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Ideas for Using Library and Archives Canada's Canadian Olympians Website in Your Classroom
Young learners can choose an athlete from the Canadian Olympians website whom they know and admire, or choose an athlete who represents a sport they enjoy. Students should select one or two pictures from the Canadian Olympians website that seem to capture the spirit of the sport and of the athlete involved. They can list the qualities -- demonstrated by their chosen athlete -- which are required for the sport.
Young learners can then use the pictures from the Canadian Olympians website and the lists of characteristics compiled to create a small poster showing their chosen athlete in action.
Students locate one photo which captures their interest. Based on the photo alone (without reading any related text), they should suggest possibilities for the following:
Young learners can search the Canadian Olympians website for as many examples as possible of:
Students can be challenged to create their own "hunt" and then can visit the site to search for examples. Following the hunt, students can be asked to discuss their findings. They can:
Young learners can do a survey of the Canadian Olympians website to practice their Web navigation and brainstorming skills. Some guiding questions could be:
Students can browse the images and pick a sport that they might like to participate in one day. They should give reasons why it appeals to them.
Students can conclude the activity by drawing themselves (or someone they admire) engaged in their favourite sport.
Young learners can prepare a presentation on the history of Canadian participation in the Olympic Games. Areas to focus on -- either separately, or together, in a larger presentation -- could be:
Young learners can write two letters, each in the persona of an athlete competing in the Olympic Games. In one letter, the student writes from the perspective of the winner. In the other, they write having just lost. Students should frame their narratives in consideration of the following:
Using the photos on the Canadian Olympians site as a starting point, students can create a collage of photos to express their thoughts on a related theme. Some ideas for theme:
Students can also be invited to create their own theme for the photo essay. They can plan ways to actively engage the audience of their photo essay. They might design a questionnaire, invent a game, or use audio recordings, among other things.
Select one or two pictures from the Canadian Olympians website that capture the spirit of a particular sport and of the athlete, or athletes, who practise it. Create a poster which:
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