Thursday, February 25, 2010

We're cheering for

See the following videos which tell of the athletes whom our students are cheering for!
(Each student was required to research a Canadian Olympic athlete, write a short biography about this person & record it for our Olympic unit.)



Thursday, February 18, 2010

Katherine MacLeod's Journey

        Katherine Macleod is an astonishing runner, who ran with the torch. She was generous enough to take the time to explain to us the amazing experince she had with the torch.
        She was one out of a million to win the Coca-Cola contest to participate in the Olympic Torch Relay,In order to be officially picked she had to write a 500 word essay. After 8-10 months of waiting she got a call that she got to run 300 metres  in Scotchtown, Cape Breton.
        She was a given a suit, mittens, and a hat. She discovered the diference between her mittens and the Olympic mittens you would buy in stores is the white maple leaf has grips on hers so she can hold the torch better.
        The day of the run the local runners met in Glace Bay. They got on a colourful Olympic bus and shared emotional stories on how they were picked.
         When they arrived they were each given the torch to run with and after words if they wanted to buy their torch they could for $300.
          During her time to run she was told to walk because it was so short and you wanted to remember evry minute. Though when they told her to go she took off like the wind.
           She had an emotional but great time and it was 1 out of a million experince.

Monday, February 15, 2010

A graduate of our school was an Olympic Torch Bearer!

... and she visited our classroom to tell us her story!
We'll fill you in on her story in the next few days.
Here we are with her and her Olympic torch:
Thank you for coming, Katherine! You're one in a million

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Our Olympic Run!

We're not really running for the Olympics, but we are taking a run at setting up a whole newscentre about the Olympics in our classroom!

This week we're setting up our classroom as a newscentre in preparation  for the upcoming 2010 Olympics in Vancouver! Each day students come into the English classroom and are assigned a role for that day:

By working collaboratively,  students will be immersed in the various aspects of the Olympics games!
Topics we've looked at this week to get us in the groove are:
  • How an Olympic host city is chosen
  • What is takes to be an Olympian
  • the boycott of the 1980 Olympics
  • an overview of the 2010 Olympics

Here, today's editors work on editing some of their classmates' work.

The studio/floor managers work at creating and fine-tuning our Olympic wall display.

(The poster template can be downloaded from Olympic School)

Stay tuned for more updates about our run at the Olympics!