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10 Free Things for Teaching About the 2014 Winter Olympics

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Background Resources

  1. Ancient Greeks: The Olympic Games K-5 students learn about the ancient events, athletes, spectators, and the role of women. The site includes fun facts, images, and activities.
  2. Ancient Olympic Games K-12 teachers and students in grades 6-12 can investigate the games, athletes, women, politics, and commercialism of the ancient games. A resource section includes a glossary, myths, links to other websites, and more.
  3. The Olympics is the official website of the IOC and an up-to-date source of information about the events and athletes of the modern games for K-12 teachers and students. The website includes photos and videos.
  4. A Map of Olympic Medals is an infographic that uses circles of different sizes to indicate the number of medals won by countries in summer Olympic Games (1896-2008). Users can adjust the slider to view different games, or click a country to display a list of its medal winners. Follow the link to Map of Winter Olympic Medals.
  5. Dicolympic is an alphabetical collection of Olympic information and brief biographies of athletes.

Lessons and Activities

  1. The Olympics furnishes historical and cultural background for the games. Teachers can find K-12 lessons on EDSITEment.
  2. Going for the Gold: The Science of Winter Sports features activities for students in grades 4-8.
  3. Winter Olympics features modules in sports nutrition, physics & biometrics, and physiology & psychology for high school math and science students.


  1. Science of the Winter Olympics is a 16-part video series that explores the science behind selected winter events.
  2. Science Of The Summer Olympics: Engineering In Sports a 10-part video series that explores the science behind selected summer events.


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