"Dogs Don't Do Ballet" by Anna Kemp: One of my favorite picture books of the year; about a dog who wants more than anything to be a prima ballerina. This book will have every kid applauding at the end of the book, overall lesson: don't give up on your dreams no matter what anybody says. Recommended for ages 5-8.
Use this mini-lesson to introduce the history of the modern Olympics, including when and how the modern Olympic Games began. View it here: http://www.teachervision.fen.com/olympic-games/mini-lesson/71861.html