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International Olympic Committee
Official page of the International Olympic Committee that organizes the Olympic Games. It offers a large collection of Informational guides on what the committee does, how it functions, what is needed to put on the games, and much more. Also includes an official toolkit for Educators.
The official page for the International Paralympic Committee. The sites includes articles, descriptions of the events, athlete profiles, and information on the history of the IPC.
Past and Future Olympic Games
Learn about the games, results, athletes, and notable stories of specific Olympic Games, starting with Athens 1896 to today. From the International Olympic Committee.
United States Olympic Committee
Team USA official site. Contains news and information on the USA Olympic Team, including athlete profiles and events in which the USA competes.
NBC Olympics Coverage
Olympic news and live streaming from NBC.
All About the Olympics for Kids - The History and Symbols of The Olympics: FreeSchool
Learn about the Olympic medals, the Olympic rings, the Olympic flame, and other trivia and information about the Olympic games in this short video from FreeSchool.
All About The Olympic Games
A short background and history of the Olympics with activities for younger ages. Includes worksheets, coloring pages, and informational handouts. From Activity Village.co.uk
The Ancient Greek Olympics
A brief history of the Olympic games, how they started in ancient Greece, how they were revived in the Victorian era, and how they function today. From History for Kids: A free history network
Sports Illustrated Kids: Olympics
The Sports Illustrated Olympics news site for kids provides interviews with famous athletes, current Olympic news, team news, events, and more.
Summer Olympic Games Facts
An Olympics fact sheet for kids to learn about some basic history and culture of the Olympic games. From ScienceKids.com
2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and Space Travel
DigitalGlobe satellite images of the Sochi venue. A treat for science lovers.
A collection of free, Olympics activities, puzzles, coloring sheets, and worksheets for kids from Activity Village.
Sports and Olympics Crafts and Activities for Kids
DLTK's Crafts for Kids features a variety of printable children's crafts, coloring pages, worksheets, and activities for the Olympic Games.
Education World Olympic Lessons
A collection of educational resources, lesson plans, and activities to help discuss and teach about the Olympic Games. From Education World.
Gateway to the Summer Games
The EdGate brings you cross-curricular official Olympic-themed lesson plans developed by Griffin Publishing Group and approved by the USOC.
Primary Sources Related to the Olympics
Brought to you by the National Archives, you can find dozens of photographic primary sources related to the Olympics from throughout history.
The “Miracle on Ice”
A history of one of the most dramatic upsets in Olympic history from the History Channel. On February 22, 1980, the underdog U.S. hockey team, made up of college players, defeats the four-time defending gold-medal winning Soviet team at the XIII Olympic Winter Games.
Timeline of Politics and Protests at the Olympics
A visual picture timeline with brief descriptions on political and protest events that have taken place throughout modern Olympic history. From the Council on Foreign Relations.
Fist of Freedom – Black Civil Rights in the 1968 Olympics
A detailed look at activism in the 1968 Olympics, the resulting global response, and the effects it had on the greater Civil Rights Movement and across the world. From the Zinn Education Project.
Biography of Pierre, baron de Coubertain – Founder of the International Olympic Committee
A brief biography of the founder of the International Olympic Committee, Pierre, baron de Coubertain from Britannica. Courbertain and the IOC were largely responsible for the reemergence of the modern Olympic Games in 1896.
The Scientific American Guide to Cheating in the Olympics
An in-depth analysis and history of the science behind performance-enhancing drug use, known as 'doping,' in the Olympics. The article covers the different drugs athletics use to attempt to cheat and the methods they employ to avoid getting caught. By Scientific American.
The First Olympics
A brief, kid-friendly history on the first Olympic Games in the summer of 776 B.C. from National Geographic Kids.
The Ancient Greek Olympics
An 8-minute animated video on the Ancient Greek Olympics. The video, by Simple History, provides the details of the original event, including the culture, the different sports, the history and more.
The Real Story of the Ancient Olympic Games
A history of the original Olympic Games, from Penn Museum. It discusses the origins and purpose of the games, politics, commercialism, athletes, and how they were rewarded.
The Little-Known History of How the Modern Olympics Got Their Start
A history of the modern Olympic games by acclaimed sportswriter Frank Deford who connects the modern Games to their unlikely origin—in rural England. From the Smithsonian Magazine.
Suggested Reading About Olympics
I'm cautious about twisting every interesting thing into a "learning opportunity" that can turn off otherwise interested kids, but the Olympic Games are compelling, and your kids will probably want to know more.
Watching actual competitions on television or via internet is surely the hook. Competition is its own drama, and the personal stories of athletes who have trained for so many years are interesting.
But with the 2016 Olympics in Rio set for August 5 - 21, what are some good resources for additional learning?
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