Olympische Sommerspiele / Olympic Summer Games

I’m finally coming out of my fog from the end of the school year. And I just realized that the Summer Olympic Games will be starting in a few weeks!

Four – make that five – years ago, I made some vocabulary cards for the Summer Olympics in Rio. I thought I would repost them here. You can read more about them in the original post.

There are 8 sports covered in this packet of materials. You can use them as flashcards, play games like Memory and Go Fish, and also solve some Purzelwörter – scrambled word puzzles.

Some of the words I chose are not the official names of the sports. As this is meant for an introduction to vocabulary, I went with simpler forms. For example, instead of Leichtathletik, I used Laufen. Clearly, Leichtathletik encompasses a whole lot more than just running, but for young children, it made sense to keep it simple!

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Yoga für Kinder

Our students are working SO hard during remote learning! This week I wanted to shake things up a bit – give them something fun and easy to do. I know my boys are also getting very tired as they work. So one day we did a few yoga poses together. It seemed to help!

Today I made a short video with two yoga flows. Sorry, I’m not sharing the video, because my kids are in it 🙂 But I will share the instructions that are in both German and English:

German Yoga Instructions: Sonnengruß & Atem der Freude (PDF) GitA

The Sun Salutation I did is a modified, shortened one. You stay on your feet the whole time – no downward dog, lunge, etc.

The Breath of Joy really does need a visual to understand it! Here’s a quick video I found on YouTube:


Olympische Winterspiele – Activities

I haven’t had time to come up with any of my own activities for the Winter Olympics. But I’ve found some nice worksheets and reading cards on other sites that I thought I’d share.

I really like the materials over on Lehrmittelperlen (you must subscribe to obtain access to their materials – about $20 per year).

Other reading cards about the various sports can be found at Fächerübergreifend leicht gemacht.

KinderSuppe has a variety of materials and activities (search “Olympische Winterspiele”). You have to subscribe to obtain access to most of their materials, however they do offer some things for free:

  • Olympic Rings: Print out the page to color the Olympic rings. They suggest using paint and cotton swabs to color them in! There are two versions: one with a colored dot to indicate the ring colors; one with the color word spelled in the ring.
  • Summer or Winter? This activity has children sorting cards of various sports into summer and winter sport.

What are you doing to learn about the Winter Olympics in German?

Olympic Games: Vocab Cards

I decided to make a set of vocabulary cards to go with the Summer Olympics. I found a cute set of clip-art for making the cards. But they provided me with a somewhat unusual set of words, in my opinion! That is to say, I’m not sure these are the 8 sports I would have selected. But it’s still a nice introduction.

I looked up the official titles of the Olympic sports and thought some were a little long or complicated. So I made the decision to use simpler, more common names, where I could. For example, track & field is known as Leichtathletik, but I used Laufen instead. I realize this word does not begin to cover all the different events in track & field. But since we are still working on very basic vocabulary, I thought this made sense.

Included in the set are cards that have images with words, just images, and just words. You can use these cards to print full-size for vocab posters. Or you can print them 6-to-a-page on heavy cardstock to use for games such as Memory or Go Fish.

I’m also trying something new! I made a set of cards with the images plus jumbled letters. But then some of the words are so long, that the jumble looked way too complicated! So I made one more set with jumbled letter groups. Use these cards for spelling and writing practice. For independent work, children can use the cards with images and words to self-check their work.

Vocabulary words included:

  • das Schwimmen
  • das Bogenschießen
  • das Reiten
  • das Laufen
  • das Gewichtheben
  • das Turnen
  • der Stabhochsprung
  • der Fußball

Download the PDF file here: Olympische Sommerspiele (PDF)

If you’re enjoying this site, I’d love to hear from you! Please let me know how you’re using the materials and if you have any ideas for improvements! Thanks 😉