The Best Winter Olympics Activities For Elementary Students

The 2022 Winter Olympics are right around the corner! They will be taking place this year from February 4th to February 20th, 2022 in Beijing. I have always loved the Olympics and teaching about them when I was in the classroom because it is a time when the whole world comes together to celebrate and watch the world’s greatest athletes in awe.

Given that it only happens every 4 years, it is a pretty momentous occasion. This makes it a great teaching point in the classroom. You can tie so many subjects in with your Olympics lessons. History, social studies, geography, STEM, science, and more! 

I created these Winter Olympics Activities to use during the winter games to compliment my lessons about the Olympics. 

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It covers multiple subjects like math, science, writing, history, and it even has some fun crafts included! 

These activities were created with early elementary students in mind so they’re ideal for kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd-grade students. They’ll learn about winter sports, traditions, and symbols as they complete these engaging activities. 

Winter Olympics

The Winter Sports Interactive Notebook is included for some extra educational fun. Other activities include Shadow Puppets of Winter Games, Winter Sports mini-book, The History of the Flame, Medal printables, and so much more. There are even instructions for making fake snow! 

Another resource that would be perfect for teaching about the Winter Olympics is one of my NEW resources, Winter Olympics STEM Challenge! 

Winter Olympics magnetic skater activity

This magnetic ice skating challenge is perfect for helping those younger students learn about ice skating, skates, magnets, number patterns, force, and motion while designing a magnetic ice skater that follows number patterns around a rink.

a sample of the magnetic ice skater activity

This activity comes with 3-day plans where students will sort magnetic objects, read the ice skating reading and comprehension questions, design their own magnetic skater, and reflect on their project. It also comes with writing paper and other printables you need to complete the activities. 

a photo of the Winter Olympics Magnetic Skater Activity

I hope your students love these Winter Olympics activities. They offer a variety of options that you can use throughout the duration of the Winter Olympics or while studying sports so that you can bring the festive excitement into your classroom. 

How will you be teaching about the Winter Olympics in your classroom? Let me know in the comments! 

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Writing Prompts For Every Day Of The Year

One of the most important things we teach in elementary school is reading and writing. These skills provide so many valuable benefits for students. Being able to express yourself, your thoughts, and your ideas is a great way to share and communicate. 

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These skills will continue to be important as they write resumes, emails, cover letters, articles, or whatever else their future careers require of them. Developing these skills early is crucial to success. 

Writing takes practice, and a lot of it. Our younger students aren’t necessarily naturals at telling stories. It is up to us to teach them about a beginning, middle, and end. We must also remember to teach them the importance of adding details to their writing for better reader comprehension. 

With lots of practice and direction, students will eventually become great writers, readers, and better communicators. 

When I was in the classroom, I made time for writing every day, no matter what! It was important to me that my students got ample time to practice and hone those writing skills. It was amazing to see the progress they have made with their writing skills at the end of the year! 

To keep writing exciting, I provided fun and creative prompts for them. Having something different every day would spark their imagination, creativity, and keep them from getting bored with it. 

This lead me to create these writing prompts for every day of the year. 

You read that right- every day! 365 writing prompts so you can always add variety into your writing time. These writing prompts are themed to go along with the month so you’ll get some Halloween and Christmas writing prompts too. 

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Each month comes with a journal cover that students can color and make their own. Each journal has a rubric, self-checking list at the bottom of each prompt, a word bank, along with the decorative cover. Just print and staple!

 You can use them as quick writes or add a second page of extra lines in between each prompt to encourage more writing. One of the student’s favorite activities with these writing prompts is when I asked for volunteers to read their writing to the whole class. I only picked a couple a day because of time, but it is what motivated them to become better writers. They knew someone might hear their words. It gave their writing meaning.

writing prompts

There is a themed word bank in front of the journal with room for students to add their own words. This allows them to feel ownership when they get to add their own words. I would also have students use the Self Check off at the bottom of each page to remind them of their writing expectations. Then, I asked them to each take a green crayon to highlight their capital letters, and a red crayon to highlight their punctuation.

Happy Writing!

 

The Best Winter Writing Activities For Elementary

Around the holidays, I usually like to try and come up with some really unique holiday or winter writing activities that will be different from the stuff that students have become used to. Adding in a variety of lessons, crafts, and activities never fails to get students excited and engaged in our writing practice. 

With many teachers and students still learning virtually this year, I have been thinking about winter writing activities that students can get really engaged with whether they are learning in person or online. 

winter writing activities

This Trapped In A Snow Globe writing activity has to be my favorite this year! 

Students will get to create a photo of them trapped in a snow globe and write about it. It comes with 14 background slides to choose from and 4 slides of movable parts to add. Just choose a background, palace a picture of your student “trapped”, and then add your accessories! 

After that, there are 6 slides for students to brainstorm, organize thoughts, and write a story about their snow globe. What I love about this is that it is designed for distance learning so you can easily add gifs in place of photos. 

You’ll also get black and white slides for students to digitally or handwrite their stories. You can choose from narrative, persuasive, or opinion writing. You’ll get 4 writing prompts to choose from or 2 pages that are left blank so you can create your own prompt. 

There is also a Google Form so you can do a “Favorite Design Contest” with your students! 

Step 1. Choose a background

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Step 2. Add your photo or gif

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Step 3. Add your accessories

winter writing activities

Step 4. Write about it! 

winter writing activities

Afterward, you can create a slideshow with music that includes all of your students’ creations! 

Another fun twist to this activity is that students can all trap the teacher! Add your photo to each of their designs and they can write about how you got trapped. 

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What are your favorite winter writing activities? Let me know in the comments!