Grade: Kinder 3 Year: 2012-2013 Students: Santiago, Juan Pablo R., Juan Pablo D., Luisa, Sofía, Cloe, Valentina, Ian, Sebastián, Manuel, Armando, Rodrigo, Alberto, Dario, Marshall, Pablo, Mikel, Asis. Teachers: Evelyn and Claudia. International sporting events are fascinating and offer a large variety of opportunities to learn a second language. At the beginning of the school year, we noticed that the students were very excited about the Olympic Games that had taken place over the summer. They shared their knowledge of the sports they themselves practice and showed curiosity to learn about others. In order to learn more, we decided to explore the history of the Olympics using a variety of resources. They began to incorporate new action verbs in their vocabulary and grammar structures. “When do we celebrate the Olympics?” “Let’s skip holding the ball.” br ele “Soccer is a famous international sport.” et he O 89 6.” “We c at lympic c n i s s 1 e “Why are you making a booklet about sports?” “What colors of uniforms do you see?” “So, we represent all the sports we will see in our trips.” “Hay yellow, red, blue, green and white.” “Very good idea!” In order to create a better understanding of the sports and create a connection with our contexts we organized a number of visits in small groups to different sport venues around the city. Each group registered all their information in drawings and notes, focusing on the rules and processes. When we got back to the classroom each group was eager to share their experiences with their classmates. The children expressed the desire to organize their own mini-olympics. They began by creating event logos as well as trophies and medals. Then, they divided into groups based on their favorite sports and set to work designing uniforms and the organization of the event. “What color are you using for your Logo?” “El blue, red, yellow and green.” “Why did you choose red?” “Red es por el amor.” “Our trophies are de Oro.” t t? ” “ W ea “How many horas practican los boxeadores?” “Como 3 horas todos los días.” “It’s very important to do a warm-up before you practice gymnastic.” -s hir t” u o y u o r y O r l o y f m e pic il k s hir -s “We have many sports pictures for our mural.” c h o c i l o h r W wo “ uld “They are gold.” l ll lik a r e bl ue p a t a The children decided that their mini-olympics would be a perfect opportunity to share how their English skills had advanced with their parents by presenting what they had learned about each sport and inviting them to play.