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Physical science juniors will enjoy this sensational enrichment on aerodynamics, especially if they are also sports fans! With a focus on physical features and behaviors, collaborative groups make observations on five different golf balls and speculate on how the features affect performance. They choose another piece of sports equipment that they would like to research and suggest improvements for. Three handouts, background information, and a link to a fascinating slide show about engineered equipment for Olympic athletes are all included.
Many young scholars like to play sports and the equipment that goes with it costs money. The resource sets up an inequality that gives a total amount needed to purchase the equipment and the initial amount of money already obtained. In order to make more money, the subject decides to earn it by washing windows. It is up to your savvy consumers to write and solve an inequality that represents the number of windows washed. The final step is to graph the solution on a number line. Ask your class, what limits the number of windows they could wash if they wanted to save money?
Explore the relationship between sports and physics in this cross curricular lesson plan. Using this physics, physical education, and literacy lesson plan, middle and high schoolers prepare a multi-media presentation based on a chosen sport. They answer five physics vocabulary questions about how the laws of physics apply to their sport. Then, they prepare a rough draft and storyboard, followed by a technology presentation that illustrates how the physics concepts relate to their sport.
Practice finding the meaning of unknown words using context clues. First, read "Tee-Ball: A Great Sport!" Then your charges label a picture with the correct vocabulary from a provided list. To ensure they're learning the target vocabulary, there's an eight-question comprehension section before they use the vocabulary in conversation.
Even young children watch sports and like team logos and products. It's never too early to think critically about what's onscreen. This exercise develops awareness that media communicate values (i.e. who participates in sports and who doesn't; violence is newsworthy), and how aesthetic appeal can influence beliefs. Start with a graph of children's favorite sports, and connect their experience to media images of athletics and competition. Consider adding video clips.
Students research statistics about sports participation in references such as the Statistical Abstract of the United States. They make and analyze a list of the 10 sports that the highest number of Americans participated in on an amateur or school/college basis last year.
Students take a closer look at performance sports. In this personal health lesson, students discuss how participating in team sports affects them and then create their own team sport games using only the materials provided. Once students have tried the game out, they respond to discussion questions.
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.
In this Sports Boy Scout merit badge instructional activity, students complete 7 pages of short answer questions. They answer questions about the prevention of sports related illnesses and injuries. They diagram and describe the rules and etiquette of a number of sports.
Students explore athleticism by reading a book in class. In this extreme sports instructional activity, students read the nonfiction book Sports on the Edge and discuss what makes a normal sport "extreme." Students answer sports related study questions and define sports vocabulary terms.
Students are introduced to the letter "S" and explore the concept of sports. In this letter "S" is for sports instructional activity, students develop their fine motor skills by rolling play dough into balls and their gross motor skills by playing T-Ball. The instructional activity concludes with a sports ball collage project.
Learners discuss function and types of leads in a sports story. In this writing leads lesson, students define the term "lead" and the five main types of leads. Learners complete a graphic organizer in which they write five different leads for a story. Students read leads and identify the type before writing their own leads.
Students study several different types of Chinese sports played throughout history in China. They examine the historical perspective of the importance of sports in Chinese culture and create a final project using information about three types of Chinese sports of their choice in the format of a sports mobile.