Pass the torch and put on your jersey because it’s time for the Olympic Games!
This year, the city of Tokyo, Japan hosts the 28th Summer Olympic Games since the modern Olympics began in 1896. Did you know the tradition of the Olympic Games dates way back thousands of years to the ancient Greeks? Those games were held from the 8th century BC to the 4th century AD!
While this year may look a little different than others, we can still celebrate and enjoy watching the amazing athletes that are gearing up to represent our country. Featuring 339 events in 33 different sports, across a total of 50 disciplines, there’s even four new sports to catch — karate, sport climbing, surfing, and skateboarding.
Keep scrolling to learn more about the science of sports, the history of the Olympic Games, and activities, crafts, and more to get the whole family excited to take part in the action!
All About the Olympics
The Proudest Blue | Let’s Learn
Grades PreK-K In this video from Let’s Learn, teacher Maria Begg-Roberson reads the book The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family, by Olympic medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad. Begg Rogerson explains what a hijab is and why it is special to Muslim girls. The video also touches on the special people in our lives who we can turn to when we need support.
Word on the Street: Athlete with Murray | Sesame Street
Grades 6-12 From all over the Greek-speaking world, the best athletes descended on Athens to take their best shot at achieving immortality. Review the archaeological evidence of the first Olympics and the early events such as chariot-racing, boxing, and sprinting, that it depicts.
Should the Olympics Just Allow Doping? | Braincraft
Grades 6-12 Is it time to allow performance enhancing drugs in professional sports? Take a look at the science and ethics of doping in relation to the Olympic Games.