First we read All the Way to America: The Story of a Big Italian Family and a Little Shovel by DanYaccarino.
The publisher, Random House, also had an online educator's guide to be used with the book, so we took a few sheets of this to work on together. It had vocabulary words, review questions and writing exercises. We really liked this book, which is a true story of how the author's great great grandfather traveled to America to start a new life and follows the future generations as they pass along the values of hard work and family.
Another fun activity we did was to check out the Sochi Olympics website. There we could read about the Italian Olympians, see how many medals they have won (5 so far!) and see when they would be competing next. We checked out all of the US stats, too, all while watching the US women's curling competition, which reminded us a little of playing Bocce. :)
Have you used the Olympics as any kind of lesson for your kids? We'd love to know what you did- leave a message or link in the comments!