I love the Olympics and all the excitement surrounding it—from the impressive and entertaining opening ceremonies to the edge of your seat performances and split second finishes that separate gold from bronze by a fraction of a point or hundredth of a second. The spirit of competition and incredible background stories about athletes from around the world is truly inspiring! The symbol of the games, the Olympic Rings, is an image we are all familiar with, no matter what country you hail from, however do you know what the rings stand for?? After doing a little research I found out the true meaning of the rings. Read these facts to your students and asking them to recall the details. So many great opportunities to practice asking and answering “WH” questions:
- The symbol of the Olympic Games is composed of five interlocking rings, colored blue, yellow, black, green, and red on a white field.
- The colors of the rings represent the flags of the countries that participate in the Olympics.
- Every flag of a country participating in the Olympics includes one of those colors.
- The five interlocking rings represent the five continents brought together by the Olympic Movement, or the five main regions: Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania.
- As it says in the Olympic Charter, the five-ringed symbol “represents the union of the five continents and the meeting of athletes from throughout the world at the Olympic Games.”
How many rings make up the Olympic symbol?
What are the colors of the rings?
How do the rings relate to the flags of different nations?
What do the 5 rings represent?
Name some Winter Olympic events.
Where are the Olympics being held?
Now that you know what the rings symbolize…let’s get down to the business of turning this icon into a breakfast or snack fit to feed an Olympic athlete!! Use this opportunity to discuss SEQUENCING (print out the pictures below and order them by FIRST, NEXT, THEN, LAST), VOCABULARY BUILDING and CATEGORIZATION for SHAPES (other things shaped like a ring), FRUITS (can you think of other fruits or toppings that can be substituted for the ones used?? ) COLORS (can you think of other red, green, yellow things??)
First, toast the bagels.
Then, spread on cream cheese
Next, cut up the fruits. red=strawberries, blue=blueberries, green=green apples, yellow-bananas, black=black mission figs
WHAT OTHER FRUITS COULD YOU SUBSTITUTE ???
Last, add sliced up fruit toppings to each bagel in the correct color pattern as the Olympic Rings.
Here are a few other foods I found in the aisles of the grocery store that are ring shaped (dried pineapple rings, cheerios, onion ring snacks)—-what other ring-shaped foods can you think of?? Go on a food scavenger hunt with your kiddos the next time you are grocery shopping and see what you come up with!!
One person can be the designated clue giver or take turns describing the ring-shaped items. Use the carrier phrase “I spy something ring shaped that….” and give a clue describing the item you want the other players to guess.
Can you guess the answer with just one clue?? Get awarded with a Gold Medal! Need two clues? You win Silver! Three or more clues? Take home the Bronze!
Print out multiple copies to play the game. You will need more than three of each medal depending on how many clues it takes to guess the answer.