Wacky Olympics(see below for ideas) or have a World Travel Night. Share all you’ve learned and of course a sampling of your favorite treats from the countries you’ve studied.
  • Below are links for even more ideas to make the Olympics a family tradition.  

Olympics Online and TV:


The Olympics are something that the family can enjoy together on tv and online. Have an early dinner, slip into your jammies and enjoy the opening ceremonies on August 8th at (article below). Visit some of the websites below and print out some coloring pages and activity sheets for the kids to do while you watch. Here are some patriotic crafts and activities to make your home USA’s Olympic central. Our family will have a blanket pajama party, start our mural, make some flags and of course share some yummy snacks while we watch the opening ceremonies. Make some memories! GO USA!



The Official Website of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 8-24, 2008 


NBC full coverage of Olympics, get the stats & schedule, watch live online with the ability to pause the live feed, you can even watch four events at once. You can also watch recorded events.  


USA  Olympic Team 


Can your team hear you cheer in China, now they can. Send a cheer, join the excitement! 


Beijing 2008 educational kit-printable 




Olympic Lesson Plans and Activities


China’s first emperor documentary on the History channel 


first modern day 1896 Olympic video clip












































Wacky Olympics

by PE Central: http://www.pecentral.org/ 

Here are some stations that I used for my field day at Allen Avenue Elementary School (K-4). The students and teachers really enjoyed the stations. All children received a ribbon at the beginning of the day, exclaiming: “Everyone is a winner at Allen Ave!”


Students line up in two teams with the first person from each team standing inside a starting hoop. Give these two students a “torch”- a plunger. On the signal to begin, the two students will run to the cone and run back. They will hand the torch to the next student in line who will then run to the cone and back. This will continue as above until all team members have had a turn.

Equipment needed: Event sign, 2 Toilet Plungers , 2 large orange cones.


Students line up in three teams with the first person from each team standing inside a starting hoop. Give every student a decorated hoop and a cup. On the signal to begin, the students will fill their cups with water and run to the five gallon bucket. Students will dump the contents of the cup into the bucket, give the next student in line the hoop and cup and go to the end of the line. Play will continue until all students have gone (with each team having equal turns). A measurement will be taken with the yardstick when all students have completed the relay. The team with the most water in their bucket will be declared the winners.

Equipment needed: Event sign, 3 hula hoops with paper (dragon tail),3 large buckets filled with water, 3 empty buckets, 3 plastic cups, and a yard stick.


The first five students stand behind the line and throw their “Javelins” (Fun Noodles) one person at a time. You may use a student to watch to see that no student steps over the line. Students may throw their javelins any way they wish. Have the next five students continue as described above and so forth until all have a turn.

Equipment needed: Event sign, 5 Javelins (5 Fun Noodles)


Students line up in three teams with the first person from each team standing on a poly spot. Give these two students a hockey stick and a potato. On the signal to begin, these students will use the hockey stick to move the potato around the cone and back to the start where they will hand their hockey stick to the next player in line. This will continue as above until all team members have had a turn.

Equipment needed: Event sign, 3 plastic hockey sticks, 3 large orange cones, small bag of baking potatoes.


Students line up in three teams with the first person from each team standing on a poly spot. Give the first student in line two “chopsticks” (rhythm sticks). On the signal to begin, the first student will pick up the rubber chicken from inside the hoop using only the chopsticks. (They may not use hands or stick the chop stick inside the chicken). They will have to bring the chicken down to their stir fry pan, then return the sticks to the next student in line, who then goes to the pan and must bring the chicken back to the group and the process continues until everyone has had a turn.

Equipment needed: Event sign, 3 hula hoops, 3 rubber chickens, and 2 chopsticks per line, 3 stir fry pans


Students will line up in three equal lines and the first person in each line will receive a piece of string. They will run down to their teams bucket (which is filled with green, red, and white colored pasta) and take out one green piece of pasta, and thread it on to the string and return to the line. The next student runs to the bucket and strings a white piece of pasta and runs back to the line. The relay continues until a line has completed their team necklace in a Green, White, and Red order.

Equipment needed: 3 poly spots, 3 containers, green, white, and red pasta (A few days before the field day….dye 1/3 of ziti RED, 1/3 of ziti GREEN, and 1/3 ziti natural color and mix in a bucket)pasta, string


Students will line up in two equal lines, the first person in each line is given a star ball. The ball must be passed over the head of the first student and under the legs of the second student, then over the head of the third student …keeping this pattern until the ball reaches the end of the line. Then, the last person in line runs with the star ball to the front of the line and the pattern begins again.

Equipment needed: 2 star balls (any ball will do), 2 poly spots, 2 cones


All students will find a piece of the “machine” (parachute) to hold on to, and practice making big waves. When the children are ready, the volunteers will add the popcorn (white yarn balls). The harder the children shake the “machine” the more “popcorn” will be added.

Equipment needed: 1 parachute, yarn balls


Students will get into three equal lines. The first person in each line will receive a activity tube and a tennis ball. The tennis ball is placed top of the tube, and the first person runs down and around the cone. When he/ she returns to the line, they will give it to the next person who will do the same thing. If the ball is dropped, the student must stop, and place the ball back on top before continuing.

Equipment needed: 3 PCV tubes, 3 tennis balls, 3 cones, 3 poly spots


Students will be able to get a drink of juice, and rest in the shade. Equipment needed: Juice mix, container, ice, table, cups, trash can

 More from PE Central: Bulletin boards to inspire your murals*





Resources :

 To find resources that will help you make the Olympics memorable for your family shop at our store by visiting THE G-FORCE ACADEMY SHOP Click on product to find the best price available.


Here are a few suggestions:

China (Kaleidoscope Kids)

China (Kaleidoscope Kids)
by Debbi Michiko Florence


 Eric Liddell (Heroes of the Faith)

Eric Liddell (Heroes of the Faith)
by Ellen Caughey

Chariots of Fire 

Chariots of Fire

Ancient China (DK Eyewitness Books)

Eyewitness Books)
by DK Publishing


 Created by Monica Guerra




August 8, 2008 - Posted by | G-Force Academy

1 Comment »

  1. I look forward to looking through your ideas more thoroughly. Found your link on teh Kinos thread.
    We are also sharing our Olympic experience and plans on my blog at http://www.momteacherfriend.blogspot.com

    Comment by momteacherfriend | August 12, 2008 | Reply

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