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July 24

The Summer Olympics start today!

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The Summer Olympics start today!

Grades K – 12
Calendar Activity Type Historical Figure & Event





The Summer Olympic Games, held every four years, are the largest sporting celebration in terms of the number of sports, the number of athletes present and the number of people from different nations gathered together at the same time in the same place. According to The Olympic Museum, the purpose of the Games is to create a “better world through sport practiced in a spirit of peace, excellence, friendship and respect.” In celebration of the world event students participate in a variety of activities centered on the 2020 Tokyo Games.




Write about the Olympic Games!

  • Be a reporter and write about the result of an Olympic event or the Opening or Closing Ceremonies.
  • Create onomatopoeic sports poems about the Summer Olympic events, draw illustrations, and compile their work in a flip book.
  • Write and perform a speech after winning a gold medal.
  • Create original poems about the Opening Ceremonies. Have students write down adjectives to describe what they see, hear, and feel during the Opening Ceremonies of the 2020 Summer Olympics. As a class compile the adjectives and create original poems about the ceremonies.
  • Do some procedure writing; write about the rules of a specific event or create a new Olympic event.

Get creative with the Olympic Games!

  • Design a stamp to commemorate the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
  • The Olympics are a great time to study the world. Use a variety of maps and flags to learn about the location and symbols of different countries. Imagine a new country has been formed – where would it be located? What would the flag look like?

Think critically about the Olympic Games!

  • Use a Venn diagram to compare the ancient Olympic Games to the modern Olympic Games.
  • Miraitowa is the mascot for the 2020 Summer Olympics. Create your own mascot for the Olympic Games and write about why you created your mascot and what it represents.

Celebrate the peace surrounding the Olympic Games!

  • The Olympic Truce is a valuable part of the Olympic Games that supports peace and sportsmanship. Learn more about the Olympic Truce and create a “Truce Wall” display. Have students post their meanings of peace, friendship, sportsmanship, as well as, pictures that the students have created that symbolize these themes.
  • Nominate a Torchbearer. Being asked to be an Olympic Torchbearer is a high honor. Ask the students to work in groups and to each think of someone they know who they believe could be a worthy candidate to carry the Flame, and to write a short paragraph in which they give their reasons. Once this is completed, they fold over their paper and pass it on to the next person in the group. Repeat the process multiple times to create a list of worthy candidates to carry the Flame. Ask them to share their writing with the group and to identify any similar personal qualities and values shown by the nominees.

Have fun with the Olympic Games!

  • Make and decorate cookies representing the Olympic Rings. Decorate each cookie with a different color frosting. Lay out the cookies on a plate in the pattern of the Olympic rings. Discuss why each ring is a different color and interlocked. Enjoy and Eat!
  • Plan some games in your neighborhood that are like the Olympic Games. Create and hand out medals to those who win or participate.



  • The Olympic Symbols

    This document gives and brief description, history, and meaning of the Olympic symbols.


  • The Olympics

    This website provides a rich history of the Olympic games.


  • Tokyo 2020 Olympics

    This official website for the 2020 Summer Olympics contains information, schedules, news, photos, and video for the Summer Games.


  • The Modern Olympic Games

    This document written by the Olympic Museum gives and brief description, history, and evolution of the Modern Olympic Games.


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