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Cross Country Skiing
Students are introduced to cross country skiing. They sit down on picnic tables in Craft Building. Students study how they are going to fit their skis, boots, and poles. They are explained that the ski boots are in European (metric) sizes. Students determine that the ski boots should not fit tightly, but leave enough room for one finger between the end of your toe and the tip of the boot.
Boat Safety and Water Sports - Lesson 5 - Water Skiing Laws/Safety/Equipment
Water skiing laws exist for the safety of all concerned. Proper equipment is just as important as following all the laws concerning safety. Lesson 5 is part of a unit on boat safety and water sports. There are links at the bottom of the page that go to the other lessons, as well as the unit plan page.
Boat Safety and Water Sports - Lesson 9 - Conditioning for Water Skiing
It takes muscle strength and muscle endurance to get up on a water ski or wake board, and to stay up. Lesson 9 out of this 22 lesson unit is about conditioning. A resource link at the bottom of the page allows you to view all the lesson plans in the unit.
Dry Water Skiing
Students explore how to get out of the starting position while in the water to prepare for water skiing.
Olympism: Ski Jump: Faster, Higher, Stronger
Students study the effect of initial speeds and surface conditions on ski jump distances. They experiment with the parameters and demonstrate their effect on the final distance traveled in the ski jump.
Skiing Word Search Puzzle
In this skiing word search puzzle activity, students use problem solving skills to find the 20 skiing terms in the word puzzle.
New! Science of the Winter Olympic Games: Physics of Slope-Style Skiing
Many mechanical phenomena are explained by a physics professor using Nick Goepper, a Winter Olympics 2014 slope-style skier, as the model. Beginning with kinetic and potential energy, the professor goes on to explain angular momentum and moment of inertia. This short film is a fresh and exciting way to introduce your physicists to these concepts. It is ideal for introducing and building interest in your mechanics unit, and takes a cross-curricular perspective on the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic games! .
New! Science of the Winter Olympic Games: Alpine Skiing and Vibration Damping
Alpine skiers have engineers looking out for their safety and for their performance. Physics and materials engineers consider how to dampen the vibrations that can be caused by bumps in the snow, vibrations that can cause the athletes to lose time, or worse, lose control. They use nanomaterials and shock absorption to improve strength, flexibility, and stability of moving parts, taking a scientific perspective on the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. The awe-inspiring combination of sports and science will foster a winning spirit in your engineering or physics pupils. Consider showing the clip before assigning a project to meet NGSS engineering standards for middle school.
Snowfall Statistics for Snowboarding
Learners use the Internet to collect the current daily snowfall amounts and also to find the price of a lift ticket for snowboarding at different ski resorts in the United States.
Students create a movie using pictures taken from a class ski trip. In this iMovie-ski trip instructional activity the students determine which pictures they would like to represent their trip. Students then begin to construct their movie by using their pictures, narration, and other sounds and transitions. Students will produce a movie which captures the essence of the class trip.
Boat Safety and Water Sports- Lesson 6
Lesson 6 is part of a twenty-two instructional activity unit on boat safety and water sports. The focus in this instructional activity is on water skiing and upper body strength training. There is a word scramble included for a homework assignment.
Boat Safety and Water Sports - Lesson 10 - Cold Water/Weather
Lesson 10 is part of a twenty-two lesson unit on boat safety and water sports. It focuses on how to handle cold water and cold weather when water skiing, as well as what to do if hypothermia or frostbite occur. Click on the resource link at the bottom of the page to view all the lesson plans.
Chair Lift Challenge
What needs to be considered when designing an effective and safe chair lift? In an engaging and challenging inquiry experiment, young engineers work with teams to design and build a chair lift capable of carrying a tennis ball, a Ping-Pong ball, or a golf ball safely up a tiny mountain. Once complete, teams share their designs with each other and reflect upon their own designs, thinking about what worked well and what could be improved.
Learners explore places extreme skiers go, safety rules, and equipment they use. In this extreme sports lesson, students preview the book and table of contents. Learners read the text independently and complete all related post reading activity worksheets.
Technical Terms from Reading: Learning to Ski
In this reading comprehension worksheet, students answer 9 fill in the blank questions regarding a passage regarding skiing skills.
In this skiing worksheet, learners watch a skiing video and then label pictures about skiing. Students label 6 pictures total on this worksheet.
In this sentence completion worksheet, students read a conversation between two people who are planning to go night skiing. Student fill in the missing words in the sentences with either "many" or "much".
Salt Lake City, Utah
Students research the history of the Salt Lake City. In this geography lesson, students select an activity in Salt Lake City to research, such as snow skiing. Students write a research report.
Finding Slope of a Line from Graphs, Tables, and Ordered Pairs
Middle schoolers explore the concept of slope in numerous ways and start to look at simple linear equations. They describe the slope in a variety of ways such as the steepness of a line, developing a ratio, using graphs, using similar triangles, and through ordered pairs. This lesson has an amazing collections of great ideas when it comes to exploring slope.
New! Sochi 2014 Sports
Familiarize your class with the wide variety of events in the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games. After brainstorming different sports represented in the Winter Olympics, break the class into small groups and assign them specific events to research. After allowing time to gather information, ask young researchers to share their findings with the class. To support the research process, be sure the groups have sufficient access to the Internet and/or books on specific sports.