Study the Olympics and Create a Google Map of Past Host Cities!

9  Diamond Project

Located near the harbor


Please note: Occasionally, we will have so many activities linked to a particular topic that we will split the topics into 2 projects. That is the case with the Olympics. Both Part I and Part II start with the same initial powerpoint introduction but all other activities are different.

In this project, we will be studying wild weather. Then you are going to choose whether to dig deeper in studying either tornadoes or hurricanes. You will choose to read a short historical novel about one or the other. Both are Magic Treehouse books. You can also choose to earn from 14 points and try to do both. You will also be creating a powerpoint on either hurricanes, tornadoes or both. Last you will make sure Montessori City by creating an underground weather bunker for the city.


To begin with, I want to introduce you to the history of the Olympics in the PowerPoint to the right. Please not that this PowerPoint is used in our other Olympics project as well so if you have already done Step 1 and 2 for that project, you can skip it here. But if you have not, then please do it here. 

Click above to download the Olympics PowerPoint.


Now answer the questions on the sheet to the right about the Olympics Games PowerPoint. Write in your answers on the Microsoft Word doc and upload it to your folder on Google Drive.


Next, take a look at the video to the rightall about the Olympic Games past and present...


Next, you are going to create a  map of some of the cities around the world that have served as host cities for the Olympics in Google Maps. 

Click on the map to the right to go to Google Maps where you can create a map. 

When you get to the page, it may open up to where you are sitting in the world at this moment. Then...

1. Try clicking in the top left corner on the three horizontal bars (this is the menu button)

2. Then click on the option for Your Places

3. Then click on Maps to the right and Create Map on the bottom


Next, you are going to create your map of cities that have hosted the Olympic Games. First, you can find a list of all those cities that have hosted the Olympics by clicking on the picture to the right. Scroll down to see the list... 

Pick 25 of the cities to include in your map

Change the title of your map where the blue arrow is pointing...

Then search for one of the Olympic host cities where the brown arrow is pointing...

Once you have added the city, click to "Add to Map" as the blue arrow is showing here. Then keep searching and adding cities to your map of Olympic host cities.

Choose 25 cities to add to your map.

Make sure to save it and be ready to present it to Teacher Matt


For the last step of this project you are going to create an Olympic mascot. As you may know, every Olympics has a mascot. You can see mascots from past Olympics by clicking to the website to the right.

I want you to create your own. First you will design the mascot on an 8.5 x 11 piece of white paper or construction paper. Make sure to give your mascot a name and write at least two sentences below the mascot explaining your choice for the mascot. Make sure to color your mascot and name it (and yes, if you want to create two side by side mascots that is OK too) 

Then you will create your mascot as a statue in Montessori City. It should be between 15 and 40 blocks high. Make sure to include a sign saying the mascot's name. 

Also, be sure to upload a picture of the paper on which you drew the mascot to the folder on Google Drive.


*View the powerpoint on the Olympics and write your answers to the question sheet in Step 2. Upload it to Google Drive

*View the Olympics video

*Create a map using Google Maps of at least 25 Olympic host cities. Save it and be ready to present it to Teacher Matt

*Design an Olympic mascot on a piece of paper with color and then create a statue of the mascot in Montessori City.


*Teacher Matt is grading out of a possible 9 Diamonds for this project depending on whether you want to try one book and PowerPoint or both.