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Science of Skates—Science of the Winter Olympics

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Speed skaters, hockey players, and ice skaters each have skates created specifically for their sports—an interesting fact for your Olympic Games fans! An engaging lesson explores the engineering design of different types of ice skates. 
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Aerial Physics—Science of the Winter Olympics

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Take a leap into the science of motion! An intriguing lesson explains how Newton's third law of motion allows skiers to turn in mid-air. The narrator gives learners skills to practice on their own.
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Science of Skis—Science of the Winter Olympics

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
The materials used to produce skis have come a long way over the years. A short video explains how the materials in skis serve a specific purpose on the course. The lesson explores materials such as fiberglass and polymers.
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Internal Athlete—Science of the Winter Olympics

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Cross-country skiers are some of the most disciplined athletes in the world. Young scholars learn about the biology of endurance in an interesting video lesson that highlights athletes of current and past Olympics.
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Air Lift—Science of the Winter Olympics

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Up, up, and away! Young scholars learn how to apply physics to a successful ski jump. An interesting video lesson compares and contrasts drag and lift in the context of a ski jump.
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Blade Runners—Science of the Winter Olympics

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Race to learn the insight of Sir Isaac Newton. A helpful video uses speed skating to explain Newton's laws of motion. Force, acceleration, mass, and momentum all work together to make a successful speed skating race.
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Snowboarding—Science of the Winter Olympics

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
The greatest challenge of snowboarding is maintaining balance. An engaging video using a simple demonstration of actual snowboarders to illustrate physics in action.
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Downhill Science—Science of the Winter Olympics

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Newton would have made a first-rate skier! A video lesson analyzes Newton's second law from a skiing perspective. The narrator explains how the force, mass, and acceleration can work together to create a winning run.
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Banking on Speed—Science of the Winter Olympics

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Get on the right track! Young scholars learn about the importance of momentum and friction during a bobsled ride. A video lesson speaks to a bobsled designer to explain how he considers the physics during the design process.
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Science Friction—Science of the Winter Olympics

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Physics plays a role in most sports, and curling is no exception! A video explains how a curling team controls the friction between the stone and the ice to modify its movement.
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The Olympic Flame's Trip

For Students 6th - 10th Standards
Just in time for the start of the Winter 2018 Olympics, you can track the Olympic torch relay through the Republic of Korea. But there must be some math involved, right? Give learners a worksheet that prompts them to calculate the...
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Capture The Ball

For Students 4th - 8th
Play this fun twist on capture the flag with your class! After setting up the equipment, divide the class into two equal teams, and choose one person to be a guard on each team. The guard is the only person on either team allowed to...
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Dinosaur Prowl

For Students 2nd - 5th
Prowl like a dinosaur! Choose several students to be the dinosaurs. The dinosaurs with dodge balls are the taggers, and the Triceratops on the scooters are the freers. As the other players are tagged with balls, the Triceratops scoot...
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Dead Ant Tag

For Students K - 5th
Tag, you're a dead ant! Players run around the playing area and runs from the taggers. If a player gets tagged, then they must lay on the ground with their arms and legs in the air. To get back into the game, four people must touch the...
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4-Square Volleyball

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Bump, set, spike! Play this twist of 4-square to practice volleyball skills. All you need is four squares connected in all the same corner, and four players. The goal of the game is to be able to get to the king's square by...
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CandyCane Tag

For Students K - 4th
Choose a tagger. The rest of the class runs around the gym. If a runner is tagged, they must freeze and stand in the shape of a candy cane. To get back into the game, another runner must run underneath the arch of the candy cane.
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Snowflakes

For Students K - 4th
First choose three people to be taggers, and two players to be freers. Give each tagger a white foam ball, and give each freer a yellow ball. The rest of the class runs around the playing area. If a runner is tagged with a white ball,...
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Gingerbread Man Tag

For Students K - 5th
After choosing a chef, aka the tagger, have the rest of the class lay out on the previously set up exercise mats. These players are the gingerbread men. Players run to another mat on the chef's command, aiming not to get tagged. If a...
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Santa Tag

For Students K - 4th
Choose a class member to be the Santa. Everyone else is a reindeer and spreads out around the gym. Santa's objective for the game is to tag the others so he can round up his reindeer. When a reindeer is tagged, they must step out of the...
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Knock'em Downers and Pick'em Uppers

For Students K - 4th
Set up several cones, pylons, or pins around the gym floor. Split that class into two equal groups. Assign one team as the knock'em downers and the other team as the pick'em uppers. Each team does exactly what their name implies....
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Hop, Skip, Gallop

For Students K - 4th
Begin by having the class line up on one end of the gym floor. Ask the class what is the easiest way to get from one side of the gym to the other. Obviously, by walking. So together they walk across to the other side of the gym. The...
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Strikeball

For Students K - 8th
Groups form a circle with each person's feet spread shoulder width apart and touching the person's next to them. Drop a ball in the middle of the circle. The object of the game is for players to keep the ball from leaving the circle...
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Commandos

For Students 1st - 8th
First create a starting line and ending line in the gym. After divvying up the class into equal teams, each team lines up in a straight row behind the starting point. Each player is lined up behind the other on their team. When you yell...
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The Video Camera Game

For Teachers K - 5th
Implement a fun game at the start of your next physical education class to warm-up the class' bodies. Call out video-editing terms to signal a particular tasks such as walking, running, jumping and more!