E-Books to Engage Students in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

Posted by Big Universe on Feb 9, 2014 7:00:30 PM

Television specials, heart-warming interviews, traveling torches, and building anticipation can only mean one thing: the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics are here! Every four years, the Winter Olympics take the world by storm captivating audiences and sending them on an exciting two weeks of competition. Students will, no doubt, be just as invested in the games. From the twelve new winter sports to the over-all medal race, there is something for everyone.

Take your students on an exhilarating reading adventure with e-books sure to capture the culture, countries, and sports of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics:

2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Reads for Grades 3-5:

Shaun White: Olympic Champion
by Sarah Tieck (author) © 2011shaunwhite
ISBN: 9781617872549 AR: / Points 0.5

Colorful graphics, over-sized photographs, and short, engaging sentences draw reluctant readers in to the fascinating life of two-time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White! This book introduces readers to White’s childhood, family background, rise to fame, and future plans. Readers will learn about his background in surfing, skiing, and on to snowboarding and skateboarding, as well as how White’s bold snowboarding tricks have made him famous. White’s performances and gold medals won in the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics are covered, as well as the background and history of the Olympics. White’s X Games competitions are also highlighted. Features include table of contents, maps, “Did You Know” facts, a “Snapshot” page with vital information, a glossary with phonetics, and an index. Big Buddy Books is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.

Lindsey Vonn: Olympic Champion
by Sarah Tieck (author) © 2011
ISBN: 9781617872532 AR: / Points 0.5

Colorful graphics, oversized photographs, and short, engaging sentences draw reluctant readers in to the fascinating life of Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn! This book introduces readers to Vonn’s childhood, family background, rise to fame, and future plans. Readers will learn about Vonn’s journey to become professional skier, from her father’s early lessons to her break into international races. Vonn’s performances in the 2002 and 2006 Winter Olympics are covered, leading up to her first Olympic gold medal at the 2010 Olympics. Vonn’s World Cup wins are highlighted, including her prize cow after a 2005 win in Val d’Isere, France. Vonn’s marriage to fellow skier Thomas Vonn, her friendship with competitor Maria Reisch, and her hobbies are also included. Features include table of contents, maps, “Did You Know” facts, a “Snapshot” page with vital information, a glossary with phonetics, and an index. Big Buddy Books is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.

Russia
by Julie Murray (author) © 2013
ISBN: 9781624014055Russia

Informative, easy-to-read text and oversized scenic photos draw in readers as they journey through Russia – home of the great Caspian Sea, the vast and desolate Siberia region, and Moscow’s ornate Saint Basil’s Cathedral. Readers will learn about Russia’s history, government, major cities, land features, natural resources, culture, and more! Maps, a timeline with photos, fun facts, and pronunciation guides aid readers. The book closes with a facts page including Russia’s population and total area, as well as images of the Russian flag and currency. Students will find valuable report information while exploring Russia! Table of contents, glossary, and index included. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Big Buddy BOOKS is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.

Snowboarding
by Ray McClellan © 2011
ISBN: 9781612113418 AR: Book Level 3.4 / Points 0.5 / Quiz 139004 / Interest Level LG

Shaun White is considered the face of snowboarding. He has won two Olympic gold medals by catching big air while doing difficult jumps and tricks. Children will discover how snowboarders carve down slopes and push the limits of gravity through several different kinds of competitions.

2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Reads for Grades 6-8:

Science at Work in Snowboarding
by Richard Hantula (author) © 2012
ISBN: 9781608707348

Readers learn how scientific principles come into play with sports.

Russia
by Jim Bartell © 2011
ISBN: 1612113613 AR: Book Level 4.8 / Points 0.5 / Quiz 139459 / Interest Level LG

Moscow’s Red Square is a center of Russian history and culture. This book explores the physical and cultural geography of Russia, showing the reader what daily life is like in Russia and how Russians keep their cultural traditions alive in the modern world.

Bolshevik Revolution
by Joseph R. O'neill (author) © 2009
ISBN: 9781617851742 AR: / Points 2.0

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This title examines an important historic event, the Bolshevik Revolution. Readers will learn the history of Russia leading up to the revolution, key players and happenings in the revolution, and the event’s effect on society and politics. Color photos and informative sidebars accompany easy-to-read, compelling text. Features include a timeline, facts, additional resources, web sites, a glossary, a bibliography, and an index. Essential Events is a series in Essential Library, an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company. Grades 6-9.

Hockey
by Marty Gitlin (author) © 2012
ISBN: 9781614787143 AR: / Points 1.0

Best Sport Ever: Hockey takes readers from the beginnings of hockey to present day with a focus on the legends, the amazing Hockeystories, and the unique characteristics that makes the sport great. Discover the early games of hockey, the equipment used in the game then and now, the thrill of the Miracle on Ice, and the achievements of Maurice “The Rocket” Richard, Jacques Plante, Bobby Hull, Wayne Gretzky, Cindy Curley, and so many others in this amazing overview of the Best Sport Ever: Hockey! Through colorful descriptions, a glossary, additional resources, engaging sidebars that go “beyond the basics” into advanced skills and health benefits, and more, the Best Sport Ever series is a can’t miss for today’s sports fan. SportsZone is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.

2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Reads for High School:

Extreme Snowboarding
by Daniel Benjamin (author) © 2012
ISBN: 9781608707492

Readers get a close-up look at the most popular, adrenaline-driven extreme sports.

2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in the Classroom

Get in on the Sochi action and get your students reading today! Which Big Universe e-books are you most excited to have students read during the course of the winter games?

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Common Core, Integration Ideas, Reading Lists, Literacy

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