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Going for the Gold: The Olympics

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Social Studies +2 Age Levels Primary (5 to 8 years old), Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old)

I created this collection for families to do together while schools are closed. I will be making a collection a day while we are out of school. Today we will be exploring the Olympics. The idea is for families to look at the items in the collection and consider what they see in the objects and paintings, what they think, and what they wonder. Families can also watch a free Brainpop video about the Olympics, the Special Olympics and athletes who competed. Families can also read articles about the Olympics, learn about the first Olympics, and explore the amazing athletes who have competed to be the best. At the end of the collection I have provided a few ideas for families about what to do next.

If you want to learn more about more about See Think Wonder you can click here to see a video of a teacher using the routine in her classroom.

Montréal 1976 - Olympic Games

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Munich Olympics

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Olympic History

Ellen Rogers

Sports Illustrated Amphora

National Museum of American History

Torch from the 1936 Berlin Olympics

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Paris Olympics medal, 1924

National Museum of American History

See/Think/Wonder: Project Zero Visible Thinking Routine

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access

1968 Olypmics

Ellen Rogers

Tommie Smith and John Carlos

National Portrait Gallery

1968 Olympic warm up suit pants worn by Tommie Smith

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Newsweek vol. LXXII no.3

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Special Olympics

Ellen Rogers

Special Olympics button

National Museum of American History

Eunice Kennedy Shriver

National Portrait Gallery

Gold medal awarded to Special Olympian Marty Sheets

National Museum of American History

Athletes

Ellen Rogers

Jesse Owens

National Portrait Gallery

32c Jesse Owens single

National Postal Museum

25c Jesse Owens single

National Postal Museum

Souvenir program for Wilma Rudolph Day

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Wilma Rudolph

National Portrait Gallery

23c Wilma Rudolph single

National Postal Museum

Jackie Joyner-Kersee

National Portrait Gallery

Jackie Joyner-Kersee

National Museum of American History

Track shoes worn by Jackie Joyner-Kersee at the 1984 Olympic trials

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Jackie Joyner-Kersee

National Museum of American History

37c Duke Kahanamoku single

National Postal Museum

Duke Kahanamoku

National Portrait Gallery

Shaun White

National Portrait Gallery

Shaun White

National Portrait Gallery

Olympic Gymnastics Leotard, worn by Dominique Dawes

National Museum of American History

Olympics credentials badge for Gabby Douglas

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Uneven bar grips used by Gabby Douglas in the 2012 London Olympics

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Basketball signed by members of the U.S. "Dream Team"

National Museum of African American History and Culture

U.S. National Team Soccer Jersey, worn by Mia Hamm

National Museum of American History

Babe Diedrikson postcard

National Museum of American History

Babe Diedrikson postcard

National Museum of American History

Babe Diedrikson postcard

National Museum of American History