To begin celebrating the Olympics, I secure five large hula hoops in colors that match those of the Olympic rings. I tie the hoops together to create an eye-catching display. I then have children brainstorm a list of game events they would like to compete in as well as rules on how to play each one. (Students can create new games or suggest games already in the Olympics, such as footraces.) We record these on chart paper. Before our actual competition, I have children run through each event to make certain they know how to play and what to expect as well as to how to exhibit good sportsmanship. I conclude our Olympic celebration by awarding each participant a mini medal purchased at the dollar store.
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