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Lesson 1
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History of the Olympic Games
What you will learn This lesson will help you understand the history of the ancient and modern Olympic Games beginning in 1896.
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1. Reading
  • Can you read these Olympic City names and place them in order based upon the year of the games?
Innsbruck Sapporo London Antwerp
Paris Squaw Valley Albertville Vancouver
Athens Torino Rome Grenoble
Los Angeles Seoul Nagano Moscow
Helsinki Stockholm Barcelona Montreal
St. Moritz Lake Placid Amsterdam Calgary
Beijing St. Louis Berlin Melbourne
Tokyo Sarajevo Chamonix Mexico City
Lillehammer Munich Sydney Cortina d’Ampezzo
Atlanta Oslo Garmisch-Partenkirchen Salt Lake City
  Olympia Greece  
2. Math
  • Who originated the first recorded Olympic Games held in Olympia in 776 B.C.?
  • What is the beginning date of the Modern Olympic Games held in Athens?
  • Can you calculate how many years between those games and the Athens 2004 Olympic Games?
  • How many years between to first recorded games and 2004?
  • How many Modern Olympic Games have been held?
3. Maps / Graphs / Charts
  • Can you locate all of the Olympic Cities on a world map?
4. World Language
  • Can you estimate how many languages are spoken at the Olympic Games?
  • What are the official languages of the Olympic Games?
  • How would you know that these languages were designated as the official languages?
  • How do host cities communicate with persons speaking many languages?
5. Science
  • How has science contributed to the selection of a site for an Olympic location or games?
6. Social Studies
  • Do you know the Olympic Creed and the Olympic Motto?
  • Where would you find these?
  • Can you recite them?
  • Does your school or club have a motto?
  • What other organizations have a motto?
7. Health / Fitness
  • What are some of the health or fitness concerns that are present at all of the Olympic Games?
  • Do these always involve athletes?
  • Are there concerns for spectators?
8. Technology
  • How has technology changed from the first Olympic Games in Athens in 1896 and the Athens 2004 Olympic Games?
  • Can you chart the evolution of several technologies such as a cameras or types of voice communications?
9. Creative Expression
  • Can you make Olympic Badges or pins for the winter and summer games?
  • Could you design an Olympic Flag for your school’s Olympic Games?
10. Careers
  • What does IOC stand for?
  • Who serves on the IOC and how are they elected?
11. Community Service
  • Can you identify ten ways that volunteers are used in the Olympic Games?
12. Writing
  • Can you write a detailed, historical report about one of the Olympic Games, including dates, location, sports, venues, notable athletes, torch relay, and other pertinent details?
13. Presentation
  • Can you present the history of the modern Olympic Games, beginning and ending in Athens, using a large world map?

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