Hour of the Olympics

Are you ready to have some Olympic FUN?? This week you get to:

Read the book: Hour of the Olympics

Look up some lesser-known sports that are athletic events on youtube with your mom. See if you can find synchronized swimming, rope climbing, trampolining, dressage and rythymic gymnastics.

Did you know that the Winter Olympics took place in Salt Lake City Utah 22 years ago?? At the beginning of each Olympics games there is a huge ceremony where all the athletes parade into a stadium so everyone can cheer. There is also a show where performers portray the history and culture of their country — or in this case, of their state! Watch and see the history of Utah show up in beautiful song and dance with native americans, pioneers and the transcontinental railroad! (start around 1 hr 15 minutes for this, please don’t feel like you have to sit and watch it all, just skim and enjoy what interests you)

Listen to the beautiful song written for that Olympics by the famous composer John Williams — you may know his songs, he wrote the music for Harry Potter, Jurassic Park and Star Wars! This song is sung in latin and was performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Utah Symphony. What does this song make you feel? What words come to your mind when you hear this song? (Start at 1 hour 54 minutes to hear the song). The words they sing are “Citius, Altius, Fortius” and they mean “Swifter, Higher, Stronger” and that is the motto of the Olympics!

Come prepared to share what Olympic sport is your favorite and why. Share at least one interesting fact about this sport or about the olympics in class!!

Write in your journal or create a project life page about what Olympic sport you would want to excel in. What is your favorite to watch or who is an athlete who you think is cool.

come to class in comfy clothes for getting active!

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