Despite the recent political turmoil and health issues Brazil has had to deal with, the Olympics are going ahead and about to start in Rio. Worldwide sporting events are always a great opportunity for children to learn about the world from the comfort of their home.
There are millions of resources out there about the big nations of this world when it comes to their achievements in the Olympics. Portugal is not a big nation when it comes to the Olympics. They have only ever won 23 medals (total) in the summer Olympics and only one in the last round in London in 2012 (a silver medal in canoeing).
Yet, as Portugal is an important part of our culture I felt it was my duty to show my children a little bit more about Portugal and not forget about its representation in the Olympics.
Portugal matters this time round too because of its strong ties to Brazil, the host country.
So, I have created a little freebie add-on to the units you can find below all about Portugal. In it, you can find:
- a brief history of Portugal
- the geography of Portugal
- an introduction to the Portuguese language
- a kid-friendly recipe
- some book recommendations to learn more about Portugal
- Portugal in the Olympics
and plenty of colouring opportunities.
Hope you enjoy it. Download it here.
If you are going to be watching the Olympics with your children, here is a great way to have even more fun and to add to their learning experience. The Olympics are a great opportunity to learn about the world as countries from around the world compete. And you don't need to go to Brazil to do it.
I am really excited to be sharing this with you today. Over the past few months, myself and two other wonderful mums, educators and bloggers (Monica from Mommy Maestra and Julie from Open Wide the World) have prepared for you this amazing 100+ pages document full of information, games and worksheets about participating countries, the host, the sports, etc.
Here is the detailed summary of what it contains:
• a history of the Ancient and Modern Olympics
• a brief description of all the sports played in the 2016 Summer Games
• world mapping activity
• an introduction to this year’s host city and country
• introductions to the Olympics top ten nations with the most medals; includes country facts, geography, brief histories, landmarks, wildlife, music, famous people, Olympics facts, a kid-friendly recipe, and recommended reading
• reading passages about seven famous Olympians from around the world
• additional worksheets that allow students to show what they’ve learned, such as flag matching, word search, matching, fill in the blank, multiple choice, medal tracker and trivia.
An answer key is included, as is a list of sources referenced for each section. These fun activities are designed for children ages 8 – 12 roughly. I know I will be adapting part of it for my 6-year-old.
You can purchase this amazing printable here over on Multicultural Kid Blogs or on their Teacher Pay Teachers store.
Welcome to our Olympics for Kids series! The Olympics are a wonderful opportunity to teach kids about the world and explore cultures together.
Today, you can find more about other printables from various countries thanks to our participating bloggers:
South Africa Research Project - Globe Trottin' Kids
Mexico in the Olympics - Mommy Maestra
Portugal in the Olympics - the piri-piri lexicon
Opening Ceremonies Flag Scavenger Hunt - Kid World Citizen
Olympic Athlete Trading Cards - use resources wisely
Exploring Puerto Rico Landmarks - Discovering the World Through My Son's Eyes
Don't forget that you can also download our Summer Games Unit activity pack to learn more about the world and have fun during the Olympics.