Olympic Lesson

  • Ask students if they enjoy the Olympics. What is their favorite sport to watch in the winter? Do they know when the next Olympics are?
  • Have your students go to the Olympic website: www.olympic.org.  From there you can click “Olympic games” and choose “Sochi” or just have students follow this link: http://www.olympic.org/sochi-2014-winter-olympics
  • Here are a few vocabulary words you may want to review beforehand:  motto, compete, competition, athlete, torch

Below are questions that students can work with a partner to answer, using the website.

Work with a partner to answer the following items:

  1. When are the 2014 Winter Olympics?
  2. Where are the 2014 Winter Olympics?
  3. How many days until the Olympics begin?
  4. Can you find any information about the host city, Sochi? Share 3 facts you learn.
  5. Name 3 sports that you know are in the winter Olympics.
  6. On the website, find the motto of the Olympics.
  7. The Olympic torch went to a very unusual place; where did it go and when?
  8. Click on the “countries” link and see if your country is participating in the Olympics. Name 5 other countries that you are not familiar with, that are competing.
  9. Which country is the closest to Sochi, Russia? Which is farthest?
  10. There are 12 new sports; can you name 5 of them? (find the article on the opening page)
  11. Click on the “games” link and find how many athletes compete in the winter Olympics and how many compete in the summer games.
  12. Who are some of the athletes to watch, who might be winners in this Olympics? (find link for athletes to watch)
  13.  What has been in the news lately that might be a concern for some athletes and fans?

Other ideas for lessons on the Olympics:

1) The top of this website looks uninviting, but scroll down to find good activities and exercises on the Olympic Games.           http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/1401/140127-sochi-olympics.html

2) Language Arts lesson on the Winter Olympics (designed for Grade 3 reading level)

http://www.schools.manatee.k12.fl.us/webdisk/bartgis/WebPages/3rd%20Gr.%20Olympics%20Unit/%20lessonplan.html

3) The origin of the Olympic Games.  This website from the BBC is designed for elementary-age kids but has fun links and activities

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/ancient_greeks/the_olympic_games/ 

 

 

EARTH DAY 2010

Earth Day is tomorrow, April 22…..what will you do to celebrate this planet in which we live?  There is a problem with days set aside to honor something or someone; we tend to think of it or them that day and then neglect it the other days of the year.  So what will you do to honor Mother Earth and what will you do to help her out every day this year…..Earth Day Challenge 2010!!

WOW! Check out some of our ESL sites!!!

I am so excited that some of our ESL sites have student work on them!!!  Take the time to look at Athens Dr., 401 North Campus, SSC….there may be more so check them all out!  Great work students!

While you’re at it, here is a new website where you can play and learn ENGLISH, www.cambridge.ort/venturesarcade

Let me know how you like it!!!!  TAKE SOME TIME TO PRACTICE ENGLISH!!!

SPRING!!!!!

Only in NC can you have snow one week and SUNSHINE and warm temperatures the next!!!  Take this time to enjoy some outside fun.

Did you know that Wake Tech has sports teams?  If you enjoy sports, check out the sports link below!  Wake Tech is new to team sports but they are doing well in most competitions.    WTCC has  baseball, softball, golf, volleybal, soccer and  basketball teams.

http://students.waketech.edu/athletics/ Have a great day and enjoy the SUN!

Do Something FUN this Weekend…and practice your English!

The Raleigh area finally has a nice weather forecast for the weekend…temperatures in the 50’s and sunny!

Find something fun to do with your family!  Check out these links to help you.  http://www.visitraleigh.com/visitors/events.search.php?category=5&normal_search=Search

http://www.raleigh-nc.org/portal/server.pt/gateway/PTARGS_0_0_306_209_0_43/http;/pt03/DIG_Web_Content/category/Leisure/Parks_and_Facilities/Cat-Index.html

Come back later and leave a comment to let us know how you spent your weekend!  Enjoy the sunshine!

Haiti

The world works together to help those in need….

We have all been saddened to learn of the devastation caused by that massive earthquake in Haiti. If you’d like to help the survivors of that quake,  the American Red Cross says the greatest need right now is money to help with rescue, recovery and rebuilding. You can make a donation by visiting www.trianglearc.org or calling 1-800-Red-Cross. The Salvation Army is also collecting donations in person at 215 S. Person Street in Raleigh.

A number of churches and charities are also gathering donations to help those affected by the quake in Haiti.  State Attorney General Roy Cooper is warning people to avoid scams by making sure your donations go to legitimate charities. You are encouraged to check with the Better Business Bureau before donating to any charity.

(This was a message from the President of WTCC, Stephen Scott)

Welcome

Happy 2010!

Happy New Year! Welcome back to class! We hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday and is ready and “raring” to start classes again!
Some sites will begin their classes this week; others are beginning next week or the week after. Please check your site’s blog for the exact dates. The links to all the blogs are on the right side of this screen.

We at the EL/Civics project hope this year will be a happy, healthy and successful one for you all!

Some new words for the day: “raring to go” – to be ready and excited to begin doing something
http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/raring

“carpe diem” – Seize the day! (i.e., make good use of and enjoy the day!)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carpe_diem