Canada's Bid to Host the Winter Olympics 2010
A WebQuest for 8th Grade World Geography
Playing host to the Olympics is a role that many cities would love to play. Selection for a host city for the 2010 Winter Olympic games will begin shortly. Canada wants to be selected! To guarantee making a strong proposal to the selection committee, Canada will conduct a preliminary competition among five cities to determine which Canadian city will vie for the right to host the 2010 Olympic games. You are a member of a team which will develop and present a proposal for one these cities. Your team must create an effective, informative, creative and original oral presentation. You must also develop graphs, maps, diagrams, and other visual aids to supplement your presentation. Each team member will take on a special role and focus on a different aspect of the chosen city. Persuade the committee that your city is Canada’s best hope for hosting the Olympic games. Your classmates and parent visitors will be asked to select the city that makes the most convincing argument.
Each group will develop a 10 minute oral presentation designed to convince members of the Canadian selection committee that their city should be Canada’s entry for Olympic consideration. The presentation must involve all group members and include visual aides.Use plenty of persuasive and descriptive language! The information must be factual and presented in a dynamic and convincing manner. The categories of information reflect actual information which candidate cities must sumit. The details of the Olympic city selection process are available at this site . The five cities which will present proposals are Quebec, Toronto, Calgary, Montreal and Vancouver.
Each group will consist of 5 members. Group members will assume one of the following roles: cultural attaché, city planner, weather consultant, road guide, and advertising entrepreneur. The specific assignments for each group member are described below. After reading the descriptions and assessing the talents of the group members determine who will assume each of the roles. If you have difficulty with this please consult me for help.
Before beginning individual
assignments, each group should gather general information about their city
as well as background information on the Olympic games and the host city
selection process. Each group must complete a city
and an Olympic worksheet
before moving to individual assignments. Print and electronic resources
for completing these worksheet are referenced.
General Resources about Canada
An excellent source for printable maps is the NGS Xpedition site
Visit UN Infonation for basic facts about the county
About Canada has a great deal of useful information
Canadian Information : an extensive collection of resources related to Canada compiled by the National Library of Canada
Resources by City:
MacLeish, Kenneth. "Quebec: French City in an Anglo-Saxon World". National Geographic Society Magazine , March, 1971.
White, Peter, T. "One Canada - or Two?".National Geographic Society Magazine, April 1977.
Boyer, David S. "Calgary: Canada's Not-So-Wild-West".National Geographic Society Magazine, March,1984.
Garrett, W.E. "Canada's Heartland,
the Prairie Provinces"..National Geographic Society Magazine, October,
Billard, Jules B. "Montreal Greets the World (Expo 67)". National Geographic Society Magazine. May,1967.
Philips, Alan. "Canada, My
Country"..National Geographic Society Magazine, Dec.,1961.
Edwards, Mike. "Dream On, Vancouver". National Geographic Society Magazine.October, 1978.
Billard, Jules, B. "Window on the Pacific: The British Columbia Coast".National Geographic Society Magazine. March, 1972.
Boyer, David, S. "British Columbia: Life Begins at 100". National Geographic Society Magazine. August, 1958.
Starbird, Ethel A. "Toronto:Canada's Dowager Learns to Swing". National Geographic Society Magazine. August, 1975.
Boyer, David S. "Ontario, Canada's
Keystone".National Geographic Society Magazine. Dec., 1978.
Role descriptions / responsibilities
After doing research on the city’s distinctive characteristics develop a logo for the 2010 Winter Olympic games. The logo must include the official Olympic insignia (five city interlocking rings), the year, and an image which uniquely represents the city and the specific Olympic games. Be prepared to present and explain the symbolism of the logo. The advertising entrepreneur will also develop a poster promoting the city as an Olympic host city.
The Olympic Museum has logos from previous Olympic games as well as a host of additional background information on the Olympics.
This site has general information about travel in Canada . There are also links to travel information by province. Visit the Map Machine at National Geographic to created street maps of the area.
Each student will receive three grades for this project.Two will be individual grades and one will be a group grade. Each student will receive an individual grade for the product created for the assigned role. Each student will also receive an individual grade for his / her portion of the oral presentation. A third grade, a group grade will be determined by how well the members worked as a team to produced a well-integrated product.
As a result of this unit you will understand that hosting the Olympic games is a tremendous honor, a huge responsibility, a great deal of work and requires a significant financial committment. Once your city is selected, it is showcased to the world in and scrutinized in minute detail. It joins an elite group of cities which have earned this unique honor. Your city will forever be remembered by the events, good or bad, heroic or catastrophic, of the Olympiad that it hosted.
Credits & References
Special thanks to the Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance for providing me with the opportunity to visit Vancouver, British Columbia. That visit was the inspiration for this WebQuest.
I am indebted to the WebQuest Page (http://edweb.sdsu.edu/ webquest/webquest.html)created by Bernie Dodge.This site provided an insight into this technique for effectively using the internet to create engaging and challenging instructional activities.
Additional books and web sites are referenced throughout this project.