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Olympic Links to Learning
By Cynthia Kirkeby, Sarah Lane
Jan 19, 2008, 18:50 PST

The 2002 Winter Olympics

The 2006 Winter Olympic Games

Olympic Links To Learning


Quick Jumps:  Web Quests, Lesson Plans, Just for Fun, Further Resources


Web Quest Adventures


These adventures are designed for group activities in the classroom or out.  Several students get together and by researching, answering questions, and forming opinions; they begin to understand challenging concepts.  This translates to an educated analysis and an increased knowledge of the world around them.


Olympic Games of Ancient Greece

Go back in time to the first Olympic Games in Ancient Greece in the year 776 B.C.  Use the links provided to answer the questions.  You are also allowed to use any outside resources including textbooks, library references, and online resources.

Source:     New Mexico State University



Lesson Plans


An Educator's Guide to the Olympics

Although this guide was created for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, it still has some great resources for K-6 educators. It contains fact sheets, questions, activities, worksheets, and lesson plans to help you incorporate the Olympics into your classroom curriculum.

Source:     The Education Department of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the Olympic Winter Games and the Paralympic Winter Games of 2002



Lesson: Winter Olympics

These lesson plans use recent New York Times articles as starting points for examining important topics in fun new ways.  Over 20 lesson plans for grades 6-12 are available and range from the Olympics to sports in general to the achievements of teen athletes.  You can even learn about the geographic history of the Olympics and explore American athletic icons.

Source:     The New York Times Company


Learn & Play Olympic Sports Curriculum Guide

The Olympic Games concept is thematic and interdisciplinary. The curriculum guide provides flexible plans addressing the California State Education Framework for Grades 3, 4 and 5 in Language Arts, Social Studies and Geography, Mathematics and Science, and Physical Education and Health. The documents are all in PDF format and download when you select the document that you want from the pull-down menu.

Source:     The Amateur Athletic Foundation of Los Angeles


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Just for Fun


2006 Olympic Winter Games

From parks and ski slopes to athletic venues, here's your passport to great pictures and stories from the Winter Games.  Check out the feature stories, pictures of tomorrow's medalists today,as well as find tips on taking your own photos.

Source:     Eastman Kodak Company

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Further Resources


Official Site of the 2006 Winter Olympic Games        

Visit this official site of the 2006 Winter Olympics for in-depth information on all of the Olympic sports. Find information on the opening and closing ceremonies, events by date, sport or venue, medal ceremonies, the Olympic Art Festival, the concert series and Paralympic Winter Games.  If you want to learn more about the athletes you can view their biographies and learn what it's like to be in the Olympics. 

Source:     XX Olympic Winter Games



2006 NBC Olympics

Choose from 15 sports for news, special features, detailed schedules, athlete biographies, and venues.  See the schedule of TV listings, a breakdown of each sport and hear Olympic hopefuls talk about their particular sport and the challenges they face.

Source:     2002 NBC/


The Official Website of the Olympic Movement

This is your direct connection to athletes (heroes, Olympic medal winners, Olympians), Sports (on the program, recognized sports, Olympic sports of the past), Olympics (all the games since 1896, Torino, Italy 2006, future games), culture (Olympic Museum Lausanne, memorabilia, celebrate humanity), news (press releases, weekly highlights, IOC calendar), and the Organization (structures, missions, facts and figures).

Source:     International Olympic Committee


The Real Story of the Ancient Olympic Games

When were the first games?  Were the athletes amateurs or pros?  Were women allowed to compete?  How political or commercial were the games?  Find the answers to these questions, take an online survey, and use the glossary of terms to help you better understand the Real Story of the Ancient Olympic Games.

Source:     University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology


The Topic: Olympic Games

The basics are described here in easy or harder to read formats.  Also available are links, project ideas, websites for kids by kids, websites for teachers, Words 2 eXplore, and lots more.  Check out the section on previous Olympic events.

Source:     Annette Lamb & Larry Johnson, 42eXplore: Thematic Internet Integration


Team USA

Meet the members of the US Olympic Team here.  Select a sport, learn all about the teams, and read the answers to 10 questions asked of specific athletes.  Get general information, the rules, history, and equipment.  Check the glossary for added reference.

Source:     USOC-United States Olympic Committee


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