Winter Olympic Locations
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Grade: 3rd Grade
Class: English Language Arts
Author: Hollie Combs
Queensbury School
NYS Content Area Standard:
English Language Arts:
Standard 3: Language for Critical Analysis and Evaluation
NYS Interdisciplinary Standard:
Adirondack Curriculum Content Area:
Natural HistoryHuman History
Keywords: winter, olympics
The Challenge:
Investigative Question or Issue: How does the Lake Placid region compare with other regions of the world selected as locations for the Winter Olympics?

This Challenge is designed to be a culminating activity for a unit of study on reading and understanding maps. It provides students an opportunity to apply map skills and to compare and contrast geographic and man-made features.

Students should have the background knowledge necessary to write sentences to compare and contrast. They also need to have skills in technology to construct a power point.

The Challenge:

Create an informational powerpoint, brochure, or news release article comparing and contrasting the geography and man-made features of at least 3 past winter olympic locations. You must included Lake Placid representing a North American location, the other locations must be one from Europe and one from Asia

Student Handout attached.

Student Resource Page

Other Resources:

Related Files:
Student Handout
Quality Standards:

Each product includes the following:

  • City, country, continent of each location
  • Atitude and longitude cooridnates for each location
  • Major geographic and man-made features of each location
  • Well written information using compare/contrast sentences


  • High quality- neat written and visual information
  • all required information is shared as part of the presentation

Completed on time

Product Quality Checklist
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Standard/Criteria: Points Possible: Points Awarded:

All products include:

  • city, country, and continent for each olympic location
  • latitude and longitude for each location
  • major geographic and man-made features for each location
  • information that is accurate

Power Point includes:

  • Title slide including author's name
  • visual information
  • written information

News Release Article includes:

  • Headline with journalist's name


  • High quality- neat visual and written information
  • All required information is shared as part of the presentation

Completed on time

Above and beyond (extra credit)

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