This month, the world came together in sport and competition for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Athletes from 92 countries competed in winter sporting events like ice hockey, snowboarding, and luge while their fans at home cheered them on.
PenPals around the world have been participating in the international spirit of the Olympics, too, by connecting to learn more about the historic games. In 2018 Winter Olympics, students learned about the history of the Olympics and the events in the winter games, as well as researched Olympians competing in 2018.
This week, we celebrate Ms. Ruhl’s class from Wisconsin, USA who participated in 2018 Winter Olympics.
As students began their project, they were asked how the Olympic games help people around the world learn to respect one another. Students said….
“There are many ways the 2018 Winter Olympics can make people around the world learn to respect each other. For example, when you and your team are competing, your team will cheer you on and that can help people get along by staying positive. When you are cheering on your team, you don’t want to be mean to the alternative team. Another example is when you are in another country, you don’t want to be disrespectful to the people that live in the other countries. How would you feel if your country held the Olympic Games, and some of the competitors were making fun or joking about your country? A third example of ways the Winter Olympics can make people around the world get along better is when you win or lose, you have to be fair and not complain that your country didn’t win. If you won gold, you don’t want to brag and be mean. There is a variety of ways the 2018 Winter Olympics can make people around the world learn to respect each other.”
“The Olympic Games provides the opportunity for a country to show others their culture and values. It provides all counties the opportunity to participate and to pause all conflicts to join together and compete in the honorable Olympic Games. Athletes from around the world get the opportunity to bring honor to their country and gain new insight and respect for other athletes, other countries, and the historic Olympic Games. The spectators watching are given a personal experience that they will value and learn from.
Students learned about Olympic events and the athletes who would be competing and had the opportunity to learn more about the teams headed to Pyeongchang in 2018. Students shared what their learned with their PenPals.
“I think that the Poland team will win in the Ski jump, because Poland has very experienced athletes competing for their team. My favorite player on the Poland men's team is Kamil Stoch, who is also one of the favorites to win the men’s Ski jump event. Kamil Stoch has had a record for winning the Ski jump for Poland, and also for being one of the most participant in the sport for Poland.”
As students continued to research and learn more about the Olympics, they prepared some presentations to share more with their PenPals.
“I like hockey a lot. So, did found a hockey player from Wisconsin to learn about. Her name is Amanda Kessel, she plays for the team USA. Click here to see the presentation I did about Amanda.”
We asked Ms. Ruhl’s class what they liked the most about learning with PenPals, and they told us…
“What I like about PenPal Schools is that we get to learn and meet new people that are possibly from other countries. I also have the chance to get to learn about what goes on in other countries around the world.”
From sharing opinions to exploring new athletes, PenPals had a lot to talk about during the 2018 Winter Olympic games. Thanks to Ms. Ruhl’s class for being great PenPals, and to Ms. Ruhl for connecting your class with the world!
2018 Winter Olympics may be over, but there are still plenty of opportunities to learn with PenPals. Check out all of the collaborative projects starting every Monday and sign up to start learning with PenPals!