Let the games begin!

As we count down to the 2016 Rio opening ceremony, the 3/4s are going to be learning all about the Olympics. There are so many interesting things to explore! There are mascots, symbols, athletes and lots of events and traditions. Did you know that in Ancient Greece the athletes used to compete naked? Imagine that!

Brazil Facts for Kids

Use Google Earth software to locate and explore Brazil
You are going to familiarise yourself with the Google Earth program and locate major countries, cities and landmarks in South America.
Complete the graphic organizer;
South America/ Brazil fact sheet

Capital City: Official Language: Currency: Population:

Tourist Attractions:
Interesting Facts:

Design a mascot for the 2020 Olympic Games in Japan.
An Olympic mascot is an important symbol for the country hosting the Olympic games. Below is the information on Rio’s mascot, Vinicius. Look at past mascots from previous Olympic Games, including Sydney 2000.
Design what you think would be a fitting mascot for the Japan 2020 Olympic games and explain your reasons. Give your mascot a name.!home

Follow this link to get to know our new mascots – you can even take a selfie with them!!fun

Design your own 2016 Rio Olympic Games stamp set to be sold at Australia Post Outlets.
Australia Post usually releases special, limited edition stamp design to commemorate important events such as the Olympic Games and the Gold Medal winners from the Games. We don’t know who all the Gold Medal winners are as yet, so you are to design a set of 4 stamps to be sold Australia wide to commemorate the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Your stamps should represent the main themes of the Olympics – think Olympic rings, Brazil and Rio culture, Australian athletes, Olympic sports and so forth. Remember these stamps are to be sold in Australia.

1.Research Olympic host cities.
Complete the graphic organiser.!home

The first modern Olympics took place in 1896 at Athens (Greece) and featured 280 participants from 13 nations, competing in 43 events. Since that time the Olympics have taken place every four years with the exception of 1916, 1940 and 1944 due to world wars.

The Ancient Greek OlympicsIn 776 B.C.E, about three thousand years ago, the first Olympic Games took place. Originally, the games were part of a religious festival to honor Zeus. He was the god of the sky and the leader of the Greek gods who lived on Mount Olympus, the highest mountain in Greece.!home