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How do the Olympics make the world a better place? For more than 100 years, the Olympics have brought people together, proving that competition can create community. Packed with fascinating facts and sidebars about the Olympics, this informational text discusses the history of the Olympics, the Paralympics, and the Special Olympics, and highlights inspirational stories of Olympic athletes. Featuring TIME© content and images, the high-interest content will engage students in reading as they build their comprehension, vocabulary, and reading skills. Text features, a Reader's Guide, and the extended Try It! activity increase understanding of the material, and develop higher-order thinking. Check It Out! offers print and online resources for additional reading. Keep students reading from cover to cover with this captivating text!