Educational Resources - Canadian Olympians

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Lesson 1: A Great Sport (L1)
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In this lesson, students research the qualities and characteristics of a sport of their choice. Students present the merits of their chosen sport, and of exercise, using various media.

Lesson 1: Student Handout

Materials/Resources required - L1

  • Computers with access to the Internet
  • Student Handout
  • Materials for presentation, such as:
    • Overhead projectors
    • Tape recorders
    • Poster board
    • Coloured paper
    • Markers
    • Props (equipment and clothing associated with specific sports)

Students may choose to bring some equipment and clothing from home.

Instructional procedures - L1

Enhancing student interest

This activity could be timed to coincide with the Olympic Games, or with some other major sporting event.

Small group work

Students select a sport which interests them, and which is a part of the Olympic Games. They will be preparing a presentation on this sport. They should begin with a description of the sport or event, including:

  • how it is played or conducted
  • the number of participants
  • rules

Students should then answer the following questions:

  • Do both men and women participate? If so, are they on the same team or on separate teams?
  • What sort of clothes do athletes in this sport wear? Why?
  • What equipment do the athletes use? What is it used for?
  • What physical qualities do the athletes need?
  • What mental qualities do the athletes need?
  • What kind of training do the athletes do? What kind of off-season training do they do?
  • Who are some prominent Canadian athletes in this sport?

Much of this information can be inferred from images on the Canadian Olympians site.

Students should also use the images from Canadian Olympians to consider the human side of competition, for example:

  • How do the athletes look when they are in competition? (Consider posture, expression, etc.)
  • How do they look in victory or defeat?

Students should create a list of the benefits of participating in the sport they have chosen.

If possible, students should be able to display the equipment used in their sport and show how it is used. This may require extra room.

Students may also choose appropriate music to accompany their presentation. They can employ slides, an overhead projector, posters, or other visual aids.

Each group should produce a poster advertising the sport. It should communicate:

  • The merits of the sport
  • The merits of exercise
  • Some Canadian athletes who have excelled at the sport

Lesson 2: Canadian Olympians fashion (L2)
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In this lesson, students are placed into in small groups to construct a timeline for an Olympic sport of their choice. Taking into consideration the history of their chosen sport, groups then develop a Canadian Olympic uniform and attempt to "sell" it, in a role-playing presentation that engages the whole class.
 
Students will construct a timeline of a Canadian Olympic sport and design a uniform for a Canadian Olympic team.

Lesson 2: Student Handout

Materials/Resources required - L2

  • Computers with access to the Internet
  • Student Handout

Instructional procedures - L2

Enhancing student interest

This activity could be timed to coincide with the Olympic Games, or with some other major sporting event.

Large group work

Share promotional materials with students related to past, present, or upcoming Olympic Games, such as:

  • photos
  • flyers
  • posters
  • video clips
  • books
  • websites

Invite students to respond to the above materials, as well as to the concept of the Olympics.

Challenge the whole class to briefly list as many official Olympic sports as they can. The class can then refer to references (see Additional Resources) to discover Olympic sports of which they were previously unaware.

Students should form small groups (2 - 3 members) according to their shared interest in one Olympic sport.

Small group work

Each small group is given the Student Handout, which describes their career-performance task. Groups then continue with the following procedure:

1. Research:
Each group is directed to Library and Archives Canada's Canadian Olympians website. Starting here, the students are to examine any and all materials related to their sport's Canadian Olympic history. See Additional Resources for other sites.

Students should look for:

  • Photos
  • Articles
  • Biographies of famous athletes
  • Rules, regulations and explanations
  • Equipment
  • History of the sport
  • Other helpful information

2. Analysis:

All acquired information is organized sequentially along a timeline. The timeline is designed to reveal as much as possible about Canada's involvement in the history, athletes, and fashion of each group's chosen sport. Students should consider the ways in which the history of the Canadian Olympic tradition has informed uniform design. Groups can answer the following questions:

What aspects of the sport's past Canadian uniform design does the group find:

  • attractive?
  • interesting?
  • unique, original, different?
  • functional, purposeful, helpful to the athlete?
  • ugly, embarrassing, not to be repeated?

What colours are:

  • effective?
  • symbolic?
  • dominant?
  • not used?
  • inappropriate?

Regarding materials:

  • Which are used? Why?
  • Which aren't used? Why not?
  • What qualities are necessary in the materials to be considered for this sport's uniform?
  • Can certain materials contribute to improved performance in the sport?
  • What other factors need to be considered in selecting the uniform's materials?

Regarding the logo:

  • What have been the dominant traditional symbols?
  • Have these symbols undergone change over time? How?
  • Where has the logo traditionally been located on the uniform? Why? Are other locations possible or desirable?
  • What size has the logo been with respect to the rest of the uniform?
  • How has text been incorporated into the logo design?

3. Experimentation:
Having considered the above questions (as well as others which the students themselves contribute to the analysis) the group is ready for experimentation.

Each member of the group will be given a few days to work independently and create at least one sketch of a team uniform that incorporates the ideas discussed during the analysis stage. At this point, the students should focus on the ideas represented in the drawings, and not be preoccupied by their artistic quality.

Group members return to with their sketch or sketches in hand. The group must now work co-operatively to create one agreed-upon drawing which combines the best elements from each of the individual sketches.

4. Revision:

The group drawing (still not artistically refined) is revealed to an outside group (another team of students) for the purpose of obtaining an objective response. The PMI (Plus/Minus/Interesting) chart in the Student Handout facilitates feedback.

5. Presentation:

Each group considers the feedback they received, and then collaborates to refine their artistic product. Upon completion, the team must sell its final uniform in a consultant-client role-playing presentation to the Canadian Olympic Committee (that is, the rest of the class).

Each group's challenge is to promote their uniform's attractiveness and innovation, its links to Canadian Olympic tradition and identity, and its functional characteristics. Groups are given creative freedom to select the presentation format they feel would be most effective (e.g., informational, multi-media, commercial, celebrity endorsement, fashion show) in convincing the COA.

Additional resources - L1 and L2
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Canadian Olympians activity ideas
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Canadian Olympians Activity Ideas [PDF 62128 KB]

This bank of ideas for using the Canadian Olympians website in your classroom includes ideas that can be adapted for various age ranges.

Someone to admire

Young learners can choose an athlete from the Canadian Olympians website whom they know and admire, or choose an athlete who represents a sport they enjoy.

Students should select one or two pictures from the Canadian Olympians website that seem to capture the spirit of the sport and of the athlete involved.

They can list the qualities -- demonstrated by their chosen athlete -- which are required for the sport.

Young learners can then use the pictures from the Canadian Olympians website and the lists of characteristics compiled to create a small poster showing their chosen athlete in action.

Every picture tells a story

Students locate one photo which captures their interest. Based on the photo alone (without reading any related text), they should suggest possibilities for the following:

  • Date
  • Sporting event
  • Location
  • Identity of participants
  • Story behind the picture, or why this picture is important

Related activities

  • Students explain their responses by referring to the visual clues in the photo.
  • Students research to determine the accuracy of their responses.
  • Students write a purely fictional article, interview, or story to accompany the photo.
  • Students create a role-playing dramatic presentation of the events which immediately followed the moment captured in the photo.

Sports hunt

Young learners can search the Canadian Olympians website for as many examples as possible of:

  • Team sports
  • Individual sports
  • Sports practised only by men
  • Sports practised only by women
  • Sports practised separately by both men and women
  • Mixed sports (sports in which men and women participate together)
  • Sports practised using a ball
  • Sports practised with equipment other than a ball
  • Sports practised without equipment (other than equipment which is worn)
  • Sports which test mainly muscular strength
  • Sports which test mainly physical endurance
  • Sports which test mainly accuracy
  • Sports which test mainly agility

Students can be challenged to create their own "hunt" and then can visit the site to search for examples. Following the hunt, students can be asked to discuss their findings. They can:

  • Reveal any discoveries of statistics or trends
  • Discuss what was most surprising, disappointing, or puzzling in their findings
  • Brainstorm questions arising from the statistics or trends they discovered
  • Identify areas of research which interest them for follow-up

Sports inventory

Young learners can do a survey of the Canadian Olympians website to practice their Web navigation and brainstorming skills. Some guiding questions could be:

  • How many kinds of sports and other events are featured on the Canadian Olympians website?
  • Are there others that aren't included?
  • Are there any sports that should be included (e.g., wheelchair racing)?

Students can browse the images and pick a sport that they might like to participate in one day. They should give reasons why it appeals to them.

Students can conclude the activity by drawing themselves (or someone they admire) engaged in their favourite sport.

A Presentation on the Olympics

Young learners can prepare a presentation on the history of Canadian participation in the Olympic Games. Areas to focus on -- either separately, or together, in a larger presentation -- could be:

  • The first Canadian Olympians
  • The development of a national team
  • Canadian women and the Olympic Games
  • The Olympics during the Great Depression
  • Government involvement in supporting amateur sports
  • Canadian Olympians in the past 20 years

Winning… and Losing

Young learners can write two letters, each in the persona of an athlete competing in the Olympic Games. In one letter, the student writes from the perspective of the winner. In the other, they write having just lost. Students should frame their narratives in consideration of the following:

  • Who would they turn to, to celebrate or to seek comfort? Would they want comfort?
  • How would they feel in each circumstance, emotionally and physically?
  • What could they learn from the experience of winning? of losing?
  • What would they plan for the near and long term future, following their competition?

Photo Essay

Using the photos on the Canadian Olympians site as a starting point, students can create a collage of photos to express their thoughts on a related theme. Some ideas for theme:

  • Great moments in Canadian Olympic history
  • Canadian women and the Olympic Games
  • The Olympics during the Great Depression
  • Modern Canadian Olympians
  • The first Canadian Olympians
  • The history of the Canadian national team

Students can also be invited to create their own theme for the photo essay. They can plan ways to actively engage the audience of their photo essay. They might design a questionnaire, invent a game, or use audio recordings, among other things.

Poster Profile

Select one or two pictures from the Canadian Olympians website that capture the spirit of a particular sport and of the athlete, or athletes, who practise it. Create a poster which:

  • promotes the sport
  • provides some biographical information on the athlete, or athletes, pictured
  • communicates the qualities needed to achieve excellence in this sport

Canadian Olympians Crossword and Quiz - L1 and 2
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These are fun activities for use with the Canadian Olympians website:

Note: The crossword puzzle and quiz use the same clues and questions but the crossword puzzle is not accessible to a screen reader while the quiz is accessible.

Crossword Puzzle

Crossword Puzzle - answers

Quiz

Quiz - answers

1) Canadian Olympians Crossword Puzzle

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(For an accessible equivalent please go to the Quiz)

Canadian Olympians Crossword Puzzle, Questions and Answers - Printable version [PDF 147 KB]

 

 

Canadian Olympians Crossword puzzle 

In your answers, write names without spaces or hyphens.

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3. Carl Beaumier took part in this event at the summer Olympics in Seoul in 1988.
4. Manon Rhéaume goaltended in this sport at the Nagano winter Olympics in 1998.
9. The city where the 1988 winter Olympics were held.
10. Sebastian Lareau and Daniel Nestor won a gold medal in this event at the Sydney Olympics in summer, 2000.
11. Kerrin Lee __________ won a gold medal in the alpine skiing event at the Albertville Olympic Games in winter, 1992.
12. With Marnie McBean, Kathleen ________ won a gold medal for rowing at the 1996 summer Olympic Games in Atlanta.
14. Nicolas Gill participated in this event at the 2000 summer Olympic Games in Sydney.
15. This sport is played with brooms and a rock.
16. Robbyn Hermitage took part in the Sydney summer Olympic Games in 2000 in this sport.
17. The medal awarded to the athlete who places third in an event.
18. The last name of the athlete who won the gold medal in snowboarding at the Nagano winter Olympics in 1998.
20. One of the horses ridden by Ian Millar in the equestrian event at the Seoul summer Games in 1988.
21. City where the 1998 Olympic Games were held.
22. First name of the gold medallist in the 100 metre event at the 1996 summer Olympic Games in Atlanta.

Vertical
1. Peter Fonseca took part in this event at the summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, in 1996.
2. The athlete who took part in the moguls event at Nagano in 1998 and who was the champion in freestyle skiing at Lillehammer in 1994.
4. Last name of the bronze medallist in cycling for the sprint event at the Atlanta summer Games in 1996.
5. She won a gold medal in speed skating at the Nagano winter Olympics in 1998.
6. The winter Olympic Games were held in this city in 1984.
7. Canadian Denis Michaud participated in this event at the winter Olympic Games held at Innsbruck in 1976.
8. First name of the silver medallist in kayaking at the summer Games in Atlanta in 1996.
13. _______ Laumann won a gold medal in rowing at the 1996 summer Olympic Games in Atlanta.
16. Myriam Bédard became famous after her participation in this event at the Albertville winter Olympic Games in 1992.
17. Event in which Chris Lori took part at the winter Olympic Games held in Lillehammer in 1994.
19. Last name of Victor Kraatz's partner in figure skating at the 1998 winter Olympics in Nagano.

Crossword Puzzle - Answer Key
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3. Carl Beaumier took part in this event at the summer Olympics in Seoul in 1988. (kayak)
4. Manon Rhéaume goaltended in this sport at the Nagano winter Olympics in 1998. (hockey)
9. The city where the 1988 winter Olympics were held. (Calgary)
10. Sebastian Lareau and Daniel Nestor won a gold medal in this event at the Sydney Olympics in summer, 2000. (tennis)
11. Kerrin Lee __________ won a gold medal in the alpine skiing event at the Albertville Olympic Games in winter, 1992. (Gartner)
12. With Marnie McBean, Kathleen ________ won a gold medal for rowing at the 1996 summer Olympic Games in Atlanta. (Heddle)
14. Nicolas Gill participated in this event at the 2000 summer Olympic Games in Sydney. (judo)
15. This sport is played with brooms and a rock. (curling)
16. Robbyn Hermitage took part in the Sydney summer Olympic Games in 2000 in this sport. (badminton)
17. The medal awarded to the athlete who places third in an event. (bronze)
18. The last name of the athlete who won the gold medal in snowboarding at the Nagano winter Olympics in 1998. (Rebagliati)
20. One of the horses ridden by Ian Millar in the equestrian event at the Seoul summer Games in 1988. (BigBen)
21. City where the 1998 Olympic Games were held. (Nagano)
22. First name of the gold medallist in the 100 metre event at the 1996 summer Olympic Games in Atlanta. (Donovan)

Vertical
1. Peter Fonseca took part in this event at the summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, in 1996. (marathon)
2. The athlete who took part in the moguls event at Nagano in 1998 and who was the champion in freestyle skiing at Lillehammer in 1994. (JeanLucBrassard)
4. Last name of the bronze medallist in cycling for the sprint event at the Atlanta summer Games in 1996. (Harnett)
5. She won a gold medal in speed skating at the Nagano winter Olympics in 1998. (CatrionaLeMayDoan)
6. The winter Olympic Games were held in this city in 1984. (Sarajevo)
7. Canadian Denis Michaud participated in this event at the winter Olympic Games held at Innsbruck in 1976. (luge)
8. First name of the silver medallist in kayaking at the summer Games in Atlanta in 1996. (Caroline)
13. _______ Laumann won a gold medal in rowing at the 1996 summer Olympic Games in Atlanta. (Silken)
16. Myriam Bédard became famous after her participation in this event at the Albertville winter Olympic Games in 1992. (biathlon)
17. Event in which Chris Lori took part at the winter Olympic Games held in Lillehammer in 1994. (bobsleigh)
19. Last name of Victor Kraatz's partner in figure skating at the 1998 winter Olympics in Nagano. (Bourne)

2) Canadian Olympians Quiz
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Canadian Olympians Quiz, Questions and Answers - Printable version [PDF 133 KB]

  1. Peter Fonseca took part in which event at the summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, in 1996?
  2. Which athlete took part in the moguls event at Nagano in 1998 and was also the champion in freestyle skiing at Lillehammer in 1994?
  3. Carl Beaumier took part in which event at the summer Olympics in Seoul in 1988?
  4. Manon Rhéaume goaltended in which sport at the Nagano winter Olympics in 1998?
  5. What is the last name of the bronze medallist in cycling for the sprint event at the Atlanta summer Games in 1996?
  6. Which female athlete won a gold medal in speed skating at the Nagano winter Olympics in 1998?
  7. The winter Olympic Games were held in which city in 1984?
  8. Canadian Denis Michaud participated in which event at the winter Olympic Games held at Innsbruck in 1976?
  9. What is the first name of the silver medallist in kayaking at the summer Games in Atlanta in 1996?
  10. In which city were the 1988 winter Olympics held?
  11. Sebastian Lareau and Daniel Nestor won a gold medal in which event at the Sydney Olympics in summer, 2000?
  12. What is the family name of Kerrin Lee who won a gold medal in the alpine skiing event at the Albertville Olympic Games in winter, 1992?
  13. What is the family name of Kathleen who won a gold medal for rowing with Marnie McBean at the 1996 summer Olympic Games in Atlanta?
  14. What is the first name of the athlete Laumann who won a gold medal in rowing at the 1996 summer Olympic Games in Atlanta?
  15. Nicolas Gill participated in which event at the 2000 summer Olympic Games in Sydney.
  16. Which sport is played with brooms and a rock?
  17. Myriam Bédard became famous after her participation in which event at the Albertville winter Olympic Games in 1992?
  18. In which sport did Robbyn Hermitage take part in the 2000 Sydney summer Olympic Games?
  19. In which event did Chris Lori take part at the winter Olympic Games held in Lillehammer in 1994?
  20. Which medal is awarded to the athlete who places third in an event?
  21. What is the family name of the athlete who won the gold medal in snowboarding at the Nagano winter Olympics in 1998?
  22. What is the family name of Victor Kraatz's partner in figure skating at the 1998 winter Olympics in Nagano?
  23. What is the name of one of the horses ridden by Ian Millar in the equestrian event at the Seoul summer Games in 1988?
  24. In which city were the 1998 Olympic Games held?
  25. What is the first name of the gold medallist in the 100 metre event at the 1996 summer Olympic Games in Atlanta?

Quiz - Answer Key
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  1. Peter Fonseca took part in which event at the summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, in 1996? (marathon)
  2. Which athlete took part in the moguls event at Nagano in 1998 and was also the champion in freestyle skiing at Lillehammer in 1994? (JeanLucBrassard)
  3. Carl Beaumier took part in which event at the summer Olympics in Seoul in 1988? (kayak)
  4. Manon Rhéaume goaltended in which sport at the Nagano winter Olympics in 1998? (hockey)
  5. What is the last name of the bronze medallist in cycling for the sprint event at the Atlanta summer Games in 1996? (Harnett)
  6. Which female athlete won a gold medal in speed skating at the Nagano winter Olympics in 1998? (CatrionaLeMayDoan)
  7. The winter Olympic Games were held in which city in 1984? (Sarajevo)
  8. Canadian Denis Michaud participated in which event at the winter Olympic Games held at Innsbruck in 1976? (luge)
  9. What is the first name of the silver medallist in kayaking at the summer Games in Atlanta in 1996? (Caroline)
  10. In which city were the 1988 winter Olympics held? (Calgary)
  11. Sebastian Lareau and Daniel Nestor won a gold medal in which event at the Sydney Olympics in summer, 2000? (tennis)
  12. What is the family name of Kerrin Lee who won a gold medal in the alpine skiing event at the Albertville Olympic Games in winter, 1992? (Gartner)
  13. What is the family name of Kathleen who won a gold medal for rowing with Marnie McBean at the 1996 summer Olympic Games in Atlanta? (Heddle)
  14. What is the first name of the athlete Laumann who won a gold medal in rowing at the 1996 summer Olympic Games in Atlanta? (Silken)
  15. Nicolas Gill participated in which event at the 2000 summer Olympic Games in Sydney? (Judo)
  16. Which sport is played with brooms and a rock? (curling)
  17. Myriam Bédard became famous after her participation in which event at the Albertville winter Olympic Games in 1992? (biathlon)
  18. In which sport did Robbyn Hermitage take part in the 2000 Sydney summer Olympic Games? (badminton)
  19. In which event did Chris Lori take part at the winter Olympic Games held in Lillehammer in 1994? (bobsleigh)
  20. Which medal is awarded to the athlete who places third in an event? (bronze)
  21. What is the family name of the athlete who won the gold medal in snowboarding at the Nagano winter Olympics in 1998? (Rebagliati)
  22. What is the family name of Victor Kraatz's partner in figure skating at the 1998 winter Olympics in Nagano? (Bourne)
  23. What is the name of one of the horses ridden by Ian Millar in the equestrian event at the Seoul summer Games in 1988? (BigBen)
  24. In which city were the 1998 Olympic Games held? (Nagano)
  25. What is the first name of the gold medallist in the 100 metre event at the 1996 summer Olympic Games in Atlanta? (Donovan) 
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