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Teaching and learning resources for the Commonwealth Games

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The 20th Commonwealth Games are well underway in Glasgow, Scotland. Australia has already won medals in a number of different sports including swimming, athletics and cycling. The following sites provide ideas and resources for including activities related to the Commonwealth Games in your classes. Enjoy!

Latest news including an up-to-date medal tally can be found on ABC Grandstand.

Game on Scotland: Resources

Game on Scotland is the official education programme of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and its legacy. It aims to provide inspiration and learning and teaching opportunities related to Glasgow 2014 and other momentous events happening throughout Scotland in the coming years. The resources section provides access filtered by stage of schooling and curriculum area.

Victorian Commonwealth Games Association

The VCGA offers a collection of resources and activities for primary schools.

Sparklebox Commonwealth Games

Sparklebox offers a huge range of free, downloadable teaching resources for all learning areas and many topics. The Commonwealth Games resources include games, posters and word activities.

Primary Treasure Chest: Commonwealth Games

Lots of worksheets, posters, games and activities all linked to the Commonwealth Games and free to download, edit and use.

Instant Display: Commonwealth Games

Free downloadable posters including flags of all participating countries. Great resource if you want to decorate your classroom for the games.

Commonwealth Games: embracing 2018 – Global Education Program

This site from the Queensland government is looking ahead to the next Commonwealth Games which will be held on the Gold Coast in 2018 but it also includes some ideas and activities related to Glasgow to use now.

Teaching and learning resources for the World Cup

Apparently there are some soccer games going on in Brazil. Lots of people are getting excited and staying up late or getting up early to watch.

It seems that students might be interested too, so if you’d like to harness some of that enthusiasm in your classroom over the next few weeks here are some useful websites and resources to help.

The Official FIFA World Cup site

Football and The World Cup from Teaching Ideas (UK)

Football resources from TES Connect (UK). Downloadable activities including quizzes in various languages – French, Italian, Spanish.

IPC 2014 World Cup Resources – a very visual collection of resources about all aspects of the game, the World Cup and Brazil.

World Cup for Kids from Activity Village. Lots of printable resources like colouring sheets, puzzles, bookmarks, flags and worksheets.

The World Cup: a fair game? Use the World Cup to explore inequality. From Oxfam.

World Cup 2014 Harness the energy around the football World Cup in Brazil 2014 and use these resources with children to explore global justice issues through the lens of sport and football. From CAFOD, the official Catholic aid agency for England and Wales.

29 Free World Cup worksheets From

Brazil: Lesson plans, games, activities

World Cup of soccer from Teacher Planet.

If you know of any other great resources related to the World Cup please let me know and I’ll add them here.

90 second news challenge

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ABC Splash are running a 90 second news challenge for students. Students are challenged to create a 90 second news video based around the theme ‘What do we need to know about your community in 90 seconds’.

Find more information, resources, tips and full details of how to enter here.

News reports can be created using a mobile phone or video camera or this would be an excellent activity for students to do using the iPads. Entries are open now and the competition closes on June 10. The best videos will by published on the ABC Splash site.

I’ve written about ABC Splash here or you can find out more about ABC Splash here.

Young writer’s award – entries open!

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Your students may be interested in this:

The Melbourne Library Service Young Writer’s Award competition has launched for 2014. Entries are open to young people aged 10-25 for short stories, poems or graphic/comic short stories. Finalists will have their work published online with the overall winners from each age group and category receiving cash prizes.

Entries open 30 April 2014 and close on 31 August 2014.

Read more on the Melbourne Library Service website or download this YWA Poster to print and display in your classroom.

Sochi 2014

The 2014 Winter Olympic games begin in the early hours of tomorrow morning – time to find some interesting activities for the classroom.

X-Games!Photo Credit: Zach Dischner via Compfight

From NBC Learn comes The Science of the Olympics NBC Learn, in partnership with the National Science Foundation, unravels the physics, biology, chemistry, materials science and math behind the Olympic Winter Games. There are 16 short videos, complete with transcript and activities, on topics including Competition Suits, Figuring Out Figure Skating, Aerial Physics, and The Science of Skis. There’s something here for all year levels.

The Australian Olympic Team have Winter Games Lesson Plans suitable for the primary levels and there’s also the opportunity to Chat to a Champ via video conferencing (or view the previous chats that have already taken place).

Teacher Vision has printable resources, activities, worksheets, reference materials, and lesson plans designed to help students learn about: the history of the Olympic games; Olympic symbols and traditions; Sochi and Russia; security concerns, and all about the sports that feature at the games.

Edutopia has put together a resource round-up focusing on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) subjects.

Larry Ferlazzo posted Best sites for learning about the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games and has just followed up with Sochi Olympics Resource Update