Winter Olympics



First, your teacher will help you form a team of 2 or 3 players. Decide on the role you will play: statistician, sports reporter, or judge. Then read through all of the tasks before beginning your Olympic experience!

Be sure to use this page for each task. There is more information here than on your printed sheet. Also, the resources provided are exactly what you need; use them!

Task #1: Print & complete the Winter Olympics Challenge, which will introduce you to some of the terminology of the Winter Olympics. Include this page & anything else you print in your portfolio. (This may already be in your packet).

Task #2: Print & complete the Winter Olympics Word Search & include it in your portfolio.  (This may already be in your packet).

Task #3: Choose a Winter Olympic sport that none of you are familiar with and become experts on it! Fill out the Winter Olympic Sports Questionnaire on your sport. Resources: Wikipedia, Olympics.org

Task #4: Choose 5 Winter Olympic sports with which you are not familiar. Research the five sports & write a short paragraph describing each one. Do not just copy down the information you find! Include these paragraphs on your Winter Olympic Sports Questionnaire.    Resources: Wikipedia, Olympics.org

Task #5: Locate the results for Downhill Alpine Skiing. Use the results for the top 10 participants. (You may choose to use the men's times or the women's times; the men's competition is on Feb. 13, & the women's competition is on Feb. 17). I would suggest converting the times to seconds by multiplying the number of minutes by 60 & then adding the remaining seconds to your product. For example, 1:10.84 = 70.84 seconds. Then find the mean, mode, median, & range of these times, putting your answers on Worksheet 1.   Resources: Olympics.org, Vancouver 2010, ESPN.com

Task #6: Listen to Al Michaels' broadcast of the end of the 1980 hockey game between the U.S. and the Soviet Union (now Russia).  If you've seen the movie Miracle, you may recognize this sound bite. Be sure that you get permission from an adult to listen in study hall or in the library! Next, watch the last few minutes of the game on YouTube. (The U.S. jerseys are white, while the Soviets are in red). This was not the game for the gold medal (the U.S. won that game later), but for the U.S. team to beat the Soviet Union was an incredible upset. On Worksheet 1 record the score of this game plus the score of the gold medal game against Finland. Resource: Wikipedia

Task #7: Using Wikipedia, read about the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team. You are not expected to read this entire article as it is rather lengthy. However, read the first two paragraphs & make sure you read the section entitled "Do You Believe in Miracles?" Also scroll down to the very bottom where you will see a roster of the players on the team. Notice which neighboring state of Iowa's many of the players called home. Answer this question on Worksheet 1. (To further this task you could watch the movie, Miracle, at home with your family).

Task #8: Take this 2006 Winter Olympics quiz. Yes, it is four years old, but it's still kind of fun to see how you do! You should still recognize some of the names.  Record your score on Worksheet 1.

Task #9: Read this article on trading Olympic pins. Then find photos of the 2010 pins, right-click on the photos of 2 different pins & save them to your server. Your next job is to insert the images into an email & send the email to me at lschwien@rvcsd.org. We'll see how good you are at using technology!

Resource: Vancouver 2010

Task #10: Research the city of Vancouver and answer the related questions on Worksheet 1. Notice the table of information on the left side of the web page!     Resource: Wikipedia

Task#11: Find the answers to the Winter Olympic Trivia questions Worksheet 1 & record them. Be sure to find Winter Olympic answers, not Summer Olympic answers.  Resources: Wikipedia, Ask.com, Wikianswers.com

Task #12: Use Fantes.com & the table on Worksheet 1 to find out how many yards are in one meter. The web site is easy to use: Fill in the number of yards you want & then click on yards in the first row & meters in the second row. Then click the button to make the conversion. Fill in the entire table.

Task #13: Find the results of the 2010 4-Man Bobsleigh. Using just the top three times, find their mean (average). Convert the times to seconds like you did in Task #5. Enter your answers on Worksheet 1.  Resources: Olympics.org, Vancouver 2010, ESPN.com

Task #14: Print a map of Canada at eduplace.com. Hi-lite Vancouver on the map. Find a city in the U.S. that is directly south of Vancouver & mark it on the map also. Remember finding the latitude & longitude for Vancouver in Task #10? Include this map in your portfolio.

Task #15: Where will the 2014 Winter Olympics be held? Email your answer to me at lschwien@rvcsd.org

Resources: Olympics.org, Vancouver 2010, ESPN.com

Task #16: Find an evening when your entire team can get together at one member's home. Include at least one of that member's parents. Watch the Olympic events for a couple of hours; catch the Olympic spirit! Answer the questions pertaining to this task on Worksheet 1.

Task #17: When the 2010 Winter Olympics are complete, find a table that shows the medal count for all the competing countries. Using the total number of medal (not gold medals, etc.) make a bar graph at Kids Zone showing the countries & the number of medals won, in order from greatest number of medals won to least number of medals won. Be sure to check your spelling & capitalization before printing your graph. Label the graph correctly. Include your graph in your portfolio. Did the U.S. win the most medals? Answer one more question on Worksheet 1.    Resource: Vancouver 2010


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