Lesson Plan

Forces of the Winter Olympics

Students use Pic Collage to identify forces used in Winter Olympic sports.
Bambi F.
Instructional Technology Resource Teacher
Hanover County Public Schools
Ashland, VA
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies

The student will investigate and understand that moving objects exhibit different kinds of motion. Key concepts include

  • objects may have straight, circular, and back-and-forth motions; 
  • pushes or pulls can change the movement of an object. 


English Language Arts
Grades K - 2
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1 Hook

Activity: Conversing

Project the site www.olympic.org/sports for students to view the list of Winter Olympic sports. Ask students to examine the list and think about how the athletes move during those events. Ask students to pick a sport from the list and turn to their neighbor and talk about the forces and motions that occur in their chosen sport.

2 Direct Instruction

Activity: Conversing

Review the terms push, pull, straight, circular, and back and forth. Have students stand and act out each force and motion.

3 Guided Practice

Activity: Other — Pic Collage App

Students learn how they will be using Pic Collage to show forces and motions in Winter Olympic sports. The teacher projects this SnapGuide and has students follow along using their iPad. Students complete one frame of their collage with teacher guidance.

4 Independent Practice

Activity: Other — Pic Collage App

Students, independently or with a partner, complete the remaining frames of their Pic Collage.

5 Wrap-Up

Students who complete the labeling early can write a complete sentence describing the force in each picture. When the Pic Collage is complete students save it to the iPad Photo Library and upload it to Dropbox for future access by the teacher.