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- Sabrina F., Special Education Teacher
- Fairfax, VA
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The tragic story of Derek Boogard, a hockey star whose sports-related brain injuries eventually lead to his death, is told through a series of videos. There are also articles that can be read. This poignant lesson gets participants to consider and discuss the physical dangers of contact sports, as well as the emotional toll. In small groups, learners then prepare presentations about the relationship between sports and brain trauma.
Young readers explore philanthropy and its effects on the public good. They discuss athletes and their examples as philanthropists. They research a sports hero and play "The Match Game" to determine what they know about other sports heroes. They discuss National Philanthropy Day and ways to celebrate it. Extend this lesson into a research paper which requires middle schoolers to use textual evidence to support their arguments.
Looking for a rainy day activity? An article from the New York Times provides a nice topic for discussion. There will be many opinions and lively discussion as to how the class feels about cheerleading being a sport, or not. Ask them to state and support their reasons as to why or why not.
Sixth graders explore language arts by completing a reading comprehension worksheet. In this character study instructional activity, 6th graders read a crime story and investigate which character they belive committed the crime. Students complete a character motivation worksheet based on their analysis of the story.
How many yellow Skittles® come in a fun-size package? Use candy color data to construct a bar graph and a pie chart. Pupils analyze bar graphs of real-life data on the Texas and Massachusetts populations. As an assessment at the end of the lesson, they gather sports data from the CNN/Sports Illustrated website to graph. At the beginning of the year, it is helpful to revisit graphing skills with mathematicians and scientists; this is an engaging lesson for doing just that!
Some kids will do anything for sports. They can show how much they love sports legends by researching a selected legend on specific Internet sites. They make generalizations and inferences about the lives of sports legends then share findings by creating quiz cards for their classmates.
Tenth graders consider the impact of individual contributions to the good of communities. In this diversity lesson plan, 10th graders discuss the types of groups that people belong to as well as motives behind the actions of individuals. Students complete a jigsaw reading activity of Whale Rider and respond to the discussion questions that accompany it.
The topic is protecting our own protective covering: the skin. In particular, the information deals with sweating as a means of temperature regulation and the need to wear clothing appropriate for allowing the process to occur. Learners also read about contusions, blisters, and sun damage. There isn't much to the lesson other than reading an article online and answering comprehension questions, but you may find it useful as an informational text exercise.
Students will examine advertisements, explore ways to inform, locate pictures of Hemingway, read sports articles, and follow directions to create a finished project - a newspaper. their newspapers are multifaceted with not only information about Hemingway, but weather, sports, etc.
Students examine the actions of Tommie Smith, John Carlos, and Muhammad Ali. In this United States history lesson, students explore primary and secondary sources regarding acts of political activism. Students participate in speed debating regarding the topic and then create visual depictions of their opinions regarding political activism.
Learners view a slide show featuring famous athletes and educational institutions that have played a part in the history of basketball. They participate in a game in which a basketball is tossed from person to person as facts and vocabulary words are reviewed. They write a five-line poem incorporating spelling and/or vocabulary words that relate to the sports in Indiana theme. This lesson could be modified for any state!