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Olympic Games – Resources for Teachers

Help students draw parallels between the perseverance of athletes and their own lives with lessons, printables, and activities on the Olympic Games. These resources are appropriate for all grade levels. You'll find information about the rules of basketball around the world, essay topics about whether athleticism is innate or learned, daily warm-ups on current events, references on the many historical events that have occurred during the Olympic Games, biographies about famous athletes, and much more!

2014 Winter Olympic Games

2014 Olympic Winter Games: Sochi

Whiteboard Compatible Resources

Modern Olympic Beginnings Mini-Lesson
Modern Olympic Beginnings Mini-Lesson — PowerPoint Slideshow and Teacher Notes
More Instant Expert: Olympics

Digital Books

Eyewitness: Olympics
Gallery of DK Digital Books for Social Studies

Lesson Plans

Classroom Olympic Games
Write a Letter to Jesse Owens
What Are the Modern Olympic Games?
Olympic Leaders
Political Events and Summer Olympic Games


Entertainment in Ancient Greece Quiz
Quiz: The Ancient Olympic Games
Winter Games Historical Facts Quiz
Winter Olympic Games Quiz: Did You Know?
Winter Olympic Games Trivia

Reading, Writing, and Olympic Games Connected

Going for the Gold Writing Activity
Modern Olympic Beginnings Word Power
Jim Thorpe Reading Warm-Up
Michelle Kwan Reading Warm-Up
2006 Winter Olympic Games Reading Warm-Up
Winter Olympic Games Alphabetical Order Activity
Winter Olympic Games Reading Comprehension Activity

Olympic Athletes

Babe Didrikson, Olympic Athlete
Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Olympic Athlete
Jesse Owens, Olympic Athlete
Jim Thorpe, Olympic Athlete
More Past Olympic Athletes: Profiles, Biographies, and Activities

Olympic Events and Stastics

Chart of Summer Olympic Games Statistics
Chart of Winter Olympic Games Statistics
Events of the Summer Olympic Games
Events of the Winter Olympic Games
Modern Olympic Symbols & Traditions
Most Overall Summer Olympic Medals (USA)
America's Most Decorated Winter Olympic Athletes
Olympic Locations Through the Years
Summer Olympic Events -- Past and Present

Olympic Facts and Trivia

Fun Facts about the Olympic Games
Olympic Facts
Olympic Trivia & Fun Facts

Ancient Olympic Games

Ancient and Modern Olympic Games in Athens
Entertainment in Ancient Greece
Olympic Games in Ancient Greece

Olympic History

History of Olympic Scandals: From Bribery to Steroids
History of the Olympic Torch, Flame, and Relay
Munich Massacre
Olympic History: 1936 Summer Games Background
Olympic History: Louganis' Diving Accident During 1988 Games in Seoul
Olympic History: Surprises of the 1936 Olympic Games
Olympic History: The Birth of the Modern Games
Top 10 Olympic Controversies

Olympic Games and Politics

Olympic Games and Politics
Olympic Games and Politics Research Questions
Olympic History: 1968 Games and Civil Disobedience
Olympic History: Controversy and 2008 Beijing Games

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