Summer Olympics Resources for Grades 1-3

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Hi Everyone!
The Summer Olympics are coming up this year and will take place in Tokyo, Japan! Teach your students about this exciting worldwide event with hands-on, engaging activities that incorporate ELA Common Core standards in all student work. Look no further and check out this blog post that describes The Summer Olympics Pocketbook, Digital Units, and more! 
All units are available in a printable format or a digital version to use with Google Classroom or even SeeSaw for remote learners. Pick and choose which resources will best meet your students needs, or grab them all in one of the bundles available for a discounted price!
What does each resource include??
    1. Summer Olympics MEGA Pocketbook Unit: Includes 6 PRINTABLE Units: Ancient Olympics, Modern Olympics, Olympic Gymnastics, Olympic Basketball, Olympic Swimming and Olympic Track and Field. These individual week-long units can also be purchased separately (in either a printed or digital format).
Check out the different elements below that are included in all 6 units that come in the Mega Bundle. Look for the link to grab a FREE sample of the Summer Olympics unit!
2. Digital Units for Google Drive:
These resources include the same units that are found in the printable pocketbook, just formatted for Google Classroom (or SeeSaw). Check out the $$ Saving Bundle here or purchase them separately.
3. Boom Cards (digital task cards) Use digital task cards to supplement each of the 6 Olympic units to check for student understanding. Your kids will love the interactive, self-checking cards that make learning FUN! All 6 Boom cards decks (120 cards) are bundled together for a discount. 
4. Summer Olympics Digital and Printable BUNDLE: Do you need both print and digital (teaching hybrid? I hear ya!) This resource might be perfect for you! It includes everything in the digital unit bundle above PLUS all the extra printable from all 6 units included in the pocketbook! 
Each printable unit includes the following elements:



PowerPoint Presentations
Begin the unit by engaging your class with a colorful PowerPoint presentation to grab their attention and get them thinking.
Easily move into a group discussion after the open-ended question is given on the last slide to give students a chance to demonstrate their knowledge about the topic.
Re-visit the PowerPoint throughout the week based on the needs of your class and time frame of your lesson.



Smart Art
Students can cut, color and glue to make a fun visual representation of the Olympics. Then, they can write a cohesive paragraph with facts they have learned on the back using the lined paper. Smart Art is perfect for bulletin board displays or can be used to hang around the classroom.



Anchor Chart
Use the colorful pictures and text at the end of the unit to create beautiful anchor charts that can be displayed in your classroom throughout the unit.
As students move throughout the unit, have students recall facts learned and have them actively participate in creating the anchor chart.



Vocabulary Cards 
Print, laminate and cut these eye-catching vocabulary words to serve as visuals for students to refer back to throughout the unit.
Hang them on your word wall, classroom door, bulletin boards, or even make students their own copies of the cards to serve as an easy reference. 
Interactive Vocabulary Puzzle Pieces

Vocabulary picture-definition-word puzzle pieces are perfect to use for centers, partner work or even for practice as homework. You can laminate and cut the pieces to use year after year in centers or let the students have their own copies to put into their pocketbook. The students love to manipulate the puzzles and then use the vocabulary cards to check their work!



Vocabulary Flip Books
Students can demonstrate their knowledge of key vocabulary words using the interactive vocabulary flip book.
Give students picture cards, and they can cut, match, and glue onto corresponding outer flaps. Then, students can write the definition/describe the vocabulary words using the lines on the inside of the book.


Student Workbooks
Color print, then staple the workbooks together for each student. Trim the edges if time allows to make a smaller booklet that will fit nicely in each pocket.
Students can read for information on the topic then answer comprehension questions related to the topic at the bottom of each page. Students may benefit from working with a partner or small group. For students below level, you may choose to open the document onto a Smart Board and read along with them in a whole group setting. Each week long unit will include a 4-6 page workbook.
NOTE: This workbook is from the Summer Olympics Tokyo Unit 


Graphic organizers and writing paper
Students complete graphic organizer either as an independent activity or whole group to demonstrate their knowledge of the topic, writing multiple key details and facts. Then, students can use the graphic organizers as a reference to create a longer writing piece, consisting of multiple paragraphs.
There are 2 options for handwriting lines to allow you to easily differentiate for your students.


Supplemental Pages and Early Finisher Work
Multiple activities are included to supplement the content learned through the student comprehension workbooks and the PowerPoint presentation. Activities can be used for morning work, early finishers, or for homework. Activities include: ABC order, a crossword puzzle, acrostic poem, and word search.
   Instructions for creating the pocketbook are included in your download. They are really easy to make! All you need is a binding machine (most schools already have one), binding combs and construction paper. I use the binding machine below. Its inexpensive and works great! It even comes with a few free binding combs.

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Not included in the MEGA bundle:  2020 Summer Olympics: Tokyo, Japan unit. This unit stands alone as it is specific to this years host city and includes information about the location, this years mascots and more!


Ready to download your FREE 2020 Summer Olympics resource? It is a sample of what you would get in a full unit. Grab this HUGE freebie right here by clicking on the image!! Then, come back and let us know how your students enjoyed using it for a chance to be entered in another resource giveaway!
If you love Pocketbook Units as much as we do and your students benefit from the consistency of our format, then you can get ALL of our comprehensive units in one download for a HUGE savings right here.







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