If you have been following my teaching journey on Instagram (@mackiann), then you know that my first-graders should be in Pyeongchang right now, competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics. I am a huge Olympic fan, Summer or Winter Olympics, it doesn't matter--I will be glued to the t.v. watching the events from Opening Ceremony to Closing Ceremony. Knowing this, I knew I had to create an Olympic unit. that not only was informative, but 100% engaging AND entertaining to my students. Soooo since February 8, 2018 my students have become full-blown Olympians.
As a class, we selected four countries to study and track medals for--United States, Canada, Norway and Jamaica--were chosen. Throughout the last two weeks, we have studied our hearts out learning all about these countries and the Winter Olympic Sports. After each sport, we complete an Olympic event. Now, we all really wanted to give ski-jumping a try, buuttt due to inadequate conditions this was not a possibility. Instead, our Olympic event this week was the Team Bobsled. Long story short, my students were divided into the four countries studied, given a cardboard box from a furniture store and were instructed to "design their bobsled!" And boy did we go to town. What were the requirements?