I have always loved the Olympics, it's an opportunity to watch incredible athletes from all over the world compete in events that we don't always get the chance to see. I think that the Winter Olympics are especially interesting as they happen during school days! I have always been interested in the sport of curling, very much like shuffleboard, but on ice! All classes have had the opportunity to "curl" in the gym. I created curling stones along with making scoring sections of the gymnasium. Many classes in grades 3-5 had the opportunity to participate in mini-tournaments. Students in kindergarten used bean bags, and students in 1st and 2nd voted on what they wanted to try. The vast majority of students voted to try the stones!
The curling stones that we have are frisbees filled with a pound of sand, cardboard tops, with a milk jug handle, duct taped to represent a team color. Older students were taught the proper way to score, and we had some tournaments. The younger students were taught the general concepts... but all groups were introduced to the "stones", "house", "button", and "hog line"!!
For the majority of classes, we had a live stream of the olympics on the gymnasium wall. I am really happy with how everything went, everyone was really engaged! Over vacation, the USA Men's Curling Team won gold, it was really cool to see!