Name/Title: Winter Olympics in the Gym

Purpose of Event: Students will develop their physical fitness while learning about some of the Winter Olympic Games.

Suggested Grade Level: 3-5

Materials Needed: For each 4-person team you will need the following: 2 carpet squares, 1 bean bag, wall targets, 2 scooters with the handles duct-taped or tied together, 2-4 scooters, hockey stick, 1 wiffle ball (optional), 4 paper plates, cones, 2 plungers

Description of Idea

Arrange a line of starting cones on one side of the activity area with another cone across from them at the opposite end of the area. Do the same on the other side of the gym. This way kids/groups that are traveling will be criss-crossing each other so they will have to pay attention! Assign each group of 4 students to a starting cone. Explain and demonstrate each activity and the matching Olympic event. Please note safety concerns when necessary (especially with the scooters). On the signal, students travel across the gym and back performing the following "events" until the stop signal is given. (If a group "finishes" before the stop signal they are to continue going starting with the first event):

Note: For a great "Olympic bulletin board", cut out pictures of the above events from the newspaper and magazines and label.

Submitted by Sharon  Welch who teaches at Potowmack Elementary School in Sterling , VA . Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PEC: 3/21/2001.
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