22 March, 2004
The Olympic Games were born in Greece in 776 B.C. and were celebrated every four years in ancient Olympia until 393 A.D.
The modern Olympic Games were revived in Athens in 1896, and in August 2004 they are returning home in a unique celebration of sports and culture, linking the ancient with the modern, and bringing the Olympic movement back to its roots.
In this section you will be able to find out more about the Athens Games (August 13-29, 2004) and to see some lessons plans about the Olympics. Additional information is available at www.athens2004.com and www.greekembassy.org/pressoffice.
Embassy of Greece
Press & Communications Office
• The ‘Athens 2004’ Olympic Textbooks (in pdf format)
-‘Despina and the dove’
A fairy tale by Eugene Trivizas (173 pages)
-Olympic Games 2004 Activity Book (K-3)
A 49-page booklet with catchy activities and games. Students are asked to draw the Olympic Wreath, Flame, and Flag, discuss rules of certain Olympic sports, distinguish between the Winter and Summer Olympic Games and between individual and team Olympic sports, and play several other educational games.
-Olympic Games 2004 Activity Book (Grades 3-8)
A 62-page booklet with a variety of texts, illustrations and charts, designed to enlighten school children on the Olympic movement in general and the Athens 2004 Games in particular.
-Olympic glimpse (Grades 8-12)
A 40-page, highly illustrated album for a quick understanding of the basic elements and principles of the Olympic Games.
-The Paralympic Games (from 1960 to 2004)
A comprehensive teacher’s book with lessons plans and educational material around the Paralympic movement (270 pages – all Grades)
• ABC Teach
A fun collection of Olympic resources and activities. (Grades K-6)
• An Educator's Guide to the Olympics
Fact Sheets, Questions and Activities, Worksheets and Lesson Plans to help you incorporate the Olympics into your curriculum. (Grades K-6)
• The Copernicus Education Gateway
The gateway to the Summer Games with Olympic Facts and lesson plans, such as the following:
-The Birth of Olympism: A Legacy of Peace lesson plan. (Grades 6-8 with Accompanying materials)
-Creating a World of Peace at Home and Abroad lesson plan. (Grades 4-8 with Accompanying materials)
• The Griffin Publishing Group Catalog
Order Education Books & Materials for the 2004 Olympic Games (all Grades)
• United States Olympic Committee
The Olympic values in a fun and accessible way, cartoon-style. (Grades 4-8)
• British Olympic Association
Educational sets on Olympism including the Olympic Spirit in the New Millenium Pack (pdf format) (Grades K-8)
• AIMS Classroom Olympics site
Allows classrooms to compete in their own Olympic-type activities, including a cotton ball shot put, high jump, and paper plate discus throw. (Grades 4-8)
• Olympics lessons plans
All grades lessons plans by TeacherVision.com. Registration Required
• Let the Games Begin
Student Journalists Cover the Olympics. (Grades 6-8 , 9-12 )
• Ancient Greek Olympics
A simulation classroom unit created by a teacher. (Grades 4-8)
• Animal Olympics Web Adventure
A fun way to compare animals and humans. (Grades 4-8)
• Get Involved in the Athens 2004 Olympic Games
- Design Applications (Mascot, Emblem, Pictograms, Medals, Torch)
• Youth 2004
The youth section of the Athens 2004 website.
• Τhe IOC info kits
Find out all there is to know about the Games, the Olympic flame and torch relay, the origin of the famous Olympic symbol and much more.
• Exhibit on the Ancient Olympics
The exhibit is based on information from the Perseus Project, a digital library on ancient Greece at Tufts University. "Compare ancient and modern Olympic sports, tour the site of Olympia as it looks today, learn about the context of the Games and the Olympic spirit, or read about the Olympic athletes who were famous in ancient times." Intended for middle school and high school students.
• The Real Story of the Ancient Olympic Games
Presented by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
• The Ancient Olympic Games Virtual Museum
Wealth of information about the contests that are the foundation of our modern Olympic Games. Project is jointly sponsored by The Foundation of the Hellenic World and Dartmouth College. Intended mostly for middle school students.
• Amateur Athletic Foundation - Los Angeles
"The Olympic Primer", an introduction to the Olympic world.
• Modern Olympic Games
Statistics & trivia for the Summer, as well as Winter Olympic games.
- Olympic Games Medalists
- Olympic Torches and Mascots
- Olympic Stamps from Athens 1896