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Gail Skroback Hennessey taught for over 33 years, teaching sixth grade in all but two years. She earned a BA in early secondary education with a concentration in social studies and an MST in social...
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Winter Games Begin in Beijing, China in February


Gail Skroback  Hennessey
Possible Interactive Notebook Activity: Free downloadable version:
2022 Winter Games to be held in Beijing, China. 

1. In ancient Greece, unmarried women participated in their own games. Held ever 4 years, the event was held to honor Zeus’ wife, Hera. The event was a running event. In 1900, women were first allowed to participate in the famous modern games.

2. The original games were a religious activity to honor the ancient Greek god, Zeus.

3. In 1900, the first TEAM sport of the modern games was added. It was football.

4. The city of London, England, has the record for hosting the Olympic Games. The city has hosted THREE times!

5. In total, the United States has hosted the most games. The USA has hosted FOUR Winter Games and FOUR Summer Games.

6. The motto of the Olympic Games is in Latin. “Citius,Altius, Fortius “ means “Swifter, Higher, Stronger”.

7. A baker named Coroebus was the first record winner of an olympic competition. The year was 776BC. He competed in a running event.

8. In 2012, both softball and baseball were dropped from the games. Wrestling, one of the original sports from the games in ancient Greece, has been dropped from the 2020 Olympics.

9. Tug-of-War, Croquet and lacrosse were once sports in the famous games.

10. The Caribbean nation of Jamaica sent a bobsled team to the 1988 Winter games in Calgary, Alberta, Canada!

11. In 2012, Saudi Arabia allowed two women to compete(judo and 80m running competition). It was the first time women from Saudi Arabia were allowed to compete. The Olympic committee said the male teams from Saudi Arabia would be disqualified if females were banned. The issue was gender discrimination.

12. Women made history at the 2014 Games when they were allowed to compete for the first time in ski jumping. Men have been doing the event since 1924.

13. The Country of Brazil is the largest country on the continent of South America. It is also the 5th largest country in the world. The 2016 Summer Olympics, were held in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. It was the very first time the famous games were held in a country on the continent of South America.

14. At the 2016 games, a group of between 5-10 athletes competed for the first time under the official flag of the olympics.They were athletes that had been forced from their countries and are called refugees.

15. The 2018 Games were held in Pyeongchang, South Korea. 

16. Due to the World pandemic of the Coronavirus, the 2020 Summer Games, which were to be held in Tokyo, Japan, were postponed to the summer of 2021.

17.  The 20924 Summer Games will be held in Paris, France.

18. The 2026 Winter Games will be held in Milan and Cortina d'Amperzzo, Italy.

Extension Activities:

1. Pretend you are an athlete at the games. In which sport would you be competing? Write a diary entry about your event. How did you feel? What did you see? Did you win? Etc.

2. List THREE important character traits needed to be an athlete competing in the famous games from Ancient Greece. List three personal characteristics you believe are most positive about you. Give an example to support each of the three characteristics.

3. Illustrate one of the Fun Facts and include a statement in complete sentences describing the illustration.

4. Using a world map, locate the different countries which have hosted the famous games: Find 3 facts about five of the different countries which has had a city host the games.

Teacher Page:

  1. Before reviewing the facts about the history of the famous games of ancient Greece, ask the students to share any prior knowledge they may have on the games. Ask the students to also share any prior knowledge they have on the country of Greece. Locate the country on a world map.

  2. Have the students read over the facts.

  3. Afterwards, have students write 7 facts they remember about the factoid list. Illustrate one of the factoids from the list. Write a brief paragraph about the illustration.

  4. 205 countries are planning to participate in the upcoming Summer Games. Check out these resources:

1. Learn about the History of the Famous Games of Ancient Greece with this fun/informative webquest:

2. Learn about country of China, host country for the 2022 games:

3. Learn about the country of Greece, where the famous games originated with this webquest. There are also comprehension questions and extension activities:

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