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Record-Breaking Beijing Olympics

Sn_olympiccollection_banner_07310_2 As Scholastic News Online Kid Reporter Allison Tam writes, the 2008 Beijing Olympics is full of historic firsts: the first time a sitting U.S. President attended the opening ceremonies, the first time 205 nations will compete, and the first time the Games will be broadcast in high definition. It's also the first time I raced home to watch the opening ceremonies of any sporting event -- the fireworks shooting from the Bird's Nest Stadium was well worth the rush-hour crush.

Get up-to-date news on the Summer Olympics from our Kid Reporters, who will be providing daily coverage of the basketball, gymnastics, swimming, and volleyball competitions. Assign your students to  write a news story about the history of the Olympics or a feature article on China, and publish it online. Or, have your students start a travel journal to record their thoughts about China's people, history, and culture.

Build on your students' excitement, and get your school year off to a great start with sports-themed curriculum. Read books about past Olympic heroes, or try this nonfiction-fiction pair recommended by Kid Lit Kit's blogger Anastasia Suen.

How are you incorporating the Beijing Olympics into your teaching?

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