A lot of us have had dreams of being at the Olympics, dreams of winning the gold, announcing for the games or just visiting another country.
A teachers at Solheim Elementary in Bismarck worked for weeks to fulfill that dream for their students.
Students played some of the games, reported the news, studied the different cultures and more. I was lucky enough to sit in on a Solheim Olympic newscast.
The Olympics started earlier this month, but Solheim teachers began planning activities around them weeks before.
Music classes learned different national anthems, while the gym teacher hosted different events and gave out medals. The Olympics were everywhere and the students loved it.
"You get, one, you get time off of class. You get to do other stuff, and another reason is I like researching and watching videos about it," says student Ellie Fogarty.
As a camerawoman for the Solheim News, Ellie says she learned a lot about the games and her classmates' talents.
Fifth-grade anchorwomen Jaden Hoff and Fogarty debated weather they would like to be Olympians or newscasters.
"It would be fun to be an Olympian," says Hoff. "You get a lot of fame. But it would be nerve wracking too. It probably be nerve wracking to do all that sports, to see if you win bronze, silver or gold."
"I think I'd wanna be a news person, because I like using expression and being on the news. It's really fun," says Fogarty.
This project was fun not only for students, but teachers as well. In fact, some may have had too much fun.
"Yeah, in fact, my particular class will be carrying the Olympics into next week because I kinda over planned," says third-grade teacher Alicia Overbeck. "So, we have other activities that we're going to have to take on past the closing ceremonies. But there's just so much you can do and so many standards you can use."
Teachers incorporated math and English through medal counting, researching cultures and the games.
The Sochi Olympic games are ending this weekend. Solheim plans to have an Olympics closing ceremony tomorrow.
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