My first graders are in love with the Sochi Winter Olympics! I assigned groups of students various countries (the top 10 medal winning countries from Vancouver to be exact!) and the students had to find an image of the flag online then scrap-art the flag with construction paper. Throughout the Olympics, each group would take a little time every day to visit the sochi.ru website to add the correct amount of new medals won for their specific country. My class graphed them using paper medals (see below).
The class next door to us graphed their medals by updating the post-it notes each day with the new medal count amounts for each country.
Since we spent so much time researching and learning about the flags of the various countries, we decided to have the students create their own "flags" to represent themselves and then write about them. Some of the work was amazing and very well thought out!