The Tokyo Summer Olympics won’t be happening for awhile but, as I’ve done in the past, I’ll start this list and continue to add to it over the next two years.

You might also be interested in my “Best” lists about previous Olympic games:

The Best Resources On The 2016 Rio Olympics

The Best Sites For Learning About The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games

The Best Sites For Learning About The London 2012 Olympics

The Best Sites To Learn About The Vancouver Winter Olympics

The Best Sites To Teach & Learn About The Olympics

Here’s what I have so far:

Here’s the official Tokyo Olympics site. This is another one. So, there appears to be two of them.

The Guardian is collecting and updating all their related stories here.

8 Reasons Why the Tokyo Olympics Will Be the Most Futuristic We’ve Ever Seen is from Gizmodo.

Breaking News English Lesson on 2020 Olympics is for ELLs.


“The ancient origins of the Olympics” is a TED-Ed lesson and video:

Check out the first post I wrote for The New York Times — focusing on the Olympics. It was written during the London games, but many of the ELL activities are still applicable.

The Olympic Museum’s Heroes! site is a must-see.

The BBC’s Primary History site on the ancient Greek Olympics is very good.

Scholastic’s Go For The Gold has some dated activities, but also a number of still useful resources.

Word Hurdles is a game for English Language Learners on the history of the Olympics.

50 stunning Olympic moments comes from The Guardian.

How much were the original Olympics like the modern Games? is from The BBC.

“Science Of The Summer Olympics” is a series of videos NBC has produced with the National Science Foundation.

Fists of Freedom: An Olympic Story Not Taught in Schools is from GOOD.

The Smithsonian Magazine has tons of Olympics resources, and I especially like the “Cheat Sheets” they have for each sport.

Infographic: discontinued sports of the modern Olympics is from The Telegraph.

INFOGRAPHIC: Olympic Physics is from NPR.

ESPN has great animations about all the sports – click on “Fan Guide.” They’re from the 2012 Games, but still live and useful.

13 Olympic Moments That Have Changed History

The evolution of the Summer Olympic Games poster

What Are The Worst Olympic Sports? is from Five Thirty Eight.

How The Olympic Medal Tables Explain The World is from NPR.

Political Tension at the Olympics: A History [Interactive Timeline] is from KQED.