I haven’t been really good about finding information or materials on China. However, almost any site that I’ve listed has links for that. With that said, I came on the “mother load” of Olympic materials today. This will most likely be my last share on this topic since I have many others to get ready and prepared. So, here it goes….
The latest pages at About.com: Homeschooling have been posted. You can find pages for boxing, sailing, rowing, cycling, equestrian, judo, hockey, gymnastics and handball on the site. The other sports that have been added are conoeing/kayaking, the modern pentathlon and football (soccer). Please keep checking back here or on the site for the remaining summer Olympic sports that will be completed by the time the Olympic games begin. Updating these will probably be the only other sources I add on this topic unless I find something “spectacular”!!
One of the great sites I found with great Olympic resources is the Official Site of the 2008 Australian Olympic Team. You must register here and then you will have access to all the educational materials that they have. Registration is free and you’ll immediately be able to get a teacher’s guide. Once you reach the a.s.p.i.r.e. log-in, there’ll be many other resources available in 3 age/grade levels.
Next is the Official website of the Olympic Movement. The resources can be found here under “educational”. There is all sorts of materials. There’s teacher’s manuals, resources and information kit on the Olympic Movement and the Games. Browse this section thoroughly. There’s archives, great photos and so much more available on this site.
Finally, it dawned on me that if Australia has educational material available that surely the United States does too. That led me on a search and I found USOC where you will click on “resources” and “U.S. Olympic Education” which is where you will have to register. After that, you have access to all the teaching materials available. **WARNING: This is a very slow moving site!!** Navigate the “U.S. Olympic Education” box on the left side of page. The “Classroom Teaching Materials” takes you here which has materials on the torch relay. There’s also links to 2 other educational items. However, after hours of trying off and on, I never got the “upper elementary” or “athlete profiles” to work under Olympians for Life. I may try again, or I may just give up because I do have more than enough materials now. I was able to get all the PDF materials under Olympic Week in America. Back on the USOC site, the other main link “Materials for Teachers” has an “Educational Gateway”. I found that all the lesson plans were the same. However, there are additional materials in PDF that were helpful and did work, but once again were very slow. The best resources are all the other links to information and background on the Olympics. It can be used as lessons or have the kids read.
I think if you want to learn more about different countries, the athletes, Olympic history and so on, that you could search just about any countries Olympic team site. For example, you can find Canada and Great Britain both have educational materials on the Olympics.
I hope that this is at least a little helpful.
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