The Olympic Games
A short history of the Olympic Games and resources to help you teach about their origins, politics, and more.
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
Bring the excitement of the Olympic Games to your classroom! Use these resources and lessons to teach students about the origins of the Games more than 3,000 years ago in ancient Greece and how the modern Olympics have developed since their revival in the late 19th century. Students can share the spirit of peace, excellence, friendship, and respect promoted by the Olympic Games by participating in their own competitive events and activities.
History of the Olympics
Compare the ancient Olympics to the modern games. Plus, learn how money, politics, and performance-enhancing drugs have become major influences, often causing controversy.
Follow the international sporting event in its modern form from its origins as a small competition in 1896 to the world-class headline maker of today.
This Scholastic GO! article discusses the revival of the Olympic Games in modern times.
Learn about the official symbols, statements, and philosphies that represent the ideals of the Olympic Games in this article from Scholastic GO!.
Try these Olympics-themed children's books to get your students in tip-top shape for the Summer Olympics.
Find out about the Ancient Greek origin of gymnastics, and learn additional details about modern competitions and scoring.
Help your students develop concentration and quick reflexes with this fun physical activity that has its roots in ancient Greece.
Have your students compete for Olympic medals in events like the backwards twenty-five yard dash, jump rope competition, softball throw, and other kid-friendly games for recess.
Promote critical thinking while students learn about the Olympic Games with this worksheet in which students identify 15 international sports symbols used to identify various sports during the Olympics.
Award students who participated in your classroom (or school-wide!) Olympic Games with a medal or certificate.
An online student activity with corresponding lesson plans that provide a look into the Olympic Games, from its past in ancient Greece to the present-day international event
Introduce your students to the fascinating world of Ancient Greece by studying the Olympic Games as they were then and comparing them to the games of today.