The 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London are beginning and they are great fun to talk about with kids in any language. The following resources provide information about the Olympic Games in Spanish. The information and activities are at a variety of levels and can be adapted for children learning Spanish.
1. Calendario Juegos Olímpicos de Londres 2012– This calendar shows all of the scheduled events of the Olympic Games. It is from El mundo, a Spanish newspaper. Under Seleccione un deporte there is a set of icons, and as you scroll over them you see the name of each sport in Spanish. (This would be a fun matching activity). You can see the schedule for a sport by clicking on the icon. You can also filter by country or by date.
2. ¿Qué sabes de los Juegos Olímpicos? – This is a Scribd unit with basic information about the Olympics. It is not specific to the 2012 Olympics and mentions the games in Barcelona and Beijing. The unit covers these topics:
– Qué son los Juegos Olímpicos y su historia.
– Clases de Juegos Olímpicos.
– Dónde se celebran los Juegos Olímpicos.
– Los símbolos (mascotas y emblemas).
– Dónde se llevan a cabo las competiciones.
– Dónde viven los atletas durante los Juegos Olímpicos.
– Los deportes de los Juegos Olímpicos.
– Los premios de los ganadores
3.Webquest para segundo y tercero de primaria – This site has two webquests. They are designed for children in Spain, so you may want to adapt the questions slightly, especially for the webquest de tercero de primaria. For each webquest, you will find these sections in the top navigation bar: Introducción, Tarea, Proceso, Recursos, Evaluación, Conclusión. There is also a PDF of mascotas that children have drawn for the 2020 Olympic Games with the hope they will be held in Madrid (Istanbul, Tokyo, and Madrid are candidates).
4. Dibujos para pintar– On this page you will categories with several coloring pages in each category. These coloring pages are from Yodibujo.com and they can be colored online or printed. The captions in Spanish describing each page are descriptive and good exposure to the language, so be sure to read them together. Unfortunately, the captions do not print on the coloring sheets. It is a good idea to have children who are reading and writing add the captions if they are printing them. With children who do not read and write, you can use the vocabulary in the captions to talk about the pictures. A word of warning – Yodibujo.com has a lot of advertisements!
5. Juegos Olímpicos Londres 2012 – These are news stories related to the Olympic games. They are compiled by Perú.com, and although they are not specifically for children, the pictures and photos make the main idea of many of the articles accessible to Spanish language learners.
6. Video: Juegos Olímpicos – This video of Tina y los Fieltronitos explains the origins of the Olympic games. Spanish language learners will not understand every word, but if they are familiar with the information they will understand some of the main ideas.
7. Pocoyolímpicos – This is a Pocoyó episode where Pocoyó, Elle and Pato have their own version of the Olympics. It is not as informative as the other resources, but I include it because it has some good vocabulary and because I think Pocoyó is darling.
You may also be interested in the sports unit of Mi mundo en palabras. You can find a post about the online resource here: Mi mundo en palabras – Free Site Teaches Children Spanish.